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WonderFest Report Day 4: Wowza!

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Oh, man!!! There is so much of the spreading of empowerment through art happening during WonderFest that I feel I can’t do it justice in prose!

For fuller details on our experience, see our WonderWomenWorld blog!
In a nutshell, Day 4 brought us:

Workshop: Turning Wounds Into Wisdom lead by Nova Browning Rutherford.
The group learned to accept the discomfort of change, to focus on actions that lead toward our goals and values, and that life is in fact long and not short therefore we have plenty of time to figure things out and follow our path!

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The Workshop group!

 

Super Men Concert!  Wowza Wowza what a lineup of talent to digest!  The evening was jampacked with music and words to move the soul, friendship to fill the heart, and laughter to jiggle the belly!

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Arlene and I with the wonderful Super Men!

 

Which brings us to tonight! Tonight is the WonderFest finale: Wonder Women in Concert! Gladstone Hotel 7pm (doors) 8pm (show) with art displays, videos, vendors, a special comic book photo booth for all, and of course the lineup of Wonder Women!  I’ll be performing my new song Love Mania! Wakawakawakawaka!  We hope to see you there spreading empowerment through art!

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The foundation of friendships is a force for mountain moving! (Arlene Paculan and I, WonderFest co-conspirators!)

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WonderFest Report-Day 1!

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What a wonderful kickoff!

WonderFest Day 1 was a huge ball of fun and success!  It started out with Arlene and I interviewing and performing on Rogers Daytime Peel! Arlene and I both wore turquoise– and we didn’t even plan it!  Sonia our host wore boots to match us– again not even planned!  We were meant to be on Daytime on this day to spread empowerment through art as well as hues of blue! 🙂

Yukking it up with Sonia Sache on Daytime Peel!

Yukking it up with Sonia Sache on Daytime Peel!

Yes, that's empowerment being spread by those gyrations!

Yes, that’s empowerment being spread by those gyrations!

Even my socks and the rim on Arlene’s boots matched the Daytime set! I mean, come on!  What a wonder! 😀  You can watch our video segment here: Kat & Arlene on DayTime!

In the evening we headed to The Central for the first free workshop of the week: Business Planning for Artists with Heather Hill! We had an intimate group of lovely attendees!  Heather Hill is an easygoing and compelling workshop leader with engaging personal anecdotes and effective tangible knowledge to share. The tools and advice shared by Heather is applicable to all business types, and the information was soaked up by the mix of musicians, filmmakers, massage therapists and producers alike!

With our fearless and funny leader Heather Hill!

With our fearless and funny leader Heather Hill!

Learning learning learning!

Alissa Vox Raw (L), Ty Hyland, Lisa Sciannella, Christine Battiston, Angela Saini (centre)

I couldn’t be more proud to be part of such a great evening and start to a wonderful week of wonderment at WonderFest! We still have 3 more free workshops and 2 concerts to celebrate during WonderFest!

Tonight we meet at The Central again for a night of collaboration and open mic performances! Sign up is at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!

Happy WonderFesting, everyone!  May you always feel empowered to make all your dreams come true!

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For full details on WonderFest’s events, visit: www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com

love KAT

What does empowerment mean to you?  What word can describe it for you?  Freedom?  Choice?  Doritos?

Help us spread empowerment through art one word at a time!!! Pick a word, and take a picture with it in as creative a manner as you like! Spread your word!  Here’s how! xoox

Tania Joy

MARCH 4-8, 2013 is International Women’s Week, and LMG Productions celebrates by presenting WonderFest, a weeklong series of workshops and concerts that aims to promote an inspiring culture through art; a place for people to connect, cultivate and celebrate. WonderFest is coming March 4-8, 2013 Toronto!

YOU can help us spread empowerment through art too!

1) Choose ONE WORD of EMPOWERMENT

2) Take a PHOTO with your word

3) Tweet @LMGProductions “I’m spreading empowerment through art! #WonderFest”or email ImWorthItInfo@yahoo.ca

We would be honoured if you would join us in our passion towards encouraging and empowering individuals through art.

For WonderFest schedules and details visit www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com

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WonderFest – Help Spread Empowerment!

WonderFest – Help Spread Empowerment!.

 

YOU can help us spread empowerment through art!

How?  Like this:

 

1) Choose ONE WORD of EMPOWERMENT

2) Take a PHOTO with your word

3) Tweet @LMGProductions “I’m spreading empowerment through art! #WonderFest”

or email ImWorthItInfo@yahoo.ca

 

If you wish, there is also opportunity for you to make it into our next video as well as onto our Wall Of Empowerment at http://www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com!

