|The flags of Quebec, Canada, and Montreal respectively...|
One thing that I thought about today, thanks to my granddad (Merci, Granddad!), was the fact that even the existence of Quebec as a francophone region is something pretty remarkable. We have been learning a lot about the history and the reasons for Quebec's continued linguistic and cultural existence, but suffice it to say that they have fought for their continued survival. Hard. Anglophone/francophone relations can continue to be strained here in the "Great White North," but Canadians seem to keep a sense of humor about it...at least some of the time. We had a class on Québécois film yesterday and the professor showed us a clip of a film called "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" which does just that. Essentially, a dead body turns up on the border between Ontario and Quebec, half in one province, half in the other. A francophone and an anglophone police officer have to learn to work together. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TwhiLUCOwE
We also had a session today on Québécois music, which I was, of course, a big fan of. All except the clips of Céline Dion and her ilk...gag. There are tons of festivals here in the summer, a lot of them centering around music. The night after I got here, some of us went to see the closing concert of the Montreal Jazz Festival, which was the B52's! I don't know what on earth they have to do with jazz, but it was fun. This is my current favorite song by a Québécois artist named Ariane Moffat...she's singing about coming back to Montreal after being away...enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmTFuQ-InWk
|Art, or junk??|
I'm not completely obtuse when it comes to art, though. There are some contemporary pieces that I like. Though I didn't see this in a museum (it was actually in a shopping center), I thought it was really cool how the artist used all recycled materials to create this "pond'...if you look closely, you'll see that they're all water bottles, cardboard and coke cans, among other recyclables. And I guess some people would say this was junk...and now we're right back where I started this commentary! All this rumination is hard work!