Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tragically Hip Essay

Gord Downie Cemented His Legacy for Centuries?

Unforgotten legacies are made by people such Gord Downie who place an extensive mark on the world. Gord Downie will go down as the man that led The Tragically Hip, the man who inspired others, the man who was involved in environmental movements, and someone who impacted many lives. Downie’s legacy has gone from music, to inspiration, to even bringing awareness to this rare cancer of Glioblastoma Multiforme. Even in his difficult situation, he still managed to be brave and strong enough and to perform for his final tour with The Tragically Hip.

Gord Downie is a living inspiration to many. He’s able to inspire others through his performances, lyrics, and speeches. Future generations will view Gord Downie a kind hearted leader. When he isn’t writing songs or performing he would spend his time being involved with environmental movements, usually issues involving water rights. As a board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, he assisted a cause to prevent a cement company from igniting tires for fuel. Adding on to that, Gord has, throughout his life, been part of a music club called the Swim Drink Music Club, a club to bring artists and environmentalists together.

Gord Downie will leave us a legacy of strength, bravery, and kindness. Throughout his lifetime he has accomplished so much with The Tragically Hip and alone. Him and his “brothers” (The Tragically Hip) have won 14 juno awards and have been nominated many times as well. Even under his current circumstances, he’s still creating change through his movement to bring awareness to this rare cancer he’s battling, called Glioblastoma multiforme. Gord Downie has even started a fundraiser to help research for brain cancer and other disorders. Right up to the end he’s helping for the good of the world to hopefully find a game-changing breakthrough for treatments of neurological disorders, including cancer.

“I go for it; I sing, I dance, I listen to this great band, I do what music urges.” -Gord Downie. This quote is a representation of Gord Downie’s passion for singing, dancing and the general arts. He works hard with the band and does his best to positively impact the world of music. Downie’s persona while performing onstage often involves talking in tongues and blending in bits of poetry. Downie has said that he never holds back and always commits when it comes to music and performing. He has clearly demonstrated that he doesn’t hold back during his final concert in Kingston when he bursted in tears singing Grace, too.
Gord Downie will leave behind a vast legacy of assisting and inspiring others. He has even impacted our class where we are studying and researching his music. This proves that if you live a life of inspiring others and impacting others right up to the very end, you will be remembered for centuries and leave behind a legacy that will forever be remembered, not just by canadians, but by many others around the world.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

5 Reason Why I Love The Arts

The Arts

The arts are an outlet of expression for many, where they can perform, create, and display. There are many forms of art such as literary arts which include writing novels, short stories, poems etc. Another category would be performing arts which include music, dance, theatre etc. There are also visual arts which has a variety of drawing, painting, sculpting. Last but not least there are media marts which involve things like photography, filmmaking, graphic designing, video game designing etc.

1: Expressing Yourself
I love being able to express myself and for me, I do that through playing instruments such as the piano and drums. It’s quite obvious that you can express yourself through the arts much better than doing some math or science. A bonus to arts like acting and playing an instrument is that is when you’re angry, you can really, I mean really express it.

2: Creativity
The arts develops a willingness to explore and create things has haven’t existed before. I personally love taking pictures, videos, and graphic designing but all of this needs creativity. You won’t be able to create anything new if you can’t be creative and think outside the box. Coming up with a new idea every time you want to take a photo or every time you want to write a script is difficult, but if you use your creativity and be innovative, you will be able to find a new and improved ways of doing things.

3: Learning Benefits
Statistically, teens who study music and play instruments have a better development of speech and it trains them to focus their attention for sustained periods due to the fact of having to memorise and play lengthy pieces. When you struggle with a painting or singing or learning how to play a song, focus really kicks in and is vital in real life situations for studying and even doing a job well later in life. Throughout my time of doing arts like music and film, you really do fail a lot and at times you really get frustrated but that’s where you persevere. Filmmaking has taught me that if the shoot doesn’t go right, doesn't me you fail, it just means you learn from it and improve it the next time.

4: It’s Fun
When I make a video or a short film, it puts me in this world where nothing else matters, the story is going on, and I just create and have fun. Do you remember that feeling when you were little and spent all day daydreaming and imagining? For me that’s what filmmaking and the arts in general is. It takes you out of this world and anything can go your way. For example, the effects in Star Wars was really mind blowing when I was younger, but now as I’ve learnt how to do it, it really feels like an accomplishment and makes you want to make more films. This is a big reason why the arts also help you with motivation.

5: The Arts are Eternal
Creativity and self-expression have always been apart of humanity stemming from the earliest creative expressions of petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient sculptures. One of the first things kids do is draw, paint, and use their imaginations to play. The arts change and develop throughout the years but they will never stop being practiced or learnt.

This is why the arts are good for not just kids but for everyone to learn.

Photo: http://bergenschoolofthearts.com/after-school-fine-arts-club/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPk56BR1Cmk

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Hilary's Evaluation

To Hilary:
I felt that you were overall able to express your ideas while being able to respectfully debate against Donald. You were actively listening during the debate but also able to contradict what Donald was saying at the right times as well.
Next time, you should keep actively listening but instead of putting on a comical face, you should try and keep a more serious but attentive face on. I’m not sure what your little shoulder shrug was supposed to mean but next time try to keep your nonverbal cues more professional. You spoke somewhat well but at times you did stumble with your words. Donald did give you a hard time due to the fact that he interrupted you 28 times in total throughout the debate.You did a great job to show speaking strategies and you were able to exhibit sensitivity to cultural differences especially when the topic of Iraq rose.

I felt that Hilary’s debating strategies are quite similar to mine for example . I felt that if I were in her situation I would explode in anger because of all times Donald interrupted her. I learnt that you have to keep your cool even if someone is interrupting you.
Overall I think that Hilary was able to respond effectively to different topics that Donald brought up such as the private emails. She did a great job responding and conversing throughout the debate and with that she was able to stand up for her thoughts and debated quite well.