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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.

 

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  • Creating Live Content In A Digital Age

    by Scott White, about 3 years ago

    I am a Canadian playwright and composer who values how technology can allow us to market our work, but feel nervous about the focus of funding entirely on digital technology. It is important to remember that there is something completely different about sharing an experience live, and in all the work that I create, the emphasis is on creating something that is best experienced by "being there."

    My first professional production was a large scale musical entitled The Dance Of The Dead which featured a live three piece band, a cast of 5 central characters on stage and a chorus... Continue reading

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  • Canada reaching for the stars

    by jennifer footman, about 3 years ago

    write because I have to write. I write poetry because I have to rite poetry. It is not necessarily Canadian or British or Italian. It is my poetry.Canadian content should be the content that moves individual Canadians.Digital technology has made it easier to do the physical process of writing. It has not made the writing itself easier.A cultural system that supports writers is a system that takes everything into it and blends it with the home-grown art. We need to have material coming into us to make us great.We must not exclude the rest of the world in order to... Continue reading

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  • The Fallacy of Canadian Literature

    by Patrick Blennerhassett, about 3 years ago

    I published my first book in 2008, a story about a young hockey player growing up in Canada. It came out through a boutique house in Vancouver. I scratched and clawed my way to minimal press, a few launches and next to nothing in terms of royalties.

    Then in 2011 my second book came out, and even though by this time I'd received blurbs from the likes of Craig Davidson, Steven Galloway and Lynn Van Luven, press and sales were hard to come by. I applied for grants, nothing. I reached out to groups and organizations set up to support... Continue reading

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  • Stories about Our Place

    by Kate Braid, about 3 years ago

    I was always an avid reader but most of the books I read in school were set in London England or NY or San Francisco or... not here, in Canada. I lived in Alberta so I assumed (without thinking about it) that "here" wasn't important. I was a very, very shy writer who hadn't shown any of my work to anyone - until I read Lorna Crozier's poems and Robert Kroetsch's poetry and prose about the Prairies. Suddenly I fit, I had a place. This place must matter, I thought, because someone else had written books about it - many... Continue reading

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  • Friday night stories (memories from childhood)

    by JMcGibbon, about 3 years ago

    Anne of Green Gables (the original Sullivan production) has been a favourite film of mine since my childhood. I remember watching it for the first time – and in reruns that followed – on the CBC and still to this day feel proud that something made here at home continues to live on in the hearts of children and adults around the world.

    My Friday nights as a child were spent watching this series and the other Lucy Maud Montgomery story-based series that followed – most notably Road to Avonlea – stories that captured our history, our... Continue reading

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  • Creating appropriate resources for students

    by cathleenconsult, about 3 years ago

    I value the level of education that is available across Canada; OECD studies show high levels of achievement in math and language, especially vis a vis our US neighbors.

    As an acquisitions editor for a Canadian publishing company, I am proud of the work that we do and I am honored to be able to publish educational resources in science that are written at an appropriate level for students enrolled in Canadian post secondary institutions. Canada has a much smaller population than the US and I am concerned about losing the ability to continue to provide appropriate resources for students.... Continue reading

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  • A Story about Stories: their popularity and power

    by David Weale, about 3 years ago

    I am an author, professional storyteller, editor and publisher from Prince Edward Island

    Six years ago I decided, against much advice, to publish a bi-annual magazine called RED:the Island Storybook. It has become immensely popular. We began by printing 2500 copies per issue, and now print 4500 copies per issue.

    There are many things that make the magazine so sought after, but chief among them is that people just love reading stories about themselves, their families and their communities. The appetite for that is great, and I know we are far from reaching the ceiling.

    Each issue contains stories from... Continue reading

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  • FREEDOM TO WRITE

    by genia39, about 3 years ago

    i was born in Ukraine, along with my parents, 4 sisters and a brother, we lived in Displaced Persons camp in Germany and immigrated to Canada when I was nine years old.

    A life of freedom was what my parents envisioned in Canada. I belonged to both Ukrainian Church and English culture. I have written and published two cookbooks, a play, and numerous short stories. All never once had I been told that I could not say or do what I wanted (as long as I don't hurt anyone).

    Life in Canada allowed me to become part of many cultures... Continue reading

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  • Writer With A Day Job

    by Dann Alexander, about 3 years ago

    I work a full-time day job. I also consider my writing career a full-time day job.

    One day, I would love to be able to financially be in the position to work the creative trade on a full-time basis. We are fortunate to be a country of cross-cultural talent. The pool of people in the arts stands among the best in the world. Everywhere, Canada has an impact.

    I am concerned about losing the value of creative content. The general consensus I get from colleagues is that they fear taking risks to be more creative. When funds are invested into... Continue reading

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  • A lifetime of work and still living below the poverty line

    by t-ruth, about 3 years ago

    Art doesn't pay.

    As a designer and illustrator, I have explored many avenues to make it pay, using all of my creative ingenuity. But at this late stage of my life, I have to admit, I'm scraping together a living. And there are lots of things I don't have that other people take for granted. Still, I don't feel I didn't act in my best interests.

    I drew a short straw, but I know that I'm good at what I do. I have many skills: drawing skills, painting skills, digital skills. And I continue to build on these skills in... Continue reading

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