All posts by Adam White

Sunday FunDay and A Week of Birthday

This Sunday, concluded my 37th birthday-week-long marathon. My Mom, Dad and I drove to Colburg, to visit my sister Rose-bud and Darrell. It was some good famJAM. We ate Dominoes pizza, bread bites, chicken balls, and wings. I had a caramel and crumbles birthday cake.  Rose and Darrell got me a funny bday card and Blue Jay tickets. I  did some channel surfing of the Blue Jay vs. Yankees game and Pittsburg and Philly game 6 game. it was a good time.

on my ride home, with the folks, i asked if  they could drive me downtown Oshawa. I want to attend the cocoa and joe cafe open mic, as well slurp some tomato basil soap. there was homemade quishe available, but i was determined to slurp tomato basil soup. the open mic was grand. ukegirl performed, as well local musicians. i sang karaoke: cranberries – ode to my family, and queensrchye – silent lucidity {probably a typo}.

my evening downtown ended at stags head. i shared some fellowship with friends and Oshawa arts/culture/ creative economy to renew downtown Oshawa  discussion. with a buddy. i had a stellar tedley tea.

at home, i stressed a bit configuring the wireless network  from  my mom’s hp officejet printer to her laptop. long story short, mission accomplished. “YAY!”

Fellowship for Intentional Community

A Burning Soul

I desire to live in an intentional community, where everyone is happy, creating, healthy and free; and I feel that most of us forgotten how to live in peace, because we got caught up in the earthly dramas, and life is just a grind here.

Whatever the situation or obligations may seems to be, I don’t worry,… Somehow i know there is more to life than knowing anxiety and money, anxiety and sex, struggling to survive; and i know something is coming, a renaissance, that will bring a new age of enlightenment again.

It is a journey, pathways and processes of taking the Big Picture from the 5th dimension and incorporating it into 3rd dimensional world; it is a difficult process. There is always opposition in the earthly life, because people are stuck at a suffering level. Unhappy people trying to convince you of their grim world they believe in. Where there is resistance and negative projections living behind the veil. Life is difficult because that is what they attract. I don’t take the opinions of others personally. Life is lessons and trials. We all make preferences and We Live-Learn-Grow.

We choose to be here at this amazing time. Some of us indigos, starseeds and rainbow children. We all have a purpose in this life, a mission of integrating the spirit with “physicalness”, ideas and innovation, to bring about conscious awareness to create heaven on earth.

Again, it’s not easy, there will be always opposition in this earthly life. This happens to be The Dark side of The Light Chasers. Our resistance is our shadow or our self limiting beliefs and negative projections into our environment. Everything created or experienced comes from a thought action, hence “Thoughts create Reality.”

Here we are now, in Oshawa, a city culturally fragmented and resists to be whole. Living here I feel like we all want to be free creatively, yet how do we get there? It will take letting go baggage, discovering our true-selves from the memories and knowledge from looking within, coming together and grounding with Nature. We cannot externalize our power, but own it, be self determine. Be our greatest version.

It will take us awhile, for we match what we resonate with; and be on this path for the long run. Co-creating this dream together, a  New Bohemia and Combine Generation. It’s The Greatest Show in The Universe.And we’re all apart of it!

 

2017 culture summit at the arts resource centre

schedule of events

6pm – culture meet-up (green room)

6:30pm – welcome ceremony led by rick bourque, traditional knowledge keeper

7pm – introductions
remarks from major john henry and deputy mayor/councilor bob champman
-city update on culture counts: arts, culture, and heritage plan by catherine richards
cultural leadership council(clc) update by derek giberson, chair of clc

7:30pm – bringing history to life: the oshawa museum’s scenes from the cemetary
-presentation by oshawa bmuseum and council rick kerr with live performance by actor glenn rabjohn portraying rev. robert thornton

7:40pm – crown lands
-psych blues-rock duo playing 3 of their hit songs

7:50pm – examining/experience/explore history: the challenge of designing an Escape room based on history of camp x
– presentation by durham college about the mad xscape room

8pm – sindanai (rumination)
– a tamil poem translated to dance by neeraja ramani

8:10pm – mobilizing the museum: changes at the canadian automotive museum
-presentation by the canadian automotive museum

8:20pm – beauty by colour
-a dance curated and performed by maxwell heights secondary school

8:30pm – closing ceremony by rick bourque

Spevcial thanks: cultural summit working group (mc derek giberson), carla sinclair, and lisa terech), durham shoestring performers for stage lighting support, and recreation and cultural services department staff.

