Category: Toronto

Biking into horror on Yonge St. just after van attacks pedestrians in Toronto

I was at Walmart waiting for photos to be printed when a lady started screaming in the McDonald’s – “Oh My God!! There has been a terrorist attack at Yonge and Finch!” My next stop was coincidentally going to be Finch subway station so I biked into the area around 3:30pm – 2 hours after…
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#InsideTheCFL – a lesson in smart #hashtag integration at events

I got the pleasure of attending the #InsideTheCFL event held on October 2nd at Andrew Richards Designs. The event was a text book example on how to properly integrate a #hashtag and ensure the event’s reach extended far beyond the few hundred people in attendance. There was a time – just a few short years…
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BLOG: I bought a bike! New life begins NOW..

I moved at the end of 2013 to the Queen east area of Toronto after condo construction noise ruined living at Bay and Wellesley. Loving the new area except for one thing – I found getting on a TTC streetcar for work in rush hour was pure hell. The transit system simply can’t move the…
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PHOTOS: What else to do after the Toronto ice storm? Get out on Queen st. east and take photos

For the second weekend in a row – the lovely Toronto weather messed up my plans to see friends. Not feeling like staying in on Sunday – I decided to venture out with the camera and see what this ice storm was all about. It hit Toronto on Saturday night and knocked out power for…
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PHOTOS: Shooting fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs during a Game 7 meltdown in Maple Leafs Square

MAY 13, 2013 – I had the idea to shoot at Maple Leafs Square in the morning so made sure to take to work the bare essentials I would need if I decided to go. I wasn’t planning to watch the game there – too much other stuff to do. But my office is about…
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PHOTOS: Fans carry the Cup up Yonge st. in the 100th Grey Cup Parade

NOVEMBER 25, 2012 – Couldn’t resist shooting the Grey Cup parade – especially when I found out that fans would be allowed to carry the Cup up Yonge st. The 100th Grey Cup certainly brought a lot of colourful characters to the city. Congratulations Toronto Argos! (all photos Richard Budman) When realizing the parade would…
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PHOTO: Kristen Stewart makes time for fans at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of “On The Road”

Kristen Stewart poses with a fan at the Ryerson Theatre premiere of “On The Road” during the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. (September 6, 2012 / R.Budman /

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TIFF’12 PHOTOS: Press conference arrivals at the Bell Lightbox

I didn’t do TIFF this year like I had in the past. Sponsors change and life moves on. Except for opening night – when I was curious what the scene for Kristen Stewart would be like – I’ve largely stayed away from shooting TIFF this year. I even got the chance to actually enjoy a…
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Kristen Stewart on the TIFF’12 red carpet of Ryerson Theatre for the premiere of “On The Road”

Kristen Stewart attends the premiere at Ryerson Theatre of “On The Road” during the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. (September 6, 2012 / R.Budman /

iPhone: Sidney Crosby addresses media after NHL Players Association table contract offer

Was surprised to learn today that the NHL Players Association offices are in the same building as the agency I work at on Bay st. Seems the contract is up with the NHL and the labour wars have begun. I really couldn’t care if they play the season or not – but I had a…
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instagram: BMO Field for Canada Men’s National Team game

Was covering the Canadian Men’s National Team soccer game at BMO Field on June 3, 2012. Canada is attempting to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Decided to test the press pass and venture up high at BMO Field to the press box where the writers usually sit. Glad I did early, as…
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BLOG: Distillery District lunch break as HRH Prince Charles comes to Toronto for 2012 tour

I do enjoy the Royal visits to Canada. It’s always a challenge trying to get the best shot you can. Sometimes you hit. Sometimes.. Not so much. So it didn’t escape me that his HRH Prince Charles and wife Camilla was making a brief visit to Canada – including one busy day in Toronto. I…
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iPhone: Perfect weather on Victoria Day long weekend causes LONG lineups for Ferry to Toronto Islands

Had some old family friends visiting Toronto over the May 2-4 long weekend. My friends are from the States and hadn’t been to Toronto in well over a decade so thought I would take them for a walk along Harbourfront on Victoria Day Monday. We weren’t planning a trip to the Toronto Islands – and…
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PHOTOS: Mobile photo taking goes mainstream during the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto

It was another exciting year at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto (#CIAS12) as record attendance turned out. I did a few different things on behalf of General Motors of Canada. Produced some Youtube video. Did a little mobile #Gamification. And shot a few photos for Chevrolet Canada social media properties. I enjoy…
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NDP leader Jack Layton greets enthusiastic supporters during Khalsa Day celebrations at Queen’s Park

[singlepic id=677 w=600 h=423](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.

Charlie Sheen arrives to BIG crowd of media and fans at Toronto’s Massey Hall for his Violent Torpedo of Truth tour

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BLOG: Ensuring a good spot to shoot Sarah McLachlan during Canadian Music Week at the Royal York Hotel

Canadian Music Week has arrived for another year at the host hotel in Toronto – The Royal York. The week usually brings a few interesting music personalities and photo ops. When I was told months ago Sarah McLachlan was going to be honored at a CMW related awards gala, and give a short performance, the…
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Sarah McLachlan opens the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards at the Royal York Hotel

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The Artist Project opening night preview in Queen Elizabeth Building at Toronto’s Exhibition Place

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