Canadian Historical Moments:

Ginette Reno > O Canada > Centre Bell (very shortly after her surgery) (Ma Mere)

Hymn National de Quebec > Music > Gille Villeneuve (w/ French/English Subtitles) (w/ photos where Kinetic grew up)

Celine Dion (15 year old learning English)

Rene Simard > on learning English

NFB > The Sweater

French Roast (Best Short Film Animated Film 2010)

Tete a Claque > Halloween > Ecole > Limonade > Pere Noel

French Canadian Culture

Here are 30 French words used in English

balleta classical style of dance
bouqueta group of flowers put together either to display or to carry
boutiquea small store that sells fashionable (and sometimes expensive) clothes and accessories
café a small, simple restaurant or coffeeshop
chefa professional cook (who usually works in a restaurant)
coup / coup d’etatan overthrow (removal) of a government (usually by the military); a seizure of power
coup (another definition) – an achievement that is unexpected and impressive
debaclea messy defeat or failure
debutthe first appearance or performance of something (a play, a song, a product, etc.), usually in public
décorthe appearance of a room or indoor space; the colour of the walls, the window coverings, the furniture, etc.; the way the room is decorated
déjà vualready seen; the strange feeling that you have already experienced something that is happening now
encorean audience calls ‘encore’ at the end of a performance (a concert, a play, etc.) when they want the performance to continue
en masseall together, as a group, at the same time
en route on the way (to somewhere)
entréethe main course/dish of a meal
entrepreneura person who starts their own business
façadethe front of a building
faux pas an embarrassing mistake, especially socially or in fashion
fiancé(e)the person you are engaged to / committed to marry; fiancé – male, fiancée – female
genrea particular style or type of art, movie, book, etc.,
hors d’œuvresappetizers; small bits of food before a meal or at a party
liaisona person or organization that helps other people or organizations work together effectively and helps them communicate
matinéethe afternoon performance of a play, or showing of a movie
menua list of things you can choose from, for example dishes at a restaurant, choices on a computer
naïveinnocent, simple, too ready to believe someone or something because of a lack of knowledge or experience
petiteused to describe a small, slender woman
potpourria nice smelling mixture of dried petals, leaves, and spices; used to make a room or other place smell nice
protégéa younger person who is taught, helped, by someone older, more knowledgeable, and more experienced
restauranta place of business where you can buy and eat a meal
resuméa written summary of your education, work experience, and achievements; also known as a ‘curriculum vitae’ (CV)
sautéa method of cooking; to fry food in a small amount of fat (usually oil)

The Flying Canoe

A French Canadian Folktale
retold by
S. E. Schlosser
Long ago, there were a number of lonely lumberjacks working in the center of a very large forest. They cut down mammoth trees and watched them crash into the thick snow in exactly the place where they said the trees would land. They would cut up the trees and haul them hither and thither. They worked hard, Mon Dieu, very hard indeed! But they were lonely for the women they had left behind.
On New Years Day, it snowed so hard no work could be done. The men huddled in their camp and spoke longingly of their home. They passed around the rum and drank toasts to the New Year, but finally Baptiste said what they were all thinking: "I wish to go home today and see my girl!" There were murmurs of agreement, but Jean replied: "How can we go home today? There is more than two meters of snow on the road, and more snow is falling."
"Who said we were walking out of here?" asked Baptiste. "I am going to paddle out in my canoe." Now the men all knew that Baptiste had a canoe with paddles out back of the camp. Baptiste had made a pact with the devil. If the devil would make the canoe fly wherever Baptiste wished, the lumberjack would not say Mass for an entire year. However, if Baptiste did not return the canoe before dawn of the day after he used it, the devil could keep his soul. While Baptiste and his companions were in la chasse-gallerie, they could not say the name of God or fly over a church or touch any crosses, or the canoe would crash.
Many of the men refused to participate in Baptiste's New Years scheme, but he managed to find seven companions to fly with him in the canoe back to their home town to visit their women. Baptiste and his friends got into the canoe, and Baptiste said the magic words: "Acabris! Acabras! Acabram!"
When Baptiste was done binding himself to the devil, the canoe rose into the air and the men began to paddle their way through the sky to their home. Their womenfolk were so glad to see them! They celebrated long into the night, drinking and dancing. It was close to dawn when the men realized they had to return the canoe to the lumber camp by dawn or forfeit their souls. They searched for Baptiste, and found him as drunk as a lord, lying under a table at the inn. They bundled him into the canoe, spoke the magic words, and paddled away. Knowing that Baptiste would start swearing if they woke him, one of the men tied him up and gagged him so he would not speak the name of God at an inopportune moment and crash the canoe.
When Baptiste awoke, he sat up, struggling with the ropes that bound him. He managed to loosen the gag, and shouted: "Mon Dieu, why have you tied me up?"
At the name of God, the canoe took a nose-dive, plunging towards the ground. It hit the top of a large pine tree and all the men tumbled out and fell down, down into the darkness just before dawn. They were never seen again!
You can read more Canadian folktales and ghost stories in Spooky Canada by S.E. Schlosser.










