Dear Diary: October 27, 2011

Thursday October 27

Dear Diary:

A day without a single meeting on my plate (stunning surprise) except to meet with Khari McLelland and Savannah at the Ovaltine at 8am and to go over some ideas for internship with Khari. We are cooking up with Khari some great ideas around community, food, youth and rap. Really looking forward to seeing what arises from these seeds we will be planting with Khari.

Boy, did the pressure cooker head up the afternoon when I realized I had a ton of things that needed to get ready for Friday and the weekend’s Carnegie Jazz Band and Aboriginal Artist Showcase. Also tomorrow we start rehearsals on songs from We Are the People which we will present at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) national convention on Monday night in front of hundreds of folks at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. It was totally crazy to take on this event in the middle of the festival, but it was too great an opportunity to pass up: to share – on a national stage – the extraordinary music and lyrics that are coming out of our community through the works of folks like Leith Harris, Wendy Chew, Patrick Foley, Earle Peach, Jason Logan, Mike Richter and others. Boy these people inspire me.  A good thing, as I can feel a cold coming on. Breathe.

~ Terry

    Dear Diary: October 23, 2011

    Sunday October 23

    Dear Diary:

    Spent all day today catching up on my massive-far-too-long to do list. And getting ready for our new Managerial Intern Carrie Campbell – who starts tomorrow. Also preparing for Opening Ceremony, Carnegie Jazz Band concert and Aboriginal Artist Showcase this coming week. Three events I have been spending a lot of time working on. Good to catch up and to work on a day without a lot of emails coming in and the phone ringing. The excitement is building.

    ~ Terry