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friday favourites 08.04.11

it's friday, friday getting down on... guess what i got stuck in my head? seriously, that song is like herpes- it spreads like fire in the dry season and nothing seems to get rid of it once it's installed. but who cares? it's friday, the weather here finally looks beautiful (we're cracking double digits!) and it's a great time to pause and remember what made filled the week with awesome.


team conversion: older, wiser, just as determined
a trailer to call our own :: the short teaser for conversion has been floating around since we were in the midst of filming and it does look pretty cool, offering a glimpse of the visual capabilities of our magical little camera. however, this week, we finally unveiled a real, proper trailer for conversion. finally, you can see a little bit of the characters in the film and hear what they have to say for themselves. it also gives an idea of what the film is really about. yeah, we're excited and yeah, we're proud. the film is actually remarkably close to being final and there's more happening behind the scenes as i type this, so stay tuned for more news to come. go team conversion! [fist pump]


SEE MORE FARVOURITES PLUS THE CAT PIC OF THE WEEK!



zoe's dream world :: my friend zoe posted these remarkable, dream-like short videos on her facebook page earlier this week. i love how they seem to create their own magical little world, where all the rules are strangely warped. they really do seem to represent some enchanted dreamscape, with visions beautiful and terrifying, all of which make sense in their own context.







aime come moi :: i take a perverse sort of pride in being a big supporter of the local economy. my tastes have never really run towards mass fashion and years ago, when i found this little gem of a store on mont-royal, big stores and i parted ways forever. aime come moi has carved a place for itself in my heart by consistently offering an outlet for a variety of local designers to showcase their sartorial wares. [i've also always loved the fact that the shop is the first one i ever saw to organise its clothing by colour, which i find far more aesthetically pleasing than organising by style.]

when we filmed conversion, every scrap of clothing that i wear is canadian designed and the vast majority comes from this unassuming little store. over the years they've been responsible for increasing the profile of designers like kollontai, annie 50 , dinh ba and slak, all of whom now have their own following. [links for each of these designers are on my permanent list of links on the right.] the shop has always featured designs produced exclusively for them, but most recently, the team of designers for the shop itself have truly excelled. much of the time i lived in toronto, i would come back to montreal to do the bulk of my clothes-shopping, because it's worth the trip.
our first engaged couple photo
mark your calendars :: you could say that this one just missed the press date for last week's friday favourites, but a year and a half after getting betrothed at a devo concert, dom and i finally set a date for our impending nuptials. since we have it on authority that the world is going to end on 27 may, 2012, we figured that we should get things taken care of before the party's over. so our end-of-the-world wedding spectacular will take place on saturday, 26 may, 2012. be there or be bored.

and that's a recap of what made this week what it was, which was, if i do say so, pretty darn good. throw in our monthly dj night at cagibi, a few pending developments with conversion and you have yourself a pretty entertaining mix.

for the coming week, i'm looking forward to another dj set, this time at retro-goth night kill me now, in the company of dj tyg and mr. dna. these parties have proven to be a blast of old school fun, so i'm happy to be cracking out those morose classics and a ton of black eyeliner. come dancing with the children of the night, april 9th at cabaret playhouse.

i'm also hoping that this will be the week that someone finally starts talking about issues in the canadian election, rather than trying to interest us all in their collective toenail clippings. well, i hold out hope, but it's a faint hope, you understand. i always have this idea that eventually, someone who's risen to a position of power will start to treat us all like adults. i suppose they'll do that as soon as the juvenile fear-mongering about their opponents ceases to work.

finally, here's this week's shot from the cat farm... yes, it's another shot of sexy simon, who can't ever get enough camera time. photo by dominic f. marceau.


have a great week guys and, as always, feel free to share the things that make the crap we encounter a little easier to deal with!

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