It’s hard to believe this year is winding down and very soon we will be ringing in the new year! Before we do, I thought what better way to celebrate the festive season but to share with you my top five Canadians for 2014! I think it’s a good list! You may have picked others but for me these five people make a difference in popular consciousness!
Neil Percival Young, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966.
I am always inspired by artists who use their pop culture status to attempt to make a change. Of course many artists try to convince us they think of more than whether they are bootyliscious or not. Neil has spent a good many years singing and speaking about things that really get under his skin. In 2014 he spent a great part of the year telling the world that the last thing we want under our skin is oil! That’s a bitch to get out! Way to go Mr. Young! Keep doing what you do and hopefully one day our governments will put the well being of the land and it’s people before the mighty dollar!
Kim Victoria Cattrall is an English-Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO romantic comedy series Sex and the City, for which she won the 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She made being a sexually enlightened woman fashionable without compromising feminism with her memorable cult classic role as Samantha in Sex & the City. Her latest HBO series Sensitive Skin was smart, sexy and compelling. In her way she has reminded us that aging, especially for the woman kind, should not be treated as an illness. This may seem like a simple task to some but sometimes the man just needs a good smack in his proverbial face! Kim Cattrall is the “every woman” that seems to do it ever so provocatively. So to that, she is my number four Canadian of 2014. Look for season two of Sensitive Skin in 2015 on HBO.
Peter Mansbridge, is an English-Canadian broadcaster and news anchor. He is chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast.
Mr. Mansbridge gets my number 3 spot on my list for one simple reason “Dignity”. I’m not sure there is another news anchor that brings the news and the important interviews with such class, integrity and dignity. Since the age of 19 this focused young man studied and pursued the life that we have all come to know and respect. He inspires me to keep my eye on the prize. Life grinds on and is never an easy ride. In a world so void of my earlier noted qualities it’s comforting to be able to tune in to his news cast every evening. Even when the news is grim, he is like the sugar that helps the medicine go down!
Yannick Bisson is a Canadian film and television actor and director best known to international audiences as the star of Murdoch Mysteries.
Simply put, I’m a fan! The thing that really impresses me about Mr. Bisson is how long he has actually been in the acting world. Over the years since a young boy, Yannick had been adding credits to a very Canadian, very cool career. Of course Murdoch Mysteries has made him a Canadian household name but the future is very bright for this down to earth, easy going and sexy actor. Not that I want Murdoch to wrap but I do look forward to his body of work as he explores more and more fabulous roles!
Life is meant to be a celebration but sometimes that celebration is cut short by tragedy. However even in desperate times the simplest of action like a flower laid to rest or a person remembered for their contribution can remind us to always hope and to continue to dream. My number one spot belongs to Soldier Nathan Cirillo.
This little blog of mine is dedicated to all the Canadian Armed Forces. Their sacrifice is unprecedented. Thank you.
Merry Christmas to all my readers! I will be back in January for more tales from the city!
Have a safe and magical Holiday Season!
Edited by Mary Ellen Smith