The criminally overlooked work of independent Canadian animator Myles Langlois
has my vote for best thing on the internet right now. Specifically Apollo Gauntlet
, the tale of a lone hero prone to quips and violence wandering an (imaginary?) wasteland in search of Dr Benign so he can return to Earth, and Superspace
, the saga of two mounties, a woman and her son, a criminal, a pilot, a robot and a bald guy who find themselves trapped aboard an alien spaceship.
The low-rent production style, like highschool binder doodles come to life, and hazy Sifl and Olly-style humour might take a little getting used to, but it's all part of the charm.
Here is a teaser
, a trailer
, and a 1992 Sales Presentation
for Apollo Gauntlet. [more inside]
posted by Drexen
on Apr 24, 2013 -
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]
posted by zarq
on Apr 18, 2013 -
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]
posted by zarq
on Jan 22, 2013 -
Sara White, Canadian blogger who recently moved to Rome, shares some thoughts
about old world food cultures versus the American approach to cooking. One of the most interesting things to me about her post is the discussion about how having no limitations (many Americans can just waltz into a large supermarket and get almost anything from almost anywhere) can negatively impact culinary creativity.
posted by hansbrough
on Oct 16, 2012 -
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]
posted by zarq
on Aug 23, 2012 -
The Seventh Art
is an independently produced video magazine about cinema with three sections: a profile on an interesting group/company/organization in the industry, a video essay and a long-form interview with a filmmaker.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Feb 10, 2012 -
The Man Who Lived on his Bike
is a 3 minute short by Canadian filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet, who spent 382 days riding his bicycle through the streets of Montreal in order to explore what life would be like if he actually lived on a bicycle.
posted by Obscure Reference
on Feb 9, 2012 -
Nova Scotian Rich Aucoin's video for "It" directed by Noah Pink. SLYT worth clicking on. You may recognize a few scenes.
posted by Ironmouth
on Jan 7, 2012 -
Since the late '70s
, Gordon Monahan
has been making
of extracting the unheard from pretty much anything he can get his hands on. Monahan's works
for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments
span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art.
Such pieces include long string installations activated by wind (Long Aeolian Piano, 1984-88)
, by water vortices (Aquaeolian Whirlpool, 1990)
and by indoor air draughts (Spontaneously Harmonious in Certain Kinds of Weather, 1996)
. His work for electronic tone generators
and human speaker swingers (Speaker Swinging, 1982)
, is a hybrid of science, music, and performance art
, where minimalistic trance music
based on the Doppler Effect contrasts with issues central to performance art
such as physical struggle and 'implied threat
'. John Cage once said
, "At the piano, Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven't heard before.
" [more inside]
posted by wcfields
on Apr 29, 2011 -
Benjamin Darvill, a.k.a. Son of Dave
, is a one-man band of sorts, combining harmonica, vocals, beat-boxing, a rattle and foot-stomping to create his own infectious form of blues. Darvill, a Canadian formerly with Crash Test Dummies, has released four albums to date as Son of Dave, his latest and best being 'Shake A Bone', recorded and mixed by Steve Albini in Chicago, the title track used briefly in an episode of Breaking Bad. [more inside]
posted by bwg
on Apr 14, 2011 -
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.
posted by Hildegarde
on Dec 29, 2010 -
Walther and Sheila
Carabine became friends in Canadian high school band. They now make up Dala
, an accoustic folk pop duo who sing songs like the cutesy pop song Levi Blues
about a hellish New Years Eve in an old cabin, Marilyn Monroe
about coming of age, and the more serious Horses
, a song dedicated to a paraplegic teenager. They have opened for Neko Case, Tom Cochrane, and Matthew Good and covered Neil Young.
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 19, 2010 -
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.
posted by Dipsomaniac
on Apr 9, 2010 -
The Canadian Government’s Translation Bureau
recently made its French/English/Spanish technical terminology database, Termium
, free to access after over a decade as a subscription-based service. While off-the-cuff translations are often available from free services like BabelFish
, Termium focuses on technical terminology such as scientific, medical and legal terms. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Oct 22, 2009 -
developed the "Five Basic Exercises" or 5BX
program for the Royal Canadian Air force in the late 50s. Apart from the primary aim of getting people into shape it was designed to be simple to perform, to work on all the body, to require nothing in terms of special equipment or large spaces, to accommodate enough progression to cater for reformed couch potato and budding athlete alike and to fit into a time slot of 11 minutes including warm up. [Women, for whatever reason, were prescribed 10 exercises in 12 minutes with XBX
]. The book of the exercises was translated into 13 languages and sold 23 million copies around the world before falling into obscurity in the 80s. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo
on Mar 25, 2009 -
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
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Sep 30, 2008 -
While England had the Two Ronnies (earlier today
), Canada had, more or less simultaneously, its own hit comedy duo in Wayne and Shuster
. Johnny Wayne
was the manic engine and Frank Shuster
the perpetual straight man, and even if they weren't to your taste, you have to admit they never underestimated their audience -- with sketches like Shakespearean Baseball,
(full versions on YouTube, in 1950s
flavours!) Rinse The Blood off My Toga (excerpt),
and Frontier Psychiatrist
(the latter being the sample base for a surprising hit
by Melbourne-based band The Avalanches) combining the sciences, classical literature, pop culture and ancient history simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Aug 25, 2008 -
is a Canadian singer living in Santa Monica, but her music
comes straight from Senegal. She also dances a mean sabar
posted by mike3k
on Mar 12, 2008 -