July 01, 2009

Pt 1: The Average Canadian -The unmistakable Don Cherry ... fulminating against the flashy playing style of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. It's been nearly three weeks since Ovechkin's arch-rival, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins took home the Stanley Cup. And it is now unmistakably summer.

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Pt 2: K'Naan Documentary - Out of Context - K'Naan is a Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist. And as far as street cred goes ... Well, let's just say there aren't too many MCs who can say they spent their childhood dodging warlords in Mogadishu, one of the most dangerous places on earth. But K'Naan isn't just another guy rapping about war and violence. Much has been made about the part of his life he spent in Somalia.

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Today's summer guest host was Mellissa Fung.

It's Wednesday, July 1st.

Céline Dion ranks second on Forbes Magazine's list of the world's top money-making musicians this year.

Currently... well... at least it's not Nickelback.

This is The Current.

The Average Canadian

The unmistakable Don Cherry ... fulminating against the flashy playing style of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. It's been nearly three weeks since Ovechkin's arch-rival, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins took home the Stanley Cup. And it is now unmistakably summer.

But we are nonetheless opening this Canada Day edition of The Current by talking about hockey as well as a country that's hockey-mad and according to The Current's Chris Wodskou, a country that is mad about being ... well, kinda average. Chris joined Mellisa in studio Toronto to explain.

K'Naan Documentary - Out of Context

K'Naan is a Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist. And as far as street cred goes ... Well, let's just say there aren't too many MCs who can say they spent their childhood dodging warlords in Mogadishu, one of the most dangerous places on earth.
But K'Naan isn't just another guy rapping about war and violence. Much has been made about the part of his life he spent in Somalia.

But K'Naan's life in Canada is just as intriguing. K'Naan left Somalia with his family when he was just 13. After a brief stint in New York, they moved to Toronto and put down roots in the northwest end of the city.

Like many other new immigrants, K'Naan experienced a bit of an identity crisis when he first arrived in Canada. And as the CBC's Dara McLeod discovered, his longing for home and his initial discontentment reveals a lot about the immigrant experience in this country. We re-aired Dara's documentary, Out of Context, that first aired in March.

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