April Show­ers, May Rocks?

More of Our Canada - - In Your Words - Gary Ge­orge, gary_­ge­orge@rd.com

I’m afraid the trusty old adage about April show­ers and May flow­ers doesn’t quite cover what this is­sue is all about. Be­cause, in this in­stance, May rocks—lit­er­ally. For ex­am­ple, take a gan­der at Tyler Dixon’s Our Trav­els story on page 18, where he re­counts the amaz­ing guided ex­cur­sion he took to the Burgess Shale fos­sils site in Yoho Na­tional Park. Thanks to Tyler’s light touch with words and keen eye for photography, it’s easy to see why Burgess Shale is viewed as one of the world’s most im­por­tant fos­sil dis­cov­er­ies of all time.

Next, in Show­case on page 28, Vic­to­ria Slager of Oakville, Ont., in­tro­duces us to Eu­gene Smith, who shared many a stage with some big names in blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll back in the 1960s and 1970s. Five decades later and count­ing, Eu­gene is still rockin’ to ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ences on Vancouver Is­land and else­where, and is a val­ued mem­ber of the arts com­mu­nity.

And our art team has left no stone un­turned to come up with an amaz­ing photo fea­ture ded­i­cated to moms from the an­i­mal king­dom and their off­spring (page 44).

Fi­nally, as you may have heard, the up­com­ing June-july is­sue of Our Canada will re­ally rock as well, thanks to a wide range of spe­cially themed con­tent to mark Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary. You can en­joy a taste of what’s to come right now, via a long-form Com­ing to Canada sub­mis­sion writ­ten by Pa­tri­cia Har­ring­ton Kelso of Ottawa, who came to Canada from Eng­land in 1938 at age ten, with her older brother and wid­owed mom.

All that and, on page 53, May flow­ers, too!

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