Favourite Canadian Writers, Musicians, Athletes

Canadian Appreciation Week – Favourite Canadian Celebrities

Ian wrote about some great celebrities, which you should check out if you can. I have decided to go a bit closer to home, to people that I know and admire. You’ll have to indulge me, as these folks are very important to me and I tend to ramble on about things that I like.

They may not be celebrities in the eyes of the world, but these people are celebrities to me…

Favourite Canadian Writers

This was a tough decision. It was tempting to write about someone like Margaret Atwood or Mordecai Richler. But I thought I would focus on people that may not be quite in the spotlight yet, but will be sooner than later.

This, too, was a challenge, as I have many talented friends. So here is a list of my favourite writers who happen to be Canadian (last names omitted to dissuade stalkers)…

Dave Dave is one of my closest friends. This has nothing to do with his position on this list. Dave’s writing is exceptional. If you ever get a chance to check out his blog, I would highly recommend it. His commentaries and anecdotes are honest, intelligent, and just plain hilarious. He does have a serious writing side as well, and has posted one of his works on his blog.

Reay Reay is an amazing short story writer. He writes in many different genres, pulling them all off without a hitch. He’s actually posted a few of his works on his web page, so, as he would say, check ye them out. Well, maybe he wouldn’t say that. He would make it sound much cooler.

Jay Jay is the reigning queen of columns. Her commentary on what’s around her is compelling and humourous. You can be guaranteed stronger abs from reading her funnier works. At the same time, though, she can bring a tear to your eye with some of her serious works. She is an extremely talented woman and I’m glad that I have the privilege of reading her work regularly.

Cat Cat’s thought provoking and captivating essay style will leave you feeling reaffirmed of your belief in issues she writes about, or perhaps they will leave you questioning whether you are supporting the correct side. She is an excellent writer because she spends time researching the issues, and she’s not afraid to put herself in the thick of things. Writing with feeling is something she does well, and it doesn’t come across as being preachy.

Ian Last, and in no way least on the list is Ian. Ian is from the East Coast. Living in Halifax, he writes stories about his life. Believe me when I say they are exceedingly entertaining. Ian has quite a number of readers who visit to hear the next chapter in the tale of his life. He is a warm, spirited author who has a way with words. Another one for you to check out.

Favourite Canadian Musicians

Again I will stick to the locals for this one. There are a lot of talented musicians out there, and I’m glad I get the opportunity to go out and watch them perform. This is my way of giving something back. A little publicity in exchange for a wonderful listening experience…

Pamela Brennan Pamela has one of the most powerful and beautiful voices of any person living on Earth. Her small frame belies the raw strength within. She sings all types of songs from folky to rocky, and she plays a pretty good guitar. I went to high school with her. She taught me how to play songs on my guitar in the chapel. It’s been really great watching her grow in her music. I wish her all the best. Keep your eyes and ears open for any of her stuff. CDs with Pamela on them make for great listening!

Lori Cullen I saw Lori at a show where Pamela was singing. Her and Pamela did a version of “Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye that was probably better than the original. Lori’s haunting voice and ability to harmonize on the fly make her quite a musical catch. She has several CDs out. Go get them!

Favourite Canadian Athletes

In lieu of intellectuals (Ian has this covered, and I can’t beat the Rexinator), I have chosen some of my friends who are examples of great physical prowess. These are the people who make me want to be more than I am in terms of athleticism. These are friends of mine, not necessarily celebrities, but inspirational nonetheless…

Suzy Suzy is a friend I met at Karate. She is an excellent martial artist. A keen memory for movement, and a ridiculous amount of energy. She’s also an amazing swimmer. I’ve never actually gone to any of her events (usually due to bad timing), but based on what I hear, she is incredible. I’ve actually seen footage of her swimming poorly, and let me tell you, it depresses me because even at my best I could never swim as fast as she does at her worst.

Nat Another female powerhouse. Nat is a friend of mine who likes to run, play ultimate, and injures herself more often than anyone I know. This is because she’s a risk taker, and they usually pay off. Nat is tenacious and talented. She definitely is intimidating. Don’t mess with her!

Tien Tien is a really good friend of mine who I met in Capoeira a long time ago. He makes everything look easy. This guy can run a 5K without breaking a sweat. It’s insane! He has some very simple views of athletic performance. They work. That’s pretty much it. He sees what he wants, and he goes for it. You can usually catch him doing Kali, running, or playing Ultimate frisbee with Nat.

12 Responses

  1. Wow! Thanks soooooo much for the kind words. *blush* Totally agree with you on Dave, Reay, Jay & Ian. Just one thing, you need to add yourself to the list of great Canadian authors! 🙂 Cat

  2. A visit to my mom in Kansas equals a visit to a home without internet access (or a computer), so I’ve missed out on (but caught up on) several great entries. I like this “closer to home” Yay Canada! entry you’ve got going here. I’m also surprised that you actually went to see Trainsporter 2. (Who am I kidding? I just went to and loved Serenity.)

  3. Great list as always, and great spacers 🙂 Hope you’re having a truly wonderful day! Karen

  4. Hi there ! thanks for dropping by! after reading I can see that I like your style too. you can expect to see me droppin in from time to time. Kelly

  5. Hey! thanks for putting me in! Much appreciated 🙂

  6. I really like Pamela Brennan…. hope she wonders Halifax way sometime, I would do my best to rustle up a good crowd for her… Thanks for the nice words… Youre too modest to feature yourself, but certainly you merit more than a mention in the Writer category… I like the way you think though, plugging local musicians and the unsung… Cheers bud ~ian

  7. Jorge, in keeping with the theme, I feel that you are obligated to edit my section to start with “although not a spacer -” 🙂 Cheers mate.

  8. Hi, I’ve not had much time to do anything lately. So excuse my lack of chatting and my virtually non existent visits. Argh. That’s all I have to say. I shall read more in depth tomorrowish. Hope all is well with you. Me

  9. Oooh Jay… You are so witty… even though you are not a spacer 😉

  10. That’s very consoling, Ian, thanks.

  11. Let’s not forget, Best Canadian Pimp: Jorge
    Thanks, brother.

  12. It sounds like you have some incredible friends, Jorge!

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