SIMCOE Day (Civic Holiday, First Monday in August, Statutory Holiday)

The holiday celebrated on the first Monday of August - giving many, but not all Canadians a mid-summer, long weekend - is known by many names.
It's British Columbia Day in Canada's western-most province and Natal Day in Nova Scotia.
but in Ontario, the holiday Monday is known by more than one name. Ottawa celebrates "Colonel By Day" and it's "Joseph Brant Day" in Burlington.

In Toronto, however, it's known as Simcoe Day in honour of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada's first lieutenant governor and the man who initiated the abolishment of slavery in Canada.
Toronto City Council established the civic holiday in honour of Simcoe in 1869.
It's no coincidence that, in of all places, Simcoe's name still resonates in southern Ontario.

Slavery in Canada

Simcoe was known supporter of abolition.
"His bill was brought about by an incident - the Chloe Clooey incident," said Natasha Henry, a curriculum consultant specializing in African Canadian history.

Simcoe received word of a slave owner violently abusing his slave, a girl by the name of Chloe Clooey, on his way across the Niagara River where he went to sell her into the United States. It was said that her screams were heard by many and the matter was brought to Simcoe's attention by Peter Martin, a former slave.

"It was his impetus to introduce the bill, but it was then met by objection from a number of the members of his government," Henry said.

Many members of the legislative assembly at the time owned slaves of their own and so resisted Simcoe's urge to abolish slavery in Canada.
The resulting law was a compromise that would gradually lead to the end of enslavement.
The act allowed slave owners to maintain the workforce they already had - who would remain enslaved until their death.
Owners were not allowed to purchase new slaves from the United States and any children of female slaves that were born after the act was passed would become free at the age of 25.
Simcoe's anti-slavery act was the first to pass in a British colony and remained in effect until August 24, 1833, when Britain's Slavery Abolition Act put an end to slavery in most of the empire.

Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is celebrated across the former British colonies. Countries in the Caribbean as well as Canada and some parts of the United States mainly observe these days in August because of the Slavery Abolition Act.
Although the name is still only cemented in Toronto, the entire province of Ontario has dedicated the civic holiday to Emancipation Day since 2008.
In Ontario, the largest Emancipation Day celebration takes place in Owen Sound.
Although many just see it as a day off, Henry thinks it's important for people - especially youth - to see where the name comes from, because the name in and of itself is at least a start at engaging in the topic.

"The weekend is a way of getting to have a discussion about slavery and the growing abolition movement," she said. "[It was] a movement that later would also spark the flood of freedom seekers from the United States."
It's quite significant that Toronto is where the holiday retains the original name.

Caribbean festival connection

Simcoe moved the capital of Upper Canada from Newark (now Niagara-on-the-lake) to Toronto, which he named York in 1793.
Since 1967, Toronto has been home to the annual Caribbean Carnival, or as it used to be known, Caribana. Henry said the festival's traditions are related to Emancipation Day celebrations that some Canadians brought from their former home countries.
"How it's celebrated stems from the committee that was struck up in the 1960s, preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canada," Henry said.
"People were asked to put on some various cultural events, so theses committee members, a lot of whom were immigrants from the Caribbean, infused into this event some of the ways in which Emancipation Day was celebrated back home."
The festival of food, costume, music and dance attracts more than one million people annually.
Henry says understanding the reason behind the name is important because of the conversation it generates.
"Understanding the reason behind the name generate conversation, it also puts Toronto and Ontario at the centre of an international discussion on the practice of owning and selling people."
Motions to declare the civic holiday as "Simcoe Day" across the province have been put forth but have thus far failed.

(submitted by Kinetic, July 2015)


‍Happy Thanksgiving !

From India:
There is beauty in the earth,
The mountains high, the valleys green,
The rippling brook, the waterfall,
The wild sweet rose so oft unseen;
the song of birds, the smell of spring
Autumn colours bright and gay,
A thousand treasures we can find
if we but look about each day;
Yes, gracious is the bounty
That God to man does send;
Then, as a crowning glory,
God gave to man - a friend..

From the Arab world:

‍A true friend is one to whom you can tip out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

From William Shakespeare:

Go often to the house of they friend, for weeds choke up the unused path.

Random Thoughts on Friendship:

‍"Friends are the family you choose for yourself."

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.


O Great Spirit:

We know we are your children.
We want to serve you faithfully.
Help us to listen to your voice.
Help us to be willing and quick to do your [[#|work]].
Help us to be friendly and loving.
And help us to thank you every day for all the gifts you give us.

(from Prayers, Graces and Invocations for Ecumenical & Multifaith Groups)

- Kinetic 11/15

Juno Awards.-
Are presented annually to Canadian Musical Artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.
Juno Canada's Music Awards.jpg

Peaceful. October 7, 2013.

Canadian Culture

This week I learned some Canadian words.

A small boat resembling this made commercially of a variety of materials and used in spot.

The Stanley Cup is the championship awarded annually to the National Hockey League winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup final.

A large North American brown bear.

Jazzy, October 7, 2013