Indigenous Languages and Comic Books: A Walkthrough of My Honours Thesis

I've had a lot of fun telling people about my honours thesis this year. Most of the time, when you ask a student about their thesis, you get a description of a research project or a study or, most likely, a big long paper they're writing. That's the standard for a Directed Reading/Honours Thesis; it's … Continue reading Indigenous Languages and Comic Books: A Walkthrough of My Honours Thesis

New Creations Festival 2017: Affirming Our Right to Experiment (Part 2)

Friends, the final New Creations Festival concert was by far the weirdest. On Saturday the 11th we were treated to a whole array of compositions, including a selection for harp and strings performed by The Madawaska Ensemble (inspired by both East Coast folk songs and contemporary pop music), a really hypnotic piece called Round by … Continue reading New Creations Festival 2017: Affirming Our Right to Experiment (Part 2)

New Creations Festival 2017: Celebrating The Alive and Weird (Part 1)

For the past week, I have been taking myself on dates to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Sounds bougie as heck, doesn't it--I don't know many people my age who are a) interested in concert hall music (one reason why I'm taking myself) and b) able to afford that sort of leisure. Usually anything that you're … Continue reading New Creations Festival 2017: Celebrating The Alive and Weird (Part 1)

#WhyAreYUHere: A Meditation on Having Nothing Figured Out

As an end-of-term blog post challenge, Team Awesome decided to all delve deep into Self-Reflection Land and retrieve a glittering nugget of meaning from the chaotic swirl of exam season. What is worth the frankly alarming amount of stress that we students put on ourselves to succeed during this time of year--or in school in … Continue reading #WhyAreYUHere: A Meditation on Having Nothing Figured Out

“Take A Break”: Hamming It Up In NYC (A Canadian Photoblog)

Hello friends! I'm communicating from Massachusetts at the moment, so I don't particularly feel like writing 1-2000 word blog posts--I'd rather spend the time with Anna and Rachel in person. But the old picture's-worth-a-thousand-words thing does hold true, so here. Have approximately 200,000 words. In short, we've had an AMAZING time so far--and it only … Continue reading “Take A Break”: Hamming It Up In NYC (A Canadian Photoblog)

Living Your Art: My First Week of Fifth Year (and Why It’s Equally Awesome and Scary)

NB: this isn't just a "look at my cool new courses!" post. It's also a reflection on committing to your art in public, and on the personal and social stigmas attached to "being an artist" full-time. Because I can never make things simple. -- All right kiddos, full disclosure time: I'm an artist of all … Continue reading Living Your Art: My First Week of Fifth Year (and Why It’s Equally Awesome and Scary)

19 Lessons I Am Learning From Writing My Book (Plus a Note on Honesty and Failing Expectation)

What do students use Reading Week for? Sometimes, as one of my profs said, "Reading Week" is code for "skiing week"; sometimes it's time to book that trip to Mexico or Cuba to get some much-needed sun after the long dark of Canadian winter. Sometimes it actually is what it says it is--a week of … Continue reading 19 Lessons I Am Learning From Writing My Book (Plus a Note on Honesty and Failing Expectation)