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Question 14: Why do you continue to live in Atlantic Canada instead of moving to an area that affords a larger distribution network for your art?


I’m not currently living in the Atlantic Provinces. I’m in Calgary, Alberta which is a larger centre and which offers greater possibilities for distribution. But with the Internet, we often hear that, with the Internet it is really possible to live here and to make connections and contacts that are outside the area, and to move forward that way. I remember in the early 90s, I was reading the magazine Billboard and in a musical review they said that bands, the new groups, wouldn’t come from New York or Los Angeles or London, but from small places, small cities, because technology was at a point where people could buy little studios and create quality products. I think the same has happened here too. So it’s possible to be here and to really create interesting stuff and show it elsewhere. I had the chance to teach at Alberta College of Art and Design so I didn’t say no, but I think that, at some point, it comes to the same, whether you live in a big city or in a small city or a medium-sized city. There are different dynamics but opportunities exist everywhere I think.