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Canadiana

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The world wide web is a big place, full of lots of information about people, places and things but many people still don’t know a lot about Canada. So I thought that I would list and provide some links to some of the interesting people and events in Canada’s history and present. Enjoy.

Musicians / Bands:
Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble, Alexisonfire, The Dears, Jacksoul, Jully Black, Barenaked Ladies, K-OS, Sam Roberts, Nickleback, Nelly Furtado, Diane Krall, Oscar Peterson, Celine Dion, Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Avril Levine, Billy Talent, Nathaniel Dett Choir, April Wine,
Guess Who, Bryan Adams, Anne Murray, Simple Plan, Buffy Saint Marie, Luc Plamondon, Alanis Morrisette, Mario Pelchat, Oliver Jones, Paul Anka, Glenn Gould

Performers / Directors / Producers
/ Painters:
William Shatner, Christopher Plumber, Donald Sutherland, Keifer Sutherland, Jay Baruchel, Ellen Page, Gordon Pinset, Sarah Polly, Sandra Oh, Trey Anthony, Ngozi Paul, Jim Carrey, Brent Butt, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison, Lorne Michaels, Wayne & Shuster, Al Waxman, Dan Aykroyd, Brent Butt, Mike Myers, Nia Vardalos, La La Human Steps, Robert Bateman, Alex Coleville, Group of Seven

Companies:
Bombardier, McCain Foods, Power Corporation, Hudson’s Bay, Canadian Pacific Railway, Bank of Montreal, Simons, Eaton’s, Molson Brewing, Seagram Company Ltd, Tim Horton’s, Research In Motion (RIM), AECL (CANDU reactors)

Media / Newspapers:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – (CBC), CanWest, Montreal Gazette, Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, National Post, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, National Film Board – (NFB), TV show – This Hour Has Seven Days, Alliance Films, CTV, Cinar, Muse Entertainment

Writers:
Pierre Burton, Margaret Atwood, Farely Mowat, Douglas Coupland, M. G. Vassanji, Robin W. Winks, Marshall McLuhan, Peter C. Newman, Mel Hurtig

Politicians:
John A MacDonald, George Etienne Cartier, Wilfred Laurier, Pierre Trudeau, Lester B. Person, Louis St. Laurent, John Diefenbaker, Robert Borden, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien, Jeanne Sauve, Jean Drapeau, Claude Ryan, Agnes MacPhail, Maurice Duplessis, Ralph Klein, Rene Levesque, Robert Bourassa, Tommy Douglas, Charles Tupper, Louis Riel, Lucien Bouchard, Mel Lastman, Brian Tobin, Ed Broadbent, Sheila Copps, Preston Manning, Hedy Fry, Louis-Joseph Papineau, Robert Baldwin, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine

Personalities / Athletes:
Laura Secord, Roberta Bondar, Jean de Brefeuf, Huron, Private Leo Major, Romeo A. Dallaire, Donovan Bailey, Mark Tewksbury, Don Cherry, Guy Lafleur, Marie-Joseph Angelique, Rick Mercer, Adrianne Clarkson, Terry Fox, Dr. Henry Morgantaler, Dr. Norman Bethune, Samuel de Champlain, RCMP, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Bobby Orr, Darryl Sittler, Chantal Petitclaire, Jacques Plante, Bob Gainey, Rick Hansen, Steve Nash, Ken Dyrden, Wayne Gretzky, Israel Asper, June Callwood, David Suzuki, Michaelle Jean, Jean Beliveau, Ed Mirvish, Edgar Bronfman, Valerie Pringle, Bruno Gerussi, Toller Cranston, Crazy Canucks (Alpine skiers), Patrick Watson, Barbara Frum, Ted Rogers, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Sieur de Maisoneuve Paul de Chomedey

Events / History / Canadiana:
The Quiet Revolution, Bill 101, 1970 October Crisis, Oka Crisis, 1837 Rebellion, Canada Arm, Canada-Russia ’72, 1867 Confederation, 1759 Plains of Abraham, Death of Dudley George, Underground Railroad, Expo 67, 1976 & 1988 Olympics, Quebec Referendums 1980 & 1995, Queen Charlotte Islands, Quebec Act 1774, Responsible Government, Chinese Head Tax, Slavery in Canada, Women’s Suffrage Movement

Writers

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I just recently finished reading my 2nd book by Pierre Berton entitled Prisoners of the North (his 50th and final book). For those of you who don’t know, Pierre Berton was probably Canada’s greatest historian and a prolific writer. His main strength seemed to be that he wrote richly detailed stories that were very compelling about the Canadian history that was never taught in schools.

One of the stories in his last book revolved around the life of Robert Service. Apparently, he was one of the most famous poets of the 20th century, lived in the Yukon for many years and even briefly dated Pierre Berton’s mother. Until I had read about him, I had never heard of Mr. Service nor “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”, one of his most famous poems. It was even made into a Hollywood movie(?!).

I was dismayed by my lack of knowledge regarding my own country’s history and famous authors. Then I started to wonder about my general lack of understanding about Canada as a country. What were they teaching us in school? I had a fairly standard education, actually it was an enriched one but it seems as though the issues and facts of many aspects of Canada were not taught to us.

I know more about America’s history than I do about Canada’s and I find that odd. I can name every President since 1933, many of the Vice Presidents and even some Supreme Court judges… Well, I can actually name all the Canadian Prime Ministers since 1945 too… oops! But almost none of the deputy Prime Ministers, only a few cabinet ministers and none of our Supreme Court Justices.

My other point in this entry, was a line that Mr. Berton wrote commenting on the stylistic use of the English language by Mr. Service and how his writing style fell out of favour after the introduction of Hemingway. I was wondering about how the world changed after WWI and further up through WWII in terms of music, writing and art in general. The structure of the English language used by authors, poets, songwriters and even the newspapers in North America changed, becoming more common and less flowery. Any comments?

Great, but where are they now?

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Lewis Taylor, Sade, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu. What are they doing? Four superb musicians, amazing albums and yet they seem to have disappeared. Does anyone know what they are up to?