Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Canada Appreciation Day

You are cordially invited to attend

Bring your Parent to Choir Day
Youth Choir Rehearsal
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
February 22, 2009

(…also known as: Canada Appreciation Day!)

So, who is this Canadian intern who has joined us at First Pres? You are invited to come and find out!

- Learn the finer points about being Canadian
- Discover the meaning of such words as “poutine,” “chesterfield,” “keener,” and “toque”.
- Learn to properly employ Canadianisms such as “this and that,” “large double-double” and “eh?”
- Meet Hilary and find out important upcoming Youth Choir information.
- Get to know each other and have fun!

Hope to see you there!


This is an event I'm doing during an upcoming choir practice at First Pres in the hopes of getting to meet the parents and start to build a relationship with them. I'm finding that, because of the car culture here in Dallas, parents drive their cars in the parking lot entrance, drop their kids off there and leave; then, at the end of practice, the kids leave the choir room and get picked up by their parents in the car. The parents never enter the building and I never see them at all, let alone to connect any of the parents to their offspring.

Attendance has been spotty at Youth Choir this past term. I attribute this to the concept that it's easy to blow off a practice when all you have to do is fire off an email (or not!) to an address the recipient of which you've never met. So, I'm hoping to get them to choir practice to all do some singing together, build community... and indoctrinate them into Canadian culture while I'm at it. Wish me luck!!

I'm planning to do a little funny slideshow presentation at the beginning where I teach them about being a Canadian. Sort of a gentler version of that fabulous rant commercial from a while back. (Sidebar: David and I went to the yearly CBC-organized reading of Dickens' "A Christmas Story" a little while back, and the rant guy read the first chapter. He was awesome! He got very Scrooge-like for Scrooge's parts and just generally read very well and brought the story to life. I was impressed.) I'll make a few pithy jokes, throw in a little self-depracating humour - all in all, it will be lighthearted, silly, and very Canadian.

Here are the Canadian landmarks, delicacies and other cultural phenomena I am planning to talk about. Anybody have suggestions of what else I should include?

The loonie.

The proud, noble beaver.

The Queen.
(I mentioned this to the choir and one of the boys shot up his hand: "Canada has a Queen??!"

Butter tarts.

Poutine. Mm-mmm.

Beaver tails.

Maple cookies.

Montreal smoked meat (not to mention Montreal bagels).

Maple taffy.

BNL - not to mention hackey.

Let's not forget our national edifices; looming, awe-inspiring symbols of Canadian prowess:


The Big Nickel - Sudbury, ON.

Giant Canada Goose - Wawa, ON

Last, but not least - Timmy Ho's. My kids will love this because they like saying "Steeped tea, steeped tea, Tim Horton's has steeped tea!"

P.S. Wah... I miss home! Could somebody please mail me any of the foods pictured above??


shortbreadannie said...

Hi Hiliary,
You forgot Smarties, Date squares and Crispy Crunch bars, Red Rose tea Pablum... and more!!
Go to or type uniquely Canadian into Google. Lots of interesting stuff there!! Have fun with it!

Geo&Susan said...

Cool idea! We hope that the members of your choir and
parent(s) travel "oot and aboot" and wind up at the event.