Friday, November 11, 2016
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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