Bloco Energia animate bike marionettes

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On July 20th, members of local brazilian samba band, Bloco Energia, animated bike marionettes for the camera outside their rehearsal space (La Casa del Artista). Throughout July, UpCYCLEd Stories has been hosting interactive bike marionette shows at various locations to engage community members in animating the marionettes on camera to contribute scenes for the film, including at Mount Pleasant Community Centre’s Seniors Ballroom Dancing (July 19) and Mount Pleasant Park Festival (July 23).


Ron Wallace drum-making with bike rims


Ron Wallace, of the Native Education College (NEC), and I visited Our Community Bikes on July 15th to pick out a pair of recycled bike rims to use as a frame for an aboriginal drum that Ron would be making (on camera, footage to be used in the film). Ron has been making drums for approximately 30 years and has taught drum-making at NEC.

Benny Zenga & Tall Bikes

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Meet our newest collaborator extraordinaire, Benny Zenga of the Zenga Bros. A filmmaker and fellow bike enthusiast, you may spot Benny around the neighbourhood on his tall bike he made himself (pictured here when he visited the UpCYCLEd Stories pop-up studio on July 14th). You can check out some fab bike-related films by the Zenga Bros here: