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Time for an update, eh? January was, by far, the busiest month of my life. I put up a press section to my site where you can read, listen, and watch the interviews and coverage I’ve had so far.

On January 17th, Anne Koyama and I had a book launch in Toronto at the Holy Oak Cafe. There was a great turnout and it was great meeting so many people who are interested in what lies beneath the streets. Big thanks to everyone who came out.

In March I will be featured on Global TV’s 16×9 program in which I take the crew on a tour through Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks and a Rosedale ravine.

Rivers Forgotten is now available in Toronto at Book City in the Annex, 501 Bloor street west.

Happy New Year! I started off 2012 with a couple discussions on two local news wires.

The first was a brief outing in which I took OpenFile Toronto‘s David Hains down a storm drain in mid-town Toronto where I showed him what remains of a buried creek. Soon after the article was online, I received an email from OpenFile CEO, Wilf Dinnick, and was asked to be on his radio program on NewsTalk 1010. You can listen to the interview here.

In late December I also spoke with fashion blogger, Jen Tse, about Rivers Forgotten. Unfortunately she didn’t ask about my hip waders.

My book, Rivers Forgotten, is available at the John-Richmond Chapters and the Beguiling bookstore in Toronto…

…but!

If you want to buy a copy directly from me, my upcoming book launch at the Holy Oak Cafe is coming up on January 18th! The Facebook Event Page is up now.

Lastly, I’m working on a written supplement for Rivers Forgotten that will go through just about every photo in my book with a short blurb on my experiences, lighting set ups, additional photos, and anything else I can think of. It’ll be available as a downloadable PDF document in a couple of weeks. I’ll update when it’s ready.

Folks in Toronto: I’m having a book launch/signing on Wednesday, January 18th at the Holy Oak Cafe at Lansdowne and Bloor. Come out to get a book, grab a drink and if the mood strikes you, have a little dance afterward. More details to come with a link to a Facebook event page.

I’ll be in New York on December 3rd for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. I’ll be at a table with Koyama Press and a bunch of other great artists all day. If you happen to be in town, come out to say hi and pick up a real life copy of Rivers Forgotten!

We have a date for a Toronto book launch. Keep Wednesday January 18 2012 free. More details to come soon

Hello, fine people. I apologize for the severe lack of updates this year. However, I have a pretty good excuse. Since the spring I’ve been working with local publisher, Koyama Press, on a photography book. I’m happy to announce that we’re nearly ready to begin selling Rivers Forgotten. It’s a 72-page, full colour 8×10 soft cover with a foreword by Michael Cook of VanishingPoint.ca.

Head on over to RiversForgotten.com  and KoyamaPress.com for more info and supplementary photos.

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’m currently busy working on my photography book to be released in early November. Details will follow once everything gets sent to the printers and we get some physical copies. We’ll be launching at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo on November 5-6. If you live in Twin Cities or will be in town for the expo, come on down and say hi.

One of the two steep slides through the Earls along a stretch of unique piping. Tall concrete arch with curved brick floors and sturdy steel railings up the slides.

In related news, BlogTO has posted a feature that offers short conversations with two gentlemen, who have proven to be an informative and aesthetic resource for anyone who has ever been curious about the world beneath their feet.

from vanishingpoint.ca

Vanishingpoint.ca has been re-launched after seeing quite some time without any significant updates. Mr. Cook has rewritten the site’s content, added new photos, and has lots of goodies that will have you completely absorbed. A lot of stuff has vanished, so to speak, but we’ll just have to live without browsing through those photos of featureless Mississauga drains. Right.

The past week has been rough for Toronto. The city hosted the G20 summit and saw violence hit home. Instead of making political statements about protesters, activists, police tactics, and the brainless vandals (who infiltrated the protest marches and destroyed property), I’d like to briefly mention one particular event that occurred.

At 1:40 AM on Sunday morning security guards spotted two people exit a manhole at Queen and Bay. Within minutes a few dozen police officers surrounded the scene and four arrests were made. The manhole in question is pictured above, as featured on a BlogTO post (from Friday June 25) on things you should avoid doing during the G20. It’s possible that this post sparked the curiosity of a select few who foolishly decided to check it out at the worst possible time.

This manhole doesn’t lead to a sewer, but is a shaft that services a utility tunnel. The tunnel is part of a deep lake cooling system that utlizes cold water from the lake to cool many of the downtown office towers. It’s doubtful that the people who were caught knew anything about the tunnel’s function, but seeing as the system is connected with the TD centre, Royal Bank Plaza, and most importantly the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (where the summit was held), this could have led to a disastrous breach of security. The manhole lid has since been sealed shut, but it’s a wonder why it wasn’t beforehand.

Another thing I feel like mentioning is that this manhole, among other similar lids, is generally assumed as a sewer access. This past Saturday and Sunday saw some pretty heavy rainfall on and off during the day and night. The people who were caught exiting the manhole were stupid enough to try such a stunt at such a place and time. What makes them bigger idiots is that they entered what looked to have been a sewer in between rain storms. The manhole lid is designed as a grille like most road-side catch basins. It likely doubles as a storm water drain or it wouldn’t sport such a design [read comments].

Update: Michael Cook, from vanishingpoint.ca, has posted an insightful and informative report on this incident and issues on ambiguous infrastructure.