 

2017 culture update
achievement & highlights (there were many listed, these are a couple notable ones)

  • 6600 attended peony festival
  • 1900 attended concert in the park
  • 4 new community led events in memorial npark
  • cultural leadership council: 2 professional development workshop, 4 culture meet ups

next culture meetup

First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa has created a “First Ever Public Art Task Force!” aka a “feedback loop” for the arts community to perhaps influence policy for striving artists, creative businesses and “community wealth” projects in Oshawa. I wish this great group the BEST; a lot of imagination and passion in these members; and making culture count in Oshawa is an extraordinary task. Bless Up!
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First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the City’s first Public Art Task Force.

The Public Art Task Force will help support the Public Art Policy and support the City’s Recreation & Culture Services staff on activities including assisting with the development of a city-wide Public Art Strategy, advising on new public art projects and priorities, reviewing public art donations and making recommendations on juried public art competitions.

The Public Art Task Force is comprised of representatives from stakeholder organizations and groups (e.g. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Durham College, Oshawa Art Association, Cultural Leadership Council) and individual community members who were selected following a public call for applications.

The members of the Public Art Task Force members are:
• Linda Jansma – representing The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
• Sean McQuay – representing Durham College
• Mary Gartlan – representing the Oshawa Art Association
• Will McGuirk – representing the Cultural Leadership Council
• Dani Crosby – Individual Member
• Alyssia Nelson – Individual Member

A Culture Song by the Anti-hero

I enjoy living with a lot of big ideas and knowing the struggle, well challenges to see them materialize – for the hardships are just guiding me along the way to see the big picture one day completed.

Everybody relates to the world differently, yet it is in that, our language, identity forms our culture. At what vantage point do we perceive the best that a city can be civil, creative, conscious? The desire is a choice – I hope comes from a cooperative culture, a wisdom of crowds.

I wrote this poem, inspired by a note I wrote about the experiences of a faustian man dreaming a renaissance – while living in a despotic City.

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Untitled

I.

experience this connexion

with a composite of

contrition and confusion

crimey and crap

 

the cloak and dagger

a creature of collective

and corrupted consciousness

courage to dream is gome

 

the callous crowds commune

our culture is compromised, compartmentalized

our arts are commercialized

chivalry is scape goated

 

II.

the faustian ,man in the city

the spirit of the cant

communication: exquisite corpse

credulous creeps

 

clay and gray cornerstones

canary in a cage confessions

a creed is called

the creed is cynicism

 

the cold, cold waters

for the creative community pulse

a story of this city’s claim

of the achievements that never came

 

-ARW

OCT 6 First Friday @RMG

*Author’s note: i haven’t posted much lately, the earthly rat race has had me. i have a few archive blog ideas that i hope to get published soon. It was fun to be at RMG First Fridays. a lot of high energy moments, and wish I had a few more photos capturing these happenings in this post. I look forward to the November RMG First Friday.

RMG Fridays: Hygge
November 03, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The art of being cozy. Imagine big blankets, comfy cushions and the smooth, soothing tunes of Brooklyn Doran & Rory Taillon.

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Friday October 6, 2017 –

Tonight i attended RMG First Fridays, at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG).

As i was making way down the path at Oshawa City Hall to the RMG, i noticed a new garden. a Monarch WayStation. A project by MonarchWatch.org

When i entered the RMG, there was a table that had two raffle boxes: first raffle box was for two tickets to see a rock band at The Moustache Club and second raffle box was for a RMG kid’s package in Gallery A. I filled out one raffle ticket and put it into the raffle box to see a rock band at The Moustache Club  I also notice a large banner hanging on the wall. The RMG First Fridays is branding well I thought.

There was a gluten free snack table serving cookies, brownies, pastries and sandwiches. i bought a lemon tart.

I than walked up the stairs to sit and listen to tonight’s featured music performance by FIURAN.

RMG First Fridays is a nice social gathering to catch up with friends, meet new people, an opportunity to see the newest art exhibit and hear new music.

On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.

Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.

Follow the twitter feed at #RMGFridays!

