People Profile: Viktoria Dunker

Meet Viktoria Dunker:
Artist, designer, sprite of the universe.

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I met the bewitching Viktoria Dunker over a double-espresso latte with a squirt of hot chocolate, and I got more energy from her in our short exchange than I did after slurping my drink down with a slab of rainbow cupcake. My world has been more vibrant and vibrational ever since. She is an enchanting force that absorbs experience, churns it with an elixir of magic and inspiration, and explodes with the kind of genius creativity that spins the world like a galvanized disco ball.

What is your career? My favourite definition of “Career,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary is from the 1530s, which refers to “a running (usually at full speed), a course” (especially of the sun, etc., across the sky). I feel that this is an apt analogy to what I consider my career to be. Not so much a predefined entity, but rather a momentum- a trajectory in a general direction toward the unknown.

Is it the same as your passion? Yes

What is your passion? Living a life based on discovery and flowing reflection rather than one of attachment and sentiment.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Remaining consistent enough to keep “it” together; remaining diverse enough to create inspiration and opportunity. I tend to meet a lot of people, and it can become both very exciting and overwhelming. It’s a challenge, bringing my presence, truth and highest mind (sometimes they are in conflict with one another!) to respectfully meet those along the way with the attention they deserve. It is a challenge that some of them have not been getting what they have needed and they try to latch on their attachments at the first sign of reciprocity. It’s a challenge that on the other end of the spectrum, can exist a cold, disengaged sense of entitlement that will never acknowledge what you are bringing to the game of life. The reward to navigating this is discovering trends on the human condition while catching glimpses of people’s depths and exchanging momentary intimacy that sheds light on the best places that we can go as we edge into an uncertain future in these vastly changing times.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Meditate. Become personally aware. Go to the core of things rather than fixating on details. Stay alert and develop an instinct for taking the proper action at the proper time rather than following a however-many-step plan. At the same time, make lists of the practical actions you must take to fulfill certain aspects of your visions and keep as organized as possible. You wil find the balances in the fluxes.

Respect that there are also going to be times when your life is a complete mess. It’s alright to hit the bottom, but always get back up the minute you feel yourself hit the floor. Your best creative work is likely to follow if you catch the wave straight away.

Take nothing personally. Take everything personally.

Stay open to the signs the universe and your unconscious are offering you. They are in constant communication through the conduit that is you.

Keep discovering greater levels of personal truth with which to bond your integrity. It’s not always easy, but you will find ever-greater levels of happiness and fulfillment as you continue to do so.

Be open to life’s experiences as they come and go, but be very picky about who you spend your time with and discerning about what you do. You absorb a bit of everything you encounter and more of what you engage.

What does it mean to be an artist? It means tapping into the ceaseless flow of rhythm within and around you and bringing forth that which resonates most deeply with and from your core. You’re not just making pretty things. You’re opening your senses wide while seeking magic so that you may give others the opening to do the same.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Not exactly.

Why, why not? I really had no expectation for the future, and continue to remain fairly present. I just wanted the journey and me to take each other. It’s been a ride.

Where will you be in 5 years? Have you ever seen the film Lucy? I’d love to achieve ubiquity through all the dimensions. But if I must settle for a flesh and bone existence, I’d be happy with just being able to saunter through life, openly loving and experiencing genuine compassion and recognition with everyone I meet. We’re lucky to live in a time and a place where we don’t have to struggle for our survival. I can’t think of a better way to spend day to day life than feeding people, body and spirit . I would love to be in a position to manage my personal resources to help people learn to manage their own in order to sustain their living and thrive on their dreams.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? …Be kind, for you never know how a small act will impact a whole life. In turn, follow your intuition and explore: you never know when turning left instead of right will change your destiny.

Sometimes nobody in your immediate circle will like you. It’s a very big world, so don’t squander your power and talent with doubt and insecurity.

