The Late Night Show (11 O’Clock Number)

We sit down, the lights dim, when very suddenly a charming guy in a suit jacket steps out into the spotlight, and then he heads over towards the keyboard. As he sits down, he gives pause for about 10 seconds before his posture lifts up, he grabs the microphone, and jumps into a riffed delivery of a powerful line…

It’s Friday night ladies and gentleman! I hope you’re ready! Please welcome the cast of the 11 O’Clock Number!


An ensemble of 20-somethings (sometimes early 30’s) explode out of various areas of the stage and break into song right as the music amps up. If you haven’t been to one of their shows before, this can be a bit surprising, if you have, then it’s a comforting spectacle which precedes something which I can assure you, no one has ever seen before.

I write it this way because every show is literally unique!

If you haven’t been to the 11 O’Clock Number before, you are in luck, as the Grindstone Theatre production has just started it’s 4th season about a month ago. The show takes place every Friday, at 11 PM incidentally, at Edmonton’s very own Backstage Theatre (10330 84 Ave NW) between the early months of fall until the beginning of summer, almost without fail.

Admittedly, I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced this improvised musical more times than I can count at this point for the previous season. And a handful of times throughout seasons 1 and 2.

Why am I telling you about this event you ask, dear readers?

Because it’s pretty damn awesome and a wonderful way to experience live theatre in Edmonton and to kick off the weekend. The fact that the show is on at 11 at night has almost assured that a cult following would develop, because in my experience, theatre doesn’t usually happen that late. At least not here. In Edmonton. Canada’s “Festival City.” WTF.

But that doesn’t tell you much about the show itself!

The Number, the pet name commonly known to it’s cast and adherents, tells a different story every Friday night. Using a group of 5-7 performers, always accompanied on keyboard and usually by Erik Mortimer or a guest, and sometimes on drums by Curtis Den Otter, is a show for the audience and by the audience.

How the Artistic Director, Byron Trevor Martin, accomplishes this, is quite demonstrative of his own ability to adapt and help drive the story forward when he participates in the shows himself.

There are a number of formats that the cast employs to set up the show – from their directors cut (with a narrator making comments and who also directs the show from behind the scenes), to the musical mixer (short form improv, followed by a condensed long form second half),  the classic format (creating a show from audience suggestions), life is a musical (an audience member tells their life story and it’s acted out), the costumed musical (the cast does a poll and comes up with a theme), or the wild card show (cards that can effect the story are given to audience members, who shout them out at will).

All of the themes are employed to effectively set up a show on the spot and by this same token it informs the performers so that they can tell a long form improvised play that features improvised songs throughout. Sometimes the songs are performed by one person, other times we’ll see a duet, and then we might see an epic performance which features all members of the cast, but whatever the inspiration, it’s always played to comedic effect.

These are funny stories.

Sometimes they are weird stories, but they are always funny stories.

I’ve even attended their classes and learned some improv skills myself. This theatre company has provided tremendous value for the local community in other ways too. They host an “Open Jam” on the last Tuesday of every month at the Holy Trinity Church (10037 – 84 Avenue) as well as co-hosting The Social Scene with Citadel Theatre every month.

Like I said, tremendous value to the local community, especially to theatre artists.

So what do you think? Are you interested in checking out The Late Night Show? Want to read more of these kinds of posts? Have some suggestions local events for timotheories to share? Hit me back!

Otherwise, I’m theoried out for the night and am gonna need a couple of days to recuperate. See you fine folks soon.


Maintaining Your Zen (Zen Pencils)

Where does motivation come from?

I often wonder this myself, and I’ve met with different perspectives on the matter throughout my life so far. I fully expect to encounter more examples and perspectives as I go along, but for the purpose of making a point, I’ve outlined some examples below.

Some believe it is something internal which we are all born with, which is bottled up and given out in precise amounts each day, so that if it is squandered, you cannot get it back. Others suggest that motivation comes from healthy living and positive emotions. You will find that some believe that motivation comes out of adversity, that in moments of trial we are given the opportunity to rise to the challenge, and if we reach out for it we will be rewarded for our efforts, a matter of will. There is the biological track which suggests that because we are motivated to basic functions of eating, drinking, and sleeping, our behaviours are dictated by those forces of nature. I’ve also heard people say that motivation is a spiritual matter, which is given to us whether we ask for it or not, but in miraculous ways, providing us the strength we need in moments that we cannot handle life.

