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Arts Feature

June 2009

The Way We Get By

By Jocelyn Bell

A trio of troop greeters find joy and meaning in this documentary

Arts Feature

June 2009

Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New documentary evocatively explores the upside of boredom

Arts Feature

May 2009

Adoration

By Drew Halfnight

A new film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan reveals the fault lines of fear in our post-9/11 consciousness

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Soloist

By Drew Halfnight

New film exposes the underbelly of Los Angeles homeless life but gets carried away with its sentimental message

Arts Feature

May 2009

Water

By David Wilson

Canadian director reveals the exquisite beauty of India amidst Hindu fundamentalism

Arts Feature

May 2009

Born into Brothels

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Award-winning documentary exposes the tribulations of childhood in Calcutta

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Namesake

By Kylie Taggart

Indian film offers a study of immigrant family life and invites audiences to embrace Bengali culture

Arts Feature

May 2009

A Peck on the Cheek

By Jocelyn Bell

Marriage, identity and escape are at the heart of this classic Bollywood melodrama

Arts Feature

May 2009

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

By Drew Halfnight

Acclaimed film shows the power of faith and the pursuit of dreams against all odds

Arts Feature

April 2009

Doubt

By Drew Halfnight

Adaption of prize-winning play underscores the consequences of judging others and being wrong

Arts Feature

April 2009

The Uncertain Business of Doing Good

By Gary Kenny

New narrative explores what happens to well-intentioned interlopers in Africa

Arts Feature

April 2009

Overturning the Tables

By Kylie Taggart

How congregations can protect children from consumerism

Arts Feature

April 2009

Grown-up Sex

By Carolyn Pogue

New book stresses the importance of communication, respect and acceptance of ourselves

Arts Feature

April 2009

Postcards from the Valley

By Donna Sinclair

The United Church moderator offers his own stumbles with humility and tenderness

Arts Feature

March 2009

Milk

By Lee Simpson

New DVD offers a fascinating study of an activist-icon and the early struggle for gay rights

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part Two

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic offers many rewards but leaves out several fascinating chapters of revolutionary's life

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part One

By Drew Halfnight

Film portrays freedom fighter's life with dramatic allure but falls short of greatness

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Canada Live

By Steven Peacock

Live-on-stage works are riches to encounter and explore

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tonic

By Peter Woods

New jazz offering creates a graceful ambience that is inviting

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Drive

By Wanda Stride

Juno-winning artist peppers his program with new and exciting Canadian music

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tempo

By Malcolm Macpherson

Renowned opera singer showcases a wide array of composers from all eras

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Morning

By Kylie Taggart

Revamped show expands listeners' musical knowledge while exposing Canadian talent

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: The Signal

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Program delights in treating listeners to an eclectic mix of music

Arts Feature

March 2009

Having fun with dysfunction

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Filmmakers and their audiences are ready to look at themselves and their families more sincerely

Arts Feature

February 2009

Good to a Fault

By Sheryl Spencer

Acclaimed author shows that Christianity’s age-old issues are decidedly relevant

Arts Feature

February 2009

The Origin of Species

By Noelle Boughton

Governor General’s Award-winner explores the evolutionary view of the world

Arts Feature

February 2009

The sky is falling

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Films about the end of days raise important questions about the fine line between humanity and inhumanity

Arts Feature

February 2009

Cockroach

By David Wilson

Introspective novel leads readers down the dark alleyways of alienation

Arts Feature

February 2009

Through Black Spruce

By Kylie Taggart

Giller Prize-winner uses humour to examine how we become who we are

Arts Feature

February 2009

The Shack

By Drew Halfnight

Best-selling book feels like fiction but resembles an unconventional Sunday school lesson

Announcement

New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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