Knowledge sheds light on the darkness of fear. And if your knowledge scares you, you have much to learn. Discover ideas in words. History in personality. People in actions. Learn what hunger and nourishment truly mean.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Tell stories of the past so that the present generation inhereting the gift of the world in which to define and divine for their own may make clearer sense and sensibility of it. Unless you’ve given in and decided to become a cyborg- in which case, put your mind online and develop the ability to package your stories into metadata and learn to reduce their complexity into universally understood allegory (with charts and matrices!), you might be on your way out. But continue to be mindful of the fact that others are just coming in and need guidance. For the love of good, please don’t shut up and shut down.

Never stop uncovering fresh, inherent truth in nature and experience.

And yes, it hurts, but it’s only going to hurt more if you don’t put coconut oil on it and dance!

How lucky are you and why? I’m lucky that social and material success never came before succeding at developing a strong platform of principles and ethics, and a relationship with karma. Mind you, these things are perpetually in the working, but I think it’s extremely important to mature with them and allow them to guide and prioritize how you wish to spend your energy in this limited mortal plane before simply chasing a means to an end.

I am extremely lucky to be the person I am, imbued with the unique understandings that I have in life- as we all are! Somehow, I’ve managed to pull through some incredibly trying times without becoming a total jerk. And even at times when I act like one, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to continue evolving from a life of being surrounded by intolerant people, to ones who are alright with me periodically making really weak and ignorant mistakes, knowing that somewhere down there, growth is happening and awareness is cultivating. I’m lucky to be surrounded by others who are also making conscious attempts to grow and better the world with themselves. I’m also really fortunate to realize that my path becomes part of the path of everyone I touch. As long as I keep my heart and mind in the right place, in open communication with one another, my growth becomes somehow part of yours. Vice versa. So thank you.

I’m lucky to have made plenty of mistakes to keep learning from.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m actually extremely shy…

What makes you laugh? Elusive moments with butterflies, absurd coincidence, ironies that seem too good to be true and the voices inside my head. A LOT of things make me laugh, and it often comes out in really bizarre contexts and lasts way too long. Usually while I’m alone in public places…

What is fun for you? Lalligaging in nature like nothing matters. The barely sensical, synesthesia freestyle sputterring in my mind like quantuum torrets, existential banter, dorks, nerds, geeks, finding that thing that makes a super serious person crack a glimmer of a smile. Yoga in trees. Drunk parkouring. Adding random people on social media, never talking with them, then years down the line having absolutely life-altering experiences with them. Watching people evolve. I’m down for lots.

What makes you question humanity? Any time a person acts divisively- out of fear- instead of summoning the courage, strength and foresight to proceed through life with acts of love. Other acts of oppression. Watching science performed artlessly and art sciencelessly. Compartmentalized thinking, victimizing, and sabotaging attitudes displayed cyclically.

What is your favourite quote? It’s so hard to choose, because not only is humanity in constant communication with each other, but the Universe is in constant communication with each of its constituents- including us. It’s hard to pick favourites when life is but a stream.

Twist my rubber arm, here are a couple from a book called “The Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm:

“Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one “object” of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of his fellow men, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism. Yet, most people believe that love is constituted by the object, not by the faculty.”

“If I perceive in another person mainly the surface, I perceive mainly the differences, that which separates us. If I penetrate to the core, i perceive our identity, the fact of our brotherhood. This relatedness from center to center – instead of that from periphery to periphery – is ‘central relatedness’.”

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to?Yes! www.fatedesigns.net … this entity is pretty much inseperable from me at the moment.

Please provide something originating from someone else that you find particularly inspiring. Check these books out!
“Art of Loving” – Erich Fromm “Man and His Symbols” – Carl Jung “Seven Mysteries of Life” – Guy Murchie “War of Art” – Steven Pressfield “Secret Teachings of All Ages” – Manly P. Hall

Also, have a gander at these Manly P. Hall lectures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isPvvtsBYUA&list=PL2BDEFDA5573BE6F7

Thank you for your time and attention.
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To Viktoria I would give all the time and attention I have to give. I find her endlessly fascinating and spiriting.

Please take the time to check out Viktoria’s links. The Manly P. Hall lectures indicated above explore the therapeutic value of the great art. It is worth a listen. “Art is something that the artist must do.” I feel that. I am also making it a mission to read every book on her list.:)

Please explore www.fatedesigns.net wherein you will find a visual splendour originating from Viktoria’s genius. I’m gonna get me some leggings stat and put some coconut oil on it and dance ! :)

May you all have a glorious day of exploration and brilliance. Enjoy the world with all the vigour you can muster. Be a creature of purpose.

Lots of love, everybuddy! :)

New show announced: 9to5 Narrative

I’ll be sharing a story of romance at this on February 9!

  

Hey everyone! 9to5 Narrative is back! The second Tuesday of every month at the Monarch Tavern!

February we are sharing hopeful and awkward stories about romance in the workplace with a stellar line up of storytellers!

Come in out of the cold and spend the evening with us Feb 9 @ 8:00!

New Show Announced:Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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Thursday February 4th 2016 at 7:00pm 152 Augusta Avenue in Toronto

NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre) is hosting an evening of poetry, storytelling and music and I get to be a part of it! There’s even an open mic section, so you could be a part of the show!

NEDIC is a Canadian non-profit organization that provides resources on eating disorders & weight preoccupation. They have a wealth of information on their website at www.nedic.ca  and toll-free phone lines for communication as well. Please give them a look-see and pass along to anyone you feel may benefit from their service or you may be able to help the organization by getting involved and/or donating.

Hope to see you at the show on February 4th! I’ll be revealing a bit about Myselfie. ;)

Happy healthy eating, everybuddy!

:)

 

 

People Profile: M.K. Wood!

Meet M.K. Wood:
Author, dreamer, light of the world!


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M.K. Wood is an author! It’s official! On this auspicious occasion of her first (but not last) book being published, I hounded her with questions about life and art and she answered! Behold! :)

What is your career? My dream career…writing, but I do love my job as a Manager in hospitality. I meet the most incredible people, and from all over the world. (One of the hotels is an older resort, I love it, the people, and the ocean view…there is nothing like it! Quality Resort Bayside Parksville, BC).

What is your passion? To me… passion comes from within, and it can arise from different experiences…it is felt more than anything. Really, it is simple for me! I am passionate for the little things in life; things that make me smile or double over laughing or cry or feel love… you get where I am going. Passion is a beautiful word and it means so many different things to me.

What are some of your challenges and rewards? I think age and wisdom (or lack of) has a lot to do with some of my own challenges. I used to repeat some horrible patterns. Each stage of my life is different and I am constantly learning to grow. It is learning to let go and breathe. The greatest rewards are the lessons I have learnt along the way. The incredible people I have also learnt from. I have met a lot of beautiful souls and for that I am extremely rewarded.

What is your advice to others? If you believe in something badly enough, do it, and believe in yourself. If it is something you cherish, listen to that. And do some research! I was trembling when I brought my manuscript in! But I did it.

How does it feel to be an artist? An artist…I don’t know if I ever thought of myself in that way. Thanks! How I feel? I am really happy and grateful. And, a little nervous!

5 years ago did you expect to be where you are today? 5 years ago? I don’t remember what I had for dinner last night!

Where do you expect to be in 5 years? 5 years from now…well right now I am writing down by the ocean and freezing my buns off, (amongst other parts)! So I am kind of thinking… a trip to the Big Island would be nice right now! 5 years from now…at peace with myself and really happy! With several sequels of Piper’s Pond published and they are made into movies…what? I can’t dream? It is five years from now!

What would you say to your 8-year-old self?  “Believe in yourself, seriously… listen to that inner voice you hear, and it is okay to accept help sometimes…” I continue to say, to my eight years old self.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? I see my 80 years old self; rocking on the front porch, “Holy crap! We are still alive!”