We could say there are either internal or external factors that can determine motivation. In the everyday, motivation is the word we use to describe the why of a person.

In the arts in particular, you will hear all sorts of opinion as to why something created is “good” or “bad,” and how to be successful at creativity is no exception to this varied and often heated discussion of opinion. As the old adage goes, opinions are like hearts, we all have them and most of them are overworked.

Just kidding, theres a better one – It’s about the anus. Let’s not lose focus though.

I’ve personally found that routine is essential for maintenance of a goal, dream or accomplishing something large in scope. By building good habits you can be assured that no matter what your level of commitment, in the tedium, this strategy will be helpful.

But when it comes to major shifts of life, that is a completely different matter. In those moments, I would argue that external factors should and do play a role in motivation. Whether they are biological or spiritual is a matter of taste, and we all have our individual journey to take, which is why I am not interested in dictating the course for you. Rather I hope to provide choice from my spot on the internet.

Which is why today’s Wisdom Wednesday is a double feature. I’ve served up part A already by assuring you that your goals are attainable, but how you achieve them is definitely dependant on what stage you are at and the kind of motivation you need. *Hint* A routine never hurt anybody while they were waiting for inspiration to strike.

Part B is a little bit more fun for me, because I get to share a website I look at from time to time, when I want a reminder that success is an ongoing pursuit and a lifestyle, and not a result.

The website I recommend you take a look at is – Convenient link is here.

Gavin Aung Than has been making cartoons for his website since the end of 2011. He decided to quit his corporate job as a graphic designer and focus on his comics after he realized that he loved reading biographies of people who lived more interesting lives than him and that he wasn’t happy with where he was at. He adapts all sorts of quotes from inspirational sources and combines them with his drawings to produce some really beautiful art.

The kind of art which eventually inspired me to stop focusing my efforts on a corporate career and reorient myself back to my real passions: Being involved in the arts, making art, and collaborating with other artists.

I’m not going to bore you with details of why I like his stuff because I think it demonstrates its value in different ways, unless, of course, I get feedback requesting more information and/or a technical analysis. But I will leave some good example links I personally like right here for you to peruse at your leisure…

Chuck Jones

Marcus Aurelius

Ken Robinson

Robin Williams

Amy Poehler

Shonda Rhimes

Jim Henson

Timothy Ferriss

Jiddu Krishnamurti

But please don’t take my word for it, there are almost 200 comics on that website by this point. All of them carrying a message of hope and practical information about how to achieve in life, especially if you are a creative type.

So what did you think? Did you like the website? Do you want me to share more of these kinds of sources with you? Today’s theories are tomorrows realities, and I’ve shared what I could for now, dear readers. See you soon.


It’s What I Sit On, But I Don’t Take It With Me (Goldeneye review)

Hot off the heels of another incredible movie franchise review (AKA Avengers: Age of Ultron)… another blog post about a film in a legacy, but I promise you that it’ll be okay. You’ll probably even like this review.

Almost 20 years ago today, because it was released in theatres on November 17th, so I’m off by about a month, we were introduced to Eon Productions first non Ian Fleming based film.

The 17th spy film in the James Bond series. The one called…

Goldeneye (1995)
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench
Director: Martin Campbell
re-released on blu-ray September 15, 2015 (The Pierce Brosnan Collection)
********* 9/10


IMDB: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%, Audience Score 83%
The Guardian: n/a (good recap here)

Martin Campbell has a pretty good rap sheet. He’s directed some excellent films, including The Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale, and Edge of Darkness. Let’s ignore Green Lantern please.

Keep in mind all of these films came out after his first 007 film. Fun fact, the movies Campbell directed before Goldeneye came in groups of three. Three movies about the legal system, and before that, three movies which were essentially softcore porn, IMHO.

So how did the dude land this script?

That’s something for people who have a lot more time on their hands than me to figure out. All I know is that Eon Productions made the right decision.

