Category Archives: Writing

A conversation with Susan Jephcott on the influence of Freda Pemberton-Smith on Vankleek Hill’s artistic community

Two weeks ago I sat down with Susan Jephcott, one of Vankleek Hill’s most established artists — and one of the founding members of Vankleek Hill’s ‘May Show Arts Festival (and one of my favourite human beings) to discuss the … Continue reading

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The first in what we hope will be an awesome series of ‘How To Do Art’ essays… plus, expletives.

This is the first in what we hope will be a series of “How To” essays. This week: How To Be A Writer. It’s entirely possible the next one will be ‘How Not To Write A How To Essay’. We’ll … Continue reading

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Little Victor Update | Finally, he can fly

A few days ago Victor and Andrew, his older brother, were playing what was essentially ‘motionless tag’ in the living room. Basically it was Victor tapping Andrew’s shoulder, then yelling “tag, you’re it”, and Andrew immediately doing the same right … Continue reading

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According to Walt Wawra the world is a place in need of infinitely more guns

If you were still wondering about the differences between Canada and the US, in terms of gun culture and other stuff, this might explain a few things… According to his letter to the Calgary Herald, Walt Wawra, a Michigan police … Continue reading

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My grandfather taught me how to build a dam instead of islands

When we were kids, and we were lucky, it would rain. And the parking area of my grandfather’s mountain farm would fill up with streams and rivulets. The farm house was in a small valley, near the top of one … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s time to kill the May Show

The May Show of today is a pale imitation of the May Show that was so successful through the 1980’s and the first half of the 90’s, so maybe it’s time to stop pretending and just let it die. The … Continue reading

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