Canada Waits For Christmas – December 12th

WordPress gives me daily writing prompts that I don’t want. Today’s is “Who do you envy?” That’s easy. I envy anyone not receiving these daily writing prompts unprompted. Yes, I have asked for them to be hidden. Alas, they are not.

But enough about me. Let’s see what’s behind the next cardboard door of this metaphorical Advent calendar featuring a sweet assortment of Canadian art and culture.

If you’re going to write about Canadiana, you have to include Gordon Lightfoot. Whenever I create one of these posts, I learn something new! Gordon Lightfoot began his musical career singing in barbershop quartets. Fascinating! I just can’t picture that.

I love this achingly romantic song for a winter’s night.

“The smoke is rising in the shadows overhead
My glass is almost empty
I read again between the lines upon the page
The words of love you sent me”

And Richard Brodeur began his painting career as a professional hockey player. This former NHLer paints using several media including oil, acrylic, and watercolours. No matter the medium, his colours are bright, and the scenes are distinctly Canadian and comfortingly nostalgic.

Brodeur played seven seasons in a Canuck uniform. He earned his spot in Canucks’ lore in 1982, when he backstopped the team to its first Stanley Cup final appearance and was given the moniker King Richard.

Canwest Gallery on the Lake

Are you still stalking me, Santa? If so, please note that I like this painter and include one of his pond hockey works in next year’s delivery.

Artist: Richard Brodeur
Artist: Richard Brodeur

Thanks for skating by! Take care. – Lori 🙂

This image is from Meanwhile In Canada. Visit them on Facebook.

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