I was 17 when I first saw Gord Downie perform, and it was a performance that I will never forget. Downie was mesmerizing, powerful, and otherworldly, and that night he seemed ready to fly out of his own skin as he sang.
Hand me a new cell phone to try, and I’ll probably end up playing with the camera within a few minutes–it’s my go-to feature because first and foremost I love taking pictures. The technology on mobile devices has also come a long way in the last five years, and they now offer impressive options compared to a standard camera. So when I had the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to play with for a month, I ended up shooting a lot of photos and videos–over 1300 photos, and close to an hour of video.
There is an island on the edge of Canada that is unlike anywhere else in this beautiful country, and it’s my new happy place. Fogo Island is just a short ferry ride from Farewell, Newfoundland, but it feels like it’s a world away from anything else that you know. The quiet, serene island is a perfect balance of earth and sea, inhabited by kind, welcoming people, and filled with wonders that are often as simple as they are moving.
After the film festival has rolled up all the red carpets, I feel like I can usually breathe a sigh of relief and get down to the serious business of enjoying September and fall. It takes a little time after TIFF to really settle down, because there is a lot of content to deal with after the festival, but then I really feel like I can get into my favorite season.
These pictures are worth more than a thousand words. I’m thriled to once again have photographer Rick McGinnis with us for The GATE’s Interview Lounge at TIFF 2017, Presented by Hamilton Watch, and this year he captured some truly stunning portraits of the filmmakers, actors, and talent who dropped in.
One day you’re trying to fit in as many press screenings as you can, and the next it’s time for TIFF to start. That always seems to be the way with the festival, but this year seemed to disappear especially quickly as I planned for The GATE’s Interview Lounge at TIFF 2017, presented by Hamilton Watch. Now here I am: the lounge is open, and we’ve been hosting interviews and guests for 2 days now.
One moment it’s January and you start planning to do something big for TIFF, and the next it’s September and you’re a few days away from the festival. The last eight months have been a blur, but it’s been nothing less than a thrill ride all along the way, with challenges, and rewards, at every turn.
My family raised me on country music. When I was a kid, my mother and grandmother listened to nothing but old school country, and that certainly rubbed off on me. My tastes are all over the place, but country still speaks to kid in me that grew up on it, so when I got an invite to come down to Chicago to cover the Windy City Smokeout country music festival, I was excited for a whole bunch of reasons.