This coming July 10-26, 2015, the city of Toronto in ONTARIO, Canada will host the 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES. In addition, the city will also host the PARAPAN AM GAMES from August 7-15, 2015. Together, TORONTO and ONTARIO will welcome visitors, tourists and delegates from all over the world as well as from various parts of Canada. The World will be focusing their sights on ONTARIO this coming summer.
‘Mike Grandmaison’s ONTARIO’ recently released book will make an exceptional souvenir for anyone looking for a fine memento or gift of their travels to ONTARIO.
“From the ancient mineral deposits of the northern Canadian Shield to the fertile farmlands of the South, Ontario offers a myriad of spectacular landscape that acclaimed photographer Mike Grandmaison expertly captures. His wide-ranging lens covers Ontario’s vast and varied terrain, teeming with plant and wildlife.
Beyond the photographs, Dr. Gerard Courtin provides expert essays on Ontario’s flora, fauna, and geology. Grandmaison’s anecdotes and composition insights in the Stories Behind the Photographs are a fascinating glimpse into the conditions and circumstances surrounding his work.
A vision of riotous colour, grace, and beauty –‘ Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario’.
"Mike Grandmaison's Ontario is my Ontario. Every image in this collection takes me to a place I know, a place I've seen a thousand times, and yet a place I'm seeing as if for the first time. It's the Ontario I see when I close my eyes. Except for an occasional silo or lighthouse, it's the Ontario that has been here for 10,000 years, and now, thanks to these superb photographs, will remain with us for a long time to come." - Wayne Grady
The book may be purchased singly at many fine book stores throughout the province of Ontario and beyond or online. If multiple copies are required, the publisher Turnstone Press can offer a volume discount as well as fulfill your order quickly and efficiently.
Mike Grandmaison's Ontario will make a wonderful keepsake for years to come.
I wish to thank ALL who attended last evening's Winnipeg launch of my new ONTARIO book. It was delightful to be surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and guests. It was a sweet moment to have my little grandson and granddaughter present me with a bouquet of flowers at the event. I enjoyed chatting with folks and mingling afterwards. And that chocolate cake was sumptuous! Thank you to Jamis Paulson, Sharon Caseburg and Michelle Palansky of Turnstone Press (my publisher) for that wonderful evening. McNally Robinson Booksellers know how to launch a book with class. Than you John Toews! Once again, thank you all for the support, for purchasing a book and hope you enjoy 'Ontario' for years to come!
Once the prepress work was completed (two full days), it was time to prepare some proofs for a final edit. The CONTENT PROOFS are essentially a mock up of the entire book to confirm the layout and check the entire text for any typos, potential issues with fonts, etc. It also allows us to check that all captions are in the proper locations, etc. The RUSH PROOFS allow us to inspect the photographs for color, contrast, sharpness, etc. If we did a good job on prepress, there shouldn't me much to correct here. In addition to assessing a sampling of the photographs, we also look over the cover with a fine tooth comb. Everything is set, the metal plates are now being etched in time for my trip back to Friesens tomorrow morning to start press checking the book as it comes off the press.
February 24, 2015
I am pleased to announce that I will be touring select communities and cities in Ontario during the latter half of May following the release of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.
The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. See the list below for an event taking place near you.
We are currently working behind the scenes to book additional signings / presentations in other venues and cities. We will be adding more venues in the weeks to come so please check in regularly to see any new updates.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!
Before we start the journey through Ontario however, we launch the tour in Winnipeg with the pages just barely dry from the press at Friesens!
Thursday, April 9 7:00pm (Atrium)
Book Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Shopping Centre)
Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Book Signing at Coles
Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Costco
Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters
Sunday, May 24
6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
7:30 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
375 Plains Road East
Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
10 Zeller Drive
Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
55 Bloor Street West
Sunday, May 31 7:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters
South Keys Shopping Centre
2210 Bank Street
Tuesday, June 2 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
February 3, 2015
The Ontario book is mostly behind me now. The photographs have been selected, laid out and prepared. All the text has been written and now I wait for the call to drive to Altona, MB to do the prepress work to make sure that the images print as close as possible to what I have envisioned. Once we receive the proofs and check them over, I will return to Altona to print the book. Press checks are always a little stressful because that is when you see the final product on paper (signatures) before the book is actually assembled. About a week later the book should arrive in Winnipeg at which point the distribution to book stores and boutiques begins. Marketing has already started but will jump into 'high gear' once the book is printed. We will start with book launches in Winnipeg followed by a book tour to various cities throughout Ontario. Producing books is a lot of work; I guess that's partly why a book is called a 'labour of love'!
My publisher Turnstone Press has planned a book launch at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg for April 9. More info about book launches coming soon.