Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fluid Edge - steel, sandblasted plate glass, neon 19" x 65"

My good friend Pattie Walker has won the Ontario Craft Council's Hey Frey Award for excellence for 2009.

Congratulations, Pattie!

As a result, she gets to show a piece in the Award Winners' Exhibition.

She has chosen to display a piece we did together, a set of three sandblasted glass and neon pieces. So once again I am treated to the thrill of seeing my work displayed in an art gallery!

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 3 at The Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, 990 Queen Street West, 6:30-8:30 pm.

The exhibition will continue from June 3 until July 11.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Afrofest is coming!
Afrofest 2009 will take place in Queen’s Park (behind the Ontario Legislature), on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12.
Afrofest is Canada’s largest African music event, and one of North America’s largest festivals of African music and culture.
It is also Amnesty International’s largest annual volunteer event in Toronto. Once again, we will have a significant presence at Afrofest, with general information on AI and actions on African issues.
We will be meeting thousands of people, and we will require 20-30 volunteers to do a three-hour shift over the course of the weekend.
Don’t know anything about African issues? No problem!
We will be holding a pre-Afrofest orientation meeting for volunteers on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 pm in the NEW Amnesty offices at 1992 Yonge Street.
Can you help?
Please contact:
Wayne Smith
Oh, and one more thing—there’s food, crafts and music!
Afrofest is fun!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Neither will we.

Wayne Smith has left a new comment on the post "Lessons from the Tragedy of BC-STV":

Electoral reform is dead only until the next horribly distorted election result, which should be coming along right about the time of the next election.

As a result of the election just past, BC once again has a "majority" government that most people voted against.

Once again, most voters are "represented" by someone they voted against.

Once again, most MLAs "represent" mostly people who voted against them.

Citizens, mystified at why politicians just don't listen, continue to sense that their vote doesn't make a difference. Turnout hits an alltime low. Most people don't bother to vote.

Our current voting system doesn't work. It doesn't work in the literal and straightforward sense that it does not accurately translate the votes we cast into political representation in our legislatures.

Because most of our votes have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, the outcome of every election is horribly distorted.

The people we vote for don't get elected, and the government we end up with is not the government we voted for.

As a result of the referendum campaign, thousands more people understand that our current voting system just doesn't work, and must be changed.

Once you get it, it's hard to forget it.

We need a fair voting system!

The problem hasn't gone away, and neither will we.

Posted by Wayne Smith to TruthTalkOnline at May 18, 2009 12:17 PM

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Big Band Update

Hey Fanz!

I'm now the regular baritone sax player for The Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble!

We have a series of performances coming up this spring:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Arnold's Sports Bar in Oakville
(8:00 - 10:00 PM)
Arnold's Sports Bar ($5.00 cover)

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at The Bread & Honey Festival in Streetsville
(11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Bread and Honey Festival

An Afternoon of Latin Jazz with special guest Rick Lazar
Sunday, June 14, 2009 at the Cooksville United Church
2500 Mimosa Row, Mississauga
(2:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Mississauga Big Band