Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tumbling Into Light

Episode 65 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This final edition features TUMBLING INTO LIGHT, a multidisciplinary performance that examines the journey through darkness.


Friday, November 04, 2011

The Rose Centre

Episode 64 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features The Rose Centre for Young Adults with Disabilities, a unique organization that helps 18 to 35-year-olds living with a disability.


NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 18, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rendezvous With Madness

Episode 63 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This latest episode previews the 19th annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 4, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Hockey54 Show

Episode 62 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition follows up with Hockey54.com. The Toronto-based website is preparing for the debut of The Hockey54 show, which will air on an all-sports radio station in (of all places) Nashville, Tenn.


NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 21, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brazil on Film

Episode 61 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 5th annual Brazilian Film and TV Festival of Toronto (BRAFFTv).


NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 7, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Go Fly a Kite

Episode 60 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features WindFest - Toronto's Waterfront Kite Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 23, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Try Veg

Episode 59 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 27th annual Vegetarian Food Festival.


Next episode: Sept. 9, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Passionate Playgoer (Part two)

Episode 58 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is the final part of a two-part series featuring theatre critic Lynn Slotkin.


Next Episode: Aug. 26, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Passionate Playgoer (Part one)

Episode 57 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is part one of a two-part series featuring Lynn Slotkin, theatre critic and publisher of the widely-read Slotkin Letter.


NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 12, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011


Episode 56 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest episode features CanCulture, a new online magazine that celebrates Canadian art and culture.


NEXT EPISODE: July 29, 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mister Baxter

Happy Canada Day!

Episode 55 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Mister Baxter - an urban drama being performed at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: July 15, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011


Episode 54 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Bloom - a new play premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: July 1, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011

Youth Shorts

Episode 53 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 3rd annual Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: June 17, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Revisiting CKLN (Part two)

Episode 52 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is part two of a two-part series that revisits CKLN. The Ryerson-based station was forced to vacate 88.1FM, but will still broadcast online.


NEXT EPISODE: June 3, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Revisiting CKLN

Episode 51 of This Is Toronto is now available!
This latest edition is part one of a two-part series that revisits CKLN. The Ryerson-based station was forced to vacate 88.1 FM, but is still broadcasting online.

NEXT EPISODE: May 20, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

woman knocked out [by] cold

today my cold has knocked me out. cold.

i missed seeing steph and elyse and nolan today, slept through the whole day. i hear my phone ringing and i can't find it. i'm pretty sure it's in my bed.

last night my parents and daisy brought be food and treats and company. i feel right asleep and went into a time warp which dropped me off this evening.

i know i have things to do, but i can't remember them. i feel like dufferson who is currently enjoying senility.

i moved from my bed to the couch. then i walked my dogs around the block. i am quite sure i took a shower because i smell fresh. i am drinking water with a shot of apple juice to quell the unfortunate tasted in my mouth.

i had all these things i wanted to write. clever insightful things. i forgot them. my nose is running, my throat is rough, my ears are clogged. what?

for all the people i didn't get back to: what i have to offer in terms of communication for today is this picture.

(i know one doesn't wear goggles to box).

love lisa anita "sniffles" wegner

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fashion Schematics

Episode 50 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week (aka FAT); Apr 26-29.


Next Episode: May 6, 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011

Blue and White Love

Episode 49 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features WeWantACup.com, a new website that hopes to maintain the Maple Leafs' presence in Toronto. According to the site's founder, the team's lack of success hurts the city in many ways.


NEXT EPISODE: April 22, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Moving Images

Episode 48 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 24th annual Images Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: April 8, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011


Episode 47 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 14th annual Cinefranco Film Festival.


NEXT EPISODE: Mar. 25, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Saving CKLN

Episode 46 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This latest edition features CKLN 88.1 FM.

Since 1983, this Ryerson-based station has been an alternative voice on the Toronto airwaves. But a recent CRTC decision nearly took it off the air.


NEXT EPISODE: March 11, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

You've got me on my knees.

