GUTS is a new online feminist magazine.
Topics from the first two issues include Canadian feminist documentary filmmaking; feminist strategies for commemorating gender-based violence; "postfeminist" parliamentary political discourse; Canadian novelist Sheila Heti's genre-bender on women's relationships, How Should A Person Be?
; women's paid and unpaid labour; institutionalized gender inequality in organized sport; Indigenous women, decolonization, and institutionalized racism. There's also a blog.
55 Canadianisms You May Not Know or Are Using Differently
A (non-scientific) survey providing a thorough & fascinating look at words in Canadian English [more inside]
Canadian self-described "Freemen" in Alberta
have recently attracted a great deal of public attention to themselves. The justice system generally takes a very dim view of their shenanigans
, as laid out in one of the most comprehensively researched and bizarre judgment issued in recent memory. Here's a general overview and debunking of the arguments they use
. [more inside]
What Does D-Day, MLK JR and Tennessee Williams have in common?
NO, not that D-Day.
The other D-Day. [more inside]
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
) in many ways embodied all that was solid and stoic
in the Canadian character
. Think of the two adjectives most appropriately applied to it - "tough" and "squat"
- and what it also brings to mind are the great goalies of that era, those stalwart unbreakable warriors who worked between the pipes." - Ian Coutts Brew North. [more inside]
Get your CanCon
on! Buck 65
covers Leonard Cohen
in a new video
directed and choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki
. The video for 'Who By Fire', inspired by the motion of a pendulum
, just had its world premiere at New York's Lincoln Center as part of the 2013 Dance on Camera Festival.
This iconic photo
of the first Aboriginal woman to enlist in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps was used as a recruitment tool, and "appeared all over the British Empire [in 1942] to show the power of the colonies fighting for King and country." Its original caption in the Canadian War Museum read, "Unidentified Indian princess getting blessing from her chief and father to go fight in the war."
Its current caption in The Library and Archives of Canada reads: "Mary Greyeyes being blessed by her native Chief prior to leaving for service in the CWAC, 1942."
But as it turns out, the two people in the photo had never met before that day. They weren't from the same tribe or even related and Private Mary Greyeyes was not an "Indian Princess." 70 years after the photo was taken, her daughter-in-law Melanie made sure the official record was corrected. Via [more inside]
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
What does it mean to be Canadian? It isn't about an ethnicity, a religion, a language, or a shared heritage or history. From CBC's Ideas
comes the two-part radio documentary, Being Canadian
. "From east to west, public intellectuals and private citizens (both new and old Canadians), tell film-maker Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi about the concerns, the questions, and the challenges of living together in a multicultural and diverse society." It is also the story of how and why a Korean family became Canadian, first in the law, and then in their hearts.
Canadian Jiffy Jeep Crews
can completely disassemble and reassemble a Willys Jeep
in less than four minutes.
is a Canadian storyteller. Here's Ivan's story about life in the North called "You are Here". Part 1
. [more inside]
Canada was another country before it was born
. In the fire of the battle of Vimy Ridge
, people who were born in Canada, or who came to Canada, came together, as Canadians
, in one of the defining battles of the the First World War.
This is the 93rd anniversary of the greatest unifying event in Canadian history.
Norman McLaren's 1952 short film [Youtube version] Neighbours
uses live actors in a stop-motion film, to great effect.
created the soundtrack by scratching the edge of the film, which was then read by the projector.
The Most Serene Republic
, quite possibly the most underrated of all the acts on the Arts & Crafts
label, create music in a similar vein to fellow Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire
, and Broken Social Scene
. Experience their explosive, big-band, polyphonic, experimental flair by listening to their 3 releases in full: Underwater Cinematographer
(2005), Phages EP
(2006), and Population
(2007). A few video music videos as well: The Men Who Live Upstairs
, Oh God
, Content Always Was My Favourite
Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare
is ‘the first research project of its kind anywhere in the world devoted to the systematic exploration and documentation of the ways in which Shakespeare has been adapted into a national, multicultural theatrical practice.’
It’s a really impressive collection of scholarly resources
, great multimedia
(including Wayne & Schuster’s Rinse the Blood off my Toga
), the Romeo & Juliet Interactive Folio
, Canadian Shakespeareans in Space
, and ‘Speare: The Literacy Arcade Game
What's the deal with Jews and Chinese food?
Just one gem from Jesse Brown
, a legendary and entertaining contributor to CBC radio, print, and other media. Here's another one.
Okay, one more.
Did I mention he's the 121st Greatest Canadian of all Time
can one bit actor have hundreds of millions, perhaps over a billion
adoring fans and yet be a virtual unknown
in his native land? Ask Mark Rowswell
, aka DaShan
. In 1988, Rowswell won a scholarship to study Chinese at the prestigious Peking
University. More than twenty years later he has one of the most recognizable faces
. He's been awarded
for his work in film, on stage, in television, in commercials
and for charity. So just who
jazz pianist Oscar Peterson
celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday, with a rare treat. The veteran jazz musician
is the first living Canadian to be honored with a commemorative postage stamp
Canuck shutterbug E-zine debut issue.
