Love, Loss, and What I Blog: Spotlight on Lisa Horner

Lisa is returning to the Panasonic Theatre where she was last seen as Claire, David’s mother in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival hit that was picked up and expanded by Mirvish Productions.  A critical and financial success,  it played to over 60,000 people in under six months and was recently named number seven in Toronto Life Magazine’s ‘Top Fifty Reasons We Love Toronto’.

Past credits include five seasons with the Shaw Festival (Ruth Sherwood Wonderful Town, Tessie Tura Gypsy, Liz Imbrie High Society, Julia Browne After the Dance, Something on the Side, Diana of Dobson’s, Pal Joey),  two seasons with the Stratford Festival (Fiddler on the Roof, Patience, world premiere of Good Mother),  as well as productions with Canstage, Drayton Entertainment, The Grand Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, and Stage West Mississauga.

TV and Film credits include Little Mosque on the Prairie (recurring role of Ellen Parvy), Majority Rules, Wind at my Back, Road to Avonlea, Double Wedding and the upcoming feature film Lullaby for Pi.

You may also have seen Lisa yell “Start the Car!” in an award winning Ikea commercial seen literally around the world. Always for Mum.

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

best Calgary wedding photographersWeddings are very important occasions as this is the day when sweethearts transition into being a married couple.  Since most people will only get married once in their lifetime, it is very important for them, particularly that of the female, to make sure that the whole wedding occasion goes well and that there are no hurdles or problems encountered during the day of the celebration itself.

The truth is that preparing for a wedding can be troublesome as there are many tiny details that need to be taken into consideration. For those who have not yet experienced getting married, they are still yet to learn the troubles and difficulties of celebrating a wedding, especially when you want to make sure that everything goes perfectly well.  While hiring a wedding planner may help ease the burden a bit, there will still always be some agitation on your part.

While leaving everything to be organized by the wedding planner, one aspect of the wedding that will take snapshots of the memories that happens on that event is something that the couple will have to take care of themselves.  Hiring a wedding photographer is very important as it will be his skills with the camera that will showcase glimpse of that memorable event in your life.  A wedding photographer who is not really skilled will only be able to project acceptable images of the event.  However, if you hire a professional that perfectly suits your taste and style, it is likely that the resulting images captured during the event will be magical.  A feat commonly delivered by her work ranges from indie movies to some politics including our own prime minster in canada.

When hiring a wedding photographer, it is important that you do not settle with the one that has the lowest offer.  After all, in wedding photography, as the saying goes: you get what you pay for.  This is why it is important not to be cheap when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer as it will be your lifetime memories of the event that rests in their shoulders.  Here are some tips on how to find the perfect wedding photographer:

Ask around – ask friends and families if they can recommend any particular wedding photographer they may have had the opportunity to meet or become acquainted with.  It is likely that there will be some who will be able to recommend someone they know, at the very least.

View Work Samples – once you’ve gotten a few names, try searching online for their blog as well as their social media page.  It is likely that some of their work are showcased and advertised there, thus allowing you to view samples of their work.

Schedule a Meeting – after viewing the works of different wedding photographers, try scheduling an appointment with the one you think has the better skill among those you have viewed.  Once you meet up with your potential wedding photographer, try asking more about them as well as certain details involving the work at hand and the schedule you have for the wedding.

Pricing – wedding photographers will usually have different packages available, some of which may include additional coverage of the wedding such as video coverage or perhaps artistic prenuptial photography.

Contract – once you have both agreed to the terms, there should be a contract written as this safeguards you as the client that the person you have hired to cover your wedding day event will be the one who will be showing up during that day and not any substitute.

Love, Loss, and What I Blog: Spotlight on Barbara Budd

As co-host of CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” for 17 years, Barbara’s  voice has become recognized around the world. But prior to taking up her place behind the mic, she was an accomplished actor appearing in major theatres across Canada. In five seasons (and over 20 productions) at the Stratford Festival, she played leading roles in The Beggars Opera, Othello, As You Like It, The Servant Of Two Masters, etc.

When she became a Mom, Barbara changed course, concentrating on voice work and  limiting her stage appearances to hosting concerts with the major symphony orchestras of Canada. For 8 years she hosted The Jeunesse Musicale Concerts at Roy Thomson Hall and Harbourfront Centre, and she is featured on 5 internationally acclaimed Classical Kids CDs.  Less recognizable is her voice on the scores of animation series for which she has created a wide range of wacky characters. Writing credits include The Joni Mitchell Tribute Night and The Phillipe Starke Night for The International Festival of Creative Genius.

She is presently recording her fourth season as Narrator of the very successful TV series, “Mighty Ships” on The Discovery Channel.

After a brief, 17-year scene change, Barbara is delighted to be back on stage in Love, Loss, And What I Wore.

Love, Loss, and What I Blog: Spotlight on Luba Goy

Luba considers herself to be the luckiest Ukrainian Canadian Comedienne in Canada! A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she began her professional career with the Stratford Festival. She then spent a joyful career making the country laugh with The Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Air Farce has been inducted into the International and Canadian Comedy Halls of Fame, and has won countless awards, including the Governor Generalʼs Performing Arts Award, a Star on Canadaʼs Walk of Fame, 15 ACTRA Awards, a Juno, Gemenis, and two honourary doctorates.

Lubaʼs journeys across Canada have taken her to every major city and town, where she has met millions of incredible fans while fundraising for numerous charities, particularly those focusing on helping children. She is currently working on a One-Woman Show coming to a stage near you!

Luba has a small herd of four cats, is an avid shutter-bug, and plays accordion. She thanks her son, Gabe and his beautiful wife Amanda, for their support and love.

Luba is thrilled to be in the company of such fabulous women!