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Separation of Art from the Artist

Recent attempts to redress historical societal injustices through grassroots social movements and convictions of high profile individuals reveal a move toward the creation of a more inclusive society; one in which the lives of those historically silenced are now being increasingly heard.  The attempts to rewrite often inaccurate and offensive narratives that surround many communities… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Villa Charities Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Villa Charities Foundation Deadline:  June 30, 2020 Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be registered in a full-time undergrad program at an accredited  Canadian university or college, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have an interest in Italian… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Spaghetti and Meatballs

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you Mother’s out there. I realize its after the fact in saying this, but I made sure to remember to honour my wife, albeit some of it last minute.  As a chef I used to work would say, “typical male.” For Mother’s Day we made sure that my… Read more »

Editorial—A COVID Mother’s Day

This is one of those social distancing times that people are going to notice, and, sadly, I expect we’ll see a spike in deaths in four to six weeks that will coincide with those who just didn’t believe that the virus is all that bad. And the results will be too tragic for even schadenfreude,… Read more »

Editorial—The Days Blend Together

While we’re self isolating it can be pretty easy for all the days to start to blend together.  After all, not only are your own trips curtailed, but those subconcious cues, the noise of the traffic outside, the procession of people walking by the house, those have all been disrupted as well.  People are coming… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Eyes Wide Shut?

Q: What do you call a fish without an eye? (Pause, wait for tension to build.) A: A fssshhh! That joke would have elicited more eye rolls had it been pronounced aloud, am I right? Words are the barter of banter, but they form different landscapes depending on their mode of expression.  Our learning at… Read more »

In Conversation—With Summer Dennis & Rhymes

Summer Dennis & Rhymes is the name of the duo made up of singer Summer Dennis and musician Bill Moore.  The two write their songs together, and Moore’s lush, multi-genre tracks are the perfect accompaniment to Dennis’s rich expressions of affairs of the heart.  The classically trained Summer Dennis is a beautiful, curvaceous young woman… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—An Epiphany in the Gallery

I took a mental health day for myself last week and paid a visit to the art gallery.  I arrived there just as it opened, and it was a day of inclement weather.  Perhaps for that reason, I was the only visitor for well over an hour.  Freezing rain and high winds were hurling themselves… Read more »