How lucky are you and why? As sappy as this may sound; I am lucky and grateful, to have a roof over my head, clothes, food, a beautiful family, and loving friends.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I am afraid of whales and clowns…long stories.

What makes you laugh? People with a great senses of humor, the movie Holy Grail, my kids, and I laugh at myself a lot…I find humor in life’s simplest idiosyncrasies.

What is fun for you? I try to see and find the fun in everything…I try.

What makes you question humanity? Unfortunately I am one of those “thinned skinned” people. I can usually sense evil and negativity. I call it toxins or toxic! There is way too much evil in this world right now. But light is stronger, so I try to stay focused on the good. (Too strange of an answer?)

What is your favourite quote?  I am going with my Grade 12 high school yearbook: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller There are some incredible quotes out there and I could go on forever!

What is something you are proud to be involved in? Look for the Sequel to Piper’s Pond: Piper’s Pond The Unwritten Fairytale. I love volunteering for the Gleaners Organization, but sadly I missed going this year. I usually try to go twice a year into Oliver, B.C., The people there are incredible and have their own amazing stories to tell. The Gleaners can be found throughout the world and with volunteers of all ages working to help feed the hungry. The volunteers I have worked with over the years at the Gleaners are my extended family. My parents, my children, and I have volunteered in Oliver for years! www.okanagangleaners.com

I have a huge amount of respect for a woman named Judy Bergen. I had volunteered to go to Guatemala, and I had only briefly met Judy and her husband, Phillip, who run a project called Love Guatemala. I had no idea what I was getting myself into…it was a leap of faith. I wrote an article for the Oliver Chronicle about it (www.oliverchronicle.com/gleaners-to-guatemala-the-long-road-travelled). Phillip is now Judy’s guardian angel from above; it was an honor to have met and worked with them. Judy is an inspiring woman, loving, strong faith, and an extremely hard worker.

I could go way back and list a lot of really inspiring people that I have met throughout my life! Starting with my grandmother and parents!

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Inspired by M.K.’s real-life children, Skyler and Brody, Piper’s Pond reads just like your ma is nestled in with you whispering tales of ecstatic adventure straight from her heart-triggered imagination. I downloaded the e-version as soon as it was available so I could sink into it right away. Accompanied by a juniper wooden-wick crackling candle and a box of bonbons, I enjoyed following this tale and really felt like the author herself was there regaling me with the magical life of another world and the endless possibilities for this one. And I love the cover illustration too.
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“Piper’s Pond: With high school looming at the end of the newly beginning summer vacation, thirteen-year-old Skyler Wolfe is already starting to stress. So when she notices a piece of shining purple foil flickering in an air vent in her bedroom, the last thing she expects is to be plucked from her stressful, if commonplace, everyday life and invited on an adventure that she will never forget. With a brightly polished entry ticket to a mysterious destination, and an excited mother who seems to know far more than she is letting on, Skyler can only imagine what wonders await her at Piper’s Pond.” -cover sleeve description
Getcher copy in hard, soft or electronic version at FriesenPress here!
Enjoy, everybuddy!
:) Love Kat

People Profile: Glady Ledesma

Meet Glady of Gladycakes: cake baker joy maker!

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I have not had the sensational pleasure of having my mouth around one of Glady’s designs yet but I drool at the thought of doing so! We all have a chance! :) Like, look…. I just wanna touch and taste it all!

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Before Glady indulged me in flavour she indulged me in conversation! This is how it went down… like a good cupcake! ;p

What is your career? Maker of custom cakes. Bringer of sweet, delicious joy to every occasion.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Right now, the greatest challenge is balancing my time between a full-time day job (a necessity, for now), my moonlighting as a cake artist and, of course, being mom to my sweet (not a baby any more) daughter.