My iPod is a wild mix of music, most of it put there by friends. So it was interesting to hear the original Layla by Derek and the Dominos followed immediately by Layla unplugged also by Eric Clapton.

The original is blood red visceral and the guitar riff sounds like it came from his guts, ripped through his heart and Layla is the electricity that runs through his veins. When Layla has him on his knees I picture him desperately in love, enchanted, electric and collapsing to his knees in humility for the power her love. He's addicted to Layla, she has affected him so much. It's exhilarating.

Then hearing Layla unplugged directly afterward was remarkable. It sounded like the song was out of gas. Sounds like he could take her or leave her, whichever. And when Layla has Unplugged Eric on his knees it sounds like his collapse was too tired to stand up because playing that riff so slowly was exhausting. And he just wants to nap.

Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.


Let's make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don't say we'll never find a way
And tell me all my love's in vain.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Your Online Funny Pages

Episode 45 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Bitstrips.com, a Toronto-based website that allows users to create their own comic strips.


Next episode: Feb. 25, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Shakespeare In The City

Episode 44 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features the Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective, a group of Toronto actors who strive to make the works of William Shakespeare more accessible.


NEXT EPISODE: Feb. 11, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pride in the CBC: A Musical Request and Challenge

A challenge - which I'm crossposting on several net.venues today:

A friend of mine in the UK recently pointed out a song to me by a gent name of Mitch Benn, "I'm Proud of the BBC". It's been making the rounds across the anglophonic portion of the Net, and quite possibly beyond that corner for a few months now. It's even generating some spin-off merchandise of its own.

And I like listening to it.

And it got me thinking.

It's no secret I have a pro-CBC/Radio Canada bias. Have had such for a longish while now. Some of you reading this posting - wherever you're reading it - share in that bias, and rightly so.

The point: I'd like to see a fan-song extolling the historical and present virtues of the Ceeb. I don't quite know what rules to set on the thing so we don't run afoul of any laws or lawsuits. I just know I don't have the lyrical talent we need for this.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

why i live my life on facebook

i woke up with a start at 420 am (yeah) with some ideas that i wanted to write down. including some new antics for chausette, my new born stoner sock puppet. after writing furiously so i wouldn't forget anything, i am now completely buck awake.

coffee? of course. i fired up the espresso machine and made myself a tall water with lime.

i realized again why i like facebook & blogging. my days are so free form, around meetings and shooting and playing and creating, all on my schedule. when i write things down on facebook it's like an electrical journal for me. i still have paper notebooks too, mostly for drawing.

i remember writing a facebook note after a friend had said "what's it like with a job where you're not really helping anybody". my friend wasn't interested in the answer but i was. so i wrote it down... and then people commented and discussed... and i realized that storytelling can be the best way to help someone. so yeah, thanks facebook.

i love going off the grid just as much. i'm not big into rules or doing something just for the sake of doing it. right now i will live my life on facebook.

lisa anita wegner
boss lady of the dufferson herman arts umbrella/ mighty brave productions

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


One of the things keeping this particular contributor busy over the last few months has been writing small commentaries for the Spacing Ottawa weblog.

Today's instalment focuses on the state and perception of the Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch. Libraries being yet another form of civic infrastructure, that infrastructure being Spacing Magazine's main topic of interest.

All of which leads me to wonder how people across Canada view their local libraries...?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Neighbourhood Art

Episode 43 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features MABELLEarts, an organization that uses art to bring residents of the diverse Mabelle community in Etobicoke together.


NEXT EPISODE: Jan. 28, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Work Space, Live Space, Play Space, Solo Space.

If you'd have told me that I'd be living alone and working in my living space in 2011, I'd would have said 'no way Jose'. Well, sunrise surprise here I am living solo and working out of my front room. And the best part is how much I dig it.

With a roommate, my space would be too small to work in. And how amazing to have no overhead and half personal living expenses become right offs? Extremely amazing. For six years I had a workspace outside my house and I loved (sometimes -ha-) being able to walk away from work. Sometimes I didn't want to. Now I just unplug my work phone lines when I'm done.

