Cody Turner and I are gettin’ into shenanigans! One warm summer night at CM studio, Cody and I were doin’ our usual thing… dancing. This time we had the camera running, and Cody used his awesome editing skills to put together this little video. It features “Baby I’m Yours” by Breakbot.
Didn’t we all daydream about being a VJ? When we used to tune in to watch George Strombolopolous, Master T, and Ed the Sock!? Well, maybe I’m a little out of touch with Much Music in the last decade or so… but my friend Cody will be the next greatest VJ. I got to make a little cameo in his audition video! Check it out, vote for him, and let’s watch him glide his way onto camera at Much Music Headquarters. I’ll get to say “I know him” to his adoring teenage fans one day soon.
After closing hours on October 4th, the AGO debuted their newest series: 1st Thursdays. These events celebrate the bringing together of art and music amidst the enjoyment of food, drink, and an atmosphere inspired by artistic creativity.
The first musical guest was none other than the dreamiest man alive, Afie Jurvanen, a.k.a. Bahamas. My ten dollar ticket to this sold out event was well worth every penny. Not only did I witness Bahamas in an intimate musical performance, but I did so sipping on white wine and enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Ticket holders had access to freely roam the galleries, and were even offered free nude drawing classes! The crowd buzzed with hundreds of put-together creative types meeting and greeting. I was mischievously content strolling around the exhibits, drunkenly people watching and bantering about art history.
Bahamas performance was set on a small stage in the centre of Walker Court, illuminated with spotlights. He began on acoustic guitar that was miked rather than plugged in. Poor choice, as it was difficult to hear him clearly. After a few songs he switched to his familiar electric tone, which projected slightly better. Everyone in the audience swooned at his coy demeanour, and murmured shouts of sexual propositions echoed throughout the room. Bahamas played most songs off his album “Pink Strat” showcasing his lead guitar abilities by filling out the songs with with impressive licks and broody solos. The set was just shy of an hour, leaving the audience wanting more.
The debut 1st Thursday was a big success. The AGO was able to combine art, food and music in a beautiful and exciting way.
Next month musical guest DIANA will take the stage in collaboration with artist Laurie Kang. Should be an interesting performance! Check the AGO site for more information here.
So proud of my friend Cody Turner for making his artistic debut at #Hashtag Gallery with his project #Flinch.
“This is Cody’s first solo exhibition as a photographer and visual artist. His “Flinch!” series is an in-depth look into just how trusting his friends really are. All of the portraits were captured on his backyard patio which serves as a make-shift studio. The series is comprised of numerous nude models, shown from the chest up, in front of a white backdrop. “Flinch!” captures the tense moments that occur leading up to, and after these models are knowingly hit in the face with varying objects and liquids. His portraits are a way of viewing the beautiful moments that pass us by ever so quickly, and making them last forever.”