New LED costume!

New LED costume!

WEEE! I received my new LED costume in the mail! It’s a ballet tutu custom built for me, all dressed up for Christmas! Here’s a test photo to see the effect. It’s already snowing here in Montreal, and it just makes everything so pretty! This is so perfect for any Christmas event! I can’t wait to perform in it for...
How to obtain a permit for Street Performing in Montreal

How to obtain a permit for Street Performing in Montreal

Great news! I have recently been appointed to the joint committee of street performers (otherwise known as “Des Amuseurs Publics” here) in Montreal. At a recent city council meeting, the artists themselves select 2 appointees for circle show performers, and 3 for musicians. Let’s be clear, all I had to do was show up to the council meeting and volunteer for the position, but, still, YAY.  I am now officially a street rat advocate! Our job is to communicate with the city counsel when people need to resolve busking community issues. It’s been very difficult for me to understand this system & it’s recently changed again, so I am happy to be helpful for anyone coming into the city to try to explain the way things work. This city’s bureaucratic system is definitely broken in every way, and the busker permit is no different! Here’s what you need to know: To be a busker in Montreal, you need to obtain a permit from La Ville Marie on the 17th floor at 800 rue Maisonneuve est. They have recently gotten rid of the audition system, so you can now apply all year long. The license itself costs $160 to renew, and an extra $50 just to open a file if you are new. This is definitely the most expensive busking license in Canada! To obtain a permit, you must prove to the administration that you are worthy of being a street performer. You can do this by a) be a card carrying member of a professional association b) show that you have a education in the arts c) have another...
Showing up vs Showing off

Showing up vs Showing off

Notice the differences between your practice when you feel like you are in a comparative mindset.  Are you showing up, or are you showing off? Showing off is all about your ego, with you as the center of your mindset. You are in the future mindset with angst or arrogance. This is where you find yourself trying to prove something to other people, gain validation from their attention. This is where you are trying to be “the best”, “the prettiest”, “the coolest” instead of trying to do the work of expressing all the original expression only you can do. In contrast, by showing up, you connect with yourself authentically as you are right now. The quality of your work changes when you can be with yourself because you can connect with others. When you are showing up, you’ll find yourself able to listen, as you have already learned to listen to yourself. When you’ve stopped trying to prove yourself to others, you can slow down and turn your attention outwards and hear what the world needs from you. We artists need to promote ourselves consistently to be able to sell our work. Taking photos and videos, writing bios and promotion packages then creating perfection on stage. There is an enormous focus on our egos because we are the product we are selling. We sell our image and our moves. Showing off is an easy trap to fall into in the business. Yet, the other side to this line of thinking is that what we are really showing is the work we do on ourselves. Our ability to be authentic...
New Roving Act Available!

New Roving Act Available!

There is a new act on the block called Bubble masters! This ring master walks through crowds and uses all the bubbles to attract a little elf who catches the bubbles. A little show begins and the ringmaster walks ahead and begins the game again. Really fun for festivals and street crowds, replaying the magic of a mini-show until the end of the road! Check out the bubble masters and book it for your next festival!...

Maternity Leave

Hello Everyone!   Sorry I have been offline for a while. I was busy getting married and having a baby ! I am slowly coming back online as I apply to festivals and get back into training for the summer season. I look forward to doing more writing and vlogging.   Meanwhile, we started a website called www.ballcontact.org to share tutorials and ideas about Contact Juggling. I will be hosting more tutorials soon, when the baby is napping &  I can grab a chance to edit from my desktop. Otherwise, check out the video of a performance I was in called CirqaZerna when I was 7 1/2 months preggers!...
4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

When I was 18, I really didn’t care to get a license and drive. To this day, I still walk, bike and take transit almost everywhere. I love it! However, my parents were forceful about me driving. At the time, they told me “woman shouldn’t be walking alone at night.” Seriously, for this strong-headed feminist woman, that wasn’t convincing. Yet, I did pass the exam, and have learned to appreciate having the ability to drive throughout my life. It is clear to me know that learning the skill of driving is one that gives every young person the unique comprehension of being a leader. Although you can acquire these skills in other ways, it is rare when I meet someone who can’t drive who possesses all of them. And, although I feel it’s healthier for an individual, and better for the planet to bike to work, the knowledge that comes with learning to drive is unlike any other task. Decisiveness You have to be decisive when driving. It requires you plan a route in advance, when to get gas, if you will stop for a light when it turns yellow or even make quick decisions to turn around. Making decisions like this are the same kind of decisions we make to become leaders in our community. Responsibility to other people When you are a driver, you have a responsibility to your passengers in the car, as well as to all the pedestrians and other vehicles on the road, including bikes! If you fail to be responsible in a vehicle, you can harm, or fatally kill someone. This is a...
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