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06 octobre 2020

Canadians are rightfully proud of our arts and culture — this country is home to some of the world’s most influential filmmakers, songwriters, authors, comedians and visual artists. So let’s talk about it!

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FRIENDS is proud to announce The Chesterfield, a place for conversations about Canadian culture. This new weekly interview series is hosted by journalist Ben Rayner and songwriter and performance artist iskwē. They’ll be video chatting with Canadian creators from their homes across the country about great Canadian content that inspires them. You can meet Ben and iskwē in the official Chesterfield trailer:

Introducing The Chesterfield with hosts Ben Rayner and iskwē

Episode 3: Alanis Obomsawin on the NFB’s Ballad of Crowfoot

She’s been called the “mother of Indigenous cinema.” Alanis Obomsawin has made more than 50 documentaries that tell essential stories from Canada’s Indigenous communities, including the award-winning 1993 film Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. Just last week, the 88-year-old documentarian was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize for her lifetime contribution to the arts. Obomsawin is most associated with her work for the National Film Board, and was working at the NFB in the 1960s when it established the Indian Film Crew, a ground-breaking all-Indigenous training and production initiative. In the latest episode of The Chesterfield, she honours the first film by the Indian Film Crew, Willie Dunn’s 1968 short The Ballad of Crowfoot, and talks to iskwē about the evolution of Indigenous storytelling in Canada.

Alanis Obomsawin on the Ballad of Crowfoot by Willie Dunn | The Chesterfield

Fred Penner on David Blackwood's painting of Cape Spear

Fred Penner has toured Canada from coast to coast to coast for more than four decades, entertaining children of all ages with his original music. But there’s one edge of the country that has especially inspired him. In the new episode of our interview series The Chesterfield, the Winnipeg-born performer talks to Ben Rayner about one of his favourite Canadian artworks, a painting of Cape Spear, Newfoundland by David Blackwood. He also has a few things to say for fans of his dearly missed kids’ show Fred Penner’s Place about the lasting legacy of that CBC-TV classic.

Fred Penner on David Blackwood's painting of Cape Spear |The Chesterfield

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Jann Arden on 70s pop star Patsy Gallant

Jann Arden grew up in Springbank, Alberta, a rural community far from the nightclub scenes of Montreal. But as a young aspiring singer and songwriter in the 70s, she felt a connection with the unlikely disco hit "From New York To L.A." Performed by bilingual Acadian singer Patsy Gallant, the smash track led Gallant to star in her own variety show on CTV. For teenage Jann, seeing a Canadian woman achieve international stardom at a time when few Canadian musicians broke out of the country gave her confidence to pursue her own dreams. For the premiere episode of our new interview series The Chesterfield, Jann video chats with iskwē from a writer's cabin in BC about one of her favourite songs and the power of having our own Canadian success stories.

Jann Arden on Patsy Gallant's "From New York to LA" | The Chesterfield

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