Posts tagged Sean Ward
For those of you who have been keeping track you may remember a little hockey wager between myself and Chris Brooker that was made at the very start of the hockey season. I remember it was yesterday, the leafs were 3 and 0 and looking sharp. A few beers later with Sean Ward, Christine Estima and Krista as witnesses, Chris and I made the bet; the loser of which would forfeit no less than $10 and would have to wear the Jacket of Shame for the entire first day of the NHL playoffs. Here’s the video record of said bet.
There you have it. I think at the time of betting I was hoping the Toronto Maple Leafs would have a blowout year. After all we were on quite the streak and the players were just looking surer on their feet.
Younger, faster, more determined. I’m not sure whether the nail-biting possibility of another missed playoff berth this time around is a bad thing, considering my money is on the Leafs making the first round of the NHL Playoffs, or a good thing since it definitely is making this bet a fair one.
Needless to say it’s going to be a photo finish and Sean Ward, as the official custodian, will be at the finish line to crown the winner while simultaneously presenting the loser with the shameful regalia that is the Jacket of Shame.
We have yet to buy the jacket but rest assured there will be a record of the day we go out to get the ugliest, loudest piece of upper body wear we can find.
Stay tuned sports fans. All I can say for now is GO LEAFS GO – for my sake!
Do you like pizza? Do you like Batman? Well we do!
Teletoon was gracious enough to have me and a whole schwack of geek bloggers from Toronto over at their offices last night for some pizza and a pre-screening of 2 new episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
If you’ve never heard of the show but still like Batman, you’re in for a real treat. If you remember the campier Batman from times past (think 1950′s) except with all the new cool gadgets, that’s what you get with the new show. Another really neat thing is that a lot of older or even forgotten characters are resurrected to make appearances in the show, some of which are regulars. Remember Plasticman, Kamandi, Gentleman Ghost, WildCat? Yep, they’re in there along with a TON of other characters.
My personal favourite episodes are any that involve Aquaman team ups. They’re always hilarious. You can catch it on Sundays at 9:30 am on Teletoon! Yes that means that Sunday cartoons no longer suck! For those of you who grew up knowing that Sunday cartoons were never as good as the ones on Saturday morning, you’ll know what I mean.
Big shout out to Heather from Teletoon for the invite and to my good friend Sean Ward for hooking it up. Here’s his vlog about our visit.
We each have a third of the tickets so you have 3 chances to come!
It’s gonna be a swell time and all you have to do is tweet the following to enter the contest:
“I want to go to @Raptors #FanJam with @MichaelNus @seanward and @LaurenONizzle”
We’ll put you in the running and before you know it you will be jamming with us at the ACC! So get tweeting!
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Like last week I am keeping things pretty simple here because I want to make sure that anyone can make these meals. There’s nothing like a homemade meal and you can feel proud that you actually made something delicious that didn’t break the bank or burn your house down. Simple is better and much more accessible for the dilettante and kitchen wiz alike. It’s fast, delicious and easy on the dishes!
Always invite a guest when you cook as there’s nothing worse than eating alone. I do a lot of things solo but eating and drinking are things that I would much rather have company for.
You really get the chance to connect with someone when you break bread with them and a little bit of hospitality goes a long way in helping someone get to know you. We’re all busy people and, let’s face it, we shoot the sh*t a lot when we’re out at the tweetups, the big events, the bar etc, and don’t REALLY get to know one another all that well. So if you can find the time, invite someone over that you may have met at a social gathering and get cooking!
Sean Ward was my guest this week and he brought his video camera along, as usual! So this post will have the recipe and some fun footage to help you get a visual idea of what the process is like.
Italian Chickpea salad:
Extremely easy to make and oh so delicious. You can even make a bunch of this to take to work with you. Just watch your co-workers come sniffing around when you heat it up.
1 540 ML can of chick peas, drained
1 small red pepper, thinly sliced
1 small onion , thinly sliced
3 slices of prosciutto
2 cloves of garlic, minced.
a handful of cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
It’s all about the prep. The cooking part is dead easy.
Cut the pepper in half from top to bottom, remove the seeds and white membrane. Slice very thinly lengthwise.
Cut onion into 4 quarters, slice thinly by sliding your blade across the cutting board and through the onion in a straight line.
Mince the garlic, slice the prosciutto in chunks – you don’t have to be specific about the shape of the slice. Just cut it up. Give the cilantro/parsley a rough chop.
on medium heat, saute minced garlic in oil, add the onions cook for about 1 minute, add peppers cook for 1 minute, drop the prosciutto in, cook for 1 minute.
Empty entire can of chick peas into pan, season with pepper and salt to taste.
Turn of the heat but leave the pan on the burner, add the cilantro/parsley and mix it all together so everything is warm.
Say grace, crack a beer.
Serve at once with lots of crusty bread.
The very basic recipe involves only 4 ingredients: Chicken breast, 1 egg, flour and bread crumbs. I like to jazz it up with herbs and spices to give it that extra kick. If you want to do the same, I added the spices I usually use as “optional” ingredients.
2 fresh boneless, skinless breasts
1 egg, beaten (in a bowl)
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1/3 cup of flour
Optional Nus Ingredients:
Fresh Ground pepper
Combine the flour and bread crumbs either using a sieve or just your clean hands. Beat the egg in a bowl.
Fillet the chicken breasts by holding your blade flat and horizontally (as if you are going to place your Boba Fett figurine on the flat surface of the blade) and CAREFULLY cutting the chickens in half lengthwise. NOTE: This technique can be a bit tricky and dangerous if you’ve never cut chicken before – so until you’ve had some practice I would recommend asking the butcher to just fillet for you and save yourself a trip to the ER.
Some people like to hammer the fillets down. If you want your fillets really flat (they will cook faster) then hammer them gently in a plastic food bag with a meat hammer or a rolling pin.
Coat the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil. The oil should be about half a centimeter deep, turn the heat on to about medium high.
As the oil heats, dip the breasts in the egg, dredge them in flower and toss them into the pan. (If you’re not fast at doing this consider breading the chicken before turning the heat on – just make sure you wash your hands before you do)
You will know when to flip them when you start to see the underside get golden brown.
Prepare a big plate and line it with a double layer of paper towel. Put the cooked chicken breast onto the plate and let them stand for about a minute.
Garnish with a lime wedge to squeeze onto the chicken and serve with any side you wish. Pasta, steamed veggies, rice, the chickpea salad we made above.
Crack another beer. Go into food coma.
The other night at the Diet Coke Tiff Fest event, I ran into my pal Sean Ward and at some point in the night – I think it was in the limo – he was telling me excitedly about how much he wanted to see A Beginner’s Guide to Endings – the new movie starring Harvey Keitel and directed by Jonathan Sobol, the latter of the two who we met at the Drake Hotel last week at the Stella Artois TIFF kickoff party.
Almost as if by divine providence, the folks at Edelman and Stella got in touch with me shortly after and said that not only would I be getting a pair of priority tickets to the premiere gala screening event, but that I was on special guest list for the after party.
Of course, Sean was more than stoked when I called him up and said he would be my +1 for the evening. So off we went, camcorders in hand and we got some great stuff for you!
Here is a video of some of the events that ensued. Also be sure the check in on Sean’s point of view of that evening right Here.
Jonathan Sobol is a first time director and he’s as modest as they come. Despite the fact that his directorial debut, A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, is masterfully written, smart, funny, entertaining, and features a stellar cast including Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, Paulo Costanzo, Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, the young and talented Siam Yu and the legendary Harvey Keitel, Sobol shows little ego and is already looking forward to his next big project.
