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Exit Year of the Dragon – 2012 Wrap Up

January 3, 2013 - 2 Comments

Old King Cole Mural

2012 has come to an end, and it’s been a pretty good year. I’m excited for 2013 and have started my endless list making of things I hope to achieve in the coming year.

Looking back on 2012:


The winter months were fairly quiet and full of hibernation for the most part.

At work I assisted with the creation of our Spring Photoshoot concept with the talented Scott Newlands and Andrea Jaggs, including prop and set dressing which was loads of fun.

Spring 2012 Campaign

Travel wise -

Dear USA, I was in you quite a lot wasn’t I? No transatlantic trips back to the Motherland sponsored by work this year sadly (man do I crave a proper cup of Yorkshire Gold Tea and a Hob Nob!), but plenty of cross border fun.


Jeff and I spent my Birthday in Las Vegas. It was all sorts of silly fun, including a trip to a most awesome Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Vegas Baby!

For Easter we trekked up to Northern Ontario (plaid shirts and drinking at a bar called “The Moose” totally obligatory, insert Neil Young soundtrack here). Road trips = getting to play DJ for several hours and a great excuse to listen to new tunes.

North Bay Adventures

Spring also saw the start of film fests for me and I was pretty busy catching docs at HotDocs and a few silents during the Toronto Silent Film Fest.

DC adventures with Diana

Vacation for a week in DC hanging out with one of my best friends, Diana. It sucks we don’t live in the same city but I’m super blessed to have friends like her in the first place despite the distance. Who else would rigg up a projector so we could hang out watching Star Trek on the ceiling as we fell asleep? Geek-Slumber-Party!

Diana also introduced me to Paleo/Primal eating, and personally I haven’t felt better than when I’m following it properly.


Concert Season

A last minute call from my friend Davie X resulted in crossing the border yet again, this time to Detroit Rock City to catch Danzig (and Doyle, OMG Misfits!) perform. It was an incredible gig albeit a bit nuts driving for 4 hours, 6 hours in Detroit and then another 4 hours home, but very well worth it (plus delicious 1am tacos).

Literally the day after seeing Danzig, Jeff and I were off to the Phoenix to catch the Dandy Warhol’s in Toronto, stellar show as well and a perfect cap to a gig filled weekend.

Einstein on the Beach - An Opera in Four Acts by Robert Wilson - Philip Glass

Einstein on the Beach at the Luminato Festival blew me away. Robert Wilson & Philip Glass’ opera in four acts, (a masterpiece no less than 4 hours) was a breathtaking, sumptuous production to see.

Fringe Festival time! Of note seeing Shakey Shake and Friends witty, endearing and just plain fun performance of The Tempest…a puppet epic!

Gig wise in addition to Danzig, I also saw Trust, and Refused (who played two sold out shows at the Sound Academy). It was an epic show years in the making, what with Refused having never played Canada before.

New York Trip 2012

Back stateside again, this time with my Canadian chum Mishelle to meet up with Diana for some NYC antics. I finally got to go to my first Disko Nouveaux and saw some stunning art by Kris Kuksi at the Joshua Liner Gallery.


TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) takes over the city (and my evenings and weekends!)

I assist with planning and the execution again of a photoshoot campaign for work, this time for Holiday 2012 with Senior Graphic Designer extraordinaire Andrea Jaggs.

Christmas 2012 Photoshoot

Grounded! Well from flying that is. Our annual trip to NYC during Canadian Thanksgiving cancelled thanks to Bronchitis. Miss Adam Ant in NYC too, absolutely gutted and spend a week in bed.

Blogcademy 2012 New York

Luckily, two weeks later I was well enough to trek down to NYC for the Blogcademy. I was determined not to miss the workshop run by what has since been described as the “Holy Trinity of Blogging” – being Nubby Twiglet, Rock N’ Roll Bride, and Gala Darling.

A definite highlight of my year, and continuing to inspire on into 2013!

Toronto Film Events 2012

Steven Severin (of the Bromley Contingent and co-founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees) performs his original score to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 silent classic “The Vampyr” in an intimate, velvet bedecked venue. Doubley glad to have finally seen Severin perform one of his haunting silent film scores, and to see my lovely (and very talented!) friend Rik’s group Kalte open that evening.


A bittersweet start to winter  with the death of our family dog, Spender. He was part of our family for 15 happy years, and is sorely missed.

Xmas Time

After some pretty nerve wracking weeks at the end of November into December due to a Breast Cancer scare, the results come back as benign (Ladies! Check your breasts!) I always try to be thankful for what I have, and this recent event has hit that home even further.

Subsequently a very quiet, but happymaking Christmas full of love, cartoons and too much chocolate.

Some of the things on my 2013 list?

More Silent Films, Theatre, HotDoc’ing, Yoga, and really make a start on knitting that Dr.Who scarf, just to list a few!

So Enter the Year of the Snake! (Ok yes, really Feb 10th but still!)