Northern Cree prepare for their return to the Grammy Awards – Home | q | CBC Radio

Many Canadians are really not familiar with the traditional music of this nation but the members of Northern Cree have been drumming for round dances and pow wows since 1982!  According to their webpage, “the group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area, most notably the Frog Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Cree Nation, and the Poundmaker Cree Nation.”  All of the members have full-time jobs and other activities that keep them busy, like raising their families but the group is frequently present at round dances in the winter, pow wows in the summer, and award shows when they are nominated.  Tonight, they will be opening for the Grammy Awards, after being nominated for an award for the 7th time!  Take some time to listen to some of their contemporary and traditional music, as well as the CBC interview with Steve Wood (very slow and clear English).

Northern Cree’s Steve Wood discusses his group’s Grammy nomination and their upcoming performance at the ceremony’s pre-show.

Source: Northern Cree prepare for their return to the Grammy Awards – Home | q | CBC Radio


One of the things that can be complicated in English is using “any/some/no and every”, both as part of compound words like everywhere or nobody, as well as on their own.  Take some time to watch a couple music videos to listen for the words, and take a good look at the grammar that is used.  Unfortunately, the video for “Everybody” that shows the band singing is very poor quality, so it’s easier to just listen to the song and pay attention to the words.  “Somebody to Love” was a hit by the super-group “Queen”.  Their songs were written by the lead singer, Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May.  Freddie Mercury died in 1991, so their songs are not new, but they’re still very popular.



Doesn’t _______________ know how to walk ____________?
Doesn’t _______________  know what a radio is for?
Doesn’t _______________  wear their hair down low?
Doesn’t _______________  know? Doesn’t _______________  know?

Doesn’t _______________  hate it when the streetlight turns red?
Doesn’t _______________  want five more minutes in bed?
Doesn’t _______________, doesn’t _______________  have a letter to send?
Doesn’t _______________  wish they had just one more friend?

‘Cause _______________  wants, and _______________  needs
_______________  asks for one more piece
_______________  wants to hear someone say please
‘Cause _______________  takes, and everybody steals
_______________ cries when _______________  feels
_______________  is looking for the drug that heals

Doesn’t _______________  wanna take another shot at me?
Go ahead the gun is loaded and the bullets are for free
Doesn’t _______________  spray perfume to cover up a smell?
Doesn’t _______________  know where to go to get some help?

‘Cause _______________  wants, and _______________  needs
_______________  begs for self esteem
Why don’t you get your mind out of the past?
And _______________  takes and everybody steals
_______________ ‘s been kicked by other heels

Please raise your hands up in the air

Oh in the air yeah
Why don’t you raise your, raise your, raise your hands in the air?
Why don’t you raise your hands up in the air?

‘Cause _______________  wants

Doesn’t _______________  know how to walk _______________?
Doesn’t _______________  know what a radio is for?
Doesn’t _______________  wear their hair down low?
Doesn’t _______________  know? Doesn’t anybody know?

‘Cause _______________  wants


Somebody to Love



Can _______________  find me _______________  to love?

Ooh, each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
(Take a look at yourself) Take a look in the mirror and cry (and cry)
Lord what you’re doing to me (yeah yeah)
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can’t get no relief, Lord!
_______________  (_______________) ooh _______________  (_______________)
Can _______________  find me _______________  to love?

I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life
I work till I ache in my bones
At the end (at the end of the day)
I take home my hard earned pay all on my own
I get down (down) on my knees (knees)
And I start to pray
Till the tears run down from my eyes
Lord somebody (_______________), ooh _______________
(Please) can _______________  find me somebody to love?

_______________  (_______________)…

Thursday night in the big city (Edmonton)

Early in September, I started teaching an evening LINC class, 3 nights/week.  LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada.  The students in this program are immigrants to Canada. The classes are quite interesting because they students choose the topics that they really want and need to study, and the teacher chooses material that will help them understand that subject better.  Students taking LINC4 often have a goal of becoming a Canadian citizen, since that’s the required proficiency level.  So, we’re working on a lot of information about Canada and the government (3 levels).  I’m really fond of taking field trips since they offer so many chances to practice vocabulary, grammar, and phrases that students have learned in class.  I’m also really fond of the Alberta Gallery of Art (AGA) as a beautiful and interesting place to visit.  On the last Thursday evening of every month, admission to the art gallery is free.  So, we started to plan a trip to the art gallery.