Coming full circle, we met Mr. Sobol last week at the Stella Artois TIFF kickoff party at the Drake Hotel. At the time, we didn’t know that this irreverent, witty young gentleman also happened to be a genius – but he won’t admit it. He would not admit it at the Drake and he would not when we chatted again at the after-party, but his movie speaks for itself.
A gritty comedy flecked with bouts of Tarantino-esque violence, the film is also a moving story of fatherly and brotherly love with very memorable characters and brilliant moments. Beginner’s Guide is quite simply an utter delight to watch and is one of those films that will adorn the permanent collections of many fans in the future in Canada (the setting of the film) and the world over. The film’s cinematography, acting and directing put it in the same elite class of such films as Reservoir Dogs and may very well help usher in an era of profound world class success and growth for unapologetically Canadian filmmaking.
So I got a new FlipCam and since I now have the HD apparatus, I figured that maybe once a week on Fridays I would put up a video vlog. Sean was very encouraging and we hope to inspire a new wave of vloggers here in Toronto. So if you got a good video cam and some editing chops let us know and we’d love to hook up!
So we went to meet up with Jon Sinden and Karim Kanji at RealSports and also met a few new folks. It’s always great meeting new people. Check out the video and introduce yourselves when you see them out in the future!
Next week I’ll be heading with a few of you to the Diet Coke Fans First Leafs home pre-season opener! It’ll be a real gas so stay tuned!
But for tonight, it’s a little more TIFF and boy will it be something! Going to be on the red carpet with Jon Sobol for his new movie A Beginners Guide to Endings starring the Legendary Harvey Keitel. Check back tomorrow for the low down!
ACK! Gotta run!! Nus out!
The TIFF is in full swing now and it’s time to see some movies! Although there are lots of parties to go to this year I still prefer the premier screenings. So lights, camera, ACTION here is my first movie review for you courtesy of my post over at the Stella Artois blog. Go on over to ClubStellaArtois.ca/film and check out the other posts as well as a special guest post from none other than Sean Ward reporting for MichaelNus.com as he took on the Red Bull Art and Sole show!
Without further ado, here is my review of Stone, starring Robert Deniro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich.
Thanks to Stella Artois I enjoyed an evening of great film with some of the greatest actors of our time. Directed by John Curran, written by Angus MacLachlan and starring Edward Norton, Mila Jovovich, Frances Conroy and Robert De Niro, Stone was one of those movies you know will be in contention for an Oscar. Although I had the pleasure of being introduced to the stars before and after the film I felt it was important to judge the film based on its own merits, putting aside any warm fuzzies that may come from the personal touch the TIFF affords a moviegoer by virtue of being able to interact with the cast of a film they are about to see.
I’m happy to report that Stone was exquisite in its profound depiction of how even the most ordered of lives can have its foundations crumbled by the human failings each of us struggles with. Norton plays Stone, a convicted arsonist who looks to manipulate his parole officer (De Niro) into granting his parole by thrusting his beautiful wife (Jovovich) into the life of De Niro’s character, Jack Mabry, while Stone himself begins to reform in prison. The dichotomous tension caused by the clash of Jack ‘s pedestrian regiment of work and home life with his subjugated wife Madylyn (Conroy) against his own ironic temptation to do wrong is brilliantly captured through excellent acting, cinematography and thematic music that puts the viewer into the head of each character subtly yet powerfully.
Stella Artois | September 11, 2010 | 12:00 pm
To all you folks who just love to say rock is dead, me and the Ruby Spirit have one thing to say to you: WE GONNA CUT YOU!!
If you’ve got your ear stuck to the radio and your idea of real rock n roll is Adam Lambert then it’s time to turn off MTV and MuchMusic just for a bit and get your asses out into the thriving rock scene Toronto has. Yes that means leaving your house, and yes that means putting on pants. I’m sorry.
