Easy Listening for a Saturday Morning – Mulatu Astatke

The more I listen to his music, the more I want. Mulatu Astatke is an addictive drug which not only gives pleasure but calms the frenetic mind.

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Tanya Tagaq.


Descriptive and fascinating report of Tanya’s performance.

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I had heard her name before, I read articles about her Polaris prize winning performance and interviews where she seemed confident and proud. I thought about watching the video of said performance as I heard it was incredibly powerful.

But I am going to be honest and say that throat singing is not something I have ever been interested in. I have heard it before and I have understood its relationship to culture and the land. Aboriginal peoples form distinct nations with their own practices, songs, languages and art. Just because I am Native does not mean that I automatically identify with the cultural practices of other Nations. I thought because I did not like the throat singing I had heard before, that I wouldn’t like Tanya’s music.

Tanya performed two sold out shows at the Chan Centre in Vancouver with Severn Suzuki. Severn is someone a lot of us…

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Saving a Painting


Back in April of 2011, I put away a piece I wasn’t happy with. The initial idea was to do a colour study of greens with metallic mixes and, while the composition looked interesting, I was unhappy with the overall effect. So, with the weather slowly changing to winter, it’s time to haul it out and see if I can’t make it a little more scrumptious looking by changing the colour scheme.

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Ouroboros Ebola (done)


16×16″ – acrylic on birch panel

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Ouroboros Ebola – under construction


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Sunlit Lit


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Fall Colours


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