The film starts on a Soviet Union base during the Cold War. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and another agent, Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean), are on track to blow up a chemical weapons factory when Alec is captured by General Ourumov (Gottfried John), who expects Bond to give up. Bond resets the timers from six minutes to three and walks out to surrender, just in time to see Trevelyan executed. Bond is able to escape via a conveyor belt and once outside the facility, using a motorcycle, leaps off a cliff after a plane. Miraculously he escapes as the weapons plant explodes.

Fast forward nine years, Bond is driving in the mountains near Monaco with a MI6 psychiatrist who is evaluating his mental state. During this time an impromptu race happens between Bond and Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), thankfully he quits when the psychiatrist gets upset.

Cue Bond on assignment to observe if the Janus crime syndicate will be present at a demonstration for the Eurocopter Tiger, which is unaffected by electromagnetic pulses from nuclear weapons. Xenia shows up a second time and uses her sexual prowess to steal an admiral’s ID, but not before killing him with her thighs. Xenia and accomplice then steal the Tiger during the demonstration.

Later, in Severnaya, Siberia, General Ourumov and Xenia arrive in the Tiger helicopter at a communications outpost. Ourumov takes control of the “Goldeneye” from the officer in charge, and promptly has the team executed by Xenia. He then activates the satellite, which delivers an nuclear powered EMP blast to Severnaya. The pair escape in the Tiger, as it is unaffected by the EMP.

One of the technicians, Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), manages to survive the destruction of the command center, and climbs out of the base in search of rescue. At MI6, the observation room watches the whole event, including Bond, who spots Natalya crawling away from the base. He reports this to, M (Judi Dench). They have a nice exchange, where M calls Bond a misogynist dinosaur and relic from the Cold War, and gives him instructions to investigate Janus, Goldeneye, and Ourumov in greater detail while in Russia, but not to make it about revenge.

And that’s all I am going to share with you for now. Not because of spoilers, because you can read a summary in a bunch of different places on the internet. As I mentioned the movie is almost 20 years old.

Pros: The technology is up-to-date (for the time period), Alan Cumming is hilarious as a seedy Russian hacker, the villain Janus is incredibly well done, and Brosnan has the right combination of wit and strength.

Cons: There is a bit of a formula to every 007 film, so it’s not too difficult to see where the plot is headed, and you’ll expect to see innuendo between Bond and Moneypenny or a battle of remarks with Q

Runtime: 130 minutes

Points of Interest: Having played the crap out of the N64 game after I watched this movie, I probably spent 100s of hours on it to be honest, it’s fun to go back and relive the “levels”, knowing how it will all lead to that final battle atop of “The Cradle” at Janus’ secret lair in the Congo. Also it was the first move to be released on DVD, crazy right? Lastly, Goldeneye is the nickname of Ian Fleming’s beachfront house in Jamaica where he wrote about the Bond universe.

And that is my third movie review. I hope you enjoyed my post! I look forward to hearing your feedback. Leave some comments and questions.

Out of theories for now, check back soon!


The Answer Is Strong Music and Authentic Lyrics (R.City, What Dreams Are Made Of review)

The third week of album reviews in a row? Cool right?

And I have a category for this type of blog instalment now! I think you’ll agree that it suits these posts. MELODIC MONDAYS.

In what seems like a cleverly calculated month of reviewing vocal duos (EODM) (July Talk), I seem to have gone straight into my next one. When is the combo-breaker coming? Even I don’t know… But let’s instead focus on the dual voices of two very talented brothers. – What they’ve produced is a pretty good mix of beats, heart, and lyrical feats.

R.City – What Dreams Are Made of
released October 9, 2015
******** 8/10


I love a good debut album, don’t you? It really helps you feel like you are directly supporting the act’s career and it makes the bond you have with their music just a little bit stronger. Also, you can totally tell people off when they finally get into your favourite musical entertainer(s) years down the road. Okay lets be real, its more like months.

*Spoiler alert* While it is a debut album, this should be considered a sophomore album in a lot of ways. Read this article to see what I mean.

