So honoured to have had my Tweed residency written up as a feature story on the CBC Arts page. You can read the article here.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
|Click image to watch the short on YouTube|
Dear Ez Sez Friends,
To celebrate my 45th birthday today, I’m releasing my new short, Ez in Res', about my year so far as the world’s first artist-in-residence at a cannabis company, namely Tweed, Canada's largest licensed cannabis producer.
By coincidence, today is also the day the Canadian Government has chosen to table legalization legislation in Parliament to officially start the process of ending 94 years of prohibition in Canada.
I am humbled by the auspicious timing. Best birthday present ever. :)
Thanks to Lake of Stew for the use of their classic tune, “Free Medicine,” (available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify).
Special thanks to Tweed for supporting my career, my travels and my art. A huge honour.
So, hit play on the video, sit back and travel with me via Ez in Res', my new photo-based music short, or music photeo. Enjoy the vicarious voyages to places I visited this year that included: NYC, Nashville, L.A., Denver, Boston, Kentucky, Kingston (Jamaica) and of course, the sprawling old Hershey's chocolate factory in which Tweed grows much of its cannabis in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Please pass the video along to a friend if you think they'll dig it too. Share it via YouTube or just send up a smoke signal. :)
Filmmaker, photographer & friend
http://www.EzraSoiferman.com - Lots more photography and film info at my site.
Bonus: In case you missed it last August, click this link to watch my other Tweed Artist in Residence music photeo, "The Walls of Montreal" about all the incredible murals around my hometown.
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 4:20 AM
Friday, April 7, 2017
Here's a new interview with me done by Aviv Milgram, Community Manager at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, for the museum's Oral History Project.
Their description states: "Listen to documentary filmmaker and street photographer Ezra Soiferman talk about his Jewish upbringing in Montreal, his career path as a documentary filmmaker, and his projects as a street photographer, accompanied by a discussion of his artistic approach, outlook on life, and love for Montreal."
Honoured to have been featured as part of this project.
Visit the Museum of Jewish Montreal at their new digs on St-Laurent corner Duluth or online here: http://www.imjm.ca.
Thanks for listening to the interview.
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 1:01 PM
Saturday, December 31, 2016
I took a trip down to Cheskie's, Montreal’s finest Kosher bakery yesterday afternoon. Pulled over to call them on my way, but no answer. Weird. Closed for the holidays?
I needed sweets for a New Years event.
Oh-oh, I suddenly realized. It's Shabbat and I've headed there too late on this early-sundown winter’s aft.
Decided to hope and pray and drove there anyway.
Up the mountain, past the cemetery, zipped by Beaver Lake and descended in low gear past the Lookout. No time to even look out over the city-
Babkas on my mind.
Not bobkes, as in ‘nothing at all’ in Yiddish, but babkas, the gooey 'Russian chocolate babkas' with which Mr. Cheskie invades many a daydream.
Parked in a snowbank and looked up… miracle of miracles, the place was not only open, but it was packed. Seems they had just been too busy to answer the phone.
Inside, there was a boisterous and fidgety lineup all the way to the door. Gorgeous smells wafted every which way as hipsters and Hassids alike checked wristwatches and iPhones in anticipation of Shabbat and god-knows-what else.
Now squeezed into the queue, I immediately locked my glance on the mighty babka tray.
Not the bags of dry babka loaf they keep on the exposed rack but the smaller and stickier ones they keep well out of reach on a counter behind the cash register (perhaps in a burglary the register would be the first thing the staff would surrender, distracting the thieves from that holy roly-poly).
As the line inched forward, the tray began dwindling as others placed orders before me. 20 pieces, 15, 12…
Oy vey, please, pretty please.
Alas, it was finally my turn… I loaded up on all sorts of sweet treats including.... the 10 very last half-pound morsels of Cheskie’s famous babka.
|Mr. Cheskie and my babkalicious bounty|
A transcendent Chanukah miracle. Up there with the whole 8 days of oil thing.
Ness gadol haya Yum.
I am blessed. (And soon to be fully fressed.)
Regards to all from Montreal.
