SpinMilk is an annual hoop/poi/staff/etc/flow workshop in Edmonton, AB executed by the talented and beautiful Carla Snow and Nina Infinity. I received excellent instruction from Carla, Nina, Megan Baird and Chantal Dings in hooping; FloWarrior helped me build a basic foundation in staffing and folding fans; Jay Hale and Oaken demonstrated poi techniques I’ve been lacking wonderfully; Lindsay Istace went through an Intro to Contortion, Kacie Knight led an exhilarating conscious dance session; Saskia led an intensive intro to belly dance; Marcus Fung facilitated one of the best experiences of my life – Laughter Yoga (pew pew); and Nicole Rose shared a spiritual lesson in Chakra Hooping. These amazing individuals changed my life and my flow skills in such a positive way… I wish everyone learning any flow art could participate, I highly recommend you attend if the chance ever arises!
Just finished up an Alberta adventure. Last Saturday I attended Act a Fool with my sister and a few friends – first concert I’ve ever been to with my sister! It was a typical rave, I wasn’t really in the mindset for that type of concert so I can’t comment much on the quality as I can’t remember one DJ I saw… Spent the next few days in Whitecourt catching up with Brandon, Travis, Alex, and of course the family. Overall a relaxing, fun time 🙂 Things picked up in Red Deer at the Taboo Sex Show – I hooped with Jodie, Amanda, Lindsey, and a couple other girls – managed not to hit anyone with my hoop though it definitely went flying fairly occasionally. That was a blast, I could definitely get used to getting paid for that kind of gig; should consider permanently joining a troupe. Drove back to Calgary to work at the Jube then made the drive to Erskine for Easter at Grandma’s. Skyped Sierra and fawned over Rae and Jae’s cuteness. Ate turkey, survived a turkey coma, stopped at 14 in Red Deer and caught a glimpse of the epic Survivor birthday party Soda was throwing. Made yet another drive back to Calgary and saw Kasabian perform at Mac Hall with Smillie. Wow, what I band. The crowd was die-hard in love with them, and for good reason. They were smooth and hypnotic, supremely entertaining and talented. Can’t wait to rock out to their CD. Worked the Shen Yun performance for the next to two days. Now that I’m mostly unemployed, just need to discover a decent way to earn a living!
Saw Kim Churchill and Daniel Wesley perform last night at The Gateway. What a fracking BRILLiant show! Second time seeing Kim, man does that guy pour his heart, soul and sweat into each an every song. Unbelievably talented, that level of multitasking is truly inspirational.
Daniel’s set was very interesting a well, groovy, controlled, melodic nuances.. just a truly well established, beautifully executed performance. I wasn’t sitting for a second, and those awesome voices are going to be singing songs in my head for the foreseeable future!
Rather than trying to find a “legitimate” job that I would surely be unhappy with I’ve decided I’m going to busk with my hoop in downtown Calgary. It just doesn’t get any simpler than that, me, my hoop and generous onlookers. I’m hoping to meet some phenomenal people and fund my music festival obsession! First step – go downtown and get busking license and find out the best places I perform. This is exciting! The start of something good 🙂
My intention for initiating this blog… Blimey that almost got off to a pretentious start! I have thoughts, and perhaps by releasing them into the interwebz some good will come of it. Here goes!