The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, the decisively Canadian show now at the National Arts Centre, is risky business.
Co-creators Emil Sher and Jonathan Munro have taken Roch Carrier’s simple, beloved story about a hockey-mad ten-year-old boy in a post-Second World War Quebec village and morphed it into a bright, often clamorous show with a 17-member cast and seven-piece band, a coed kids’ hockey team, characters who burst into song at the slightest provocation, swirling choreographed numbers on skates and a village priest with a... Read more
The first thing that struck me about The Hockey Sweater: A Musical is how well Canada’s national winter game lends itself to song-and-dance treatment.
For starters, skating has a natural flow that suits the art of choreography, even when practised by inline skaters on a hard-surface stage, as is the case here, instead of ice. Breakaways, crossovers, stops and starts are worked into imaginative routines, while the hockey stick is used for both dramatic punctuation and to emphasize the beat.
What’s more, the character-building... Read more
He was told to pack light – though weight would be irrelevant for the 187 days Robert Thirsk would be spending aboard the International Space Station.
The issue, rather, was space – so little individual space in limitless outer space – and the Canadian astronaut would have to choose carefully when it came to personal items he would take along on his record-setting 2009 journey.
He took some photographs and various mementos of family and friends, some departed, and then he added two books: the French and English versions of... Read more