Sometimes a record, a song, a voice, just creep into your soul. Michael Kiwanuka’s album and single both entitled Love and Hate are filled with enough sorrow to reach me there.
The Guardian’s review of the album spoke of authenticity. I hear the authentic sorrow for the deep contrast of how far we are from the dream of how we could be. This is an artist rising to the challenge of sharing his feelings in a time when we need a reminder of the common thread holding us together.
Surely that thread is our humanity. Though masked in an infinite expression of genetic code that unseen oneness exists. If our our every act is guided by what is humane, no one will take us down, no one will break us down. Choosing what’s humane, that is the something wonderful Kiwanuka is asking for, I believe. The lyrics follow.
Dave Bohati – The Food Stop
Fact: There are 3200 kids in Calgary that go to school hungry every day.
If somebody told you that you could feed a hungry child a healthy lunch for a month by spending 20 dollars would you do it?
If somebody told you that with that same 20 dollars you could feed a hungry child for a month and get a fun calendar of local chefs who a) don’t take themselves too seriously and b) take feeding kids very seriously – would you spend that 20 dollars to feed those kids?
This is the story behind Brown Bagging It for Calgary’s Kids and the offcutsyyc calendar. Continue reading
Thanks to writer Stephen Hunt and Calgary Arts Development for featuring me in The Storytelling Project about people creating a vital, prosperous and connected city through the arts.
Food has always been my creative outlet – even when I was a nurse for over two decades. Now, whether I’m cooking for family and friends, creating recipes, writing cookbooks or columns, helping to produce radio or television pieces or using my food tour company to create cultural value for my favourite food artisans, chefs and farmers; food has become the muse that allows me to contribute the most to my community.
You can read a bit about how my “new” career evolved in the article at the source: Karen Anderson
I believe that contributing to life with whatever kind of creativity we are blessed with will always help a human being savour it all. What helps you thrive?
Jennifer Cockrall-King is an accomplished food writer and mentor to many of Western Canada’s developing writers, bloggers and literary enthusiasts. She divides her life between homes in Edmonton, Alberta (where she’s been the director of Litfest for 5 years) and Naramata in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia (where she started the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop). Because of her frequent coming and going she has the perfect perspective to write about the Okanagan Valley because she is at once a local but also a visitor who notices the nuances of change and development.
I’ve had a sneak peak at her new book Food Artisans of the Okanagan – Your guide to the best local crafted fare and am longing to go west and thoroughly explore (read eat!) the Okanagan Valley anew. Cockrall-King has also included the Similkameen Valley which will be terra incognita for most. I cycled that valley in early May a few years ago and fell in love with its laid back vintners, rolling hills and hidden farms and restaurants.
My friend and colleague in Edmonton, Liane Faulder, has written more extensively about the book. You can read her recent interview with Cockrall-King and learn about the details of the Edmonton launch on April 13 here. The photo above has all the information you’ll need for the Calgary launch on April 21.
Cockrall-King’s in-depth research and innate good taste make her a very well-chosen curator for this national treasury of farms and food artisans. This book proves that people that dedicate their lives to creating beauty and appreciation for food are indeed artists. I’m confident it will help many people savour it all.
This post examines the healing power of art. Artists are brave. They create a thing and then let go of it. We catch art’s beauty for our own inspiration, joy, comfort, consolation or bliss.
The song in the video above caught my attention today. Continue reading
Millefiore by Barry Fairbairne – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Toque and Canoe is a travel blog devoted to people who want the inside scoop on CANADA! I care for that.
This week they published a piece called The Artful Hotel – Where every room is a gallery and it featured one of my favourite artful hotels – Hotel Arts in Calgary. Hotels with art installations are extraordinary places to stay.
I’ve been working with Hotel Arts for a few years now and they are the artful anchor for a tour I do with my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. called Palette to Palate. For the 2016 season we’ve moved this tour to Saturday mornings so more people can join us to appreciate art, food, wine, architecture and entertaining stories of Calgary’s history on a lively walking and tasting tour in the Designer District.
Come on out and join us. It’s a great way to savour it all.
King by Tim Okamura (sorry Tim – the photo doesn’t do it justice) – Karen Anderson
People poohoo Twitter but it’s amazing how many times it’s inspired me. Last night I came across this performance by Aretha Franklin on CBC Music and it stirred me to my core.
The Queen of Soul is singing “You make me feel like a natural woman”. She is paying tribute to the songwriter, Carole King. The song was a hit for Franklin in 1967 but was included on King’s Tapestry album which came out in 1971.
I was ten years old when King and Franklin were singing about being “natural women”. This music is an art installation that had and still has the power to lift me quickly and easily to joy.