Following RMG Fridays, join us at The Moustache Club for the official after party! Present proof of attending RMG Fridays at the door and get a discount on cover at the Club.

Are you a film-maker and you’d like to show your film at Friday Film Features? Learn More

Are you interested in performing at RMG Fridays? Please contact Carla Sinclair, Manager of Community & Volunteer Development at csinclair@rmg.on.ca

Tuesday Funday

Tuesday September 26, 2017 –

Today was the last day my neighbor and I got to hangout, but we might squeeze in another one, before I move next Tuesday to North Oshawa. I always enjoy our happenings and today was no ifferent…maybe alittle. Heh 😛

First, we had ourselves some coffee, than shared a Dr. Oetker Spinach Pizza, some random discussions about things I cannot recall, and I ask my friend to make a video of me unboxing my :”I Love OSHAWA” mugs I got from VistaPrint. Afterwards, we hungout in his man cave. He is hard to hear, so he typed on his desktop what he wanted to tell me, and I read it off his monitor. Since he can type as fast as he could talk, this was great. Lol. That was a fun conversation. I would later head back upstairs to leave. I said “goodbye” to my friends parents as a neighbor. His Mom thanked me for leaving a mug as a gift. I said bye to my friend and neighbor and left through the garage. I been his neighbor for 7 years.

In the evening, I would go to the Brain Injuries Association of Durham (BIAD) for Youth Engagement Services (YES). I haven’t been out to the last two because I was attending the Alexandria Bounty Potluck and Drum Circle, and Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.

It was nice to see everyone. YES Staff was serving Chicken Alfredo for supper. I had just ate, so one of the staff put some in a styrofoam box to take home. I had a look at the games shelf, there were some cool games: Sorry, Battleship, Guess Who, Clue, Pop-up and Connect Four. I ask my buddy if he wanted to play Connect Four, he said sure.

The YES Staff gave an announcement and notice about an uncoming event…

Tonight we did karaoke. I sang, Blink-182 – All The Small Things. It was nice to be back. I left around 8:15pm to catch Pulse bus Downtown.

On the Pulse, I saw an acquaintence. He saw me too. I waited till we got off the Pulse bus at King Street and Centre Street to talk. He likes to talk conspiracies and shows on Coast to Coast AM. I like Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and its been awhile since I heard a show. Topics include: UFOs, Giants, Illuminati, Angels, Climate Change, Esoteric Teachings, and many more fringe type topics. The guy would get the King bus home and I walked to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street for a coffee, 2 chocolate dip donuts, follow a bit of the Blue Jays game and read a couple pages of The Convoluted Universe Book Two.

It was almost 10pm, I could pop over to the Stag’s head to watch the remainder of the Blue Jay game (they won 9-4) and sing a karaoke song. When I got to Stag’s head, I met most the karaoke regulars and friends. The karaoke MC had my stack of songs ready for me. I decide to sing a new song, Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.

I would later say my goodbyes. Outside the Stag’s head, my friend noticed my DANZIG patch on my hoodie. He mentioned that he loves that band. I thought, “Yeah, DANZIG is pretty badass.” I bought the patch at Let it Rock (downtown, Oshawa). I would catch the 402 King bus at 11pmish and go home.

Oshawa City Council Meeting and Other Happenings

Monday, September 25, 2017 –

When I attended the Durham Region International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre, I had the opportunity to join the VIP Pre-Screening event on the balcony and schmooze with the big cats. One such cat was Councilor John Neal. To make chit-chat, he ask if I was going to City Council Meeting this Monday, and I told him thanks for letting me know and I will it into my calendar.

Monday was a slow day, so I didn’t cause too much trouble today. My Mom gave me a ride to Brew Wizards for 4pm. I spoke with Pat finding easy games to donate to Brain Injuries Association of Durham (BIAD) because their game stock needed better fun and simpler games – like: matching cards, Snakes and Latters, Connect Four, Guess Who and Shark Attack to name a few. Pat was impressed with my “Shark Attack” name drop. He told me he would try to help me out. I order va samosa, 3 cookies and coffee, went into back room to chill and read a chapter from The Convoluted Universe Book 2.

I left Brew Wizards around 6:10pm. Oshawa City Council Meeting starts at 6:30pm. I didn’t know what was on the agenda, but if a City Councilor ask me about attending, I figured the Universe was conspiring fdor me to be there.