One of the greatest rewards of being a cake artist is seeing the amazement on people’s faces when they see their cake. I also love being people’s ‘cake lady’. It’s a pretty great feeling.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Do it because you love it. One can easily burn out in this industry, so the passion needs to be there. Also, always keep learning and do your research when it comes to the business side of things. It can be tough, especially if you’re doing it all on your own, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Nooo…

Why, why not? 5 years ago seems like a lifetime ago; a completely different book, let alone chapter in my life. I’m happy to be where I am now, but thankful for where I was back then. How’s that for cryptic? LOL

Where will you be in 5 years? Hoping the crystal ball has me in my own brick and mortar cake studio, designing and baking cakes full-time and just loving life.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? You’re beautiful in your body. Don’t let anybody tell you or make you feel differently. Also, keep baking. Don’t forget about it.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? What haven’t we experienced yet? LET’S DO IT!

How lucky are you and why? Pretty damn lucky. I have a supportive partner, family and friends that keep pushing me to pursue my cake dreams and help me constantly to make it a reality.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m not calm and collected all the time. I have my breaking moments just like everybody else.

What makes you laugh? Moments with friends.

What is fun for you? Serious fun is spending quality time with my family. On the more frivolous side, I can spend all day inside a cake supply store or a craft store and be happy as a clam :)

What makes you question humanity? The lack of empathy in todays society. It’s infuriating and heartbreaking at the same time.

What is your favourite quote? One of my favourites is, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde

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Glady is hosting her first pop-up event called The Handmade Holiday Pop-Up Shop on December 12th! She and I are SUPER EXCITED for it and hope EVERYONE checks it out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1645257779045751/

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You can getcher fill of eye cake at: www.gladycakes.ca!

I believe we can all have our Gladycake and eat it too! ;p
Happy day, everybuddy!

Love Kat :)

People Profile: Ross Douglas!

Meet Ross Douglas:
Singer-songwriter, actor and
male announcer voice for the trailer to your life.

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Oh Ross Douglas. Hearing him sing is like having a lion purr in your ear. He’s got a voice so rich, soothing and booming. It comforts me in the way music I grew up with does, like the powerful embrace of a hammock raising you to new heights and setting you back safely again gently; you’re still grounded but you’ve been stretched in amazing ways beyond return.

You bet I asked Ross some questions!

What is your career? Is it the same as your passion?  What is your passion?
I’m a songwriter/musician/actor /voice guy. My passion is unique expression from wherever it comes. I love music in almost all of it’s  forms and am drawn most to great songs in whatever genre. But all art from anywhere can take me away if I perceive an individual voice in it.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?
What is your advice to others embarking on similar career?

The challenges are making a living, liking what you are doing and continuing to grow.

Entertainers – unless they are at a massively popular level –are generally scratching away and hustling for their next gig. It’s not an easily secure lifestyle nor for the most part a lucrative one. So you better like what you do –there better be something inside you that accepts all the vagaries, and pushes on regardless. My greatest rewards are writing songs that I’m proud of, meeting and hearing people that astound and inspire me and absorbing the richness and uniqueness of interesting places.

What does it mean to be an artist?

Being an artist means creating something that is uniquely yours- your sensibility, your poetry- and having it contribute to a greater understanding of a condition or situation.

Art can be very personal-it can sit on a wall in your house for years and then one day “Voila!  I now get that use of shadow –I was in a place today that had the very same kind and I’d never noticed it before. Now I see it everywhere.!”  Or a phrase in a song uniquely captures a feeling  and it completely rings true to you in a way you’d never experienced before. An artist opens people up to the appreciation of things.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today?

No – I’ve reached the stage of life where I’m reducing the amount of physical stuff in it and the more I do the happier I am. I was a collector for many years and I’d be holding on to certain prized possessions forever. Now almost all of them can go—for the right price- I mean I’m not an idiot- I know what my Beatles collection is worth!

Career wise I had no clue where I’d be 5 years ago –I was cobbling together a varied career. Now I’m much more interested in my musical leanings than anything else and everything else is a servant to that pursuit.

