Interview: Lizzie Violet & her Stay the Fuck Home blog series

Lizzie Violet. Photo by Zoltan Hawryluk.   Everyone has their own way of dealing with today’s new normal of staying home and following physical distancing guidelines—and we’re all finding the need to develop new routines and methods of navigating everyday tasks and errands in a pseudo war-time environment, with standard items like toilet paper, handContinue reading “Interview: Lizzie Violet & her Stay the Fuck Home blog series”

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Happy holidays 2018!

Hey all! Holy cow, it’s that time of year again! Time to get the holiday activities into high gear, with shopping and social events taking over the calendar. This also means it’s time for the cowbell blog’s annual December hiatus. This gives me a chance for some R&R after a very busy Fall theatre season,Continue reading “Happy holidays 2018!”

Cowbell on hiatus in June

Hi all. Hope you’re enjoying the spring weather (especially now that we’re out of the stinkin’ heat of last Friday/weekend). As is my custom, I’m taking a break and will be on hiatus for the month of June. I’ll still be out and about, tweeting and Facebooking stuff, just not posting on the blog. I’llContinue reading “Cowbell on hiatus in June”

SummerWorks: The beginnings of a beautiful ode to the North in To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0

For my final SummerWorks production, I returned to Studio C of the Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement to see the closing night performance of Evalyn Parry’s To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0. You can read the post about my visit to the installation here. The table of objects andContinue reading “SummerWorks: The beginnings of a beautiful ode to the North in To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0”

SummerWorks: Installation & audience contribution leading up to performance of To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0

It was a chillier than usual August night in Toronto last night – and I found myself purchasing hot chocolate and wishing I’d brought a jacket, which felt odd – but it was what it was. To be honest, I’ve really been enjoying this cooler summer. I had some time before my next show, soContinue reading “SummerWorks: Installation & audience contribution leading up to performance of To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0”

Niagara on the Lake – some places I like

So here’s a brief photo tour of some of my favourite spots in Niagara on the Lake – besides the Shaw Festival, of course. I also ate at The Stagecoach (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/242/1690746/restaurant/Ontario/Stagecoach-Family-Restaurant-Niagara-on-the-Lake), The Irish Harp pub (http://theirishharppub.com/) and Corks (http://corksniagara.com/), had breakfast at the Charles Inn (http://www.niagarasfinest.com/properties/charlesrestaurant/) and stopped by Cows (http://www.cows.ca/) for ice cream.

Arizona dreamin’ – the last two days

Here’s what I got up to during the last two days of my Arizona adventure… One thing my parents hadn’t done yet is visit the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix  (there’s also a location in Scottsdale: Heard North Scottsdale). And part of the fun was getting to and from, which we did on the lightContinue reading “Arizona dreamin’ – the last two days”

Arizona dreamin’ – cacti, cacti & more cacti

If you want to get a good sense of what grows in the Arizona desert, pay a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Flora and  fauna – and even examples of structures created by desert-dwelling people – abound in this carefully tended outdoor environment. Throughout my time in Arizona, I noted how theContinue reading “Arizona dreamin’ – cacti, cacti & more cacti”

Arizona dreamin’ – architecture

Architecture is not the first thing I think of when I think of Arizona, but I had a very nice surprise – and it wasn’t just that I was taken with the buildings, but the architects. And I really didn’t think “architecture” – except for maybe nature’s hand – when we did that Grand CanyonContinue reading “Arizona dreamin’ – architecture”

Arizona dreamin’ – the great Grand Canyon road trip

This was my first view of the Grand Canyon, from a helicopter out of the Grand Canyon Airport, flown by a pilot from the south island of New Zealand named Simon: Words can barely describe the feeling of hovering over this natural wonder of the world. The flight was about half an hour, flying overContinue reading “Arizona dreamin’ – the great Grand Canyon road trip”