We made out on a wooden chair in the small room until we were interrupted by another couple wanting to view the film.
—JD Edwards, musician
SCENE wants to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day. If you haven't gotten anything for your sweetheart yet, maybe you'll find inspiration in these stories. Don Amero
We asked some of our favourite artists to tell us about the most romantic thing they've ever done for someone, in case you...you know...want to steal one of their ideas.
Andrina Turenne is a member of the Juno Award winning group Chic Gamine.
"Nothing is more romantic and pure than being in the woods with the one you love. Sunrises, sunset picnics, curling up by a fire or midnight swims under the stars. Those are very special moments to be savoured. Manitoba is the best place to fall in love."
won the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards for
ale entertainer of the year and he writes a lot of love songs.
"May long weekend is when my in-laws open the cabin and have a fun filled, barbecuing weekend. My wife Pam has always been disappointed that I miss almost every long weekend at the cabin because of touring and this particular time I was touring through Alberta. After the Thursday night gig in Edmonton I decided to drive all the way back to Winnipeg without
16 hours later I remember calling Pam as I walked up the drive. They were all sitting around the campfire and as I walked closer she said 'I wish you could be here,' and I came around the corner and said 'OK, here I am'. I still remember her surprise, her tears of joy and that sweet embrace!" JD Edwards
is the namesake of the JD Edwards Band - a six-p
ctric folk-rock act based in Winnipeg.
"I met my wife online one afternoon while I was on tour in Eastern
Canada. She messaged me, telling me I was cute and stuff and gave me her phone number. One day she
told me she had to go to Toronto for a work related training session and wanted to meet up for a date. I had some time in Toronto around the time she was going to be there and I said I could [meet].
I picked her up a pillar number eight at the Toronto airport with a daisy in my hand. I saw her waiting there and snuck up and kissed her on the cheek. We hugged and walked to the car to begin our date. We headed downtown to Queen's Quay and the harbourfront. We walked and had lunch on the boardwalk.
We found ourselves in the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in an upstairs room watching a silent film about blind people touching an elephant for the first time. She loved elephants! We made out on a wooden chair in the small room until we were interrupted by another couple wanting to view the film.
The next day she was off to her training session and I was back on the road. I finished my tour in New Brunswick in a small town called St. Andrews-By-the-Sea. The following morning I was so stoked about getting home to see her, I drove three provinces in one go.
I remember running out of gas late in the evening just as I hit Prawda, MB. Everything was closed, but as luck would have it the gas station could except debit at the pump! I threw $20 in the tank and made it to the city on fumes. I drove to her house, she answered the door in her gown. She asked if I was hungry and offered me some stew, and I said I didn't drive three provinces to eat stew with you! I kissed her and slammed the door behind me. In the morning we stayed in bed for hours.
I didn't go home for weeks. We fell in love. Moved in together, got a dog and eventually got married."Desiree Dorion
is a country artist by night and a lawyer by day. Sh
will be releasing her third album Small Town Stories
on Feb. 25.
"My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We have been married for almost six years now and together for almost 15.
He has always been a huge hockey fan and the Vancouver Canucks have been his favourite team since he was a kid. When they made the playoffs in 2011, it was killing him that he wasn't able to watch a game in person.
I was pregnant at the time, so I didn't want to fly with him to a game. So, I secretly purchased tickets and used all our air miles to get him a plane ticket and a hotel room to send him to Vancouver for game two of the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston. I also arranged for his dad and his best friend to join him.
I cooked a nice dinner and left the tickets underneath his fork and knife. When he picked up his cutlery to eat, he was so surprised! It was so much fun to pull that one on him."David Robertson
is a graphic novelist. His graphic novel The Life of B
etty Helen Osborne
was short-listed for SCENE
's Manitoba Reads contest.
"I don't know how romantic I am, in a traditional sense anyway. What I would say is that I try to do the little things that make my wife's life easier. And I think there is some romanticism in that.
For every time I forget to do something I'm supposed to do (which I do more often than I'd like, however unintentional it might be), I make a concerted effort to do things for her. Acts of service, I guess (which is maybe a bad way to say it, because they are things all husbands should do because our wives do lots for us). I'll organize and tidy the attic, try to pull my weight around the house, watch the kids while she goes to the gym or goes skiing, pick up our kindergarten kid from school at lunch so she doesn't have to.
Just the little things that, I hope, show her that I love her and want to make her life easier."
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