How you can help Toronto's homeless every Monday night

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 9.44.04 AMHow you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday night
For the past five years, every Monday night at 630 pm, Alex Smirnis from City Street Outreach and an army of volunteers take clothing, blankets and food to the homeless. They start near City Hall and make their way through the streets. Alex and his gang help close to 100 people in the core and then they help another 300 around Toronto.
If you would like to donate clothing or make a charitable donation, you can reach Alex at 416- 834-7736 or go to their website at www.torontoblanketministry.webs.com
You can also just turn up at City Hall at 630pm on a Monday night and walk with the group, handing out food and clothing.
If you have clothing or blankets to donate and you live in the GTA, call Alex and he will arrange to get it picked up.

 
 

Create! Creating Comedy with Comedian Martha Chaves

I had the privilege of interviewing fellow comedian, Martha Chaves. Martha and I talk about the ‘creative process’ and what it takes to write the ‘funny’.
Martha Chaves is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and of all the other major comedy festivals in Canada, like the Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton, and Vancouver Comedy Festivals. She has also performed in Boston and New York Comedy Festivals, and in Colombia’s Festival Del Humour.
Martha’s infectious, candid style, and her natural ability to relate to any audience has made her a very popular headliner comedian at clubs, colleges, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate functions. Martha holds her audiences in a hypnotic spell of familiarity and they think they are her good friends, willing and happy coconspirators of all her adventures.
Her versatility has granted her to do shows all over the world and to entertain a wide range of audiences. For example, she performed for the Canadian troops in Alert, Egypt, Israel, and Afghanistan and also for a delegation of women led by Nobel Peace Prize recipients in Mexico and Central America. In 2015, she performed at the pre-opening ceremonies of the Toronto Pan Am Games, at the Rogers Centre in front of 45.000 people.
Her Stand-Up TV credits include her two national comedy specials: COMICS! On the CBC, and There’s Something about Martha on CTV and The COMEDY NETWORK; plus her multiple TV appearances in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and many others. You often hear Martha on Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and The Debaters, also on CBC radio.
In her film and TV career she has worked with Whoopi Goldberg (Strong Medicine), Chris Rock, (Down To Earth) and even had scenes with Denzel Washington in “John Q”.
Her One-Woman show, “In Times of Trouble”, was the opening show of Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival in November 2015.
Martha performs mostly in English, but also in Spanish, French, and Italian.
Martha can be reached at www.MarthaChaves.com

Relieving Stress with Mindfulness ( Stages 3 & 4 ) The 8 Stages of Yoga

Relieving Stress with Mindfulness- Stages 3 &4  -The 8 stages of Yoga with Anantta
The 8 Stages of Yoga (Stages 3 &4  in this Podcast)
1. Control of the Senses
2. Contentment & Regulation
3. Physical Postures
4. Breathing
5. Withdrawal of the Senses from Objects
6. Focus on a Chosen Object
7. Meditation ( Transcendental Quality of Life)
8. Union ( Soul and Supreme Soul)
Who is Anantta?
THE MEETING OF TWO RIVERS.
Anantta reincarnated in 1958, from a child hood he had an intense desire for both theatrical expression and spiritual understanding .. at 14 he ran away with a Circus and toured across Canada. Since then he has toured extensively with Around the world with his many original one man variety and theatrical shows. In his early 20s he got initiated into Kriya Yoga Of Self Realization fellowship. And Later became a Certified Yoga instructor… at this time he through inner and outer. Encouragement he started seeking ways of blending philosophy and performance art . Over many years of experimentation with different forms and styles of presentations, humor, theatre, music and more. He succeeded in blending the two into a balance that took him into the next wave of his career, that now touring again in theaters, festivals and events in Canada, the USA and soon Europe. Creating a wonder-filled Edutainment filled with music Comedy, Magic and Mysticism.
Ananta website is currently under construction (www.Anantta.com) but Anantta can be reached at anantta@bell.net

Relieving Stress with Mindfulness ( Stages 1 &2 ) The 8 Stages of Yoga

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Relieving Stress with Mindfulness- Stages 1 &2 -The 8 stages of Yoga with Anantta

The 8 Stages of Yoga (Stages 1 and 2 in this Podcast)
1. Control of the Senses
2. Contentment & Regulation
3. Physical Postures
4. Breathing
5. Withdrawal of the Senses from Objects
6. Focus on a Chosen Object
7. Meditation ( Transcendental Quality of Life)
8. Union ( Soul and Supreme Soul)
Who is Anantta?
THE MEETING OF TWO RIVERS.
Anantta reincarnated in 1958, from a child hood he had an intense desire for both theatrical expression and spiritual understanding .. at 14 he ran away with a Circus and toured across Canada. Since then he has toured extensively with Around the world with his many original one man variety and theatrical shows. In his early 20s he got initiated into Kriya Yoga Of Self Realization fellowship. And Later became a Certified Yoga instructor… at this time he through inner and outer. Encouragement he started seeking ways of blending philosophy and performance art . Over many years of experimentation with different forms and styles of presentations, humor, theatre, music and more. He succeeded in blending the two into a balance that took him into the next wave of his career, that now touring again in theaters, festivals and events in Canada, the USA and soon Europe. Creating a wonder-filled Edutainment filled with music Comedy, Magic and Mysticism.
Ananta website is currently under construction (www.Anantta.com) but Anantta can be reached at anantta@bell.net

Create – Comedy with Deborah Kimmett

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 9.05.04 PMCreate – Comedy with Deborah Kimmett.
I chat with fellow speaker,writer, coach and comedian Deborah Kimmett about the creative process.
Deborah Kimmett has been in the humour business for 30 years.
This Second City alumnae has a busy speaking career and travels across North America speaking to organizations on the creativity in change. She appears regularly on CBC Radio’s Debaters, DNTO, and LOL as well as the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She is the author of 3 books, and 5 plays: one nominated for the governor general award. Her film Guarded, (about a female prison guard) is in development with CFC (the Canadian Film Centre) She is the architect of the Seven Minute Writer e-toolkit and hold regular online classes coaching writers to stop procrastinating and sit their ass down and write. As well, she has a special interest in health care and hospice and has produced a compassionate video for caregivers called, Walk a Mile in My Backless Gown. (on Youtube)