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Live Events

Whenever the opportunity arises, I truly enjoy describing live events, and leading description-rich walking tours through Toronto. Over the years I’ve worked with the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the Toronto Pride Parade, and the Luminato Festival, to make their live events more accessible to the Blind and Low Vision community. And I often partner with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the Canadian Council of the Blind’s Toronto Visionaries, to create described walking tours. Together we have explored Toronto’s waterfront, Annex, Chinatown and Kensington market neighbourhoods, described the Distillery District Christmas Market, and braved the cities most haunted buildings in our annual Described Ghost Walk.

JJ's avatar walking with a person in  dark sunglasses who uses a red-tipped cane.
JJ’s avatar walking with a Blind friend long description

With his grey mane and red plaid shirt, JJ’s avatar walks with a smiling cartoon friend. The friend has light skin tone, a green golf shirt, a swoop of blond hair, and wears dark sunglasses. He holds JJ’s elbow as he reaches out with a thin, red-tipped cane.

Museum and Fine Art

In 2016 I began writing and narrating descriptive content for museums and cultural institutions. As a freelancer, I have worked with organizations such as The San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, M+, MacLaren Art Centre, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York Public Library, and Chandra’s X-Ray Observatory.

Film and Television Description

Since 2001 I have created description for over 1500 films, television episodes, shorts and videos. My writing and voice is housed at the National Film Board of Canada and has been heard internationally on CBC, AMItv, CityTV, The Cartoon Network, The Comedy Network, and CTV.

Training

With increased awareness of accessibility in the arts and culture sphere, many institutions are now adding description to their in-house capabilities. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great partners to train writers, curators, and even scientists, on description writing and narrating techniques. In the last five years I’ve trained staff at the International Spy Museum, the Obama Presidential Centre, the International Astronomical Union, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Geographic Base Camp, American Printing House, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and NASA.