So it’s like this: I put on pants last night and went down to the Great Hall near the west end to check out the Ruby Spirit for their CD release party at the recommendation of my friend, and the host of the show, Sean Ward (see his Video at the bottom of this blog post). He’s been jiving at me about these cats for a while now so I figured why not give them a listen. I love going to shows to hear bands I’ve never heard before simply because if they rock, they ROCK and you aren’t standing there disappointed if they didn’t play your favorite song. Every song can be your favorite for that night and in that divine moment when the sweat is dripping from the band’s foreheads, the stage lights are glimmering, the speakers throbbing, and you’re at the bottom of your beer, you are the perfect fan. Pure in your innocence to the music and able to allow yourself to be swept away in the music and stage performance.
It was an action packed night, to say the least. Ran into @bizaaron and caught the first act with him right after we checked out the photo booth. The band was called Jumple (no website yet) and I was very entertained. So here’s the lowdown on them: They are a collection of thick-accented brigands from Russia, the Ukraine and all points around the Carpathians (read: Gypsies), perform very upbeat, somewhat punkish music complete with violin and a very gifted drummer, employ a gypsy dancer, dance and run around the stage like lunatics and wear clothing that looks like they fell into the Tickle Trunk and came out right before their set. Sound familiar? Well it should, especially if you’ve heard of an almost identical band called Gogol Bordello. Jumple is pretty much a straight ripoff of the very established Gogol (right down to a lead singer by the name of Eugene) but a good band is a good band, and these guys rocked so hard that I was worried that any act that followed them would be put to shame – even the Ruby Spirit. But Sean assured me that with regards to the Rubies that I’d be “in for a real treat.” Taking pictures of Jumple was extremely hard because they were so kinetic that most of the pics were blurred beyond recognition. However through diligence and a lot patience, I was able to grab some good ones. Check the bottom of this post for the Jumple pics. If you want close ups and some extra pics, check out the Flickr Album
Reggie and Christine showed up after Jumple and I made sure to make them feel awful for missing such a great act. The whole night was just a music orgy really – at the same time as the show upstairs (where we were) was going on, a free show by a Beatles cover band called the Rattles was underway in the cafe. They didn’t look anything like the fab four but they sure sounded like them. Between Jumple, and the Rattles, came “Jesse and the Rippers” who turned out to not be the cheesy late 80′s hair band of Full House fame but instead were a light jazz ensemble. They didn’t rip that hard, to be honest, but I think in the right venue they would be very well received – say, the Montreal Bistro. I would say the Reservoir Lounge would be good too, but you gotta swing really hard to be in there. I have an old love affair with that place, which I will talk about in a forthcoming post.
Well well, The Ruby Spirit did not disappoint at all and thank God for that since I went ahead and pre-bought their CD before I even walked into the main hall of the venue or heard them play a single note. Really took a leap of faith on these guys based on Sean’s recommendation and I was not at all disappointed when they took the stage after he hyped them up the way he knows best – seriously, Sean is the white Flava Flav except he knows what time it is.
Paige, the lead singer of the Rubies came out larger than life and was equipped with a candy striped megaphone, confetti launchers, a see-through dress with sleeve streamers and more stage presence than Jesus Christ. Really talented musicans in that band, I tell ya. The freaking place was packed and I was old schoolin’ it like I did back in the day by standing at the very front, hands clutching the stage, beer flowing and head bobbing like a bobblehead. Here was a band I’d only heard of in passing and I may as well have been their #1 fan. And why? Because it’s bands like The Rubies who are in the trenches and giving it their all who are proving to the world that rock is back with a vengeance. I think we’re starting to get into a musical rennaissance of a second coming. It may be like the days when the Beatles and the Stones were building momentum – the air is electric, the social media networks are abuzz, and people are coming to shows! You’re should be thankful that you’re all part of some pretty exciting stuff. People are starting to leave the Nickelback camp and are craving something fresh and I think this city has it.
So get your pants on and get out there before these bands get so big that $10 bucks won’t cover admission!
