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Neko Case, Librairie Champlain - Mostly, it is...

Apr. 21st, 2009

02:01 am - Neko Case, Librairie Champlain

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Thanks to sunhawk's having a spare ticket, I was able to go to Neko Case's sold out Saturday performance at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church. Seeing her perform live, the image of her standing on a car holding an upraised sword makes vivid sense.


I'm saddened by the news that Librairie Champlain will be closing at the end of the month. It is the only place in the city of its kind that I know of. Other stores sell french language books, but they'd have so few that they'd be all in one section rather than by genre. At Champlain, they carry a full range of books, from beginner books for toddlers, children's books and YA, to general fiction, art criticism, history, classics, reference and more. In addition to books, you can find music, puzzles, even games. The staff is fully bi-lingual, friendly and knowledgeable.

In the country's largest city, where we have stores for Greek works, Tibetan works, Polish works, I think I even remember one for Romanian works, it is a great pity that we cannot sustain even one to represent our second official language. My understanding is that since the 1970's, Canada's francophone communities and families, historically more distributed and stronger in Central Canada and Eastern Canada than at present, have been under greater pressure to move to Quebec, or let go of the language. C'est dommage.

Current Location: bed
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On

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From:mrissa
Date:April 21st, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
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Timprov and I will be going to a Neko Case concert on Sunday. Hoping it's as sword-worthy as the one you saw.
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From:seabream
Date:April 22nd, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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:) Admittedly the venue helped, but I think that yours is probably also a good one. By the way, if you can arrive early enough for the openers, I also liked Crooked Fingers. Oh, a heads up so that you don't have an unpleasant surprise if you weren't already aware, she may do a song about a tornado in love with accompanying video.
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From:mrissa
Date:April 23rd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the heads-up. I think we'll be fine, but it was nice of you to think of it.
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