Monday, August 31, 2015


It's OFFICIAL!! Join Us!!  Indiegogo campaign is now LIVE - 
NEW perks & Updates added - Sept 11th, 2015

So thrilled to have such great support from those in the arts & film community.  Keep 'em coming folks - only 22 days to go!!  

UPDATE: 6 days to go! It would appear that we've not done so well on the Indiegogo campaign, but thanks to 'private' contributions, like arts impresario Robert Missen and famed Canadian artist, Charles Pachter, we're much closer to a 'start point'. Thanks be to everyone who has pitched in to help make this happen! Your pennies do count! Please do chip in what you can before October 5th. Cheers!   

UPDATE, October 7th: DONE. Well, we didn't get anywhere NEAR what we'd hoped. STILL - because of other generous 'outside' contributions, we do have 'Lift Off'. This production is now fully in 'pre-production'. Aiming for - Release - in the September of 2016.  

Follow along on our Facebook 'fanpage', The Frozen Goose, or on Twitter, @TheFrozenGoose. Thanks everyone!  Lots of 'serious fun'! On & UP!

Friday, August 28, 2015

FASM Studio Tour / PINHOLE LOCATION, Oct 3rd & 4th.

Mount Nemo - as seen from Gallagher Farm, Photo by m.l.holton
Delighted to be showing this year with Linda Ross Gallagher at her nifty organic farm, (donkeys even!), located just south of Derry Road on the Guelph LIne, in North Burlington. Linda is a fabulous painter & portrait artist. I will be exhibiting & showing my B&W pinhole photography as well as a selection of my hand-made pinhole  cameras. (A primer for those who don't know what 'pinholing' is, can look HERE. Wonderful location for an Fall STUDIO TOUR, nestled between Mount Nemo & Rattlesnake Point. Splendid views. The vibe is earthy, sacred and welcoming.

First weekend in October
Fine Arts Society of Milton, Fall STUDIO TOUR, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 
10-5pm. Rain or Shine, FREE. 
21 Locations / 35 Rural-based Artists & Artisans

Maps and detailed brochures can be found at select locations throughout Burlington, Halton and Milton. Libraries, Senior Centres, Tourism Burlington, City Hall, etc. Seek and ye shall find!! 

 We can be found at No.11 on the map above.
Find us South of Derry Road, at 6691 Guelph Line. 
Lovely spot. Drop in, say hi, watch pinhole demos ... 
Pick up a print for your home or photo collection. etc. :) 

 Update: Great Tour! 
Weather didn't co-operate that much with HIGH winds on Saturday, but interested & interesting people made the trek to our location on the tour.
Location, Location, Location - Gallagher's Farm
Rattlesnake Point, in distance, with beguiling fall colours EVERYWHERE - and farmyard 'totem'

Very busy two days, with lots of food, chatter, and mixed attendance from younguns to esteemed seniors

Meanwhile, down in the barn - livestock entertained with braying, howling, chirping, and croaking ...

Goats galore - at feeding time, friendly but ready to 'butt' at a moment's notice!

Day 3. Removing the Studio Tour signage in the 'hood - soaking up the 'rooted' history. Lovely country. Precious, in fact.

All in all, wonderful tour, wonderful weekend. 
Old & New faces & friends made it 'happen'. 
Lotsa SERIOUS FUN. :)  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sounds of Summer - VIDEO

Ambient sound is the single most important element in any film ... It is the backdrop for all dialogue and action. Get it right, and the 'texture' goes unnoticed, get it wrong and the entire film can be jeopardized. Be sure, when on location, to record the ESSENTIAL sounds of place ...Offered here on my two channels: canadada on VIMEO & MLH Productions on YouTube. It is the same video. - Which format do you prefer?  (UPDATE: Consensus is in. VIMEO for better quality, but YouTube for efficiency & better public reach ... )

Ping Pong and Poetry with MLH - CULTURE DAYS CANADA - Burlington, Ontario

 Join Golden Horseshoe Artist, Poet & Filmmaker
Margaret Lindsay Holton
for a bit of 'round robin' fun ...

