It’s been a weird few weeks, to be honest.
I’m fascinated by transformations.
Not just the dramatic spectacle of a man turning into a werewolf under the full moon, or a human hand mutating into a weapon in a Cronenberg flick (although I love those, too). What I’m talking about today, though, are the subtler changes that are no less profound.
In today’s blog, I talk about dreams and whether or not they are of any use.
Hello, readers! Welcome to my first blog entry of 2020.
Happy New Year, dear readers!
Greetings all, and happy birthday Canada!
Read on for a wicked CanCon playlist, a snapshot of how Ottawa residents are celebrating Canada Day, and a brand-new (and very Canadian) poem:
Canada Day Playlist 2019
If you’re looking for some new CanCon to blast today, I have the playlist for you: fifteen (give or take) of my favourite Canadian tracks from 2019, ranging from rap to rock to folk and everything in between.
You can read my comments here – or, if you would rather dispense with my commentary, you can just listen to the songs below:
Canada Day in Ottawa
Canada Day festivities were already in full force in Canada’s capital yesterday.
Just down the street from Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park featured a number of family-friendly activities and performances, including a set by synth-pop trio CHANCES:
The group took the stage at Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park at around 2 pm. Accompanied by drummer Vincent Carré, singers Chloé Lacasse and Geneviève Toupin showed off strong vocal harmonies on darkly-gleaming songs that were alternately lively and ecstatic.
-CHANCES ft. Iskwe @ Major’s Hill Park; July 1/2019
The grounds were decked out with a ton of neat displays, including large yellow signs with excerpts from works by Canadian poets:
Speaking of poems…
I celebrated by sharing my poem “Ghosts of Parliament,” perhaps the most Canadian thing I’ve ever written, to Twitter and Instagram in the form of a ten-part photo series.
With photos taken in and around Parliament Hill’s Centre Block before it closed for renovations, the poem takes the form of a conversation between the various gargoyles, statues and carvings that lurk on the premises.
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An Instagram poem for Canada Day: “Ghosts of Parliament.” (C) Madison McSweeney 2019 These ten images are from Centre Block and the Library of Parliament, prior to it shutting down for a decade of renovations. The following is a conversation between the marvel-carved creatures within. #canadaday #parliament #libraryofparliament #centreblock #centreblockrenos #canada #gargoyles #ghosts #unicorn #queen #ghoststory #architecture #poetry #poem #instagrampoet #instagrampoem #canadaday2019
Happy Canada Day, everyone! Get out there and watch some fireworks (or stay in and watch a David Cronenberg movie; I don’t judge).
I hope everyone is having a perfectly gloomy World Goth Day!
Greetings, friends, and happy holidays!
Happy Halloween, fellow creatures of the night!
Saturday, June 23, 2018: