Thank you for checking out our first show of the semester! We have all been working hard to showcase the stories of every day people, doing extraordinary things. This show features personal stories ranging from symbols of Canadian nationalism to symbols of self-expression.
Below is the complete show put together by the students of the 25th Hour.
Recognized around the world for its 92-metre shadow and the ever-present Canadian flag, the Peace Tower is one of our nation’s most enduring symbols. It’s the peak of Parliament. And if you’re looking for flag master Robert Labonté after sunrise, that’s where you’ll find him.
A car accident in 1988 changed the course of Sandra Inglis’ life as a member of the
Canadian national synchronized swimming team, but it also allowed her to step into the role of coach. After many years of working on her career and supporting her family, Sandra is back at the pool leading the Carleton University Synchro team and continuing to be involved in a sport that she remembers as a defining passion in her life.
For some kids, becoming a rock star is an exciting career choice. But they may not realize how important classical music can be when they rock a drum solo. Andrew Knox is a professional musician and music teacher, and he can tell us why.
Jewellery can be made out of lots of things: beads, glass, seashells. Ottawa’s own Karine
Halpenny makes jewellery out of armour: more specifically chainmaille. She tells us
how the art of making chainmaille jewellery has calmed her, comforted her and helped
her come out of her shell.
Ashley Courchene is an Ojibway man who is passionate about storytelling. For this
Indigenous rights activist, the spoken word has become a creative outlet for him to express not only his feelings about the position of Indigenous peoples in Canada, but also his vision for the future. This summer, Courchene was part of the #reoccupation movement on Parliament Hill, an experience he says changed his life. Now in his new podcast, The Skoden Chronicles, Courchene is taking the oral storytelling tradition to the air waves.
It’s more than photography of nature and earthly things. It’s art that has the ability and
potential to influence and encourage the audience to think critically about their own
lives and the issues with consumerism, and our overall impacts on the environment.
Whitney Lewis-Smith is a photo-based artist. She uses an old camera, old photographic
processes requiring a dark room, and taxidermy to tell her stories and share the impacts
of globalization in a unique and visual way. In a world where pretty much everything is
instantaneous, the audience might assume her photographs are equally instantaneous.
What they don’t know is that Whitney would easily test their patience if they followed
her along on a day of shooting.