Intersections at Prairie Scene (CBC)
They're literally "Making A Prairie Scene" here in Ottawa. Like a Jets or Rough Riders jersey being worn to Parliament Hill, they've transplanted a bit of our (204) and (306) culture to the Nation's capital. And like a Selanne shirt rocked in the corridors of power, not everyone knows what to make of it.
The first event I checked out was a cooking demonstration at the National Arts Centre featuring Winnipeg chef Alex Svenne of Bistro 7 1/4. The event was a sell out with more than 80 people paying $75 to sample the chefs' offerings. Among the crowd were several food bloggers, which is apparently pretty popular hobby here in Ottawa, as well as John Buhler and family, donors to the festival.
Svenne prepared a few dishes involving Walleye. He did a pickerel ceviche and fried pickerel cheeks. One of the bloggers told me they were surprised that we ate fish in the prairies. LOL. Svenne, was a good sport about the comment and laughed as he pointed out what a popular past time fishing is in the prairies. He said his big goal here is to educate Ontarians about all the great culture and food we have out west.
The second event I checked out was a literary event called Intersections that featured authors like Margaret Sweatman and Warren Cariou reading from their works and then discussing what makes their prairie storytelling unique and what it reveals about them.
The biggest laughs I had were with Duncan Mercredi. He has brought some in the crowd to tears with his story, told completely extemporaneously, about how his grandmother breathed life into his little sister and sang her a song at her birth. And yes, Duncan sang that old song. Duncan proves regardless of the venue, a good story will connect with peoples hearts. When I had a chance to catch up with him though he had my camera man and I chuckling at his observations about just how many people there are wearing suits in Ottawa.
Maybe a little prairie will do them some good.
Wab Kinew, CBC News