Posted on August 14, 2014
Travel is the best education. It’s also the ideal form of rebellion.
It’s the no-bullshit way to find out who you really are. What you’re made of. Hell, some of the best travel advice quite possibly ever comes via Bill Fucking Murray: “Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world… And if when you come back to JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” Genius, that Bill Murray. Traveling will change your life. It will. Getting lost in a foreign country in which you only know how to say “hi” is the best way to develop character. I’ve been lost on five continents. (Drinking may or may not have been a factor on occasion). Every time, though, I discover something new. Here are my three quick and dirty rules for travelling. Follow them. It’ll change your life.
Rule No. 1. Ask the locals.
I can’t stress this enough. Nobody likes a tourist. Tourists are needy and annoying with their point-and-shoot cameras, typically ignorant (which, truthfully, is fair as you know jackshit about the local culture at this point), and just plain confused. Avoid that—ask the locals. Where’s the best place to eat? When there, what local dish should you try? Where do you go for a pint after a long day of hiking some godforsaken waterfall in rural Togo that the guide book told you to? The locals know best. The guide books are going to lead you to the overpriced and trite tourist traps. Hell, if you think that the CN fucking Tower is Toronto, then you’re batshit. And a tourist. Get off the beaten path. Read More
Posted on August 10, 2014
I’m a bloody lucky cat.
Not because I have tested somewhere around 7 of my lives, but because of my buds. We just returned from a week-long, couldn’t-possibly-do-more adventure in a lakeside chalet north of Mont Tremblant to celebrate my forthcoming exchanging of the vows.
Yes, week-long party.
There was a Modest Mouse concert to kick it off. White water rafting. Volleyball. Ample beer drinking. Football. Fixing tires on the side of the highway. Swimming. Canoeing. BBQing. Paintball. 70-foot frisbee tosses. Flip cup. General shenanigans. Some more beer drinking for good measure. Fireworks. Skinny dipping. Camp fires. Oh, and zip lining 3,000-feet long lines high above Tremblant’s treeline. And some unmentionables that I can’t include. (It was a bachelor party after all).
Take a glimpse at our adventure. Click any photo to open in lightbox. Thank god for good friends.
Posted on July 27, 2014
One beautiful lady with one beautiful hairdo.
Posted on July 21, 2014
I was in Montreal last weekend. Just a little getaway. I always have a good time in Montreal, and this time was no exception. The city was alive. And on the Saturday, there was a massive downtown street sale in which traffic was cordoned off and shoppers roamed the streets en masse.
It was hectic. As I got to a particularly crowded spot, I spotted Zombie Boy. If you haven’t heard of Zombie Boy (real name is Rick Genest), well, the cliff notes is that he’s tattooed from head to toe to look like a skeleton. He’s also from Montreal. He also was diagnosed with a brain tumour before he got any of the tattoos. Oh, he’s in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video.
Anyway, I took some shots, of course. People were posing for photos with Zombie Boy. He was stoic as most photos of him are. Creepily stoic. It wasn’t until about three minutes later that I noticed that it was a wax sculpture of Zombie Boy. A very believable, almost too well done wax sculpture. Hauntingly good.
Anyway, take a look at Zombie Boy—not in the flesh.
Posted on July 11, 2014
Posted on July 2, 2014
Shooting a close friend’s wedding is both an honour and a stress. Of course you want to help them out, but you also don’t want to screw it up. It is a big day after all.
Jeremy and I have been close buds since grade school. He’s a kind and compassionate soul. Always has been. And now he and Ashley are hitched. For their big day, I was the groomsmen photographer while Mandy, an awesome photog, captured the ladies. And the coolest part? They got married about a country mile from where I was raised in Hanover, at this beautiful new spot called The Harvest Room. A treasure. Anyway, here is a sneak peek of their big day. Click on any photo to expand.
Congrats, Jeremy and Ashley!
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Posted on June 15, 2014
Being a part of a wedding is always a big deal. Especially so when you’ve known the bride since she was 5 and you called her Squirt. I was honoured to photograph Eric and Beth’s big day. And what a day for a beautiful couple. Click on any photo to expand.
Congratulations, Beth and Eric!
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Posted on June 1, 2014
by RYAN BOLTON
Ah, good ol’ summer movies. Doesn’t get much better than a solid summer action movie, does it? Wrong. Add in a solid dollop of red-hot actresses and then you have a top notch, take-my-$13-and-give-me-a-seat-as-close-to-the-screen-as-possible summer flick. And this summer’s offering is no exception. The major studios are pumping out films for every movie fan. You’ve got some action (Scarlett Johansson tearing it up in Lucy), you’ve got some A-star comedy (Cameron Diaz is back in Sex Tape), there’s a sprinkle of 3D sci-fi epic with Mila Kunis (yes!) in Jupiter Ascending and some horror for the screamers with Olivia Munn starring in Deliver Us from Evil. Oh, and how could we forget the crime-fighting nostalgia of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Megan Fox? Now we’re excited.
So sit back and brace yourself, we’ve got you covered for the standout actresses of summer.
Scarlett Johansson is a real-life superhero to us. This time, she’s a super powered drug mule that turns on her captors with her mind-bending abilities. And I mean mind-bending literally, as she has the power to use more than the typical 10% of her brain. So, both a brainy and brawny film with Johansson as the lead. Nice. To add to the matter, it’s directed by Luc Besson, the guy at the helm of The Fifth Element, so he knows a thing or two about strong female characters. Not to mention visually-intense movies.
Jane Got A Gun
Everyone’s favourite Natalie Portman is mixing things up. Again. Eschewing the Oscar-friendly roles like the venerable Black Swan, or the odd and likable Sam in Garden State, Portman is taking her shot at action-meets-western-meets-drama. And it’s got us quite excited. Playing the title character of Jane, Portman seeks revenge after her husband turns on his own gang and receives eight bullets for his efforts. Furthering the directness of the movie’s title, Jane prefers guns to see the aforementioned revenge through. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what role Portman decides upon as she always gives it her all—let’s not forget the head-shaving in V for Vendetta—and we’ll be watching, gladly.
Cameron’s back! And thank god. Our favourite bad teacher is in quite the pickle with this upcoming raunchy summer comedy. Reunited with co-star Jason Segel, Diaz and Segel look to boost their bedroom time by, you know, making a little sex flick. Problem is, it gets uploaded to the “cloud” and it’s out for every one of their friends to see. You know with Segel and Diaz steering the ship, there’s going to some lolz and R-rated hooliganism. We can’t wait.