For as long as you can remember you’ve been putting one foot in front of the other. Occasionally along the way you’ve stumbled but ultimately you can’t help but move forward, as the passage of time demands. You can never beat it – even in death, when gravity buries you deep; the earth isn’t frugal with it’s centrifugal and you will feel forever that the sky is made of quicksand.
But before all that becomes obvious to you, it’s one foot in front of the other, like I said. Throughout many days and nights of walking you’ll come to know stop signs and roadblocks and flickering street lights; sharp turns and cul-de-sacs and roadkill; breathtaking lookouts and vaguely helpful information booths. One day you’ll arrive at a confounding fork and two brothers will be waiting patiently for your arrival.
One always lies and one always tells the truth, but you don’t know which one is which. One fork leads to happiness, the other to despair, and you must find out which to take, but can only use one question to do so. What same question can you ask each brother to continue on to happiness?
First one to guess correctly gets a lollipop and some free bad advice.
This one’s from the vault.
I made this print when I was 13 and just getting interested in photography… back when I was using the real tangible stuff. To say I was rough with my negatives would be an understatement. I sliced them up and scratched designs into the emulsion. I left dust (the arch-nemesis of photographers and housewives alike) where it lay.
Despite this betrayal of the medium’s integrity, I felt no remorse as I navigated a summer of experimentation. At that age, unacquainted with failure and brimming with a confidence inflated by chemical fumes in a light-tight room, I became a serial surrealist.
Who are these children split down the middle? If you were to shrink down and travel across their faces, you would be met with a fracture on nearly every plane – an abyss that would keep you searching and hopeless for miles, ever the stranger in a strange land. Eventually, though, you would reach the nose. That vast mountain of common ground. “How could I have missed this?” you’d say out loud (to no one in particular) and you’d proceed to carve “__________ WUZ HERE” into the ground before walking across the bridge.
I’ve been working on this one for a while, and it’s been a lot of fun… Take a gander at why Montreal’s annual circus festival is a world-class event – not to be missed! Whether you’re into flying trapeze, flash mobs or miniature horses, it’s all here – and more.
Welcome to the topsy-turvy, titillating world of Montréal Complètment Cirque! Although only 4 years old, it has rapidly earned its stripes as a must-see amid the dizzying array of Montreal summer festivals. Bringing together acts from all over the world, the city’s circus festival will redefine what you thought you knew about circus arts… and if you never thought about them at all – well now’s your big chance!
It runs until the 14th, so you still have a few days to witness some of the action. I’m working on a video of the fest, so here are some footage stills and a few suggestions (click on highlighted titles for dates/times/tickets).
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If you find yourself grabbing a drink on Rue Emery around 6:30, you will be treated to the combination of two things very Montréalais: the terrace and a good flash mob. Nothing can adequately prepare you for a flood of 40 acrobats as they take over the street, weaving in and out of crowds, tumbling, flipping and sweeping over terraces, all beckoning you – dear spectator – to Babel, a truly awesome show at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (7pm & 10pm).
CARPE DIEM (also free!)
When I was a kid, I went to the Verdun circus school, and to this day, at least in my head, I can still walk on stilts. Other wannabes can try their hand(s) on the trapeze at Parc Jean Drapeau from July 11th through 14th for a show and a free lesson with Cirque Carpe Diem.
CIRCA – “S”
If you’re going to see any show, this should be it. The world-renowned Australian troupe Circa returns to Montreal with “S”… a breathtakingly seductive and transcendent performance. At times funny, always surprising, and impossibly intimate, I would see it again in a heartbeat.
FLIP FABRIQUE – “Attrape Moi”
Québec’s own gem. Six young acrobats, all at the top of their game, have reimagined a summer reunion at a chalet in this amazingly creative and clever show. This is one of my favourites, and it seems I’m not alone, as two more dates have just been added for an extended run.
FABRIQUE MÉTAMORPHOSIS – Ironworkers Local 777
Conceptualized within the unique framework of the SAT, this one’ll turn you upside-down. Immersed in a 360 degree projection dome, the constantly rotating imagery casts the acrobats and audience alike in psychedelic light and sound – imagine being a goldfish on the Jimi Hendrix Experience tour. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.
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Although I have yet to go, I’ve heard great things about Cirque Éloize’s “Music-Hall de La Baronesse” – a cabaret style show celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary at l’Olympia.
There’s plenty of free stuff happening outdoors over the weekend (13th & 14th) at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (same spot as Babel). So if you need another reason to fall in love with Montreal, check out the programming HERE and I’ll see you soon.
Here is my 3rd vlog for My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition!
Winners week in London is drawing closer, and it’s got me thinking about my dream trip and where I would go if I win the 6 month trip around the world and $50,000.
So… what’s on your bucket list?
If you haven’t yet done so, please go to my page to view my original entry video (a 3 min tour of Montreal!) and help me out by clicking “support and follow this finalist” – the green tab to the right:
Thanks for your support and I’d love to hear your favourite must-sees around the world!
Just posted my latest vlog with a couple words about what I’ve been up to this week, but mostly some photobooth storytelling… this one’s worth watching til the end. I’ll let this video speak for itself, so, without further ado: check it out!
If you like it, remember to click “support and follow this finalist” on my page at:
By doing so, you can really help me in my quest for a trip around the world and 50,000 buckeroos.
Hello and thanks to all my wonderful supporters and followers! – your regular programming of travel photos, anecdotes and mini-essays will continue after this, with more content than ever… but in the meantime:
Above is a re-post of my entry into the contest, for those who are just joining me on this journey, and right below that – my first vlog as a Top 10 finalist for My Biggest Baddest Bucket List!
A huge thanks to everybody out there who voted for me in the first round, but did you know that you can do so again?
You, yes, you, can make all the difference in my quest for the final 6 month trip of a lifetime & $50,000, which I intend to distribute amongst worthy NGOs I encounter on my travels. If you haven’t already done so, AND you liked my entry, AND you’d like to see the money go to something other than the most expensive chandelier I can find, then please click HERE and click on “support and follow” next to the video :
…And one more thing… if any of you know anyone in the tourism, media and/or mannequin manufacturing business, please be in touch, as I’ll be needing all the publicity I can get!
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