A Canadian photographer
and his wife have just launched a new eZine
that features Canuck photographers and their work. The first issue features four great photographers
(actually, there’s a fifth featured
, but he doesn’t seem to have a personal Web site).
Very impressive for a debut issue; worth a look for those who enjoy capturing the world one RAW file at a time.
-- Lloyd Axworthy was Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs for five years (1995-2000). Now that he's no longer in government, he doesn't need to be so diplomatic.
Let us re-introduce you to Henry Bekkering.
"...Most have seen the original...but if you don't know, now you know."
(video with sound. sound not necessary to appreciate 40 inch vertical leaps and a two-footed leap from the foul line)
Toronto's Deep Lake Water Cooling System was launched today. The system cuts electricity consumption in commercial buildings by 75 per cent by drawing near-freezing water through pipes extending five kilometres out into Lake Ontario. According to the city
, the system will save enough power to service more than 100 Toronto office towers or 4,200 homes per year, and it will eliminate 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Here's
a public television segment explaining the process. Seems like it makes a nice complement to the lakeshore windmill
A Canadian Chinese Celebrity
- (LA Times - reg required) Use this
to get login.
"The lanky Ottawa native, a virtual unknown in Canada, is most renowned for his Chinese TV appearances as the quick-witted foreigner who does amusing skits and the first Westerner to perform the ancient Chinese art of xiangsheng, or comedic dialogue."
An election will soon be taking place in Canada and the party led by Stephen Harper may form a minority government. Might as well know what these Conservatives stand for
Are You, Deep Down, Secretly, Between-You-And-Me, Proud Of Your Country?
Even if you're not Canadian
? Because a lot of people
in the world, no matter how badly run their country might be, seem to be just that. Isn't it weird, though - and, well, stupid - to be proud of something that just happened to happen to us and that we've done nothing to deserve, whether for good or for bad? A more telling question that occurs is: what nationality would you choose
to be, if you couldn't be the one you are? Here's the menu
The Group of Seven
. Arguably Canada's most important artists, the Group of Seven "popularized the concept of an art founded on the Canadian landscape, gave many Canadians a sense of national identity and enabled them to discover the beauty of their own country
." Peruse an art gallery
and marvel at the beauty they portrayed. (Mangled quote from the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery)
Equally important was Emily Carr
. While her style was similar to that of the Group of Seven, her interest in First Nations became her trademark. Some of her paintings
Canadian American Relations
According to the Guardian: essentially, Canadians regard all Americans as morons, unless proven otherwise.
This isn't about agriculture.
Today, twelve prairie farmers have surrendered themselves to RCMP, rather than pay a fine for their illegal activities. Their mutual crime was choosing to export their wheat crop independently
, rather than through the Canadian Wheat Board
. Are state-run agricultural monopolies appropriate, especially when their authority is exerted unevenly throughout the country? Do you think the action taken by these farmers is justified?
Four Canadian soldiers killed, 8 injured in friendly fire accident.
The first Canadian soldiers killed in a combat zone since the Korean War 50 years ago were hit by laser guided bombs from a U.S. national guard F-16 fighter-bomber. Damn it...
Win a Trip to Bellegarde, Saskatchewan!
No joke. And thousands of people will enter this contest. They're ingenious, these prairie farmers.
Round-trip airfare for two to Regina from a major Canadian airport.
Three nights' hotel accommodation in Regina.
Limousine ride to Bellegarde.
An official tour of the hamlet by the president of the Bellegarde Rural Development Council.
$250 spending money.
All you have to do? Predict when a rusted out old car will crash through the ice and cause a local, and very minor, environmental catastrophe.
For the Canadian's out there, I'm sure I don't have to remind you about those classic CanCon series' The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High,
and Degrassi High.
(Any Canadian between 15-35 grew up on at least one of these) Well starting October 14th, we can all grow up again with a new gang of kids on Degrassi: The Next Generation! Who will be the next Joey Jeremiah?
Saturday Night, R.I.P.
Canada's best magazine is no more, victim to cuts at the National Post. Saturday Night
was also Canada's oldest mag and had been affiliated with some great writers and editors (like Mordecai Richler, Paul Tough of This American Life
and Open Letters
, and the snarky crew at Fametracker
). Terrific front-of-the-book section and great NYT Mag-style features; have fun in the archives
We're getting some new cable channels in Canada, and one of them is PrideVision
, the world's first gay, lesbian, and bisexual television network
. Even ten years ago, would anyone have thought we'd someday see programmes
like Closeted Hollywood, Dyke TV
, Queer as Folk, and Metrosexuality
on North American television? And as a category 1 service, Canadian cable companies are required to make PrideVision available as part of their digital service.
Canadian Imperialists Unite!
Watch out world, soon you will feel our power. No more Mr. Nice Guy!