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A short film by Evalyn Parry and Elysha Poirier.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Canadian folk song Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, this evocative and timely short film weaves together a complex tapestry of ideas: from the colonial quest for the Northwest Passage to contemporary Arctic Sovereignty; from global warming to the human nervous system; from the doomed Franklin Expedition to the legacy of the explorer’s wife, Jane Franklin.
Taking inspiration from Glenn Gould’s landmark 1967 CBC Radio documentary The Idea of North (recorded aboard the “Muskeg Express” train to Churchill), this “contrapuntal theatre documentary” seeks to re-examine and re-define the Idea of North in the Canadian conscience / identity / collective imagination 50 years later.
In the Age of Melting, we can no longer consider “North” without also considering “South” and how these geographic/cultural counterpoints inform, contradict and define us as a complex, multi-cultural, meteorologically and geographically diverse nation.
Through a series of interviews recorded with citizens in Toronto, Ontario and Churchill, Manitoba, this project embarks on a longitudinal conversation between the Canadian North and South.
Stay tuned for the launch of the interactive website inspired by these conversations, created by Elysha Poirier (coming summer 2017).