Great Canadian Musician Dallas Green

Dallas Green’s melodic acoustic rock and soulful vocals are what make him a superstar among his followers. Born in the southern Ontario city of St. Catharines (Canada’s biggest little city) he honed his art and recorded a demo with some “simple songs” that would later circulate the Internet and show up on some of his albums.

He has collaborated with great artists such as the Tragically Hip’s Gordon Downie, Ron Sexsmith and the Never-ending White Lights. But he is most well known for his time with the hardcore rock band Alexisonfire, and his folky acoustic band City and Colour.

Dallas is happily married to Canadian TV host Leah Miller and can be found year round touring his home country, Canada. This summer he is playing the Calgary Folk Festival, Osheaga in Montreal, and summer in the Park Festival in North Bay. If you can’t catch any of these shows you can listen online HERE

Listen to City And Colour’s Fragile Bird

Listen to Alexisonfire’s This Could Be Anywhere In The World

Who would you like to hear Dallas collaborate with? Leave a comment and let us know.

Stanley Cup Play-offs Vancouver Boston

The Vancouver Canucks are looking good with some of the best forwards in the world right now. Hendrik and Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler worked hard Tonight in game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena. But it was Raffi Torres that scored the winning goal with 26 seconds left in the game!

The heroes of this game were the goaltenders. A few more games like that and Boston Pizza will have to change their name for good to Vancouver Pizza. You can see the next game in the series on June Fourth, 8 pm Eastern time. Get all the news at NHL.com

A Forgotten Great Canadian Woman Sarah Emma Edmonds

There are many interesting Great Canadians, both in history and current times. They are not always well-known for what they did in or outside of Canada, though. New stories, news and time often leave the greatest people lost in the wilderness of our times and culture. They are forgotten until someone happens to come across their name, the proverbial light bulb goes off, their name is brought back out to the light and their story is told.

One of these Canadians was Sarah Emma Edmonds (or Edmondson) (1841-1898). Sarah, born in Magaguadavic, New Brunswick in 1841, was better known by her fellow soldiers as Frank (or Franklin) Thompson. Her home life was less than optimal for a girl, as her father made it very clear that he hadnʼt wanted a girl, heʼd wanted a boy. The abuse became so bad, she ran away to the United States. She eventually enlisted in the Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company. She served as a spy, field nurse (both male and female), mail carrier and soldier. She applied for enlistment four times before “she” was accepted.

She gathered information for the American Civil War as a spy. She “disguised” herself as an Irish woman by the name of Bridget OʼShea, as a black man and as a black woman to gather information from the Confederate troops. She was involved in the Battle of Blackburnʼs Ford, First Bull Run (or First Manassas), The Peninsular Campaign, Antietam and Fredricksburg. As Private Frank Thompson, she had 11 victorious secret missions.

She was successful in avoiding exposure for about a year before she became very ill with malaria. Knowing that she could not be in the camp hospital because she would be “found out”, she left camp, changed to womenʼs clothes, then admitted herself into a private hospital until she recovered. She was going to return to her unit as Frank, but when leaving the hospital, she read the army list of deserters that was posted. Frank Thompson was on the list. She had no choice but to return to the battlefield as a female nurse for the U.S. Christian Commission.

She also wrote an embellished account of her experiences in the trendy book, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army, it was published in 1865 and the proceeds of itʼs sale was given to a soldierʼs aid society.

Sarah was homesick and moved back to New Brunswick in 1865, met and married her carpenter husband, Linus Seelye. They moved back to the States and there raised three sons. There seems to be some discrepancies around this, though. Some reports say that all three sons died young and they adopted 2 more boys, some do not mention this at all.

Even though she was happy with her family life, the fact that Frank Thompson was labelled a deserter bothered her so much, that in 1882, she petitioned for a review of her situation and for veteranʼs pension. On July 5, 1884, two years later, her petition was granted. She was given an honorable discharge and a $12/month veteranʼs pension under her married name.

When she passed away in 1898, she was buried with full military honors in the Washington Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

This brave, talented, adventurous and interesting Canadian woman may not have fought on Canadian soil, but she showed that bravery and ingenuity is not reserved to just anyone. She is the only female regular member of the Grand Army of the Republic. This was an organization that was created after the Civil War by Union veterans.

She loved adventure, her family and her countries. May we all work to keep this alive in our own lives!

The Great Canadian Circus Cirque de Soleil

Graceful acrobatics, daring performance art, and imaginative dance routines are the heart and soul of the worlds greatest circus: Cirque de Soleil. Founded in Quebec in the early eighties the show takes you around the world with their own takes on culture. Cirque currently is running 22 shows all over the globe with names like Algeria, Totem, and Saltimbanco; music by the Beatles and Michael Jackson; and celebrities like Chris Angel.

I bet when Canadian founder Guy Laliberté was busking his way through Europe he could not even imagine the size of the empire he would later create. If you were hoping to catch a show in Canada your in luck. Totem, Dralion, the Immortal (Michael Jackson), Ovo, and Quidam are all currently touring Canada.

Check out some of the videos HERE. Book your tickets HERE

What is your favourite Cirque show? What would you like to see Cirque do in the future? Leave a comment and let us know.

Finding Canadian Roots

The Canadian Roots is a field trip that takes Canadian students Native communities across Canada. The goal is to “break down stereotypes, open a dialogue, and build honest relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living on this land.”

The idea is simple: That the lack of unity between First Nations and non-First Nations people hurts our prosperous country. By engaging ”in the teachings, triumphs and daily realities of Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities in Canada” we can help improve those relations.

Canadian Roots has made some great steps towards a better country and for that we applaud them. Congratulations guys. Check out the video clip of the 2009 trip HERE. Check out the teaser for the 2011 trip HERE.