Canada Waits For Christmas – December 6th

Love, love, love this oil painting on canvas called “Toboganning Under the Stars” by British Columbia painter Peter Shostak. This artist was raised in north-eastern Alberta and I grew up in the northwest of that province. That might also explain why this painting speaks to me. I feel like I’ve been there! Peter Shostak taught art at the University of Victoria until 1979 when, as an associate professor, he decided to leave teaching to create art full-time.

Santa, if you want to make my Christmas dreams come true, bring me this painting or even a nicely framed, good-quality print of this poignant piece of art. I’ve been a so-so girl this year, Santa, but I think you’ve been a little judgy, so why don’t we just call it even and you deliver the darn painting? Or check the gallery on his website. I’m sure you’ll find something suitable there.

This is a great song about Bessie Smith and skating and leaving. The singer and songwriter of this very Canadian Folk song, Valdy, is also an actor. Valdy was on the CBC TV show The Beachcombers, set on Canada’s West Coast, where he played an environmentalist called “Halibut” Stu. You can’t get much more Canadian than The Beachcombers and Valdy combined.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed a little Canadian visual art and music. Oh, and by the way, as I finish off this post, the temperature is -33 degrees Celsius, so I typed this in my office and not on the back deck. – Lori

“I made choices, and then, having made them, I had fewer choices.”

Margaret atwood

1 Comments on “Canada Waits For Christmas – December 6th”

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