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No Canadian best-of list is complete without Margaret Atwood. She holds her new novel The Testaments during a book launch at a book store in London, Britain in September 2019. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

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Hi, art lovers!

Maybe it's normal to see life through the rearview every December — to consider all the things you've seen and done and accomplished in a calendar year.

Working in media, I'm usually doing a little Google-assisted reflection around now. It's "best of" season: a month where writers and producers process 365 days' worth of content — squeezing it into lists and rankings etc.

Right now, in fact, the team is developing a huge editorial project about Canadian art and pop culture through the 2010s. Expect original videos, essays, lists and more, compiled in an interactive timeline.

It's all coming soon — but until it arrives, I thought I'd ask you a question. It's the same thing the team's been pondering:

Who are the Canadian artists and musicians and filmmakers and writers and performers you've followed this decade? Who grabbed the world's attention — and never said sorry for it? ;)

Have a think, and send me a note. I'm curious to see your picks.

And because we promised you eye candy

( Instagram/@amandamccavour)

I wish I'd known about this before putting together the gift guide! Do you remember this video about Amanda McCavour's (completely enchanting) textile installations? Well, I only just saw that she makes patches and jewelry, too. (She was one of the vendors at City of Craft, which happened this weekend in Toronto.)


More craft fair goodies! In Montreal? This image is by Francorama (a.k.a. Franco E), who tabled at the winter edition of Puces Pop.

( Nicholas Metivier Gallery)

A midnight burger run has never looked this gorgeous. The painting is Night Gazers by Keita Morimoto. He just announced an upcoming solo exhibition at Toronto's Nicholas Metivier Gallery. It opens Feb. 6.

( Instagram/@leandroerlichofficial)

It's a commentary on the global environmental crisis...but can you blame me for wanting to be stuck in traffic? (The installation's by Leandro Erlich. Every one of those sandy vehicles is life-sized. It'll be in Miami Beach to Dec. 15.)

You've got to see this's art! - You're about to see a lot of sensitive and emotional portraits...of butts. The photographers are Émilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille, friends and artists who've travelled the world for 1001 Fesses — which is the name of the project, and also, quite literally translates to "1,001 buttocks." As for the story behind each behind, the duo tells us that they're developing a book. It'll feature interviews with their many collaborators.

Time to get out the Christmas tree - It's a CBC logo! It's a tree ornament! It's a tree ornament of the CBC logo! And Margie Lucier's the painter who made it just for us. Learn a bit about her at the link, and if you — or the person you're forwarding this email to — want to contribute a design in 2020, we're always accepting pitches. Here's what to do.

One for the books - How is an art exhibition like a book? That'd be a good question for Derek Sullivan, who's had a lifelong fascination with publishing. The subject's informed a lot of his work, including the project you'll see in this video. Watch the latest episode in Print Not's Dead, our web series about the NSCAD Lithography Workshop.

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Larry Weyand (@larrycweyand) - Huggable cheese? Uh...yes, please! I chatted with Larry a few weeks ago while working on this story, and since then, she's taken up residence at The Rooms in St. John's. Some of her work will be on display there, too. Loops to Live By opens Dec. 17.

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Leah Collins

Senior Writer

Since 2015, Leah Collins has been senior writer at CBC Arts, covering Canadian visual art and digital culture in addition to producing CBC Arts’ weekly newsletter (Hi, Art!), which was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award in 2021. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism school (formerly Ryerson), Leah covered music and celebrity for Postmedia before arriving at CBC.