The art gallery is located downtown and our class is located in Northeast Edmonton, so we planned to meet at the Art Gallery, instead of the school.  We spent time looking at information and watching videos about how to take the LRT (train) to Churchill Square, as well as how to park using the EPark machines downtown.  It’s not that easy to figure out, so we spent a couple of classes making instructions for meeting at Churchill Square.  Luckily, it worked and almost everyone from the class joined us in the lobby of the art gallery.  We found out that night that “event parking” prices were in effect, as they will be every time there’s an event at Edmonton’s new downtown arena.  Unfortunately, that information wasn’t available on the City of Edmonton website.  My parking at City Hall cost $14!!  That’s a bad surprise.

However, everyone made it, and nobody got a parking ticket or a $250 ticket for taking the LRT without a validated ticket!  We explored the art gallery for over an hour, and there were many interesting things to see there.  On the main floor, the touch gallery was a really interesting image of life under the sea.  Everything was made with ordinary household objects and it was okay to touch everything (gently)!  On the top floor, there is always an exhibit of modern art, and this father and son exhibit was extremely colourful and interesting.  We had fun looking for gnomes, which were included in many of the paintings and sculptures.

On the second level, there was a small, modern exhibit which was just really “interesting”!  There’s not really any other way to explain it.  Next door, the large gallery was really amazing!  the walls were painted with deep, jewel colours.  The paintings were all from the Victorian era: later 1800s and early 1900s.  There were many gorgeous pictures to see in this area.

After the art gallery, it was time for a break, and some students picked up food at one of the food trucks.  We met again in the Stanley Milner Library, on the other side of Churchill Square.  There is a lot to see in the library, but many of the books are beginning to be moved to a temporary location at Enterprise Square (above Bay Station on the LRT).  We spent time exploring the children’s library, where the librarian was SO friendly and helpful!  She shared a checkers set and students took turns challenging each other.  She helped another student learn how to borrow and return a book.

After the library, we went back across Churchill Square, where there was a rap and hiphop concert taking place.  We enjoyed practicing our dance moves, while the DJ spun a few records.  The square also has a ping pong (table tennis) table, a giant chess set, and a basketball hoop that visitors can use.  The pools at City Hall are closed for swimming and wading now, but soon, they’ll be used for outdoor skating.

Finally, we took a quick look around City Hall, which is still open to the public in the evenings.  It’s a beautiful building, with lots of public art.  We stopped by to say “Hi!” to Mayor Don Iveson, but his office was locked for the day.  Time for a few photos and then it was time to return to our homes, by train or by car.  It was a fun adventure!


WOW!!!!! Most amazing video yet, by OK Go, filmed by drone

I’ve been really impressed with the music videos that OK Go makes, since their early video on the treadmills.  They have an amazing sense of timing and visual imagery.  This video is like nothing that you’ve ever seen.  It appears to have been filmed in Japan, but I’m not too sure.  Probably somebody who watches will recognize the environment a bit better than me.  Please leave a comment, with your reaction to the video!

Enjoy The Works Festival 2014


The Works.

If you look at my blog posts from June, 2013, you can see that I visited The Works Festival many times with students, because it’s a really interesting festival.  Artworks are displayed in many locations around downtown Edmonton, and there are musical performances, art vendors, and food trucks around Churchill Square for a week and a half.  There is no cost to visit most of the displays and activities.  On Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, there will also be many activities and celebrations for National Aboriginal Day, always celebrated on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, June 21.


Learn about the ISS International Space Station

When we study technology, I like to look at the International Space Station (ISS), and all of the international cooperation that has gone into making this possible.  It’s amazing to me, when I remember the Cold War “Space Race” from my younger years.  The US and USSR fought hard to keep their secrets, and to be the first to cross each new barrier in space.  Now, businesses from around the world are trying to send their goods into space, and people have been living in space throughout this millennium.

This music video by Five For Fighting, and NASA shows the crew living on the space station:

Tonight, I received an email from:

They said that the space station would be visible for 3 minutes tonight at 7:18 pm, so we went out to try to get a look.  In fact, it wasn’t that hard to see the station, even in the city lights, once our “Skyview” smartphone applications told us where to look.  It was just as bright as Jupiter, and it was too high in the sky to be an airplane.