That’s right R.City is made up of brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas, who incidentally, are from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Try saying that a bunch of times really fast, its almost as fun as listening to their music!

R. City’s (also called Rock City and Planet VI) formation story is a pretty cool one, and they spend a decent amount of time outlining it for us in their emotional and somewhat unconventional outro track, Our Story. But before you start listening sporadically, I do think you should listen to the whole record and finish it off with that track as intended. The impact will be stronger, trust me.

On that note, some may be surprised to learn that they have been hit-makers for a number of will known acts, including Sean Kingston, Akon, Miley Cyrus, and others before they finally found a platform to release their own album.

The list of songs they’ve written is seriously super long though.

Combining their efforts and sampling from styles of calypso, hip hop, pop, r&b, reggae and rock, it’s pretty hard not to enjoy most of the tracks on this record. There are emotional songs that deal with their “hustle and grind” like Over and Our Story, then the slow jams Take You Down and Make Up (read: babymaking music as Ron Burgundy would call it) , feel good songs Crazy Love and Don’t You Worry, and some more politically charged music that deals with the environment they grew up in showcased in Live by the Gun and Slave to the Dollar.

When it comes right down to it, Again is probably my favourite song on the entire album – it fuses elements of those slower tracks with the real struggle the brothers Thomas have gone through which has directly affected their relationships with their loved ones, just so they could get to this career point.

Lastly, I’m sure you’ve heard Locked Away at this stage in the game. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 fame is featured on the track, and the music video is pretty damn good too. Or maybe you’ve watched I’m That … with 2 Chainz? It’s an interesting one to view just to see how they deal with people who assume they are Jamaican simply because they are Caribbean.

R.City asks us What Dreams Are Made Of in their album name, but I think they answer it too.

Enjoy your Monday dear readers; it’s gonna be over soon. But lucky for you, Tuesday is right around the corner and I’ve got another review to share with you and maybe some theories too.


Holy Subversion, Art, Man! (Campbell Wallace, Finding Balance)

This October 18th weekend, prepare to get DECIMATED! timotheories proudly presents, Holy Subversion, Art, Man! Only available on and! Featuring all your favourite taboo subjects –

Life fulfillment!

Exploring the unfamiliar!

Breaking the rules!

Sacred things!

Dealing with Postmodernism!

And don’t miss the second-ever video interview conducted for this website! IT’S FREE! The first 100 people to subscribe to the channel get an autographed picture of Tim and 30 minutes of screen time to discuss whatever arts related theories they want!

Subscribe to my blog at the bottom of the page! And on my Youtube channel!

Subscribing gets you a seat, but you’ll only need the EEEEEDGE!

Sunday!! Sunday!! Sunday!!

This October 18th weekend!

Read it or beat it!


Well, it looks like the time has finally arrived for me to share with you my newest, shiniest and most fine art driven interview to date. Folks, I am quite literally shaking in my office chair at the prospect of sharing this one with you. I introduced Campbell Wallace to you, albeit briefly, last week, but am incredibly nervous and proud of this one.

I think you need to take a look at his website before you watch this interview though. I’ll wait here, while you are searching another corner of the internet.

Done? Good.

Looking at his paintings, his interest in the details and nuances of life drew me to his work pretty much immediately. But I will admit that it also challenged me too. Cam doesn’t just make party paintings from found photographs, he pours everything into them. From art history, to modern relics of culture, to concepts of identity and value, all of these qualities exist in his paintings.

When you speak to him, you quickly realize that the reason why his art is capable of acknowledging all of these various layers simultaneously is because whether it is all obvious or not, you’re getting an opportunity to look into his head.

And so I decided that it would beneficial for you to have that opportunity too. From reality TV, to emojis, to dignitaries, Cam and I had a very nice conversation about finding balance in life and I really think he has some great ideas there.

So here it is, my interview with Campbell Wallace. And for you rebels, it’s here too.

Dear readers you are seriously in for a treat. But don’t take my word for it, check it out!

Well its time for me to mosey along. The sun has set and the cows have come home, enjoy these theories, soak them in. And please send me your thoughts. I love comments and emails.

And of course my sincerest thanks to Cam for being candid, clever, and incredibly compassionate.