Since announcing my intention to join the Conservative Party of Canada, just this past Friday, I’ve run into a number of points of confusion about what this means. I’d like to take a moment to clear these up.
Left leaning Albertans have been taking out conservative party membership for decades, long before Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell suggested it on Twitter, because in a province with such a strong, enduring conservative leadership, joining the party was the only way to feel like you had any control over who ended up running your province. A friend’s mother called it being an “Instantory”—a portmanteau of Instant and Tory, which I love, and so have used in the title of this post. She did this twice during leadership races but ultimately gave up when people like Ralph Klein just kept getting voted in.
- Joining the Conservative Party requires you to go to an actual party.
As much as I like the idea of acquiring a Sarah Palin chestnut wig to cover my blue hair and spending a few hours at Value Village tracking down the kind of matching skirt and blazer that would make an Ayn Rand heroine jealous, it’s not actually necessary. Like most things these days, voting for the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is carried out remotely.
Someday in April, I’ll be getting a ballot, which I will fill out and mail back and the deed will be done. I won’t even have to prep a number of stories about hunting deer with my grandpa’s rifle to charm party members into submission before I willfully subvert their party’s democratic processes. Sadly. Continue reading
“A multiplicity of perspectives is what we need to understand ourselves and each other better.” – Designer Hoda Hamouda
World events over the past few weeks, and particularly this weekend, have reminded me of this Storytelling Show conversation I had in January 2016 with my brilliant Emily Carr U colleague, designer Hoda Hamouda. Here we discuss her work surrounding Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolution in Egypt and how citizen media can counter hegemonic narratives in times of resistance.
“Some of my peers in the community who are making exciting work are on the edge of an exciting breakthrough. I feel like folks are craving work that breaks boundaries and is not pretty but brave.” – My Ocean playwright Sasha Singer-Wilson talking about contemporary theatre in Vancouver. Also mentioned: tense family dinners, Fringe guilt, and epigenetics
Check out her work at www.sashasingerwilson.com.
The songs we mentioned have been removed from the file for copyright purposes. They are The Shore by Basia Bulat, Lost Cause by Hannah Georgas and Youth by Luca Fogale. The final song was Damp Animal Spirits by Tanya Tagaq.
This Sunday on The Storytelling Show, I had the pleasure of interviewing poet and artist Minah Lee who has been a part of the Vancouver culture scene since moving here from South Korea nine years ago. We talked about the challenges around artists seeking permanent residency in Canada as well as creating between cultures and languages.
Lee has made her visual poem “Mirror” available online here.
As a freelance theatre critic, my work sometimes feels like a return to Girl Guide camp, with counsellor figures cautioning me about where I should and should not tread. In April, I wrote a review of the Vancouver premiere of the play Dead Metaphor by Governor General Award–winning playwright George F. Walker, and the warnings turned to klaxons.
I wrote about being a female theatre critic and gender inequality in Canadian theatre for the Walrus. Read the article here.