To a sweet new year!
|All gone! More to be baked in 2017...|
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 11:11 AM
Friday, November 11, 2016
Hello, Ez Sez Friends,
On the occasion of his death this week, here is my Leonard Cohen story...
I hopped a flight to L.A. about 12 years ago with my first iPod. It was, on a whim, loaded up with three early Leonard Cohen albums I had never heard before.
Somehow, perhaps because I had been so focused on Dylan's music in previous years, I had never given Leonard's music a chance. Sure, I had heard a song or two on the radio or on a record store's sound system, but I'd never felt compelled to add an album of his to my collection. My loyalty to Bob was perhaps at the time too strong.
On the flight, I stared out the window and soaked in those old Cohen albums carefully, enjoying them immensely. No distractions, just plain old fashioned focus. And it all clicked. The music, the man, the message. I was finally "getting" what it was that excited - that hooked - people so much about him. It felt so good to join the LC club as I floated high above the clouds and stared at the Earth's horizon listening to this one true dude. An airborne epiphany.
After the flight, as I awaited my bags at the baggage carousel at LAX, I just barely, somehow - as if guided by God or god knows what - spotted none other than that selfsame one true dude hurrying down the hallway 25 feet away.
The coincidence of it all was startling and I knew had to tell somebody. Someone needed to be a witness to this. I abandoned my bags at the carousel and decided... "I'll just tell the man himself."
I zipped over alongside him and excused myself for the interruption.
He graciously replied he was in a bit of a rush. I gently countered with, "I won't take up more than a few seconds of your time. I had to share this coincidence, Mr. Cohen. I'm a nice young Jewish boy like yourself from Montreal and a few days ago I got my first iPod. I loaded it up with your music which I'd somehow never before heard in any detail. I just sat on a plane from Montreal giving it a very careful listen. And then you walked by. And here we are. So, I just had to tell you, Mr. Cohen, mazel tov. That is some beautiful music. Thank you for making it and thanks for being here for me to thank you."
He chuckled, smiled, and gave me a patented deep-octave, rumbly "Well, thank you. Thank you very much." And then he walked away.
One of the coolest coincidences of my life. Glad to have shared it with him and glad to have shared it with you.
P.S. The above photo of a crowd in awe was one I took at Cohen's Bell Centre show a couple of years back. I knew I'd have a use for it some day. Pleased to join it to this post as a tribute to him and to all you guys who have shared so many memories of Leonard yesterday and today on Facebook. Keep them coming.
Nor oyf simchas, as they say. On happier occasions.
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 10:34 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I'm thrilled to announce that I've been selected as the very first Artist in Residence at Tweed, Canada's largest licensed producer of medical cannabis. This is by all accounts the first artist in residence program at any cannabis company worldwide. As a longtime advocate for the sheer versatility of this plant, and as a proud artist, you can imagine what an honour this is. Especially at a time when we see cannabis legalization turn a corner from pipe dream to a multi-billion-dollar industry.
There is most certainly a place for a bit of art and fun in all this, and I'm ready to bring it.
Here is the company's official press release.
Though Tweed is headquartered in Smiths Falls, Ontario, and housed in Canada's sprawling former Hershey's Chocolate factory, the year-long photography-based residency will see me continue to reside at home in Montreal (perhaps you were wondering if I'd have to live in a giant marijuana factory - I don't), all the while affording me a budget and mandate to travel to various cities across Canada and worldwide to create exciting new photo series of my own creation. Some of these photo project will be marijuana and hemp related while others will be more general in theme, taking their inspiration from the colourful world around us.
|The Tweed factory in Smiths Falls, ON|
I stayed in touch with the team at Tweed ever since and they loved my idea for the company to take on an artist in residence. I'm incredibly grateful to them for this unprecedented opportunity.
