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Read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact.

Read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact.

 

What do you love best about Canadian culture & creativity?

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  • Reframing the Question

    by jmwright55, almost 3 years ago

    Canadian culture and creativity has to include reason as well as emotion (to quote your question, "what do you love best...?"). We need to be able to judge, critically engage, and question our cultures and our cultural works.


    When I was a kid, the Police's "Every Breath You Take" was on the charts. It's a song written from the perspective of a stalker, who sees the person he loves as an object to be owned--"oh can't you see, you belong to me." And it was played, again and again, in dedications as if it was a love song. The inability... Continue reading

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  • How a poetry reading saved my relationship

    by tanyakyi, almost 3 years ago

    When I began dating Min, he kept inviting me to sporting events. Want to play beach volleyball? We're all meeting for a soccer game -- want to come? Can you sub for my ultimate team?

    I had no idea how to play any of these sports. I was working at a publishing house at the time, and I complained to the editor there about this inundation of sports invites.

    "I like this guy," I said, "but we have nothing in common."

    "Take him to a poetry reading," she suggested.

    I scanned the listings. There was only one tempting event that... Continue reading

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  • Inspiration Started in Grade Four at La Tour School

    by David Goss, almost 3 years ago

    La Tour School was not one of Saint John's top schools. I had been built in Victorian Style in 1904, had no gymnasium, and still heated by coal when I went there beginning in 1950. However, one thing it had going for it was that the teachers thought of it as a top school, and went out of their way to ensure the students who went through the school got help in areas that they considered the student might excel in. That's why in Grade Four, Miss Blackie said to me, " David, I think you should write a book."... Continue reading

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  • THE MAN WHO HATED LEONARD

    by ROBERT MARKLAND SMITH, almost 3 years ago

    THE MAN WHO HATED LEONARD

    Everyone loves Leonard. But me, I used to hate Leonard Cohen. I would go to parties, and this poet would be boasting of having had breakfast with Leonard, and having shown Leonard his manuscript. And yes, Leonard loved his manuscript, and do you know Leonard? Why yes, I know Leonard. I was asked to write an epitaph for him when he dies. And yes, everyone I know in Montreal – and his dog – knew Leonard.

    Except for me. I didn’t know Leonard. I would see his books sold in... Continue reading

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  • The Best Theatre Examines What it is to be Human

    by Beverley Cooper, almost 3 years ago

    I am a playwright. I write plays because that is the medium that I have chosen as means of expressing what I want to say about the world, hopefully posing more questions than answers. I also see a lot of theatre and I am constantly inspired by Canadian theatre artists from all backgrounds, as they collectively create through such an immediate and interactive form, attempting to understand the world we live in today and our place in it. I am also interested in creating audio dramas, making them available on line. However, it is very hard to monetize our work... Continue reading

  • How I became an Artist by Margaret M. Beauchamp

    by Margaret Beauchamp, almost 3 years ago

    When I was kid in Winnipeg, say in 1940 I was always curious, asking my mother questions about the world and how I fit into it. At times she was quite patient in answering my questions, sometimes she gave up and said “ that’s the why”!

    We were ten kids, so no wonder she got tired. One day I started staring at the Art in the living room, one piece was a windmill over the fireplace, another was a boy in a blue silk suit along with one with a girl in a pink dress and a bonnet. I said... Continue reading

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  • Canadian Content

    by Judith Rudakoff, almost 3 years ago

    Canadian content has meant, to me, that we as writers and facilitators, have the opportunity to hold a mirror up to the vast, diverse, changing, compelling world in which we live and work. Particularly in my work as a developmental dramaturg, over the past few decades, I have experienced, again and again, the surprised look on the face of Canadian artists, especially emerging artists, who realize, for the first time, that their stories are not only of interest to the general public...they are reflections of the general public. Universality is driven by specificity.

  • Canadian Women Pilots

    by Joyce Spring, almost 3 years ago

    by Joyce Spring

    I didn't learn to fly until I was 60. The women in my class were all ages, all backgrounds. We were all learning to fly for different reasons. I began thinking about, and researching, Canadian women pilots. At that time I was getting my B.A. at the University of Waterloo. My professor, Dr. Stan McMullin, encouraged my research. He was head of Canadian Studies and had never heard of any of these amazing women. I did three papers for Dr. McMullin, and with his encouragement, have written three books - the first about our women aviation pioneers,... Continue reading

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  • Erasing the Barriers between Writers and Readers in Canada

    by Mary W. Walters, almost 3 years ago

    In 2000, I was well on my way to becoming at least a mid-list writer when I ran into an obstacle approximately the size of the Canadian shield – and almost as impenetrable and uncompromising.

    By then I had published two novels and a collection of short stories. The first novel, The Woman Upstairs, had won a prize for excellence in writing from the Writers Guild of Alberta, and the print run had sold out. I had been eager to continue developing as a writer. However, my experience with the next two books, which came out ten years later... Continue reading

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  • It's great to be a player ...

    by Roy Mayer, almost 3 years ago

    My fifth book "Galahad Cried" is based upon the life of a genuine Canadian hero.

    Despite having been short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award in 1995 for my first book, a bestseller entitled "INVENTION: In Quest of the Bright Idea", and having written "INVENTING CANADA: 100 Years of Innovation", another bestseller, I wasn't able to convince any of the full gamut of Canadian publishers to publish "Galahad Cried". So, I published it myself in 2012 on Amazon in both e-book and hard cover editions. I would like to be able to report fantastic sales and terrific earnings as a... Continue reading

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