29 Ways to Stay Creative

Here’s a great video with 29 easy suggestions presented with compelling typography by TO-FU… Why not try some of them out today?

29 ways to stay creative

Creative Events: May 18 Weekend – Bikefest, ARTFEST and World Fiddle Day

Have you brought our your bike yet? This weekend’s the one to do it! Mountain Equipment Co-op is sponsoring a day celebrating all things two wheeled at Trinity Bellwoods park. Starting at 11 am MEC will be hosting clinics and group rides, bike demos and a gear swap. Curious? Here’s the webpage with more details.

Also this weekend, Artfest Ontario returns to the Distillery District this weekend with its Spring Art & Crafts show, designed to showcase Canadian art, sculpture, crafts, jewellery, clothing and food. Admission is free to three day event and the weather is supposed to be sunny and beautiful! Click here for more information about the exhibitors.

It’s World Fiddle Day on Saturday May 22nd so if you’re into music Toronto is celebrating in Roncesvalles village! Canadian fiddler Anne Lederman is organizing the event which will run from 1-5 pm at the corner of Wright Ave and Roncesvalles. If you’re interested in playing along with your own fiddle check out the resources here

 

A Friday Dance Party Anthem for Courage and Creation

Sara Bareilles released her new single “Brave” this week (video below) and it’s all about being courageous with ourselves.

As the lyrics run over the band practice you might be tempted to dismiss this as a poppy girl’s music video but there’s a real and important theme here. We all have that dismissive and critical voice (Brene Brown calls it our inner gremlin) that insists that we’re not good enough, not creative enough etc.

It’s funny because that voice is somehow always louder than the praise from colleagues, support from friends and general good vibes that are all around us if we pay attention. A huge part of creativity (as was the theme of Monday’s post) is about moving past that cranky voice inside and showing off what you’ve created.

That’s why this is today’s dance party anthem at The Creativity Campus. For ourselves, for our kids, for the development of amazing new ideas we need to be brave.

So – today, Friday take a creative chance. As Sara sings – “Let the words fall out…Show me how big your brave is”.

Turn up the volume and dance like no one’s watching.

Happy Friday!

L

Creativity in Action: Gary Clark Jr.

Have you ever heard of Gary Clark Jr.? He’s the subject of this week’s installment of Creativity in Action. Every Wednesday we’re going to showcase another brave and breathtaking creator on our blog and facebook.

Gary was raised in Austin, TX. and is a great example of creativity that draws from various influences to bear something new. He cites John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker as his early inspirational sources but fuses his music with hip-hop beats. His voice is bluesy and beautiful and his soulful guitar talent adds to the ambiance. I’m not a musician but I’m loving listening to his recent album Blak and Blu.

At 26 he’s opened for Eric Clapton and he’s popping up on talk shows everywhere.  Have a little listen to his recent performance at hometown radio station KUTX …

Gary Clark Jr. “How To Remember Your Roots”

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