Extra special thanks also go out to my old pals Paul Flicker and Andy Nulman for their very kind letters of reference on my behalf. Andy gracefully began his letter to Tweed with:
And the rest, as they say, is history.
|Josh Ritter and me backstage |
at his recent concert in Albany, NY
|Click the above image or this link to watch the brand new video!|
(Featured mural by Chris Dyer)
|On the hunt for more murals|
|Talula admiring a downtown mural|
Tweed recently entered into a business venture with hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. As part of my residency, I was invited down to Toronto by the company to photograph Snoop at his concert and at a private Tweed-sponsored after-party at which he was DJ'ing. Quite the experience, to say the least. Here are a couple of shots from the night. I'll be releasing more shots from this night throughout the year.
|'Soif Dogg' at the Snoop after-party in Toronto|
Huh?! New website?! Why yes... I built a brand new site and it's already loaded up with many photo series for you to see! Have a look around. EzSez.com will remain the go-to place for all my news and EzraSoiferman.com will feature in-depth looks at my photo projects, info on my ongoing filmmaking work and much more.
As we like to say at EzraSoiferman.com, "Come for the flicks, stay for the pix!"
Finally, I'm also now on Twitter. Follow @EzraSoif today.
OK, please enjoy my new short video "The Walls of Montreal", an entirely new way to appreciate this city I love, thanks to the art of so many truly incredible mural artists.
Regards to all from Montreal,
Documentary filmmaker and photographer
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 6:30 AM
Friday, March 25, 2016
|Watch the project's 'music photeo' (huh?) by Ezra Soiferman |
featuring the rousing song "We Go Home" by Adam Cohen.
Click here to watch it on YouTube.
Special thanks to Adam Cohen and his manager Jake Gold for their blessing to use this song as part of the project.
I’ve been keeping this project 'on ice' for 20 years…
“Last Game at The Forum” is my new limited-edition coffee-table book and gallery exhibit featuring previously-unseen 'time capsule' documentary images I took of the staff, fans, structure and soul of the beloved Montreal Forum on March 11th, 1996, during the final Canadiens game at the hallowed building.
|Photo of Ezra by Heather Black, Westmount Independent|
Gallery Update: The gallery show has now come down. It went up on March 11th, 2016, and was held over due to popular demand until April 8th. The show featured 25 limited edition frames at Art Victoria Park in Montreal. Thank you to everyone who purchased signed and limited edition frames at the gallery. To inquire about purchasing frames from the series, please contact: ezrasoif at gmail dot com.
-Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
|Click here to read the Montreal Gazette article by Bill Brownstein|
It managed to capture the spirit of another era.
If you have ever been to the Montreal Forum,
or if you never got to go to the Forum, you want to see this.”
-Terry DiMonte, Host, CHOM 97.7FM
|With Global TV reporter Kelly Greig at the Forum, now a multiplex cinema.|
Click here to watch the full report.
Press coverage for the photo series and book:
- The project's music video was talked about on CBC-Montreal's Homerun show on April 1st.
- Coverage of the show in the Westmount Independent's March 22nd issue. Features the photo of Ezra seen above.
- Covered on Dave Fisher's Dave's World CJAD radio show by Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein on March 19th.
- Review of the book by Stuart Nulman in the Montreal Times of March 19th.
- Featured by Le Devoir in the 'Sorties week-end' section on March 18th.
-Bill Brownstein of the Montreal Gazette wrote a column all about the project on March 15th, 2016.
- I participated in a Forum reminiscence session and interview on CJAD's The Exchange with Dave Kaufman and Dave McGimpsey on Friday, March 11th right after the book launch event.
- Fun interview on TSN Radio 690's "The Montreal Forum" show with Tony Marinaro on March 11th.
-Featured on Global TV Montreal with Kelly Greig on March 11th. Watch the full clip here. I also appeared in this separate clip from the Global nightly news the same day.
- Sue Smith interviewed me on CBC-Montreal's Homerun show on March 10th talking about the book and the 'chocolate hockey pucks' to be served at the book launch.
- Always awesome talking to CHOM 97.7. This interview was on March 10th, with Terry DiMonte + Heather Backman.
- Read Mike Cohen's March 9th column in the Suburban about "Last Game at The Forum" here.
- Photos from the book featured on the MTL Blog's facebook page on March 7th.
- Here's an in-depth interview I did on March 5th with CJAD host Toula Drimonis all about the project and how it came to be. The interview also features a discussion about my TVO/CBC doc Man of Grease.
Download the full press clippings kit for the project here.
About the book...
