Being honest to my feelings and enjoying every moment of life is my goal.
—Takashi Iwasaki, artist
New Year's is the time for resolutions of course, and SCENE wanted to
find out what some of Winnipeg's leading artsy types have planned for 2013.
Actor/screenwriter Nia Vardalos:
"My New Year's resolutions
used to range from scaling a mountain to driving the Amalfi coast. Now
I'm aspiring to get chosen to be the room parent because I'll get to
help 20 seven-year-olds glue stuff."
Nia Vardalos is the author of Instant Mom,
the true story of how, with fourteen hours notice, she and her husband
adopted a pre-schooler. It's published by HarperCollins and will be
released in April, 2013.
Architect Etienne Gaboury:
Etienne Gaboury (cp images)
He's designed some of Winnipeg's most
iconic structures like the Esplanade Provencher Bridge and the Royal Canadian
Mint. The 82-year old Franco-Manitoban
architect, who officially retired seven years ago, is showing no signs
of slowing down.
"I never make resolutions," he says."I wouldn't
respect them. But I do have goals that I've resolved to attain. There
are two, really. Before I die I would like to do one more major work.
And I hope 2013 will be the year in which that might happen. I am
working on a major sculpture that I hope will be realized.
other one would be to master my Spanish. I would like to reach the goal
of a certain level of perfection this year. I decided I would start
writing my autobiography -- not really my autobiography, but incidents
in my life. It's a bit of a challenge on
Noam Gonick (Justin Ng)
the one hand and on the other hand it gives me the opportunity to
relate my personal experiences, but doing it in another language, and
trying to get the flavour of that language, too. These are my two goals
for 2013, God willing, or in Spanish, ojalá
."Filmmaker/Artist - Noam Gonick
"I've already quit smoking and am going to the gym, so my resolution is to make a feature film entitled Amber
Our crew has reconvened for this crime drama about an Amber Alert:
producer Juliette Hagopian, cinematographer Ed Lachman, as well as
screenwriter Josh Wade and producers Tina Keeper & Onalee Ames."
Singer Maria Aragon
Maria Aragon (courtesy of Maria Aragon)
"Every year for New Year's we spend it in the house, we have a huge feast
and dress up to take a family picture with everybody. We sit around the
TV and wait for the ball to drop and write down resolutions - things we want to
happen during the new year or things that we want to change.
I guess I would
want to set up a goal to continue in music and to keep grounded and to
always put heart into my music and that the music goes first and nothing else."
Maria Aragon rose to stardom last year when her cover of Lady Gaga's hit
"Born this Way" was noticed by the superstar. Aragon sang the hit with
Gaga herself and was featured on the Ellen
show. Aragon began
writing her own music this year.
Artist - Takashi Iwasaki
Takashi Iwasaki (courtesy of Takashi Iwasaki)
"No compromise on things that I think important -- that includes art making, of course, but other things like spending a quality time with people. Being honest to my feelings and enjoying every moment of life is my goal."
Iwasaki's artwork can be seen -- and purchased -- at Tara Davis Studio Boutique (246 McDermot Ave.) until the end of December and Gallery Lacosse (169 Lilac St.), which features mostly Manitoba artists and where the staff is very friendly.
Chef Darryl Crumb
Darryl Crumb (Jolene Olive)
"Being a chef and owner of Billabong Gastropub doesn't leave me much time to spend with my beautiful fiancé, so my New Year's resolution is to make more time for her and our wonderful boys (our dogs) Jake and Remy."