Managing Director of Dancemakers, Toronto's second oldest contemporary dance
company, from 1988-1998; and in the service of the company's artists, my
beard has not only turned mostly white ... but I've also reached the second
half-century of my life.
before then? Well, I'll give you the abbreviated and cleaned-up version.
Born in early
1939 in Essen, Germany. Grew up without any major complexes - after 1952, in
Canada - Montreal to be exact. McGill University - B.A. in Political Science
and Economics, with minors in History and Philosophy - an education
guaranteed to permit clear-headed and independent thinking, if not the
amassing of lots of money.
career plan - Foreign Service - proved impossible at the time due to a
"residence requirement", in addition to citizenship. So, having obtained my
Officer's Commission while at McGill, I joined the Army in 1962
as a lieutenant - specifically, military intelligence (it seemed closest to
my original goal).
those days was an exciting place to live in. We were finding our feet and
our soul. Till then it had been a cultural wasteland, unambitious, lacking
self-confidence, as behooved a loyal adjunct to the British Empire. But the
Centennial changed much of that, thanks to Lester B. Pearson and later
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the only recent prime ministers with any vision of the country.
I managed to
reach the exalted rank of lieutenant-colonel (sounds impressive doesn't it?)
- well, it was the top 1% of the military! But, by my late thirties it was
no longer enough. So, in 1978 I went out into the
savage 'real world'.
temperament wouldn't quite let me go as far as that, however. I went into
the not-for-profit sector. In the mid-eighties, at the time of Brian
Mulroney's quest for nuclear submarines, I was at the Canadian Centre for
Arms Control, an Ottawa think-tank which helped sink (sorry...) that
this was going on, I was captured by the beauty of contemporary dance -
physical movement joined to music in largely unpredictable ways - and
somehow ended up on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Dance Theatre,
widely regarded as Canada's leading modern dance company. From there, the
leap (slide...?) to arts management was only a question of time (at least,
that's how it now seems in hindsight).
In 1998, on
retiring from Dancemakers (where I'd been managing director for 10 years), I started Wolf/media Web Services, a web design
and service company specializing in the arts, and struck out on my own (and
that brings us more or less to the present day.
What else ...
oh yes, classical music, jazz, literature, visual arts, film,
computers, web design & video-editing! And I'm a proud and nationalistic Canadian, who abhors the modern
day curse of neo-conservatism, a failed political ideology that refuses to
A taste of Victoria in May
As of late July 2005, I have abandoned the
permanently polluted air of Toronto for the anticipation of the occasional
earthquake on Vancouver Island, as close as one can get to paradise without
leaving the country. (For another paradise-like location, see the Norfolk
Victoria in winter...
[just in case you didn't recognize it]