Saturday, September 26th, 2-4pm - (ONE DAY ONLY) 
@ Halton Hive (NB: formerly called 'Burlington Hive' ) 
901 Guelph Line, Burlington
LINK to EVENT here

 From Guelph Line & Fairview intersection, 
go UNDER the bridge towards Lowville, take 1st RIGHT IMMEDIATELY  

Fun to be showcased under the 
Ontario Activites - for CULTURE DAYS CANADA
and then again, on the Culture Days BLOG

Monday, August 24, 2015

'Peach Bounty'

Sometimes the unexpected beauty of the simplest things just catches your eye and takes your breath away. I had pulled some fresh peaches, put them in a bowl in the sink, was boiling the water ready to skin them, and just stood and LOOKED ... Then, went and got my camera ...Enjoy.

'Peach Bounty' by mlholton, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Actor Jens Hansen as Canadian poet, Robert W. Service

Robert W. Service, Courtesy of Wikipedia CC.

Local actor Jens Hansen performs a spell-binding rendition of Robert Sevice's 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' ~ in the persona of the poet. This short film below has been made as a video embed for a review that I'm doing of the poet's life & major works for Brick Books of Canada: 'In Celebration of Canadian Poetry'. To be published in October, 2015.

UPDATE: October 29th, 2015 - NOW UP on Brick Books of Canada, in 'Celebration of Canadian Poetry'. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hamilton Music & Film Festival, Sept 25th-27th - Yeah! I'm IN!

Thrilled that my 14 minute documentary short - 
'Harold Dickert: Burlington Luthier' - will be presented at this festival. 
Soon nice to see my film-making efforts finally come to fruition ...
Harold makes the most beautiful stringed instruments 
in exotic and local woods that have great tonal resonance and sound clarity. 
Showing at THE SPICE FACTORY at 
121 Hughson St North, Hamilton, ON
Check for schedule & tickets HERE.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Launch of The Frozen Goose - Part 2

I've just picked up the promo cards for the IndieGoGo campaign. 
Lookin' good people!

----- Press Release ----- 

A new independent Canadian film production is underway in the GHA!

The Frozen Goose, based on a published short story of the same name by award-winning Golden Horseshoe artist & author, Margaret Lindsay Holton, is being made into a short film.

First published in the critically acclaimed cross-country World War One anthology, 'Engraved: Canadian Stories of World War One' ,The Frozen Goose follows a rural farming Canadian family as they cope in the aftermath of The Great War ...Their lives have been shattered. There has been Great Loss. And then - a horrific incident occurs that tests the very last shreds of their Survival Capabilities ...

Directed by Holton, cinematography will be handled by local photographic all-star, Kien Tran. Principal Photography is set to shoot in the first week of February, 2016.

A superb cast includes two veterans of the local stage, Leslie Gray, co-founder of Koogle Theatre Inc, and the ever affable Rod McTaggart - known for his recent performances at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Newcomers to the set include Cameron Brindle and the brilliant young starlet, Hannah Ralph - of Hamilton.

A novel aspect of this film production is that the Director, MLH, has committed to give a percentage of the net revenues to support The Red Cross of Canada. As MLH says, "Without The Red Cross, Life would be very bleak for many throughout the world. Thanks are to be given for their outstanding work for the young and old alike - all across Canada - and beyond."

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See seductive teaser trailers for The Frozen Goose on YouTube, under MLH Productions. Beguiling and thought-provoking imagery is accompanied by the toe-tapping fiddling of the ever popular Golden Horseshoe fiddler, David Clarence MacLean.

Keep up with the The Frozen Goose production via their fan page on Facebook.
Or, via Twitter @TheFrozenGoose.

For additional media updates and/or press queries, contact -

Margaret Lindsay Holton -
Phone (redacted for internet)
Email: mlhpro (at) hotmail (dot) com 

UPDATE Aug 14th: Our First Bit of Press!  in the BURLINGTON GAZETTE 
UPDATE Aug 25th: Our Second Bit of Press! in The Hamilton Spectator & Flamborough Review.