The Secret Path
On October 22, 1966 near Kenora, Ontario, Chanie Wenjack died when he walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Fifty years later, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has taken Wenjack's story and turned it into the Secret Path project, which consists of a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. The intention for Downie — went public with his diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in May — is to utilize his celebrity to draw attention to Wenjack's story and the legacy of residential schools.
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" Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada's history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation," the project's website states.
Downie's music and award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire's illustrations also came together in an animated film that was broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special this past Sunday — you can still stream it here on CBC Arts.
How can Chanie Wenjack's story make a difference? Immediately following The Secret Path broadcast, CBC live-streamed The Road to Reconciliation, a special one-hour panel conversation with CBC's Jesse Wente, filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation director Ry Moran, live from CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In an engaging discussion, these Indigenous leaders will reflect on how art can help us face the past and work together to change Canada's future. The panel can be streamed in Canada and worldwide at cbc.ca/secretpath.
Read more about Secret Path here.
PVSD East Choir (Greenall High School)
Enjoy the PVSD Esat (Greenall) Choir as they perform at Met. Knox.
For your additional enjoyment - Ms. P's Math RAP!
Heritage Minutes: Chanie Wenjack
The story of Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack, whose death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. The 84th Heritage Minute in Historica Canada's collection.
Frisbee Rob has visited BES in the past and has a new idea - watch the video and get unplugged!
Andy the Musical Scientist at BES Sept. 19, 2016 1:00 pm
Andrew Kim is a musician who brings together his love of science, recycling, and music into one very unique performance. The show begins with Andy demonstrating some of his unique instruments that are based on traditional instruments of other cultures. By combining science with music, Andy has designed his own musical inventions: the African skateboard, Persian paddle, Moroccan Hockey Stick, Lego Theremin, Singing Spoon, and Potato Chip Drum which are constructed from recycled household items.
Based on traditional instruments from other cultures, they also raise curiosity for these musical traditions. Using humour, Andy demonstrates technology in music, scientific principles through which sound is shaped, and even shows the audience how to turn a spoon into a guitar! Students are encouraged to experience digital looping/beatboxing, song construction, rhythmically chanted Persian rhythms, and the Lego Theremin.
Through critical and creative thinking, breakthroughs are made in music, science, recycling, environmental stewardship, multiculturalism, and all aspects of life calling for ingenuity and creativity.