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Le Petite Canadian Art Collection launched!!!

daisuke - April 13, 2012 - Uncategorized

I sort of started collecting Canadian art. It is paralleled to my creative process of art making … Artist actually spending money to buy art created by other artists: What more can you do to support art industry in Canada? I remember buying 2 works of Marcel Dzama at Olga Korper Gallery in 2001. They […]

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Light from 311/ Kesennuma: Official project poster painting

daisuke - January 2, 2012 - Uncategorized

January 1st, 2012, solitary in my Rosedale residence. It has been good so that I can focus on my commission paintings overdue from Christmas. One work to be done is a landscape painting of Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture, one of the most devastated cities of tsunami/earthquake in Japan on March 11th 2011. After the tsunami […]

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Clara Venice is a Fiddler Diva on the Roof!

daisuke - August 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

One evening on the rooftop of a house in Yorkville … ex- punk cultural hip area now a Toronto’s high-end neighourhood with fashion boutiques and triple stared restaurants … here comes a shinning pop icon Clara Venice performing her repertoire with her electroacoustic guitar and violin, and video projection of a bizaar animation by Ken Ogawa, […]

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Meet me under the willow tree … Music in the garden series in the music garden

daisuke - August 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

It was raining in the morning … nice and cool in summer but I was a little disaapointed because I was looking forward to the concert of Summer Music in the Garden at Toronto Music Garden, curated by Tamara Bernstein. “Toronto Music Garden was designed by internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie […]

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Sang Kim … King of Kensington Market and his talented friends!

daisuke - August 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

Last weekend of every month in Kensington is so much fan! The streets are closed for pedestrians filled with festivities to wonder about and it makes this neighbourhood so unique … and that’s where my friend Sang Kim resides. Sang is like a big brother to me even though I have known him not so long. […]

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Fencer vs. Samurai … pouring rain made it a real street fight!!

daisuke - August 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

“Fencer vs. Samurai” was premeired at BIG on Bloor Street Festival’s Bloor Alternative Art Fair(BAAF) on Saturday, July 23, 2011. With my former student, Nils Fischer, we constructed a semi closed cage or a stage on Bloor street. A hot day without a shade, a heat breeze blowing on our faces made us look so […]

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The last Scream Literary Festival guided by A. Rawlings as a ghost in the Park!

daisuke - August 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

The last Scream Literary Festival was held in Toronto’s High Park on Monday, July 11, 2011. Angela Rawlings as a mysterious ghost from the past, present, and future guided the lineups of talented Canadian poets and writers such as; Gary Barwin and Gregory Betts, Christian Bök and Darren Wershler, Margaret Christakos, Dani Couture, Sheila Heti and […]

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Neoist Monty Cantsin, Istvan Kantor’s storage space and summer gallery

daisuke - July 10, 2011 - Uncategorized

Yesterday I went to the re-opening of Istvan Kantor’s storage space and summer gallery. A small group of artists, writers, poets, and other arty type of people sit and relaxed and enjoyed having conversation with Istvan. Istvan Kantor has been practicing art for over decades, many of his past projects were controvercial and banned by […]

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Meeting with former students … always nice to see you grow!!

daisuke - July 10, 2011 - Uncategorized

I met with Andrew and Nils, two of my former students from La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science. At least it has been three years since last time we saw each other … wow! amazing how much they have grown!! Nils and  I are going to create a live painting performance art piece […]

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BOOK SALE came down to the ground … but Book Making forever!!

daisuke - July 8, 2011 - Uncategorized

“BOOK SALE,” I saw a sign on Bloor street … on a manhole cover. I read the sign as “Book sale has come down to the ground.” Quite symbolic I thought … did I read it much? When I published “eyes of a child,” I  loved the process of publishing … selecting paper type, languages, designing, […]

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Gosuke Takeya ~ Daisuke Takeya … Samurai tradition?

daisuke - July 8, 2011 - Uncategorized

Today, I went to the Canada Post to pick up a parcel that I could not recall who it was from. In the long cardboard box, I found a new Samurai blade … oh, yes, I ordered it a week ago. I opened it at the StarBacks at Bloor … the manager there came right […]

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Sachiko Murakami and Pivot Readings

daisuke - July 8, 2011 - Uncategorized

I went to Pivot Readings last Wednesday at the Press Club where I was living across the street from. My British friend Lorna Stewart once presented her Tango performance video piece (with a dog and respected Anthony Howell) there … it has been ages since that time. Hosted by Sachiko Murakami whom I met at […]

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Michael Pepa is young at heart!

daisuke - July 4, 2011 - Uncategorized

Escaping out of the huge Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, with Lynn, Paul, and Jane, I went to a Canadian composer Michael Pepa‘s house located North of Toronto for a nice BBQ. Michael is a mildly spoken, Beethoven like haired nice gent who loves to host his guests, and supports young musicians and created […]

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James Fowler and The White House Project

daisuke - July 3, 2011 - Uncategorized

I went to the opening of ” 10 x 10 – 100 Portraits celebrating queers in the arts by 10 Queer Photographers” exhibition at The White House Studio Project in Kenginton Market last week. Good vibe, packed, and filled with laughter and cuddling, I was greeted by James Fowler, the organizer of the exhibition and […]

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Canada Council ART BANK New acquisition!

daisuke - June 30, 2011 - Uncategorized

June 20, 2011, The Canada Council Art Bank acquired 52 new works by Canadian artists, from 1,875 submissions, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and drawings, worth a total value of $303,025.  One of my paintings Stoney Reserve was accepted … this is my second in the collection. Stoney Reserve is located somewhere between Calgary and Banff in […]

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The Boat

daisuke - June 30, 2011 - Uncategorized

My friends, Mark, Jon, Jaybe(,) and I went to see a boat where we will have a cruise on July 10. The boat seemed rather small for about 300 people capacity … still some parts in the process of being fixed or painted. I am to coordinate the live painting section for young artists … […]

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Louise Bak and the Box a mixed cultural salon

daisuke - June 30, 2011 - Uncategorized

I went to the Box  a mixed cultural salon last night … met with Louise Bak, the host of the show for the first time. Interesting figure … the way she talks is quite smooth and elegant … makes sense that she is also a radio host . For some reasons to me she sounds […]

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JAVA skit for new JETs!

daisuke - June 27, 2011 - Uncategorized

On Sunday June 26, 2011, JAVA(Japanese Visitors Association) participated in pre- departure orientation seminar for JET(Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) at The Japan Foundation, Toronto, organized by the JETAA(JET Alumni Association). JAVA is a not for profit volunteer organization that seeks to improve the information resources available to Japanese people who are visiting the Toronto […]

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Sheila Heti and Aesthetic 999

daisuke - June 27, 2011 - Uncategorized

I went to Christopher Cutts Gallery for Eldon Garnet‘s book signing and closing party of his exhibition. There I met a talented writer Sheila Heti for the first time. I decided to contribute to her poll of artists, writers and other creative types – a project called “Aesthetic 999.” Interesting to see how artists and writers […]

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Keiji Haino in Toronto

daisuke - June 14, 2011 - Uncategorized

An established music prayer icon, Keiji Haino perfromed at Toronto’s Garrison’s on Saturday, June 11 2011. I was his interpreter during his stay. He is quite a character, with a distinct style from head to toe and the way he talks. He went over and over with the earplug issue. He claims that earplugs should […]

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