As I enter Oshawa Civic Square, I noticed it was a lovely day there, and I started to snap photos. I notice I was pressing up against time, it was 6:25pm. I decided to slow down on my photo snapping and get my butt into Oshawa City Hall fot the City Council Meeting.

When I enter the Council Chambers, the Council meeting had started, so I grab a City Council Meeting agenda from the table and found a chair and sat down.

HERE IS LINK TO: September 25, 2017 6:30 p.m., City Council Regular Meeting Agenda

A couple items on agenda were of interest:

  • David Conway had a Delegation Request to ask

“…Council to rescind the council seat appointments made on March 20, 2017 and revist the appointment process for filing the vacancy.”

 

  • In the Standing Committee Reports section, a couple of the “Reports of the Corporate Services” Committee fascinated me:

1. Board and Committee Best Practices (CORP-17-39)(See Page 500 and Pages 1 to 8)
Recommendation1. That Council authorize the City Clerk to implement administrative practicesby Q1, 2018 in support of:
a. measures to identify required skills, experience and representation on boards and committees;
b. flexible board and committee recruitment methods to broaden potential applicants reflective of required skills, experience and representation;
c. measures to encourage recruitment of individuals reflective of the City’s diversity, including outreach and potential partnerships with relevant community organizations;
d. measures to identify and monitor the progress of diversity represented on the City’s boards and committees including a voluntary, self-identified, confidential diversity questionnaire to be included with application packages for appointment; and,
e. applicant screening and short-listing methods to support appropriate fit and Council’s review of applicants, to be determined by the City Clerk in consultation with applicable staff; and,

*I read this and though this could be a sample of what a Policy and Procedure Guideline could look like for EOII

2. That the City Clerk provide reporting to Council on the progress of the administrative practices implemented, including aggregate reporting on diversity represented on boards and committees in a manner which would not identify any individual and other best practice recommendations; and,

*That’s an interest way to use words to hold boards and committee unaccountable and lack transparency

3. That the City Clerk prepare any necessary housekeeping amendments tothe Advisory Committees of Council Policy and Procedure for Council’sconsideration; and,

4. That Resolution CORP-17-20 be removed from the Corporate Services

2. Appointments to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and the OshawaCentral Business District Improvement Area Board of Management(CORP-17-40)(See Page 506 and Pages 9 to 10)

Recommendation:
That Lisa Hart be appointed to fill the vacancy for a person with a disability on the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2017; and,

*I’m on the OAAC. It funny that this term is just 2 months. We can meet quorum as is. Why not just wait till November when notice goes out in the Oshawa This Week newspaper and online for residents to apply for a year, 2 year or 4 year term.

2. That Cindy Malachowski be appointed to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2018.

*I hope Cindy’s appoint to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management is a good one for the downtown businesses.

3. Technical Amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in LicensingBy-law 120-2005 (CORP-17-41)(See Page 506 and Pages 11 to 14)

Recommendation:
That Licensing By-law 120-2005 as amended, be further amended as detailed in Section 5.2 of Report CORP-17-41 dated September 7, 2017 concerning proposed amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in Licensing By-law 120-2005 respecting Designated Driving services standards; and,

2. That the notice provisions of By-law 147-2007 be waived for the technical amendments Committee Outstanding Items List.

*An angry lady spoke to this item. She spoke how this By-Law amendment is a cash grab and is strangling the Designated Drivers Industry. When spoke as a Delegation Request, I only heard her volume and not recognizable speech. When she came back to her seat (Which was a row behind me and 5 chairs over to my left – I walked over to her, told her I was hard of hearing, and asked if I could read her deliberation, and she handed me it. I read it and return it and thank her for letting me read it.

 

Before I left, I walked over to David Conway, I showed him a note asking if he gave his Delegation, he said he did. I don’t know what the City Council response was, but I know David will post it on The Oshawa Citizen – The Voice of Oshawa

I packed up my stuff and left the Council Chambers. I rode the elevator down with 4 people who were at City Council Meeting tonight in support of the Lady’s delegation opposed to By-Law amendment affecting the designated drivers Industry.

Outside, I recognize it was a warm night, a nice night for walking about. I began walking to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street. On my stroll – a friend bumped into me. At first I didn’t recall where I met him, but after a bit of talking I knew who he was. His name is Michael and I met him at The Vault like 3-4 years ago. We walked into Tim Horton’s together. I told him to keep in touch and handed him my business card. I ordered a green tea and sat down to finish reading a chapter in The Convoluted Universe Book 2.