Life With More Cowbell interviews Lisa Anita Wegner, an amazingly stunning woman who credits art for saving her life after a brain injury! She shares her story during Wonder Fest Wednesday March 6th 7pm-8:30pm at The Fringe Creation Lab. Details here: http://wonderwomenworld.tumblr.com/WorkshopDetails
“Figure out what it is you love doing and never stop… Everyone can do this, and I encourage everyone to find what it is for them and go after it with gusto. Pierce the mundane to find the marvelous inside you. You are worth it!” Lisa Anita Wegner.
Do yourself a favour and check Lisa out! For serious, yo! love KAT xoxox

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When Kat Leonard introduced me to multi-talented, muti-faceted, multi-media working artist Lisa Anita Wegner, what struck me the most was that Lisa credits art with saving her life. You can read her story here. And when I visited her blog site, I was blown away by the imagery in her pixel paintings.

I had a chance to interview Lisa over email – here’s what she had to say:

LWMC: Hi, Lisa. I was looking at your WordPress blog site and the Mighty Brave Productions site to get a sense of the work you do – and was amazed at the multi-faceted aspect of your work overall, and how it all boils down to authentic storytelling, and using story to make interior and exterior connections. You’ve worked as an actor, producer, writer, filmmaker and visual artist. What else? What came first for you and how did the media you work…

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WonderFest: The Workshops!

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Announcing details on our wonderful workshops! 

Workshop: Monday March 4,2013

Business Planning for Artists with Heather Hill

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

A dream without a plan is just a wish.

It is easy to dream about your career as an artist, but without written goals, priorities and plans, your dream is just a wish. Heather Hill, an independent musician and a high tech product marketer, will guide you through the business planning process for your art. She will detail the areas you need to consider to be focused and successful: your company/artist story, your market, your goals, your strategy to achieve those goals, your customer/audience, your competition, your marketing tools you will need (the 5 Ps of marketing: Product, Promotion, Place, Price, People) and your financial plan. In this interactive workshop, Heather will help you to further define your plans and goals, and you will leave with a framework to help you continue this process.

Heather Hill – MBA, MA, ARCT

Late one night on a business trip in England, an unmistakable voice told Heather she needed to quit her executive career and return to her music. Heather left a successful high-tech marketing job, sold everything, went backpacking, and the songs poured out. She fell in love, had babies, wrote songs, made two albums, created a songwriting guild, and now she wants to bring change and spread hope and love to anyone who will listen. Rooted in piano rock, Heather Hill is currently working on her third release. She launched her second album Leuty Station in May 2012, which features a collection of songs about women’s issues and the courage to face life challenges head on. She quickly followed the success of the launch with a Canadian tour, TV and radio play. Her first album “Listen” was released in NYC in 2005. Her voice is often compared to Kate Bush, her piano style to and Tori Amos and her songwriting to a young Leonard Cohen. She is working with Jan Cooper Publishing in Vancouver.

www.heatherhill.ca

Workshop: Tuesday March 5,2013

With various local musicians and YOU!

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

The greatest expression and art is motivated by curiosity, creativity and play.  It is invaluable for an artist to be able to be spontaneous and creative with themselves and with others.  Playing within your art is a magnificent way to be free and let the muse whisk you away; to play without a plan and let spontaneity open the omnipotent channel from the gods; to let a chance surprise become a gift of genius. Have you ever felt the spark and chemistry of creating something with another human being?  Have you ever co-written a song?  Join us for a night of collaboration exercises and open mic performances.  You never know what magic will transpire and inspire!

 

Workshop: Wednesday March 6,2013

How Art Saved My Life with Lisa Anita Wegner

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

After a trauma, art saved my life. Now I am allowing it to create my life.

Lisa Anita Wegner is an actress and film producer who in 2008 suffered a trauma-related brain injury. The Women’s College Hospital Trauma Therapy Program encouraged her to use visual art for her healing. At that point she began generating creative content, something Lisa had never done in her previous work life. Her first solo video, “So Who Am I Anyway?”, was bought by the Phoenix Art Museum for their video collection and was included in their Selection 2011 screening. Lisa was invited down to Phoenix to speak about her experience and show examples of how the injury has affected her work.

Screening a sample of film clips, personal therapy videos and pixel paintings, Lisa will tell her story for the first time in her hometown of Toronto at WonderFest. By getting to know her authentic self through art therapy, Lisa pierced the mundane to find the marvelous; she unearthed a creative life more fulfilling, rich and wild than she ever expected.

www.LisaIsMightyBrave.com

Workshop: Thursday March 7,2013

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom with Nova Browning Rutherford

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

It is a vital process to develop and maintain positive self-esteem.

