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Man About Town: Stay Awake

Took me a while to get to the point of being totally aware of what existed around me. Its interesting to me how the phrase "stay woke" has taken on this new meaning of political awareness and correctness. But to go in depth from a personal stand point, I'm woke when I'm fully absorbing my surroundings; when all of my senses are active and I see something special in the things people tend to walk by and ignore. I mean people, places and things. Even before technology evened the playing field creatively and socially, it was still perspective that separated people with imagination. Most of us have eyes, less of us are using them for vision, and a few are recording or unearthing the magic that is hidden in plain sight. The more I started travelling the more I started to realize how inspiration and information are available to download (around you) at all times. You just have to stay curious, stay open, or stay...woke?

Above: I souped up this 1981 BMX Norco back in July. It obviously isn't what you'd take to a marathon, but it looks fire with white or gum tires. I made sure to grab a pair of both.

Above: Design as a weapon according to Philippe Starck. 18 karats that obviously remind me of a cheat code from Goldeneye.

Below: How to Build a House Museum by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. This was a powerful exhibit and a great use of space at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curated by Kitty Scott.

Above: We were coming home from Prince Edward County and ended up in a small town that was screening The Tragically Hip's final concert at the Air Canada Centre at this drive-in theatre. I didn't realize how many fans they had, but more importantly, legacy is a very very important thing, because the world will only study, celebrate or remember what you leave behind.