“The [Canadian Museum of Civilization]’s 1990 mandate grandly directed it to “increase, throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge and critical understanding of and appreciation and respect for human cultural achievements and human behaviour.” [James] Moore’s new law changes that purpose to enhancing “Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reﬂect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.” Among other complaints, Marshall red-ﬂags the dropping of “critical understanding” as a signal that the job is now to popularize history, rather than probe the past.”
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The Edmonton Free School
Sunday December 23 4PM
Location: Upstairs at Remedy Café (8631 – 109 Street)
All-Ages & All-Welcome
“The Punk Rock Book Club”
Jian Ghomeshi has written a book about growing up in a suburb of Toronto in the early 1980s. Right there, that’s enough material for a class on the history of punk. Not only that, but 1982 weaves in themes of generational conflict, coming of age, multiculturalism, and, of course, music.
Class this week will be in intellectual book club format, held upstairs in the Remedy Café think-tank (aka on the couches). We’ll sit around and talk about David Bowie, the impact of the Iranian Revolution, and what it’s like to be in grade 9. We’ll also expand on Ghomeshi’s look at this particular year of the dog, by examining the wider context of Canadian punk music. Finally, we’ll get serious and discuss the bombing of Toronto’s Litton Systems in October 1982 by the activist group Direct Action.
Following the class there will be a class field trip to a fundraiser for the inner city agency Bissell Centre, with a bunch of great folks from the Edmonton music community. Find more info about it by clicking here.
Jian Ghomeshi, 1982.
Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action!
The (English) Beat “Save it for Later”
David Bowie “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)”
Madness “Our House”
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Arabian Knights”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
Queen and David Bowie “Under Pressure”
The Clash “Straight to Hell”
Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory”
The Human League “The Things that Dreams are Made of”
David Bowie “Let’s Dance”
Tall New Buildings “Breaking Her Walls”
Moxy Früvous “Stuck in the 90s”
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Bare Naked Ladies ‘This is me in Grade 9″
As every good Canadian knows, there’s three important ingredients necessary for retaining citizenship in the Great White North:
1) A love for ice hockey
2) A love for snow
3) A love for Tim Horton & his coffee
4) A love for the Tragically Hip
Okay, so that’s 4, but as you notice, math isn’t on the list. And that last ingredient, a love for Gord Downie and the gang in the Tragically Hip, may be what really separates us from our freedom loving friends south of the CAN/AM border. Cause I’ve been there before, and there’s lots of people there that like coffee, snow, and hockey, but have never heard of the song “New Orleans is Sinking” – and New Orleans is in America, for pete’s sake!
So I thought that in light of this, if I were ever to teach a course on Canadian history, the best and most accessible way to do it would be in Tragically Hip song form.