Where will you be in 5 years?

I have no clue –but I want to be as musically productive as possible between now and then so hopefully in a state of artistic and personal bliss!

What would you say to your 8-year-old self?

Wait til you hear the Beatles  kid!  They’ll change your life!

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?

Mucho Gusto!

How lucky are you and why?

I have my health, I have people I love who love me. I have music. I have a roof over my head. I have a bit of money in the bank. I just worked with a musician I greatly admire. I have curiosity.  I’d say things are pretty good.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

My formality.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you?

Lots of different things make me laugh- I’ll use favorite programs as an example. I have delighted for years in the keen intelligence, wit, and combined homage to almost all forms of comedy in the show “Frasier”; likewise the brilliant satirical  incorrectness of  South Park; the razored observations of John Stewart and now John Oliver. On a human level – lusty joyous older people, inspired goofiness, a great smart joke.

What makes you question humanity?

Ignorant cruelty in all its forms. Currently, as I reside most of the time in the US- Donald Trump

What is your favorite quote?

You can’t have everything—where would you put it?

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to? 

There is a cat named Limberbutt McCubbins running for President of the United States He has a Facebook page. Google him if you want to have a bit of fun.

The cover of the album “Most Meant to Be” is a painting of my mother’s –one of several that I found under her sofa after she passed away. She never thought she was any good so she never showed what she did to anyone. I love this painting.  

I now add “hidden artistic skill” to the list of things I so admire about her.

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Well, I gotta say, Frazier is one of my all-time favourite shows so I know I’m in good company here. Plus– inspired goofiness is pretty much one of the highest values I hold!

I have had the pleasure of listening to the sweet sounds of Most Meant To Be. I highly recommend it. It is jaunty yet weighted with meaning. This is the perfect road trip album, eaten up by people of all ages who could listen to it over and over again. And THAT VOICE! For reals! Please do check it out! But whatever you do, please do not illegally share this album. It helps feed cats and they will find you and get nasty. Merwow.

For more Ross, head to his website www.RossDouglasSongs.com!

Happy day, everybuddy!
:) Love Kat

WonderFest TV Premiere!

WonderFest TV:
Spreading Empowerment Through You and To You!

Yahoo! We here at Let’s Make Good Productions are so pleased and proud to announce the world premiere of WonderFest TV September 1st 2015 on Rogers TV Peel

(THAT’S TOMORROW!!!!)

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What is WonderFest TV?

WonderFest TV is an extension of Let’s Make Good Productions’ live events that encourage participants and audience alike to nurture creativity and confidence in art and everyday life. WonderFest TV showcases and celebrates various Wonder Women and Super Men who are in pursuit of a positive lifestyle as we explore topics of music, visual art, literature, spoken word, healthy self-esteem, fitness, nutrition, mental health, goal setting, business planning, finance and more. WonderFest TV is an entertaining launching pad to discuss ideas and illuminate resources that may inspire and enable viewers to educate themselves and take action toward their dreams and living their best life.

WonderFest TV with hosts, Kat Leonard Music & Arlene Paculan airs on Rogers TV Peel!

AIR DATES!
Tuesdays starting Sept 1 @ 11:30pm!

Repeat times each week:
Wed @ 7:30 PM
Wed @ 3:30 PM
Sat @ 3:30 PM
Sun @ 9:00 PM

If you are in the Mississauga Peel area you can watch us on Rogers TV! If not, we should have an online link for you soon!

All the best, everybuddy!

:)

New Show Announced: Secret Handshake Sunday Aug 30!

  
Join us this Sunday in Kensington Market Toronto! 2-5:30pm 170a Baldwin Street. :) 

I want a bagel!

Sometimes, in a world filled with quinoa and kale, you just want a white bagel double-toasted brown with creamed cheese dripping all over your face. By popular demand, I am posting a snippet of my parody of Ms B’s hit which I performed for the first time as part of LMG Productions’ Wonder Women series. 