• Learn to use your past pain to propel your future progress.

• Learn to gain acceptance for what you are and let go of what you are not.

• Gain the skills to recognize and release toxic relationships at work, home or school.

• Take control and discover how challenges can be used as an opportunity to grow.

• Discover the secret to optimism no matter what life throws your way.

• Develop accountability skills – for past successes and for your role in the ‘drama’.

• Learn to use your voice and apply the 3 keys to a successful confrontation.

• See new results by taking action and create a Mastermind list.

Nova B. Rutherford has been helping young women and men develop a thorough understanding of ones own personal values – emotionally and spiritually – by using methods that are crucial to staying mentally connected to those values, which in turn help to create rewarding personal and professional relationships. Nova’s ten years of expertise in the entertainment, music, and marketing industries provides nuance to her programming which help to empower a new generation with these tools for life.  Since 2009, Nova has provided her dynamic programming to such organizations in the U.S and Canada such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, Youth Mentoring Connection, Voices Of Tomorrow The Remix Project, BlogTalkRadio, the AIDS Project Los

Angeles, Ontario District School Board, StoryCorps, ACT-SO and The Forgiveness Project.  Nova has served as the keynote speaker at the “Women Empowering Women Symposium,” and as a featured panelist for the “United Nations Associations 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day” in Los Angeles, California.

www.ButILoveMeMore.com

And don’t miss…

WonderFest: The Concerts!

Thursday March 7,2013

Show: Super Men in Concert

Doors 9:30pm Show 10:00

The Central, 603 Markham Street

$10 at the door- receive $5 off Wonder Women in Concert

 

Friday March 8, 2013-International Women’s Day

Show: Wonder Women VI in Concert

Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

$10 at the door

 www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com

WONDERFEST IS COMING!!!

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MARCH 4-8, 2013 is International Women’s Week, and LMG Productions celebrates by presenting Wonder Women VI: WonderFest, a weeklong series of workshops and concerts to spread empowerment through art.  This International Women’s Week edition of Wonder Women will be the largest Wonder Women event yet. With four free workshops and two concerts involving approximately 50 wonder women and super men of varied media, WonderFest is certain to make a positive artistic impact on the community.

At LMG Productions we truly believe that we are in this together, and we would be honoured if you would join us in our passion towards encouraging and empowering individuals through art.

Introducing our new blogsite:

www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com/

 WONDERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Monday March 4, 2013
Workshop: Business Planning for Artists; Heather Hill
7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street
FREE

 Tuesday March 5, 2013
Workshop: Playing With Music; Collaboration/Jam/Open Mic
7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street
FREE

 Wednesday March 6, 2013
Workshop: Healing Through Art; Lisa Anita Wegner
7:00-8:30pm at Fringe Creation Lab, 720 Bathurst Street
FREE

 Thursday March 7, 2013
Workshop: Turning Wounds Into Wisdom; Nova Browning Rutherford
7:00-8:30pm at Fringe Creation Lab, 720 Bathurst Street
FREE

Thursday March 7,2013
Show: Super Men in Concert
Doors 9:30pm Show 10:00
The Central, 603 Markham Street
$10 at the door- receive $5 off Wonder Women VI in Concert

Friday March 8, 2013-International Women’s Day
Show: Wonder Women VI in Concert
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
$10 at the door

 HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! XOX WW XOX

WONDER FEST!

As Artistic Director of LMG Productions and the Wonder Women series, I am pleased as sangria punch with big chunks of saturated fruit in it to announce the first-ever week-long Wonder Women Festival happening during International Women’s Week March 4-8, 2013! 

As always, the aim of Wonder Women is to help spread empowerment through workshops and performance in order to share talent, ideas and encouragement through art– music, dance, comedy, spoken word, visual art, etc, etc, and art as yet to be invented.

For Wonder Women blurb and photos from the most recent event, Wonder Women V, visit my page dedicated to it: katleonard.com/wonderwomen

If you know of any wonder women, or are one yourself, interested in being involved with the Wonder Women series, please contact us at ImWorthItInfo@yahoo.ca.  We ask that submissions to be considered for the March 2013 Wonder Women VI event be received no later than September 30,2012.

I’m really, really, really looking forward to WWVI so much that I may get a tattoo to commemorate it! Or finish another bag of Doritos.

And just because this post is so woman-centric, I leave you with a nice chunk of man to muse over.

Enjoy!

www.KatLeonard.com