Archive for April, 2008

Obama photographed at bike event

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Check out presidential candidate Barack Obama’s Flickr photostream, these ones at a bike event in Bloomington, Indiana:


Thank you notes and etiquette

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Here is some helpful information and samples of thank you notes for a “variety of employment-related situations” I found online:

Sample Thank You Letters

A friend of mine gave me a good tip about writing thank you notes and it really is a sweet and appropriate sentiment and I wish I had started earlier.

I’m writing cards by hand and I write out what I want to say first on a scrap of paper before committing it to stationary.

Business Cards

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I’ve been getting compliments on them. Even though I received a box of 250 with about 20% cut with passable straight lines. Most are completely crooked and different. I call it my box of snowflakes.


BNMI Social Media Workshop

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

This would be so amazing to go to:

Digital Media Connects Us: How Social Media is Enabling Business, Relationships, Entertainment and Play

The Banff Centre, in partnership with Digital Alberta, will present the Social Media Workshop. Set amid the Rocky Mountains at The Banff Centre, this two day workshop looks at social media and how it is changing the way we do business. Participants will look at case studies and complete group activities, analyzing each company and product, from conceptual development to market implementation. The successes and challenges that each company has experienced will be discussed.

The BNMI does it right. Go to their site for more info.

Light Trap

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The Music Gallery hosted Greg Pope’s Light Trap last night with the Images Festival. There is nothing I can really say or pictures that I can show to really express what it was like in there. You had to be there. I can say it was very good though. GOOD.


The imagery in Light Trap begins with loops of completely black film, a dark room filled with haze, and only the hum of the projectors’ motors. Slowly, the emulsion is whittled away on each loop with sandpaper and an array of hand tools, allowing bursts and streams of light to pierce through the darkness. Synchronous to the unfolding cascade of light emanating into the room, the aberrations on the film loops create pops, cracks, and hisses. This constant, reductive physical process applied to the surface of the film loops results in a slow transformation of the physical space; out of aural and visual darkness builds a cacophonous crescendo of sound and light.


I’m not frontin’

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Among the other things I’ve been looking into, I’ve decided to become very interested in image consultants. I just think it’s so interesting and really relevant. Because I’ve been doing more publicity related stuff with the Find Christina Calayca Group, Images Festival, and Bicycle Film Festival, I’ve started thinking more and more about doing that effectively. Also, in my own job search I’ve noticed image plays a huge part, especially in the media. I’m setting up meetings with an image consultant and some friends that are publicists in the next week just to pick their brains and learn all about it. Real cool stuff!

Also, this newfound fascination has manifested in me gaining experience in this by helping out some friends who are musicians. Taking an idea or personality and packaging it to be easy to understand, delicious, and sexy to a larger public via different media is very fun. I like how I am forced to think in order to step outside and imagine how someone would view certain products from their perspective.

Some might call it “selling out”, but I disagree. I think it’s taking a part of something that is real and genuine and processing it to communicate and emphasize certain aspects that are easy to understand and that people find appealing. Everyone should be a little bit savvy when it comes to selling themselves, I think, and have a clear understanding of what they have to offer.

Hundreds to attend gala in support of finding missing girl; Plans for search well underway

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Find Christina Calayca Fundraising Gala Event details 

Find Christina Calayca Group
Phone: 647-209-1578 (anytime)

For immediate release:

The Find Christina Calayca Group will be hosting a star-studded fundraising gala on April 4, 2008. Organizers were pleasantly surprised and touched by tremendous sales with 600 tickets sold.  All the funds raised go to the search for Christina, currently planned to commence in the spring.

Hosted by CityNews anchor, Francis D’Souza, the event is a dinner, dance and show. It brags performances by Canadian Idol finalists, Rising Star Champions, and many more exciting entertainers. This lively night also includes a full course dinner, dance and a raffle and silent auction of a variety of special items generously donated.

The Christina Calayca Group is pleased to welcome guest speaker David Francis, of the Jon Francis Foundation in Minnesota. David will speak about the organization he started in motivation to search for his son Jon after he went missing while mountain climbing.

Christina Calayca went missing when she was camping with her friends in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park on August 6, 2007. She was only 20 years old. The Christina Calayca Group, composed of her family and loved ones, has been raising awareness and funds for Christina after the initial police search failed to find her.

The terrain at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is rough and hazardous. There is dense bush, dangerous cliffs, and high, steep terrain. 100% of funds raised will go toward the costs associated with bringing in personnel specifically trained to conduct these searches, and equipment or specialized resources, such as trained dogs. Experienced search co-ordinators expect an initial 10-day search will cost $30,000 to $35,000. Remaining funds go toward a scholarship in Christina’s name so that she can continue to inspire others.

Organizers are hoping that this event will raise $12,000 in support of the search.  This will bring their total fundraising efforts to approximately $30,000, to date. The Christina Calayca Group is encouraged and moved by the outpouring of support from the public and is endlessly grateful for the devotion to find Christina.

Images Festival OPENING NIGHT GALA! The Lollipop Generation by G.B. Jones – WORLD PREMIERE

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Thu 3 Apr 2008 9:00pm – 10:30pm @ Joseph Workman Theatre (1001 Queen Street West at Ossington)

The Lollipop Generation

I’m really pumped to get to go to this because of my volunteering at the Images Festival this year. I received my very own pass today. It’s going to be an awesome 11 days.


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


TalentEgg is a unique community that connects high-potential new-grads with high-quality job opportunities. We’re committed to working exclusively with employers that offer new-grads the thing that’s most important to them: Opportunity.

I read about this in the Metro this morning on the way to my internship. It looks very cool and relevant for recent grads looking to build their careers. I do believe everything about this site is amazing, including the young founder, the design, the mission, and involvement with CATA/WIT.