EXTRA BONUS TRACKS!
Here’s Sean Ward’s Vlog
MY first time at Fan Expo was definitely an experience. Look, let’s get things straight here: I may not seem the type but I’m actually a big nerd. If there was a sci-fi, comic and fantasy Jeopardy I think I could throw down pretty soundly. So don’t act too surprised that I was tooling around Fan Expo wearing a Superman t-shirt picking up comics. This is not my first “con” mind you as I’ve been to PAX and the Emerald City Comic Con, but Fan Expo was just unreal. This thing blew anything I’ve been to right out of the water. The artists and companies that attended spared no expense and really transformed the Toronto Convention Centre into a whole other world. The only bad thing was that so many people showed up that the line was massive and the fire marshal was not letting anyone in. Good thing I didn’t have to wait long in the heat.
I got to meet Adam West, Julie Newmar, and Michael Dorn and hang out with the Batmobile, hold Captain America’s shield and chill with my good pal Sean Ward while helping him with his daily vlog. I really enjoy vlogging with Sean and I think after the SafeKidZone and SafeTREC launches I will be sprucing up my youtube channel and doing the vlog equivalent of Gonzo journalism – since Hunter S. Thompson is my hero. Here’s Sean’s coverage of the expo with a cameo by me and @laurenonizzle:
We also got to feast our eyes on some pretty epic cars on the weekend of the expo! One of them may very well become the next NusMobile if things go well. The Batmobile’s ok I guess but its jet turbine engine really guzzles gas. On the other hand the Delorian is efficient on fuel but not very responsible since going back to the future could undo the fabric of time. So I think I may go with the Lexus CT200h that I saw at the Lexus Live event since I can get the batmobileish gadgets and the Delorian fuel consumption without causing damage to my gas budget or the space time continuum. As the Lexus marketing team says: it’s “Thrilling yet responsible.” Check out Seanward.net for our video from the Lexus Live event by clicking right here.
If I could describe Fan Expo 2010 in one word, I would say it was a “nerdgasm.” The last time I used that word I was watching Scott Pilgrim and it was appropriate. I’m sure there were quite a few bloggers hanging around there covering all the artists, celebrities and hot chicks in spandex or Princess Leia bikinis and other various wicked cool things but I wanted to take a different angle. One thing I’ve noticed about all comic cons I’ve been to was that cosplay (dressing up as your favorite fictional character at a convention, for the uninitiated) is a big thing. What’s just as common though is the siginificant number of folks who either half ass their costumes or just can’t pull it off because, let’s face it, the costume doesn’t fit right. Tragic. For the con veterans reading this all you need to think of is that pimply, obese guy with the bad goatee in a Batman cowl and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
I don’t want to come off as a jerk though. At first I was taking candid shots of these people without their knowledge but early on in my photo hunt I realized that they are all too happy to be photographed and are actually pretty swell folks who just love all things nerdy and awesome. I guess my beef is that I tend to be a details Nazi when it comes to Halloween costumes so I get all OCD when I see a costume that completely misses the point of the subject matter it’s emulating. It’s not really a “haha look at those nerds thing” really. Even I have a guilty pleasure in that I download episodes of Naruto Shippuden every week – so these people are, in a way, my brethren. I’ve not yet gotten into cosplay at comic cons, but I do LOVE halloween, so maybe it’s up my alley. Maybe.
Here are the good ones.
And here are the tragedies.
And here’s a tranny jedi:
Sean and I had a swell time last night at #PotluckTO. He jangled at me over the interwebs and thought it would be funny if we rolled up to McDonalds in the NusMobile and asked for $20 worth of their french fries. Why not? So I jumped in the car and we sped off to Parkdale on a fry mission.
The video below is what ensued. And make damn sure you go to SeanWard.net and check it daily. Sean is doing a vlog each and every day and will be nearing 100 updates real soon so be sure to cheer him on. I’m already a big fan.