The quest started. We were on Roosevelt Avenue, in Queens, in traffic, under the elevated train. Just this morning Frank had taken the Quest in to get the engine certified. I know a guy, he told me, I know a guy, I know a guy. But each time he brought the vehicle to a stop […]
The town of Centreville sits on the northeast arm of Newfoundland, and is not near the centre of anywhere at all. To get there, I exited the Trans-Canada Highway and headed ninety minutes down a two-lane road studded with small towns. The speed limit most of the way was forty kilometres an hour, which Newfoundlanders […]
Immigrant, barber, theme park developer, mental patient, self-mythologizer, terrorist, Supreme Court victor, hero, senior citizen, Canadian
A poem by Elizabeth Philips
From politeness bootcamp to a good old Canadian nod, we’re known for our good manners. But are we the nicest?
A s a child, I ventured almost every year to British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands and I became fascinated with the history of the places I visited there. It wasn’t so much the tangible traces that intrigued me—the skeleton of a building or a scrap washed up upon the tide line—as the absences and spaces […]
Seduced by ever-bigger exhibitions and corporate sponsorship, have we forgotten what the point of art is in the first place?
Coffee culture and its dregs
In the fall of 2011 I sat in on a jam I’ve since recognized as part of the future of how we create and consume music. What’s more, for musicians, it points a way forward for an industry that often seems like it would rather die than evolve from a reliance on making and selling […]
I met Nayef Othman in front of a Montreal Metro station last September. Othman had been training with the National Circus School for just over a month and I asked him how he was enjoying Canada. “It is cold,” he said. I told him to wait until winter came. We wandered until we found a […]