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The pedestrian street "Strøget" glimpsed from a cafe window in Copenhagen is the world largest and oldest. (©Julia Pelish Photography)


I live in the city, have for a long time. I find there are times when I speculate on when or will I move on; get fed up with the density and activity that is constantly beckoning for my attention. But then another year passes by and here I stay.

It is easy to forget yourself and your own troubles by being a city dweller. I escape from myself as I observe all the varieties of lifestyles just walking around me. You can easily put your life into perspective; there is often someone better or worse off than you on just about any block. It is an education in human nature. And after awhile even the noise and commotion find balance with the quiet places and time you surprise yourself discovering.

I love exploring a new city and find myself fascinated by the dynamics of urban life: watching people congregate, socialize and live and work crowded together yet somehow autonomous. Looking at these photos, I am able to recall the sights, sounds and smells of these vibrant places.

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Its Official, the Christmas holiday has started in Toronto. This past Sunday the 107th Santa Claus Parade (the longest running children’s Parade in the world) made its way through the downtown core and I was right up front with all the little kiddies. Of couse, I was there on official business, doing a photo job for vacay.ca but being there can certainly bring back some of that youthful Christmas excitement.

I arrived around 11 am in order to scope out a good shooting spot. By the time 4 o’clock came and the sun seemed to be going down, I decided to skip out and not stick around for Santa’s (the Big Guy as the kids next to me were saying) arrival.

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The parade had something for everyone: floats, power rangers, cheerleaders, marching bands, celebrity clowns and free candy. I am just hoping Santa will not hold it against me that when it comes to cold weather I can only wait so long. I guess I will find out soon.

Nelly-Furtado-Fans. ©Julia Pelish Photography

We Day Toronto 2011

Shawn Desman We-Day-2011. ©Julia Pelish Photography

Shawn Desman with fans during We Day 2011 Toronto Event.© Julia Pelish Photography

Free The Children’s Toronto We Day 2011 was amazing. Here are a few photos from the day long celebration held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Air Canada Center.

Waneek Horn-Miller at We-Day-2011-© Julia Pelish Photography

Waneek Horn-Miller at the We Day 2011 Toronto Event. ©Julia Pelish Photography

I heard that around 18,000 students were in attendance from schools all over the Ontario region. Students even came from as far away as the US from Connecticut and Texas schools. The arena was packed.

Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland We-Day-2011-Julia-Pelish-Photography

Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. ©Julia Pelish Photography

I arrived sleepy eyed at 7 am as one of the many shooters who were dispersed throughout the venue to record the day. My post was in the ‘Meet and Greet’ room and my assignment was to photograph the talent who participated in the event as they stopped by to meet some very lucky fans waiting for them.

Neverest at We-Day-2011. ©Julia-Pelish-Photography

Two members of Toronto's band Neverest in the Meet and Greet area. ©Julia Pelish Photography

For most of my day, I was a quiet background player busy shooting in my designated room. The talent lineup at the Toronto event this year was amazing. I got to witness the gracious side of many public personalities: Waneek Horn-Miller (Canadian Olympian), Rick Hansen (Canadian Paralympian), Nelly Furtado (who doesn’t know of Nelly?), Dallas Green (aka City and Colour), Shawn Desman (what a dancer and charmer, the kids loved him!), Neverest (Toronto group and crowd favorite), Spencer West (inspirational speaker) , Dr. Patch Adams (well known Medical Doctor and commedian), Mary Robinson (former president and first woman leader of Ireland) as well as Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David Onley. They all spent time posing for photos with their delighted fans.

Spencer West at We-Day-2011. ©Julia-Pelish-Photography

Spencer West autographing his book "Standing Tall" for fans. ©Julia Pelish Photography

I had never heard of We Day or Free the Children until last year. I have since learned that this amazing organization runs on the energy of self motivated youth dedicated to taking action . I encourage you to visit their online sites of Free the Children and We Day to learn more about this organization. It is the movement started by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger and they have inspired throngs of young people to become deeply involved and committed to becoming activists for local and global change.

City and Colour aka Dallas Green at We-Day-2011. ©Julia-Pelish-Photography

Dallas Green aka City and Colour at Toronto's We Day. ©Julia Pelish Photography

Ontario Lt. Gov. David Onley and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen. © Julia Pelish Photography

Ontario Lt. Gov. David Onley and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen. © Julia Pelish Photography

Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns rings the opening bell at the TSX. ©Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

Steve Nash and the Toronto Stock Exchange

My shoot today was a straight forward assignment – to capture NBA Phoenix Sun’s Steve Nash ringing the Toronto Stock Exchange opening bell for Tuesday, September 13th. The room was well lit so I was able to shoot natural light at a high ISO setting using a moderate zoom lens at its widest angle to get the shot I needed.

Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns shaking hands with Tom Kloet, CEO of TMX. ©Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns shaking hands with Tom Kloet, CEO of TMX. ©Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

Not only is Steve an NBA star, he is also a partner in the Liquid Nutrition Group which will be opening stores throughout Toronto in the very near future. After the ceremony wrapped up, the media and attendees were treated to samples of Liquid Nutrition’s delicious smoothies. I tried two of them and the Early Bird was amazing!

You can read more about the event and Steve on Adrian Brijbassi’s website as he had a chance to talk with him, not only about nutrition but about the NBA lockout as well.