Author: Richard Budman

PHOTO: Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam finish up a busy few days in Toronto with a second sold-out ACC concert

(September 12, 2011) Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam finish up a few days in Toronto that included a Film Festival premiere of their new Cameron Crowe directed documentary PJ20, a press conference discussing the film, and two sold-out concerts at the Air Canada Centre.

Journey through the Toronto International Film Festival with Cadillac Festival Insider social media reporting

On behalf of Cadillac, the official vehicle of the Toronto International Film Festival, I’m thrilled to be covering all things TIFF again for another year in a unique social media reporting assignment. With my insider reporting partner Skye Collyer, in our beautiful Cadillac CTS-V coupe we’ll ride to some of the best of what TIFF […]

PHOTO: Novak Djokovic arrives at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal for Rogers Cup tennis play

The world’s no. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic arrives to Uniprix Stadium in Montreal on Friday, August 12, 2011 for Rogers Cup quarter-final play. Djokovic would go on to win the 2011 Rogers Cup championship.

BLOG: Reporting on Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon racing at the GMC Rangeland Derby

Spent a great week in July out in western Canada for the world famous Calgary Stampede in a social media reporting assignment. GMC is a proud vehicle sponsor of the Stampede and does some engaging marketing on-site during Stampede week. The event’s signature event, the chuckwagon races, is titled the GMC Rangeland Derby.

PHOTO: Legends of Tennis Courier, Agassi, McEnroe, and Chang share old tennis stories on sponsor stage at Rogers Cup in Toronto

Four legends of tennis; Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Michael Chang take to a sponsor stage to share stories at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (August 13, 2011)

PHOTO: 2011 Calgary Stampede Rodeo runs in rain or shine

Despite some rainy weather mid-week the Calgary Stampede enjoyed one of it’s busiest years ever. I was thrilled to shoot “The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth” (in good weather and bad!) Being up-close to the rodeo and chuckwagon racing action proved far more exciting to photograph than I ever would have thought. (photo Richard Budman […]

Mindbender Supreme reviews beautiful soul ladies Aretha Franklin and Sade on

A special week in late June when two of the most distinctive voices in soul history made separate, but equally important appearances in Toronto. Ms. Aretha Franklin and Sade made rare concert stops in the city. Online music news site asked to use photos I shot at the shows. Was thrilled to see my […]

PHOTOS: Parliament-Funkadelic legend Bootsy Collins brings the funk to the Toronto Jazz Festival

Funk was in the house on Saturday night at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The bass legend that is Bootsy Collins made a long awaited concert stop in the city. Bootsy rose to prominence with James Brown in the sixties, and then Parliament-Funkadelic in the seventies. Bootsy’s work is credited with being a driving influential force […]

PHOTOS: Sade Adu returns to Toronto for first concert in a decade

I do love my British soul ladies. Nobody’s hotter than Adele right now, and Joss Stone is a very young veteran singing today. But the biggest selling Brit-Soul singer of them all (100 million records sold and counting) – is Sade Adu and she made a rare stop in Toronto this week at Air Canada […]

BLOG: The lesson of shooting Spanish Harlem Orchestra – find different shooting spots till your happy with the composition

After an amazing opening night Aretha Franklin gave The Toronto Jazz Festival on Friday, I returned Sunday to the main stage tent for The Spanish Harlem Orchestra – a Grammy award winning latin dance music band that I figured would be a fun show under the main stage tent (and it was.) I was quickly […]

Aretha Franklin kicks off 25th anniversary edition of the Toronto Jazz Festival

(June 24, 2011) The Toronto Jazz Festival kicked off it’s 25th anniversary edition with the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Lady Gaga exits her Yorkville hotel for Muchmusic Video Awards in Toronto

(June 19, 2011) Lady Gaga exits her Yorkville ave. hotel to hundreds of awaiting fans. The Lady is in Toronto to perform at the Muchmusic Video Awards.

BLOG: Shad headlines a great Windows Canada party during NXNE

Got a invite from Windows Canada to a cool Saturday night NXNE Music Fest show. Windows was sponsoring the night that featured a headlining performance from Shad – a truly awesome and under-appreciated Canadian MC. I loved Shad the last time I saw him perform, at an outside Juno Fan Fest back in March, and […]

PHOTO: Henry Kissinger in Toronto for Munk Debates at Roy Thomson Hall

(June 17, 2011) Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney greets American politico legend and diplomat Henry Kissinger after the Munk Debates at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. Kissinger was making the appearance to lend his thoughts to the nights topic, “Does the 21st Century Belong To China?”

BLOG: Henry Kissinger inside Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall – KD Lang outside it. Sounds like a Friday night to me.

What to do on a Friday night in Toronto? Heading down to Roy Thomson Hall seemed like the good bet to me as a politico legend and diplomat, Henry Kissinger was taking part in the Munk Debates, and just outside the Hall – the Luminato Festival was in full swing and KD Lang was set […]

BLOG: Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson receives NOW Magazine’s inaugural Lifetime award at NXNE – in record time!

The founding member and chief songwriter of The Beach Boys – Brian Wilson made a rare appearance during Toronto’s NXNE music festival. Wilson, who has a long history of reclusive, and sometimes erratic behavior graciously accepted the award, said a few words, and exited the stage at Toronto’s Hyatt Regency hotel in about a minute. […]

BLOG: Awesome Holiday weekend spent at Mosport Raceway shooting the Cadillac Racing team

You can’t get many better assignments then how I spent the recent Victoria Day long holiday weekend. It was at Mosport Raceway just east of Toronto. The Cadillac Racing team has made a triumphant return to the Pirelli World Challenge series this year and it was their first time back racing in Canada in a […]

Shania Twain signs for fans in Toronto her new book, “From This Moment On”

BLOG: Khalsa Day celebrations at Queen’s Park bring out big name politicians Ignatieff and Layton (and this bored photographer)

What’s there to do on an Easter Sunday afternoon? Actually, not much. I’d been catching up with office work and doing those pesky taxes when by 4pm realized I hadn’t been outside all day, it was time for some fresh air. Noticed lots of Sikhs flowing into Queen’s Park. A quick google told me it […]

NDP leader Jack Layton greets enthusiastic supporters during Khalsa Day celebrations at Queen’s Park

(April 24, 2011) NDP leader Jack Layton greets enthusiastic supporters during Khalsa Day celebrations at Queen’s Park. Layton has gained steam on the campaign trail with just over a week before a Canadian Federal Election.

BLOG: Charlie Sheen’s arrival in Toronto provides one of the more crazy moments I remember shooting at Massey Hall

Of course Charlie Sheen’s appearance at Toronto’s Massey Hall was on my mind today. Sheen had become a media sensation since he was effectively fired from his hit sitcom, Two and a Half Men. But I was still doing office work past six on the eve of Sheen’s first appearance in Canada on his Violent […]