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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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  • FREEDOM TO WRITE

    by genia39, over 2 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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  • A Story about Stories: their popularity and power

    by David Weale, over 2 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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  • Creating appropriate resources for students

    by cathleenconsult, over 2 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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  • Friday night stories (memories from childhood)

    by JMcGibbon, over 2 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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  • Stories about Our Place

    by Kate Braid, over 2 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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  • The Fallacy of Canadian Literature

    by Patrick Blennerhassett, over 2 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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  • Canada reaching for the stars

    by jennifer footman, over 2 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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  • Creating Live Content In A Digital Age

    by Scott White, over 2 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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  • It's great to be a player ...

    by Roy Mayer, over 2 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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  • Erasing the Barriers between Writers and Readers in Canada

    by Mary W. Walters, over 2 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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