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I’ll be performing it again live this Sunday August 30th at the Secret Handshake Series 170 Baldwin Street in Kensington Market 2:00-5:00pm. Come if you can!

This is especially posted for you and your friends, Derek! I hope you all enjoy and I hope to see you again at a live show– where the magic explodes! :)

Happy final daze of summer, everybuddy!

:)

People Profile: Harrison Fine!

Meet Harrison Fine: Music Creator and Producer!

Harrison Fine is a singer-songwriter, performer, producer, tech guy, community builder and inspirer. Fine Productions is “producing the music you listen to.” It’s certainly producing the music I listen and dance to! Fine’s project Opus Eyes is some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I love the sounds, I love the feels. A high-recommend by me! NOW Readers Choice Winner 2014 for Best Producer, Fine has many production packages to choose from for all music-making desires. He also hosts Get Your Mic On, a casual and fun podcast that I had the pleasure of joining in on. Wanna hear us banter with Karl Machat? You can on The Kat Leonard Episode!  But enough about me! Let’s get to more from Harrison!

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What is your career? 

I am a Music Producer. I work with indie artists, songwriters and bands on a regular basis.

Is it the same as your passion?  

I would say so.

What is your passion? 

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to music. I used to belt out into opera in grade one. I wasn’t very popular, lol.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? 

Waiting. Trust. Faith. I’ve been doing something or other with music for ten years now. The digital era put a lot of talented individuals out of jobs — both artists and industry professionals. As rewarding as my job is, it’s the hardest one I’ve ever had.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career?

Believe in yourself in the face of adversity. Never give up and aim higher than you think is possible of yourself.

What does it mean to be an artist?

We are all artists in a way. To create is to be an artist. You don’t need a brush or an instrument. By adding creativity to your day, you are an artist.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not?

No. I have grown a lot in the last five years personally. It’s through this transformation that I have started believing in myself and what I am capable of achieving.

Where will you be in 5 years? 

That’s for the universe to know and for me to find out. I would love to be healthily working full time in music, shaping the world and still dreaming big.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? 

Always believe in you. No matter who people say you should be, always be you. Never give up and trust the power you have within yourself.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?

I hope I listened to my heart and took the road truest to me. I hope my choices lead to wonderful memories and everlasting growth.

How lucky are you and why?

Life is what you make it. I am lucky in many ways but in other ways I have faced many obstacles. To deviate slightly, I want to add that comparing obstacles with each other is futile. I have worked hard to get where I am and I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 18.

What makes you laugh? 

I love satire, stand up comedy and jokes which make you think. To deviate again, I feel people need to lighten up more and realize comedy isn’t going to hurt anybody. We are so damn serious these days.

What is fun for you?

Spending time with my friends. I like to eat out even though it’s more expensive. My latest thing is for Ethiopian. Veggie platters FTW.

What makes you question humanity?

The fact that we are all seeking happiness yet we trample on others just to get more for ourselves. As a result, none of us are happy and misery encircles our generation.

What is your favourite quote?

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind – Mahatma Ghandi

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to? 

If you want to find out more about what I do, visit FINEProductions.ca. Also, as a songwriter I’m always releasing new music. My latest project is called Opus Eyes. It’s cinematic alternative pop with an electronic fusion. Check it out at opuseyes.com.

Please provide a link to something you find particularly inspiring.
Instructions For Life by The Dalai Lama
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I will let you know that I am fortunate enough to have heard the full master of Opus Eyes’s Lightswitch and it is a FINE production!!! Get it? Seriously though– it is a full-on dance party for one when I play it. The music of Opus Eyes moves me in ways that last longer than the time the music plays. I can’t wait for its full release and the upcoming music video(s) and more. The world better brace itself. :)  And now, a picture of Harrison and I with our biggest fan! Get it? :)

harrison fan

Wishing you all a happy and creative day filled with what you wanna fill it with!

Love Kat :) xo

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