Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Celebrate Emancipation Day, August 1, 2020

Once again, there is so much to learn and do as heard by Elaine on CBC’s Radio 1.

Tying in with WASM’s 50 Artists for 50 Days featured on WASM’s Facebook page, we can celebrate Emancipation Day, August 1, 2020:

Join the Walk - International Artist and Little Burgundy resident, Nate Husser will address the crowd. Our Long Walk Home: Emancipation walk to the NCC:
R.A.W. Tuba documentary chronicles White's journey. This is a truly inspiring story!
For those of you fortunate to be in the country far away from city light pollution, some of our planets can be seen in the sky throughout the summer even with the naked eye.

Also, the Perseides show begins in August. To learn more about this spectacular shooting star show:

Let WASM know if you have seen any of the planets. Send your comments and photos to: elainebac@wasmtl.org
August is archeology month. Learn more:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Interesting events and activities from CBC Radio 1

So much to learn and do as heard by Elaine on CBC’s Radio 1.

Tying in with WASM’s 50 Artists for 50 Days featured on WASM’s Facebook page, Elaine is recommending the Black Stories Collection - Being Black in Canada on CBC Gem:
CBC’s afternoon programme Let’s Go with host Sabrina Marandola offers more than just news, weather, and traffic updates. Interviews and activities galore can be found right here - listed are current and past episodes: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-383-lets-go

Ones that Elaine found relevant to arts and culture (we will throw in a little wine know-how, spices, and cats too!):

The Phi Foundation web site for more info: https://fondation-phi.org/en/exhibitions/
Cats are helping out in support of Black Lives Matter - it’s a project that West Island Cats is organizing right now:

The event on WIC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2801520966637421/
Books for babies written and designed by two Mohawk women: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-383-lets-go/clip/15788038-mohawk-baby-books
The spicy web site with virtual exhibits: https://spiceislandculturalday.com/
It won’t happen this summer, but Festival Mural’s web site has loads of images and info on street art and the artists who create these magnificent murals:
Many of the outstanding events at Festival des arts de St-Sauveur had to be cancelled, but there is something very special this season called A Shared Solitude. Read all about it right here: https://festivaldesarts.ca/en/a-shared-solitude/the-project/description/
UQAM Le Coeur des Sciences City Tours:
The tours are given in French and take place in the downtown core of Montreal, but are so popular that the tours in August are filled. More will be scheduled in September:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

For your listening pleasure - more fascinating programmes which aired recently on CBC Radio 1

Inside the strange and world-changing kingdom of fungi. Listen to this interview of Merlin Sheldrake, biologist and author of a new book called Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures.
It’s sure to blow your mind!
Sit there and do nothing. “Mindfulness doesn’t have to be serious! Join host Meg Lewis as she turns you into a relaxed blob through part-useful, part-comedic guided meditations, stories, affirmations, and other weirdly soothing experiences. Perfect for easing your anxiety and putting you into a better mood”.
Elaine enjoyed listening to “Affirmation: I am a likeable person”. Scroll down the page and click away! We all need affirmation right now, so relax and enjoy!
A new kind of produce can be found right here. Hamidou Horticulture brings vegetables and herbs from Niger and other parts of Africa and Amerindian countries.
“Connecting farmers and city-dwellers - Eat local, healthy, and seasonal foods! The Farmer’s Market, a project led by the non-profit organization House of Friendship, offers seasonal, local food products sold directly by producers. Fill your basket with cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, pastries, flowers, honey, and maple syrup around the Laurier metro station. This is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about sustainable production as well as the environmental and social impact of these initiatives”.
When: Thursdays (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). 
Where: Laurier metro station, at Place du Côteau-Saint-Louis, between Berri and Rivard Streets.

Monday, July 13, 2020

WASM Newsletter for July 13, 2020

It is powwow time again, but like so many other festivals, concerts, and cultural events, the 30th Echoes of a Proud Nation Powwow 2020 is cancelled. Kahnawake Tourism has videos and lots of info about the powwow. The Kahnawake Tourism Facebook link with videos:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/kahnawaketourism/videos/?ref=page_internal .

Also, to see a short video Elaine has put together with photos she took at last summer’s powwow: https://elainebacal.zenfolio.com/p455462170 .
Click on the thumbnail entitled “Magic of the Powwow”. The video will play automatically, but make sure your speakers are on to hear the dynamic music accompanying the video. Enjoy!