Canada Waits For Christmas – December 15th

Welcome to the 15th day of this virtual Advent calendar of Canadian art and culture. I hope you’re doing well.

Today I have something to tell you that I found out about not too long ago. So, I really like this band, originally formed in Edmonton, called The Pursuit of Happiness. To my delight, I recently found out that I am related to the lead singer and songwriter Moe Berg. We share a great-grandmother, my paternal great-grandmother and his maternal. Our shared bloodline accounts for his acute wit I reckon. 🙂 “I’m An Adult Now” (1986) has highly amusing lyrics backed by a great beat.

“Well, I don’t hate my parents
I don’t get drunk just to spite them
I’ve got my own reasons to drink now
I think I’ll call my dad up and invite him”

Ted Harrison (1926-2015) was an awesome British-born Canadian artist. I first discovered his artwork through the release of poet Robert Service’s picture books. I would use for inspiration the images on those pages to teach students Art and the Service poems as Language Arts lessons.

This rendition of Robert Service‘s poem was illustrated by Ted Harrison and published in 1986.
“Forest Portage” 1984 by Ted Harrison
“Last RCMP Sled Patrol” 1973 by Ted Harrison

Finally, when the end of the road is in sight, we may cast our eyes to the distant horizon where everything began; and say with conviction,
“That sure was one hell of a journey.”

ted harrison

Thanks, as always, for dropping by. Take care. – Lori 🙂

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