Looking for a new coffee table book? “O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years” explores themes of diversity, culture and growth. The book includes contributions from major political figures such as ex-Gouverner General Michaëlle Jean and the Director of Ottawa's Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Allison Fisher. A portion of the book’s proceeds go towards the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which enables underserved youth to make personal and community-oriented changes by means of the arts.
On his way to catch a flight to New York City, Canadian-raised international supermodel Adonis Bosso calls me to chat about the release of his first independent single, “Jungle.” He describes the song as social commentary on life, as the 27-year-old has experienced it. “I feel like life is a jungle. It’s kind of about my time in New York, trying to make it, trying to make a name for myself,” says Bosso.
Last week was insanely busy, what with an event to cover on Monday, the writeup due the following day and my midterm review anticipated for Thursday. In order to rest up for work, after grabbing a quick bite at the dinning hall, I spent most of my evenings in bed with my beloved partner that has yet to fail me, Netflix – aside from that time they figured out I was cheating on them with their French twin via VPN, but those days are long gone.
“Canada 150 is a celebration of genocide and colonialism,” says Brendan Copegog White, an Ojibway person and one of the primary organizers of Ottawa’s Anti Capitalist May Day being held on May 1. White is not the only one to feel some animosity toward the celebrations. A social media movement has begun with the hashtag #Resistance150.
Vivid colours, defined lines, and semi-abstract forms create coherent stories of Canada's northern indigenous heritage.