Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Floorball - Canada Cup 2013

I was reminded this weekend that it was in 2003 that I participated in my first floorball tournament - it was the labour day weekend and I had been asked by Juha & Johanna to join their floorball team to represent Canada at the East Coast Floorball Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event was held by the Triangle Floorball Club of North Carolina – I cannot remember exactly but I think there were 5 or 6 teams competing in the tournament. Back then, there were only a handful of players in Canada who even knew what Floorball was – so I was asked to play not because I had any great floorball skills they needed, I was just available to travel and had a floorball stick. Sadly, these days, I no longer carry a floorball stick but only a camera.

Here are some images from that trip, this was from my 1MP fujifilm FinePix2400 P&S camera back in the day. Sorry - no action shots as I was playing that weekend.
SVPhotography.ca: 2003 East Coast Tournament (ECT) - Raleigh, North Carolina &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2003 East Coast Tournament (ECT) - Raleigh, North Carolina &emdash;
Steve got injured in one of our first matches.
SVPhotography.ca: 2003 East Coast Tournament (ECT) - Raleigh, North Carolina &emdash;

Soon after this Tournament, Juha & Jo launched the Canada Cup in Toronto and the sport has grown by leaps and bounds. Beginning at U of T:
These images are from my Panasonic superzoom camera
SVPhotography.ca: 2004 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2004 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2004 Canada Cup &emdash;
Boston won the cup that year.
SVPhotography.ca: 2004 Canada Cup &emdash;
Move to York University
SVPhotography.ca: 2008 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2008 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2008 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2008 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2011 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2011 Canada Cup &emdash;
John was one of the original team members on team Canada back in 2003, he still plays today.
SVPhotography.ca: 2011 Canada Cup &emdash;
This year’s move to the Maple Leaf Gardens
SVPhotography.ca: 2013 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2013 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2013 Canada Cup &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: 2013 Canada Cup &emdash;
The venue for the Tournament just keeps better and better. The number of players playing has also grown, for the 2013 tournament, the Canada Cup had 68 teams participating in 9 divisions from all over Canada and also from far off places like Sweden. The skill level has grown as well, the days of me being able to play on a team representing Canada in a North America Floorball Tournament are long gone but I am happy to be able to capture some of the memories of Floorball's growth in Canada over the years.

Congratulations to Juha/Jo & team for another successful tournament and all the hard work and dedication to the sport of Floorball. Wishing you future success in the next 10 years and beyond.

For more images from the past years of floorball, they can be viewed at my portfolio site SVPhotography.ca. All images are available for licensed use.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Typecast Dance Company presents Hunter & The Vinyl Archive

I had a sneak preview of a new dance show opening up on Thursday night at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester St., Toronto).

It will run from Thursday - May 16 to 18 for 4 shows:

Thursday May 16, 2013 - 8pm
Friday May 17, 2013 - 8pm
Saturday May 18, 2013 - 2pm
Saturday May 18, 2013 - 8pm

There are 2 performances in the show. Here is a description of the show in their own words:

"Artistic Director Pamela Rasbach debuts her new work Hunter – a symbolic transformation of a herd of vulnerable fauna. The great hunter of all youth, father time, transforms the Blakean herd from blissful innocence, to tragic experience, and inevitable death. Employing cinematic and narrative devices to her expansive contemporary ballet choreographic style, Rasbach brings to life the metaphor of time hunting us, and the haunting speed of maturity. Dancers Austin Fagan, Benjamin Landsberg, Adrienne Lipson and Merideth Plumb perform a montage of emotionally charged duets and vulnerable solos.

Opening the performance is The Vinyl Archive, a commission by Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming of Ink on Paper. Rooted in the allure of obsolete, vintage technology, The Vinyl Archive explores how - in an era marked by an excess of information and an insatiable craving for the newest technology - the creases of a handwritten letter, the velvet sound of vinyl and the charm of film rolled through a camera continue to be meaningful. Dancers Roney Lewis, Sarah Williamson, and Stuart Wright execute her choreographic vision.
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Lighting Designer Oz Weaver returns for his fifth performance with Typecast, and Production Director Matt Sweet collaborates in costume and set design."

Here are some photographs from the dance show.
Hunter
SVPhotography.ca: Hunter by Pamela Rasbach &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: Hunter by Pamela Rasbach &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: Hunter by Pamela Rasbach &emdash;
Prey
SVPhotography.ca: Hunter by Pamela Rasbach &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: Hunter by Pamela Rasbach &emdash;

The Vinyl Archive
SVPhotography.ca: The Vinyl Archive by Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming &emdash;
SVPhotography.ca: The Vinyl Archive by Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming &emdash;

You should go and check out the show. Tickets are available from their website: http://typecastdance.com/






Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Toronto Kite Flyers at the Four Winds Kites Festival located at Kortright Centre for Conservation

The kiting season opens up with the Four Winds Kites Festival at the Kortright Centre.

I was there with the Toronto Kite Flyers.

Here is Don flying his rokkaku kite.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
Gary played host for the event.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
In honour of Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves state visit to Canada - we flew a kite with the Estonian coat of arms.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
The Catch of the day.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
The new club president, Walter giving directions to the BBQ after party.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
A balanced meal includes vegetables.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;
Of course, whats a BBQ without the red meat - here is Walter cooking up a storm.
SVPhotography.ca: Four Winds Kite Festival &emdash;

Thank you to Walter and family for opening up his home to the TKF.