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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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  • HUMBUG

    by BOUNCER, almost 3 years ago

    A lot of the official chat about Canadian culture seems artificial and tiresome - especially on the CBC. Wayne & Schuster, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, and the Mercer Report were never very funny. The best community arts are in Atlantic Canada and Whitehorse: the least interesting are usually in Toronto, the cement suit for innovation - but that's where all the money is. It seems the tsunami of the digital age has washed over us and is now receding - thank god. The most popular of our former entertainers were the strippers and the pubs but most are now... Continue reading

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  • I think one has to appreciate the Canadian arts directly and personally because so much is lost through the distorting filters of the CBC, Maclean's, M&S, universities, and various sponsored events. The arts scenes I found most valuable were in the Atlan

    by BOUNCER, almost 3 years ago

    The tsunami of the digital age has washed over us and now seems receding - thank god. But what do we have left but wreckage? For many years, the strippers were our most popular live entertainment and we had some of the best dancers in the West - but the venues are all closed now.

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  • Copy That

    by Kashby, almost 3 years ago

    COPY THAT

    I was never sure about being an artist. In my family art was not high up on the 'best-thing-to-do' list, but despite that, art is the path I chose. My dad, whom I adored, never said, "Don't be an artist," and he told me he wanted me to be happy. In 1977, I enrolled in Sheridan College's design program and majored in glass blowing. All through the course and my career, doubt haunted me. Did I make the right decision? Why is it so hard to make a living? Why don't I get any respect?

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  • Uncovering the Past

    by Day's Lee, almost 3 years ago

    When I was growing up, my parents rarely talked about how they emigrated from China. I only heard bits and pieces when they talked with their friends, or if my father made a comment about a story on the news that reminded him of the past. I’d ask questions. Their answers were vague. Although I took history courses in high school and university, none ever touched on Chinese immigration to Canada. It was only after my parents passed away, did I discover my father’s head tax certificate and other documents that provided a key to their past. I did some... Continue reading

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  • My story and theirs: a Jamaican-Canadian artist living in Newfoundland

    by ANGELA BAKER, almost 3 years ago
    • My story and theirs: A Jamaican-Canadian artist in Newfoundland.

    I was born (1941) and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, and educated in Jamaica, England, Canada and the U.S.A. My family and I migrated and resettled in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1976, where I have lived since. My children were born in Jamaica and grew up in Corner Brook, NL. They and my two grandchildren now live in Calgary, Alberta. Being an islander I remain attached to the sea and hills of my adopted island home, with visits to family in the Caribbean.

    I have been settled now in the island... Continue reading

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  • My passion for telling Canada's stories

    by Jane Harris, almost 3 years ago

    As an author, I love telling Canadian stories, whether they are about history or still unfolding, whether they are happy or sad, whether they are about things we can be proud of or things that we need to change.

    I also love hearing the stories others share with me in their work, or when they read my work. I am deeply touched when readers tell me that my writing helps them understand this country and its people a little better.

    Over the years, my work has changed a great deal, moving from straight journalism, to creative non-fiction books about history,... Continue reading

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  • My Most Unusual Publication

    by Harries-Jones, almost 3 years ago

    Peter Harries-Jones .I have myself have published several books in the academic world, one of them short listed for a major Canadian non-fiction prize, and my wife, Rosalind Gill, has translated and published books written in French, has written short stories in English for major Canadian literary journals, and is about to publish a book of short stories set in Newfoundland. But our most unusual publishing enterprise was as joint editors of a Tai Chi manual. Part of the manual demonstrated in pictures and text one of the four main styles of Tai Chi, in this case Tai Chi Chuan... Continue reading

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  • Celebrating Uniqueness

    by Anik, almost 3 years ago

    Canadian culture is, like other cultures, incredibly unique, and arts funding helps support it. Whether it's a novel about ice by Thomas Wharton, or performances by A Tribe Called Red, or funding residencies for new Canadian artists in every discipline, I'm convinced our culture wouldn't be nearly as well-represented both nationally and internationally without support on municipal, provincial and national levels. Artists take pride in the work they do (usually with little to no remuneration) and when they receive additional support it encourages them to keep going. I love that, with the help of funding, Canadian artists seem to sell... Continue reading

  • Writing - A Way to have my voice and give hope

    by Nikki, almost 3 years ago

    I love reading and listening to people stories, especially ones in which they detail how they overcame life’s difficulties.

    In 2008, I finally wanted to share my story, In the Eye of Deception, with the intent to give people hope and show that overcoming some of life’s worst experiences are possible.

    I was surprised to find out my story won The Word Guild Award and received an Honorable mention of the Grace Irwin Award. Although my story was self-published, it has sold all over the world and two years ago was translated into Russian and now being distributed in the... Continue reading

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  • Echoes Down Th Years

    by dorothy T, almost 3 years ago

    When I was 15, I already knew I wanted to be a writer. That summer, I was too young to get a job, so I decided to go to a private business college to learn how to type. The secretary there was a kind person who listened to my story of hopes and dreams. After a few weeks, when I could type reasonably well, she came to me and said that she could get me a job for the r est of the summer at the local radio station where the school advertised. I went for an interview, and worked... Continue reading

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