I guess the real surprise is how much I heart living alone. I lived with my parents or with a partner my whole life. And one year with a highschool friend. I was always used to having someone around, eating meals at a table and being in reasonable touch with someone and sort of having a congruent social schedule. I didn't think I'd be interested in the solo living.

Sunrise surprise number two. I love the freedom; I eat candy in the morning; walk my dogs at 3am; wear pajamas all day; nap when I want; turn my phone off; go to High Park all day and anything else I can think of. I have people over when I want and then total peace when I want.

I think everyone that does something all the time (like living with someone) would benefit from taking a break from it. And then it's crystal obvious if you want to go back to it. I do think I'll partner up again, and at that time move my work out. But maybe after this freedom I won't want to.

Possibilities are delicious.

Dr. Lisa Anita Wegner

Living In A Movie.

I didn't go to film school and never was a cinephile. Directors names meant nothing to me before the last couple of years and not too long ago, I hadn't seen Gone With The Wind or the Wizard of Oz.

When I was a kid I would get really onto one specific movie and just lock and load. I would live it as much as I could. Costumes, collecting stuff, memorizing lines, singing the songs, pretending there was some elaborate reason that me and one of the characters had switched identities. I didn't have a video camera so I would put on plays based on the films I liked. Then as teenager I fell asleep before the end of movies and never re-watched them. I was happy to know the beginning of a lot of stories. And I still put on plays, and started making some video stuff.

Then about 5 years ago I decided seeing as it was my profession I realized it was time to add to my film knowledge library. I started with Birth Of A Nation and kept moving forward the golden years of Hollywood and so much more. Docs, foreign films, kids films, tv movies, series, claymation etc.

I was enjoying films less and analyzing them more. It was invigorating but felt like work.

Now I think I have found a
balance. I binge on films a lot and feel I have a specific taste but have acquired a wide appreciation. And I figured out how to get right into a movie and feel like I'm living and breathing it- like I did when I was little kid.

Wow Miss Geek really looks like me.
Lisa Anita Wegner

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The days & nights of an indie film producer.

Hello Public Broadcasting Readers,

I starting blogging in 2008 while I was prepping for the Cannes Film Festival. I got a lot out of it but after just a few postings I got very sick. So hello again. Nearly three years later I am back. Still creating content, telling stories, and getting them made.

Here is what's on my mind today:

I realized how much of my creative thinking I do while I am walking my two dogs. Stories, scripts, ways to pitch and problem solving are all things that come to me when I'm doing other things. And when my mind is somewhat occupied with something else. I have some techniques for helping this process but best is not to force it. Trudging through the snow in my snowsuit playing with dogs is a perfect time for a story point I had been stuck on for weeks to literally comes to me. Shazam.

It's not earth shattering news, I think this is a common phenomenon. But it was neat for me to figure out again and good for me to practice.

Coming in after dog walks and jotting everything down, made me notice how much content comes in that way. The nuts and bolts of producing fill days but the storytelling creative part of me, the part that I am proud of and that allows me to do this work, rarely comes alive while I'm sitting at my desk. So I thank my dogs. I wonder if Dufferson and Tanner will be the only canines with writing credits in film?

I am still easing in to work and currently working with a playful creative partner and happy to be back on track.

Also recently very inspired by Jim Henson and his amazing brain. I always loved The Muppet Show when I was little but investigating the worlds and characters that JH created have really opened my mind. He is a story telling inspiration machine. And the Muppet Show Cast Album is great on the ipod.

I was wanting to embed The Muppet Show season one opening here, but a link will have to do because I couldn't figure it out.

BTW who are the the 6 YouTube bastards who don't like the Muppet opening?

Looking forward,
Lisa Anita Wegner

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Ideas for Canada's 150th Birthday Projects

Inspired by remarks by Romeo Dallaire in recent weeks, Geoff d'Auria for the Tyee suggests a project or two of his own preference for Canada's 150th Birthday Party. I know of Dallaire's preference for pursuing the abolition of child soldier recruitment, and in my POV, both proposals ought to be pursued regardless of whether we can get them either done or at least underway in time. Nor are they the only ones.

Opinions, anyone?