You can learn more about the space station on the simple, or the regular Wikipedia page.


All is Bright Winter Festival, 124 Street, Edmonton

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Edmonton is trying to become a more interesting place to spend the winter, since winter is half the year here.  This neighbourhood festival was an excellent chance to enjoy a fairly warm winter day.  There was free lunch (pulled pork … Continue reading

Edmonton  Latin  Festival – Home

Edmonton Latin Festival 2013

Many of the English students in Edmonton are here from Latin American countries, where Spanish or Portuguese is the first language.  It’s common to miss the music, the food, and the passion that are common in countries that are warmer.  For the full day on Saturday and Sunday (noon to 11 pm), you can enjoy the festivities in Churchill Square.

August 17 & 18, 2013
The Edmonton Hispanic Cultural Society is proud to announce The 4th Annual Edmonton Latin Festival in Churchill Square!
Live Latin Orchestras, International singers and Dancers.

Champion Salsa and Ballroom performers.
NEW this year:  an international band all the way from Cuba
Beer Gardens, Food Pavilions, Arts and Crafts and kids corner.

Edmonton  Latin  Festival – Home.

Tip for Subscribers: Learn English Song Lyrics! | English Harmony

Tip for Subscribers: Learn English Song Lyrics! | English Harmony.

Robby, from English Harmony or says the following:

If you’re anything like the average foreigner out there, I guess I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that you normally don’t pay attention to English song lyrics; you just allow the music wash over your ears and touch you emotionally rather than with the actual meaning of words.

To tell you the truth, my friends, I don’t even pay conscious attention to words when I listen to songs performed by my fellow country-men (or women for that matter!), and sometimes it’s next to impossible to decipher those lyrics regardless of the language! :grin:

My new blogging friend, ElleninTokyo, also an ESL teacher recommended some other videos by Robby, because he’s a non-native English speaker (Latvian, living in Ireland).  He’s posting new videos every day with recommendations for improving your English fluency.  It’s great that he uses idiomatic English, including many common expressions in his videos.  He strongly recommends that you learn all new vocabulary in context, and I’m seeing more and more information about how valuable this is, as well as how helpful it is to sing new words in English.  Therefore, learning lyrics to English songs, finding out more about some of the words and phrases in these songs, and then singing the songs will be very helpful, in many different ways.  I suggest that you watch the video and look for more of Robby’s ideas on his blog and YouTube channel.  And while you’re at it, find a good song to learn and sing!

32nd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival | Aug 15 – 25, 2013


2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival

32nd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival | Aug 15 – 25, 2013.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is back in action, celebrating Bond’s 50 years on screen. Join us for danger, excitement, adventure and theatre cutting across churches, bars and boudoirs in Old Strathcona and beyond at From Fringe with Love, August 15 – 25, 2013

The Fringe is one of the oldest and largest theatre festivals in North America (maybe both!).  All over Old Strathcona, and in other parts of the city, there will be theatre productions running continuously for 11 days.  There are many free events, as well as food vendors and beer gardens in the area near the Strathcona Arts Barns (Gateway Boulevard and 83 Avenue).  If you want to attend many kinds of productions, there is a giant program for the event that you can purchase for $7 (with bus vouchers for the whole event included).

If you’re new to Edmonton and want to meet people and learn new skills, you should VOLUNTEER for the event! Applications are only accepted until Friday, August 9, but there are many possible positions that may suit you.


Why volunteer?

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival relies on the skills and expertise of over 1,200 committed and energetic volunteers* to fulfill the expectations of the estimated 450,000 visitors to the annual Edmonton Fringe.

Cariwest 2013 – Edmonton’s most colorful summer Festival & Parade » Saturday’s Grand Costume Parade, Starts at Noon

Cariwest Caribbean parade, August 10/2013

The streets of downtown will be bumpin’ because the beat will be pumpin’ as masquerade bands present the most spectacular costumes in Downtown Edmonton’s biggest street party.

Enjoy the parade, the music, the costumes, and the dancing between noon and 2:30 pm on Saturday, August 10.

Parade map

Cariwest 2013 – Edmonton’s most colorful summer Festival & Parade » Saturday’s Grand Costume Parade, Starts at Noon.