northerness

  • Elaine:How about this?
  • Fraser:No, that's an old scar.
  • Elaine:How'd you get it?
  • Fraser:I . . . I'd rather not say.
  • Elaine:. . .
  • Fraser:Someone struck me with a sea otter.
  • Elaine:I guess that's what happens in a country with gun control.
  • Fraser:Oh, I believe he shot the otter first.
  • Elaine:That's just cruel.
  • Fraser:But you see, strictly speaking, he did adhere to the law, because swinging a live otter is illegal in the Territories.

Arthur Lismer

Sketch of Tom Thomson, 1914

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“He was shy, but friendly… In the bush Tom Thomson came to life. One’s own experience of coming to terms with the northern environment led out from Thomson’s habit of making on see and experience for oneself. He saw a thousand things in the bush - animals and birds, a strand of fine pine, a stretch of muskeg with possibilities for the kind of thing you wanted to paint. [Thomson] very rarely spoke, but he’d always call your attention to something… He made you see things.” - Arthur Lismer

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I can’t believe it’s been two years since I couldn’t get Bad Suns’ Cardiac Arrest out of my head, which was a very good thing, if you’ve heard that infectious treasure of a tune. Just thinking about the song has me all pumped up for the alt jam all over again. The Los Angeles based band have revealed a new treat ahead of the release of their sophomore album, and Heartbreaker is more of Bad Suns’ hum along ready alt pop and indie rock. Heartbreaker glistens, as if under a radiant (and not “bad”, to play on puns) sun. Its snappy beat leaves me bopping along jovially to the tune, which first premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Bad Suns will also be kicking off a fall Norther American tour in October. Pre-order the bands’ sophomore album Disappear Here from iTunes ahead of its September 16th release date.

I was tagged by the goddess of everything @hera-salander to make a playlist from the letters of my URL and tag 10 other people. Thank you, you magnificent person. 

M: “Madár” by Leander Kills
I: “If You Have Ghosts” by Ghost
N: “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” by Beastie Boys
U: “Universe on Fire” by Gloryhammer
S: “Sapari” by Orphaned Land
C: “Cold Blood” by Apocalyptica
U: “U.N.I.” by Ed Sheeran
L: “Lai Lai Hei” by Ensiferum
E: “Eha” by Metsatöll
G: “Guilty Conscience” by Eminem and Dr. Dre
O: “On My Own” by Samantha Barks
B: “Braving the Seas” by Myrath
L: “Let There Be Night” by Powerwolf
I: “If You Go” by Norther
N: “Naked” by Hell In The Club

I tag: @aranarmo @starwindsky @wumpskittles @coldcatalyst89 @docking-bay-94 @faronfolly @varangianguardian @hjwhittle @chlamydia-trachomatis @eddie-the-rattlehead

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John Feeney,

Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak, 1963

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This vintage documentary gives us a look into the arctic cooperatives of the 1960s and the working  process of legendary Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak.

Harold Beament

On The Lookout, 1948

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From Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art:

“Harold Beament was born in Ottawa in 1898. He attended the Ontario College of Art in 1922 where he trained under J.W Beatty. Beament settle in Montreal, where he was a graphic designer, teacher and commander of a division of RVMRC in peacetime. Beament taught at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and received the coveted Jessie Dow Prize in 1935 at the Montreal Spring Exhibition. From 1943 to 1947, he was one of the few official war artists for World War II. After retiring from the navy in 1947, Beament embarked upon a journey to live with and study Inuit peoples of Baffin Island. Along with Lawren Harris and A. Y. Jackson, he was one of the first artists to explore the Arctic and the culture of the Inuit people. It was during these trips that Beament produced the paintings for which he is most famous and introduced Canadians to a people living in one of the most remote locations on Earth.”

Kerry Ferris

Arctic Series, 1983

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From Museum London:

“Ferris is a long-standing London artist whose work engages issues relevant to both the local and the global community. Her vivid paintings of the animal world and the natural landscape, as well as her works depicting captivating and unconventional portraits of human life, exude a rhythmic energy. A concern with preservation coupled with a celebratory view of nature pervades Ferris’s painting practice.”