Saturday April 18, 2015

DNTO rethinks what it means to be at 'home'

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They say home is where the heart is - but is that really true? And what about the old saying 'you can never go home again'? This week, DNTO shares the incredible stories of people rethinking what home really means. 

On this week's show: 

Sook-Yin hits the streets to find out when listeners didn't feel at home in the least... and what they did to feel a bit more comfy.

Not long ago, the Manitoba government said it would end its controversial practice of putting foster kids in hotel rooms. But just how challenging is the hotel experience for kids in care? We met one and asked her to tell her story.

Sook-Yin and Jane Goodall

Dr. Goodall and Sook-Yin share a laugh in Jane's home-away-from-home hotel room. (Adam Litovitz)

It was nearly 55 years ago that a young Jane Goodall bravely left home to study chimpanzees in Gombe National Park. But today, she spends over 300 days a year on the road. So how has her view of 'home' changed over the decades?

Ken Tizzard has been making music for over 20 years, but being a musician can mean that your home is often far away. Born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland, Ken is now living in Campbellford, Ontario, but it hasn't been the smoothest transition. Ken will play music from his newest album No Dark, No Light, which explores his complex relationship with his childhood home and how he learned to accept where he is now.

Writer and broadcaster Christopher Heard has long standing roots with Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel. His grandparents both worked there, his parents honeymooned there and Christopher was conceived there. When he was 13 he knew he wanted to live in the hotel. Fast forward a few decades and Christopher was able to make his lifelong dream of living at the Royal York Hotel a reality for two years while he worked on his writing, including the book he was born to write: The Suite Life: The Magic and Mystery of Hotel Living

Barry Kennedy and Gordon Pinsent

See the resemblance? Barry Kennedy shares the story of going home to be with his dad, Canadian acting legend Gordon Pinsent.

Barry Kennedy's mother and father divorced when he was five years old. While Barry went on to become a fighter pilot, his father, Gordon Pinsent, became a well known actor and writer. They reunited in 1982 when Barry was 28 and last year, Barry came home to spend time with his father while he convalesced.  

Cecilia Latorre grew up in Edmonton but when she was 18, she and her family moved to Chile for what was supposed to be a one year sabbatical. 17 years later Cecila was married, with two Chilean-born kids, and an entirely different life. Still, when her family decided to move back to Edmonton, Cecilia thought it would be a smooth transition. But when she got back, she found herself a foreigner in her own country. 

Alo White

Alo White, looking at his home on the Lake of the Woods.

Alo White lives in beautiful Northwestern Ontario, near the Naotkamegwanning First Nation. He and his son Nathan built his home, board by board, on traditional ceremonial land. But after Nathan took his own life, the house became a reminder of everything he had lost. Alo shares how he was finally able to go home again. 

Last week singer Jann Arden got a call from her aging father's care facility. They told her that her dad had tried to break out and make his way home. Jann posted about her experience on her Facebook page, a post which has since been shared over 20,000 times. 

Lorraine Segato was the voice behind one of Canada's defining bands of the '80s, Parachute Club. Now, she's the voice for an entirely different group of people: the homeless. She is one of the creators of Lowdown Tracks, a documentary following five homeless Toronto musicians that will premiere at Hot Docs. She shares her her own lifelong fear of being on the street, and one way she copes: her household altar that makes anywhere she goes, feel like home.

Gibril Bangura

For Gibril Bangura, home has never come easy. (Gibril Bangura)

Can you ever go home again? Not if your bedroom is full of giant lizards. Sarah Hyde has that epic tale.

Gibril Bangura moved to Canada in February 2014 with his family as political refugees. They left Sierra Leone in hopes of a better life in Canada. Gibril tells stories about life and struggles in his home country through his colourful paintings. He credits his early experiences as an orphan living on the streets with bringing art into his life and making him a better person today.  

This week's Playlist
Jann Arden and her dad

Jann Arden and her dad in a recent photo. (Jann Arden/Facebook)

Laura Mvula - "Green Garden"
Heartbeat City - "Walker"
Ken Tizzard - "Home"
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - "Home"
Rufus Wainwright - "Me And Liza"
Gipsy Kings - "Bem Bem Maria"
Dom Amero - "Home is Where My Heart Is" 
Jann Arden - "The Right Road Home"
Lorraine Segato - "Hole in the Wall"
Kyra and Tully - "Journey Home"


 

 

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