Backyard Tourist – Kultrun Music Festival

In celebration of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Neruda Arts presented the Kultrun Music Festival in Victoria Park in Downtown Kitchener.  Celebrating diversity, this festival features local and international music artists and artisans representing the only event in the region selected by Ignite Ontario to host a cultural celebration of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  These images are of Tribu Baharu, a high energy band from Caribbean region of Colombia; if you ever get a chance to hear them I’ll doubt you’ll be able to stand still.  Their over the top personalities and charisma is definitely contagious!

 

2015 Toronto Rugged Maniac Race

Well, at least it was in the Toronto Area!  The first ever Canadian Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course Race was actually held in Kitchener-Waterloo at the venerable Chicopee Ski Hill in May.  A thundery, rainy day didn’t  upset the racers or spoil the fun as they ran through 5km of obstacles, mud and other hardships to make it to the finish line.

 

2015 Waterloo Purina Walk for Dog Guides

One of the great things that Lions Clubs are involved with is providing training for dog guides.  These dogs provide services for people with many different conditions.  From visual assistance to autism, diabetes and seizure support these amazing animals provide companionship and offer independence to those suffering from many different ailments.

Purina sponsors a national fundraising dog walk event every year in support to increase public awareness and raise funds to keep this program affordable.  The walks are usually done on the last weekend in May, but for some reason Waterloo, ON always holds theirs a week earlier.  This year the Waterloo walk raised a record breaking $33,000 – congratulations!

 

Cutting the Ribbon to start the Walk
Cutting the Ribbon to start the Walk
Up early to prepare for the walk
Up early to prepare for the walk
Walkers getting their morning cup of coffee before starting the walk.
Walkers getting their morning cup of coffee before starting the walk.
Heading to the starting line for the Dog Walk
Heading to the starting line for the Dog Walk
Getting ready to feed the hungry walkers.
Getting ready to feed the hungry walkers.
CTV was out this year interviewing people and the organizers regarding the Purina Walk for Dog Guides.
CTV was out this year interviewing people and the organizers regarding the Purina Walk for Dog Guides.
Last minute instructions for the walkers.
Last minute instructions for the walkers.
2015 Purina Dog walk in support of guide dogs was brought out the largest crowd in Waterloo.
2015 Purina Dog walk in support of guide dogs was brought out the largest crowd in Waterloo
A thank you for Piller's who donated the hot dogs for this year for the Purina Walk in support of Dog Guides.
A thank you for Piller’s who donated the hot dogs for this year for the Purina Walk in support of Dog Guides.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are used to help those in need.  Even Poodles!
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are used to help those in need. Even Poodles!
Have to taste test the Piller's hot dogs
Have to taste test the Piller’s hot dogs

 

2015 Outlaw Food Food Truck Picnic

Lunchador Food Truck

One of the things that KW lacks is a food truck scene.  Luckily the ones we have are exceptional.  Lunchador, Berlin 95, The Lancaster Smokehouse, The Bruce Caboose, and several others took over Civic Centre Park where foodies and families can enjoy what these vendors have to others.  While munching on street eats, local musicians and buskers entertained the crowd and providing some time to determine which truck to try next.

The Kitchener BIA chose an excellent spot for this family friend event by having the trucks parked at the the Civic Centre Park.  There’s plenty of shade and play equipment allow kids and adults to burn off calories as well as stay cool in the early summer sun.

Food Truck Berlin 95
Berlin 95 is a food truck specializing in German Cuisine.
You better get your food quick at the Lancaster Smokehouse truck.  Food was gone mid-way through the day.
You better get your food quick at the Lancaster Smokehouse truck. Food was gone mid-way through the day.
Order taking is entertainment for some food trucks
Order taking is entertainment for some food trucks
Lunchador Food Truck
Crowds gathered to taste Lunchador’s mexican fusion cuisine.
The wacky Silly People and their juggling, clowning and balloon act.
The wacky Silly People and their juggling, clowning and balloon act.
Bruce Caboose
The Bruce restaurant’s food truck specializing in Poutine.
Entertaining the Crowds
Entertaining the Crowds at the Outlaw Food Truck Picnic

The Sights of New Orleans

Music, food, architecture and swamp.  New Orleans is a great place to explore and capture many different aspects of its personality.  With plenty of public transit options, for $3 a day you can travel across the city and not have to worry about how you’re getting home.

Eating Through New Orleans

For our 12th anniversary, my wife and I decided not to wait any longer and head south to enjoy the sights, sounds and food of the Big Easy.  It’s a city that has melded the old and the new in a manner that is both an enjoyable and tasty experience.  If you’re Canadian, the closest city that we have to compare it with is Montreal.  It has an “old” city where buildings and culture are being actively pursued with a backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and suburban communities.  But never forget that this is a party city.  Every night around 7pm the famous Bourbon Street closes to traffic and readies itself for music, food and fun.

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Natural Beauty of Alberta

There’s something wondrous about the beauty of Alberta, Canada.  It’s national and provincial parks have such a variety of terrain it’s difficult not to be in awe by mother nature’s handiwork.  From badlands of Drumheller to being surrounded by mountains I’d be looking for ways to spend more time in the outdoors.

The river views are from Bow River that flows through the town of Banff.  Some of the mountain views were taken from the top of Sulphur Spring as well as a hike on the Grassi Lake Trail close to the Canmore Nordic Centre.

2014 KW BADASS DASH

The BADAss Dash is an annual obstacle course race held  across North America in support of Autism Speaks, a organization dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism. Divisions for elite, novice, kids and even those with pets are able to participate.  Below are a few of my favorites photos of this event!

 

HEADSHOTS AND PORTRAITS

A sample of portraits and headshots I’ve done.  Although I’d rather be doing this type of work outside or at a client location, sometimes you just need a simple plain background.

Favorite Photos

Here are a few of my favorite photos that I have taken through my journey to become a better photographer.  I love getting into situations that stretch my capabilities and learn what works and doesn’t work.

 

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