Whack A Canadian

Originally posted on O' Canada:
A weekly treat is reading through each new issue of The New Yorker, one of my all-time favorite magazines because it is so consistently excellent.  Its cartoons are an indispensable hallmark of the magazine’s style and, over the years, its cartoonists occasionally have focused their good-natured humor at Canadians or Americans’…

Songs & Ballads from Nova Scotia

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Front Cover Illustration by Reginald Knowles for Helen Creighton, Songs & Ballads from Nova Scotia (1933) In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Helen Creighton, a  then-budding musicologist, set about criss-crossing Nova Scotia to collect songs peculiar to the province.  In 1933 she published 150 of these songs in Songs…

Quebec Charm in Vintage Postcards

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Jacques Cartier Market, Montreal, Early 1900s ~ ? Similar Posts on O’Canada: • Bridges As Depicted in Vintage Postcards • “Having a swell time . . .”: Vintage Hospital Postcards • The Great Canadian Outdoors: Vintage Rockies Postcards • Ever-Bustling 20th Century Toronto • Vintage Quebec:  Ox Carts, Dog Carts and Sleighs

David Pirrie: Mapping Western Terrains and Our Sense of Place

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David Pirrie, Mt. Phillips, BC Rockies (2016) There’s a great deal of pleasure to be found studying maps, replete as they are with seemingly arcane symbols, dots, lines and grids awaiting patient deciphering.   Among the fascinations of Vancouver-based artist David Pirrie is the iconography of maps and how they influence…

Intricate Pebble Paintings by Kristina Boardman

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Kristina Boardman, “Cara’s Pebbles” Photo-realistic paintings, such as these by BC-based artist Kristina Boardman, easily fool the casual observer as well as the more-studied eye.  That’s amazing enough!  But in addition, these works of pain-staking exactitude nicely capture the whimsy and pleasure of surveying a shoreline adorned with swaths of smooth-faced…

Experience Wonder

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Blossoming Peach Grove, Wolfville, N.S. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”                                                           ~…