Sunday, 22 February 2009

Winter City 2009

Jan 31, 2009

Every year in Jan, the city of Toronto kicks off their WinterCity Festival - it also marks the start of the Winterlicious restaurant event.

To launch the festival, there is always a big Spectacle show at Nathan Philips Square on Fri. & Sat nights. This year it was Pi-Leau by Close-Act a Dutch street theatre troupe.

From the Toronto web site:
"Pi-Leau is a story of forbidden love that combines theatre, music, fire, dance and incredible props.

Dazzling mermaids frolic and swim, unaware of the imminent danger of melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and the flooding of all land. Hearty fishermen struggle to survive on the sea and often resort to hostile acts. The story’s hero, the last of the peaceful fishermen, discovers the mermaid’s secret world and falls in love with the beautiful Sirene. He must decide whether to stay close to his new love, or return to the surface in order to save Sirene and the sea, never to see the mermaids again."




Thursday, 19 February 2009

Impulse Dance Show - Part III

Here are some photos from Impulse on November 12 show.




Friday, 13 February 2009

20 years in the Toronto Salsa Scene

The Sunday Salsa Social became an anniversary party on Jan 18, 2009 for Stephanie “SalsaSteph” Gurnon's 20 years in the Salsa scene.


Weldon & Stephanie head south

Jan 16, 2009

Weldon & Stephanie's last party @ Acrobat - guess the Toronto cold was too much for them because they settled in sunny Bermuda!

Best of luck and send some of that hot air our way.

Stephanie with Angus

Friday, 6 February 2009

Which camera would I buy today

People often come up to me and ask me for advice on camera choices – they often say they are not interested in an DSLR but just want a Point and Shoot (P&S) camera. Which one should they buy?

This is a hard question for me to answer because I am using a P&S camera that is 3 years old and no longer being made (Fujifilm F30), plus P&S cameras usually have a shelve life of one year. After one year, a new model is released to replace it – usually with just more MP crammed into the new model. I just cannot keep up with them all. However, more importantly, I don't know what you intended use for the camera is. What I find important may not be important to you.

My general advice would be narrow down when and what you want to shoot. For me, I need something to fit in my pocket or belt pouch that I can dance with, so DSLRs or the big superzooms are out of the question. I also need something for low light clubs – this means I need the biggest sensors and fastest lens that I can get in a P&S.

Lucky for you, I have been looking for a replacement to my F30. In late 2008, Panasonic released the LX3 with a 1/1.63” – 10MP sensor with a F2-F2.8 lens with a hot shoe slot. What this means is that this camera can take a full size DSLR flash for more light power.

Another excellent choice is the Canon G10 with a 1/1.7” – 14MP sensor with a F2.8-F4.5 lens with a hot shoe. You will notice that the G10 has a similar sized sensor (most P&S cameras have a 1/1.23” size sensor) with MP on it. This usually means more noise at high ISO but Canon has historically been able to combat this by in-camera processing. They seem to have better processing programs than other manufacturers.

So if you ask me which cameras I would buy in today’s market for my needs – it would either be the G10 or LX3. G10 would be better outdoor use because of the longer zoom while the LX3 would be better for indoor use because of wider and faster lens.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Vacation in Cancun

I was lucky enough to get away for a few days to head down to Cancun. Here are some pics from the resort I stayed at.

Sunrise at the Beach



Sunday, 1 February 2009

Winter Salsa Carnival Launch

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 @ Acrobat

Second day of the new year and its the official launch for the Winter Salsa Carnival - presented this year by Mark-Anthony & MAS Mambo. Stay tuned for the main event at March 12-15, 2009.

Performances this night included MAS Mambo



JP and Michelle