CONTACT: Toronto

I’d heard about CONTACT, had even listened to a few stories, but had yet to visit this month long festival of photography until a few weeks ago when, thanks to Blurb, I boarded a jet airplane and headed to Ontario. Toronto is a very interesting place, a city that feels a little more European than you would imagine. Toronto seems organized, and yes everyone is nice. That stereotype of Canada is dead nuts on eh. There is public transport, great food, a burgeoning arts scene and most importantly they realize the power and sexiness of beer on tap. Seriously, this is HUGE. As for the festival, it was a great experience. First of all, the staff was fantastic. Big shout out to Tara who included me in all things CONTACT. We toured the city viewing public art, ate together and stopped at exhibition after exhibition. Watch the video below and hear my high-pitched nasally voice lead you on yet another photo-adventure. My advice, have a look at CONTACT and think about heading up to our neighbor to the north.

MP_Contact_Photography_Festival from Smogranch on Vimeo.

6 Responses to “CONTACT: Toronto”

  1. Abhi says:

    Good to know that you had a great time!…I liked it when you said “geographically challenged” :)

  2. Tom says:

    Hey that’s great you were in Hogtown. Too bad I didn’t know you were coming I could have steered you to the group show I’m in at the Gladstone Hotel and bought you lunch. Contact is big and getting bigger every year.
    They just announced that Lynne Cohen won the big prize. Her work is flawless and it was on display at the Olga Korper Gallery. A must see. Her work technically makes most other photography look like snapshots.
    Also, I was unaware that lobotomies were so cheap here. Must be related to our public health care coverage.
    Glad you liked the city.

    • Smogranch says:

      Tom,
      I stayed at the Drake and spent a ton of time at the Gladstone. Both are great, fun. I also saw Lynne’s work, got a tour of her work at a local gallery, thanks to Tara with CONTACT. A great time overal.

  3. Tom says:

    Next time check out this place. One of the best Art hotels in North America. Every room is different and all designed by artists.
    http://www.gladstonehotel.com/hotel

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