Around 9:30pm, my buddy Mike C came in to sit with me. He was just visiting a friend in the South end. I told him I was gonna do karaoke at Gravity Lounge. He told me he was tired and was gonna go home to crash.

At Gravity Lounge I met my comrades and said I was gonna sing a song, but would leave shortly – for a needed rest for a long day of happenings tomorrow with my neighbor and at the BIAD in the evening for Youth Engagement Services. I grabbed my stack of songs, randomly choose “Sting – Fields of Gold” to sing and than I went home.

Catching The DRIFF With Style

Friday, September 22, 2017 –

My day of happenings began at brew wizards for a knowledge café with Brian Rideout. Our discussion centred around my WordPress theme ‘ArtHive’ for eoii.org that had some glitches with changing the Menu font colour. After some source code investigation and genius work by Brian – I now have light blue Menu colours. We also had a simple analysis of the Google Analytics for eoii.org, and Brian explain some of the readings to me.


In the evening, it was to be DRIFF at Regent Theatre with my friends Mo, Dezz and Kezzy for a night of high jinx; and because the Universe hatches its generous schemes at times, if we got to the Regent Theatre for 5pm – we could part take in the VIP pre screening. We were down for that.

6:00 pm – Red carpet and photo session

FILM SCREENINGS | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pollyanna | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Roman Gubin | 02:23 mins | Short Film
A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Erika | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Hanna Jovin | 17:40 mins | Student Film
Set in 1940s Nazi occupied Bosnia, an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.

The Meaning of Life | Oakville, ON | Directed By: Cat Hostick | 91:22 mins | Feature Film
A struggling musician gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music.

 

Rick Kerr and I

Random people on balcony

DRIFF Official

DEZZ & Mo looking non-chalant on balcony

Bob Chap,man and Roger Anderson

Me, Mo and Dezz

Me, Mo and Dezz

Mo, Derek and Dezz

Outside Regent Theatre red carpet

DRIFF Organizers

DRIFF Ticket

DRIFF’s People’s Choice Award Ballot. Kezzy gave me hers before she left. I forgot to hand them in. Pollyanna was the better movie, because it was a cool short film, a happening of a girl with paralysis getting out of wheelchjair to do contemporary dance in a semi busy train terminal, than sitting back in her wheelchair.

A View From The Balcony

Mo, Dezz and arrived at 5:05pm. We were the first on the balcony and first to treat ourselves to the Cater food.

On the balcony, I watched an Oshawa Count Counts promotional trailer. I saw a quick clip of me being a Toronto Para Pan Am Games torch bearer and lighting cauldron at Lakeview Park (1:13 mark).

After the shows, we all caught the DRIFF, we had to sneeze and make are merry ways home, yet I decided I would cruise downtown and do karaoke at Stag’s head.


As I stood contemplating on a pole, outside the Regent Theatre, my sneaky friend, Brad, pranced into the screen. I told him about DRIFF and mini miracle, Shannon and myself are trying to forge with Feelgood Natural and Backdoor Mission. Brad told me he thought his friend ‘Jesse’ was playing at The Atria tonight. He thought he might like to go, but wasn’t sure if Jesse was playing. I told Brad I would check it out (it wasn’t far from where we we’re too.) Brad jettison to make a phone call and I went to Atria.

At The Atria, there was differently a show going to happen. I ask the bartender if there were a “Jesse” playing, it took me 3 tries to explain my request, but I did finally get a “Jesse” was playing and he was tall with short hair. By that time my friend Naomi came by for a warm greeting. I texted Brad that “Jesse was playing, he was tall and had short hair.” Brad texted back that his friend ‘Jesse’ was a girl, and that she was playing a show tonight, but was in Peterborough. LOL. I left Atria and than walk to Stag’s head.

At the Stag’s head I got lots of compliments and looks. It was the outfit. “Style is the Man.” I choose to sing, The Fray – How to Save A Life. As I sang halfway though the song, my buddy Curtis came near waving a lit lighter in the air. It was a special song. I needed some air after that one. I stood outside Stag’s head and greeted a few friends till, Rick strolled in and said, “Man you know everybody.” I smiled.