The 72-page "Last Game at The Forum", a Limited Edition volume released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the last Montreal Canadiens game at the Montreal Forum, features:
- 11”x9” glossy coffee-table format with bilingual English/French text
- 65 powerful colour and black + white 35mm photos, shot on March 11, 1996
- Historical images of the Montreal Forum from the Ville de Montréal Archives
- A foreword by Ronald Corey, President of the Montreal Canadiens from 1982-1999
- An Artist’s Statement outlining the unexpected way that this project came to be
- The Artist's signature
Order your signed* copy of “Last Game at The Forum” securely with Paypal using the pulldown menu below.
Note: If you do not use Paypal, or have any ordering questions, please contact Ezra Soiferman at: ezrasoif at gmail dot com, or through this Contact page. Other payment methods are available.
|"Stanley Cup Hats with Kid Mercury", the image referred to at the start|
of Bill Brownstein's Montreal Gazette column about the book
Thanks to everyone who emailed me since I announced this 'surprise anniversary' project. Happy to know it's got you reminiscing about the Forum back in the day. This all means a lot to me. I love hearing your stories about going to see games and concerts at the Forum. Keep them coming! (my contact info is above)
|"On Their Feet"|
Please spread the word about this historical art project with friends who love hockey, fellow Habs fans and fans of Montreal.
Go Habs Go...
|'Last game' ticket (supplied by www.CanadiensMemorabilia.Com)|
|"Backs of Heads - Forum"|
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 3:43 PM
|Le vidéo a comme trame sonore le chanson « We Go Home » par Adam Cohen.|
Regarder le video ici sur YouTube.
For English, click here.
Je garde ce projet de livre de photographies « sur la glace » depuis 20 ans…
Dernier match au Forum, mon nouveau livre cadeau à tirage limité et mon exposition, présentent des images documentaires jamais vues : les photos que j’ai prises des employés, des fans, de la structure et même de l’âme du bien-aimé Forum de Montréal le 11 mars 1996, pendant la toute dernière partie qu’ont jouée les Canadiens dans ce bâtiment sacré.
|Photo d’Ezra par Heather Black, Westmount Independent|
Mise à jour concernant le livre – Tous les livres du premier lot sont épuisés grâce aux ventes en ligne ou lors du vernissage. Un immense merci à tous et toutes pour vos achats. J’ai commandé un nouveau lot de la même édition du livre à l’imprimeur et ils sont déjà arrivés. Vous pouvez commander votre (vos) exemplaire(s) ci-dessous.
J’adresse des remerciements particuliers à ceux et celles qui ont acheté des reproductions signées en plus des livres à l'espace d'exposition Art Victoria Park (11 mars - 8 avril, 2016). Les reproductions encadrées font partie de séries à tirage limité (seulement 20 exemplaires pour chaque série). Pour plus de renseignements : ezrasoif à gmail point com
|Avec la journaliste de Global TV Kelly Greig au Forum, aujourd’hui un cinéma multiplexe.|
Cliquer ici pour visionner l’entrevue.
- Le Westmount Independent a annoncé l’exposition dans son édition du 22 mars. Voir plus haut la belle photo de moi prise par leur journaliste.
|La légende des Canadiens Guy Lafleur et le chanteur d’hymnes du Forum André Ouellet|
Mes remerciements à toutes les personnes qui m’ont écrit par courriel depuis que j’ai annoncé ce projet « d’anniversaire-surprise ». Je suis heureux de savoir qu’il vous a rappelé des souvenirs du Forum en son temps. Ces commentaires sont très importants pour moi. J’adore lire vos histoires concernant les matchs et les concerts que vous avez vus au Forum. Continuez à m’en envoyer! (Vous trouverez mes coordonnées plus haut.)
Finalement, un petit bonus : une partie du plaisir que j’ai retiré de ce projet a été de dire aux gens que s’ils avaient assisté à ce dernier match au Forum et s’ils se voyaient sur l’une des photos du livre, ils recevraient un exemplaire autographié de cette image en témoignage de ma reconnaissance. Manifestez-vous...
Merci de faire connaître ce projet artistique historique à vos amis et amies qui aiment le hockey et qui, comme moi, aiment les Canadiens et Montréal.
« Go Habs Go! »
Posted by Ezra Soiferman at 7:07 AM