Monday, October 10, 2005

LESSONS FROM CANADA: Part I



It's Thanksgiving in Canada today! Now, I know that in America thanksgiving is toward the end of November. This is because of the differing harvests in Canada and the United States. That's all! No other reason. We didn't just want to be different. Our veggies just taste better this time of year. By November the ground is hard as a rock and snow is coming! Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving all!




Gord Downie. Now, I know some Americans have heard of him but I think the Tragically Hip only had one single that was really played in the U.S. - ironically, I think it would be somewhat inappropriate now since it goes "New Orleans is sinking, man, and I don't wanna swim" - but Gord Downie is definitely one of the most famous musicians in Canada. I love him. He and the rest of the Hip still live in Kingston, ON (home of another Canadian institution - Queen's University, kind of like the Harvard of the north). Anyway, if you're into the Hip check out their albums or also pick up Battle of the Nudes by Gord Downie, it's an awesome solo album and I love love love this man!

Oops...more to come, but right now, Thanksgiving dinner is ready!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the image I have when it comes to Canada & Thanksgiving, is a polite, reserved gathering. (Although I am sure I am wrong?)

Here in the USA it is another example of gross excess. Huge quanities of food, with relatives you only see once a year, football on the big screen, and yes, large amounts of Bud beer.

I always dread it, drag myself there, and then within ten minutes, I am laughing my ass off, working on my third bottle!

Oh, and with a name like Gord Downie, it has to be good.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

haha yea thanksgiving is a lot more polite here i guess...we're not big into football in canada, thanksgiving is usually a smaller affair, usually your immediate family and maybe your grandparents...that's how we always did it anyway...we do eat quite a lot of food though! :)

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it is good to know some places still quietly reflect on what they have and . . .

Hey! I am trying to watch the game and you make a better wall than window! Yes you! Huh? Move!!! Thank you. And while you're out there, grab me another nectar, Hectar!

Ahhh, what was I saying?

8:19 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

lol, i love Americans for their Americanness :) I always wanted to marry an All American boy. Although, hockey players....

9:10 AM  
Blogger ffleur said...

West Coast (BC) Thanksgiving: Drive in the rain to relative's place. Eat self into food coma. Resentfully glare at relatives. Sluggishly drag stuffed body to car. Drive home in the rain. Fall into bed vowing never to do it again. Next year, do it all again.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

man ffleur i want to live in BC but does it rain as much as they say?! that kinda sucks!

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Lo said...

Sarah, from a fellow Ontarian, Gord Downie & The Hip are Gods to me & my friends. We have seen every concert since the beginning of 1999 that they've had in Toronto, as well as gone to Darien Lake and Cleveland (which is a rockin'city) and saw them there in a small bar holding only a couple of hundred people. We were the canadian girls in the front row, all decked out in the red & white. Kudos to you for writing about how awesome they are on your blog, they truly are one of the best Canadian Bands ever!!!!!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

awww lo you said it!! They are sooo fuckin great! I haven't seen them since Edgefest 2003...I saw them New Year's eve at Hamilton place once! My friend met them once in Kingston...they were grocery shopping...together! lol

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Lo said...

Sarah, we went and saw them last November (the box set that's going to be out this Nov. 1st is the concert we went to - the cameras were right in our face, i would die if i saw our drunk asses on film). My sister just dumped her loser bf, and brought her friend John, who shes known forever and were the only 2 singles out of their friends. So the 6 of us go to our seats, then the 2 of them go to get beer. When they were gone, he says i have a surprise and hands her 2 backstage passes! When she came back & told me im like Dev, this guy is totally a keeper. (they are very together now!) So she got to go backstage & met Gordie who told her she has a lovely name. She also saw Johnny Fay gettin cozy with a well known Toronto sportscaster who is gorgeous. You should totally try & get to see them again when they tour - especially if you can get to a bar in the States like Cleveland, they are absolutely fucking fantastic.

If you download music (which my mom does - over 20,000 songs), there are some kick-ass bootlegs floating around from concerts they did way back in the early 90's. We have one from we think Belgium in a smallll bar. Also songs they performed but never released.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Lo said...

By the way, LOVE the pic of the turkeys! There were 4 wild turkeys that ran across the back lawn up at the cottage this past weekend. Ugly buggers but taste goddam good.

1:14 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

"I want to live in BC but does it rain as much as they say?"

Well we do have rain forests, they need lots of water to stay green. But no, it doesn't rain all the time. Spring/Summer is wonderful. Very diff from back east, more wind. Winter's are mostly rain, not a lot of snow (at least in Victoria/Vancouver areas). West Coast is a state of mind. Slower, easier, healthier, more creative place than back east. It would be an adjustment for you but most people love it.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

yeah vancouver just seems hipper or something. i am from a REALLY small town, but I dig the city vibe as well. I am seriously thinking about BC as an alternative to winter weather!

1:44 PM  

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