Autumn versus Fall ~ Caterwauling on Canadian English

merrrrrrRRROWWW!!! It  seems my long lolligags in the the sun in lieu of my Wiley Weekly Words have been to the detriment of the English language, in Canada at least.  So I am once again stretching my claws, tapping away on this keyboard in an attempt to stretch the minds of the two-leggers that surround me!  We really can’t have them becoming too dull witted, after all, as heaven forbid (yes, I know I am already a deity, but I can’t control all at the lift of a paw) that that will end in them thinking it is okay to feed me anything less than the best feline culinary delights. So being a proudly Canadian cat, I feel it my duty to remind Canadian two-leggers of Canadian English (not that there is anything wrong with American English, but just as American cats should paw some sense into their two-leggers, if they begin speaking Canadian English, Canadian cats meow their indignation at Canadian two-leggers  if they start speaking American English).  We do love our -isms and differences between our two great nations after all. … So for the love of catnip, two-leggers … it is ‘Autumn’ in Canada, not ‘Fall’!!!  Just as for the American two-leggers, it is ‘Fall’, not ‘Autumn’!!!

An Autumn Cat, as photographed by Bryan Costin

It’s ‘Autumn’ Canada! You don’t want us unleashing the cattitude with the caterwauls! (Photographed by Bryan Costin)

Now, I know you all being two-leggers and a bit of a simpler witted species, you may need more of an explanation to remember this.  So … Why ‘Autumn’ in Canada?   Back in the 16th Century, in the Old World (Europe), the name for the Season between Summer and Winter was replaced from simply being called ‘Harvest’ to ‘Autumn’ by the British, derived from the French word l’Autumne, which of course was originally derived from the Latin word Autumnus, used by the Romans to describe this Season. At the same time, others in Europe began to use the Germanic word ‘Fall’ (from the German verb ‘fallen’ – to literally ‘fall’, as leaves do from trees in the Autumn).  Both of these words came across to the New World (North America) in the 17th Century, and as at that time the predominant Old World settlers in Canada were the French and British, and as the Americans wanted to distinguish themselves from the Old World, ‘Autumn’ became the more popular (or at least more formal term) in Canada and the Americans predominantly adopted the word ‘Fall’ for the Season. Well … I may have taken a few catastic liberties there, as ‘Fall’ is still accepted in Canada, as the less formal term, but as a Canadian cat, I am prepared to caterwaul after Canadian two-leggers to voice their Canadiana, and in this case, ‘Autumn’, as it rather purrs off the tongue! ~ FFR

Monday Moving & Grooving: The Man I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Well … I’ve never really wanted to be a man … at least not until I saw this guy …

And truth be told I still don’t want the male equipment, but after hobbling around like a crippled person for the past month, I want this guy’s moves!  Gives me hope that I too will be grooving like that again  (with some luck in time for the Burnaby Blues and Roots)!

Until then, this fellows definitely giving my cheek muscles a workout!


Emme   xoxo

My 2014 Canada Day Playlist

It’s our birthday Canada!

Which means it’s time for another Canada Day Playlist!

Why? Because Canadian Girls are as F*^%&! EH as our beavers …

… and our astronauts are this cool …

… we can sing in pirate …

… we know what it means to be Canadian …

… and we really do have some great tunes!

So celebrate Canada! This great country gives us reason to be happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Dancing in the Rain at the 2014 CBC Music Festival in this Edition of Monday Moving & Grooving

Well, seeing as I spent the better part of a week sharing festival teases from the CBC Music Festival at Burnaby‘s Deer Lake Park, I thought it would be a little remiss of me not to share an actual taunt from day (shot on an iPhone by a couple of the kids accompanying us) from Spoon and Tegan & Sara!

While it may have been a little damper of a day than we would have liked, raining out many of the earlier performances and  having to make many schedule their day to be able to hang in with the weather, it was an utter blast of a day, soaking in some great Canadian music!  I even managed to sneak backstage to shake hands with Jian Ghomeshi!  The man has lovely soft hands!

So for this Monday Moving and Grooving, I do hope you enjoy a bit of dancing in the rain!

Catch more from #CBCMusicFest here on the CBC Music Blog!


Emme   xoxo Festival Tease: The Belle Game, Dan Mangan, and Chad Van Gaalen

Enjoying spending a quiet morning in a mellow reflective mode with the west coast rain outside, fingers crossed that the weather will clear up for the second ever Festival today at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC.  While I ponder moving the heavens to create clear skies for this afternoon and this evening, I’ve been enjoying taking in the tunes of three of the more pondering philosophical artists of the festival.  Here is a little tease and a bit thought provoking music from each …

The Belle Game

Curious to know the stories of the members of The Belle Game that inspires storytelling such as that above.  A beautiful sound and such a bone chilling tale. As described on their website “sweetly haunting soundscape … full of melancholy and symphonic power” certainly rings true in what I have experienced of their music thus far.  So who are they? Andrea Lo, Adam Nanji, Katrina Jones, Alex Andrew and Rob Chursinoff.

To discover more, wander over to Deer Lake Park in Burnaby this afternoon.  They take to the Courtyard Stage at 5:15 pm.

Dan Mangan

Choosing a song of Dan’s was difficult for me, so I decided to pick two.  The first a song of Dan’s in his earlier days from when Bronwyn Malloy first introduced Dan’s music to me … a bit nostalgia.  You see like Hannah Georgas, Dan is also a friend of Bronwyn’s and similarly, although I have enjoyed his music for years, I have yet to see him live, so I’m quite excited!

And the second piece of Dan’s music that I am sharing, I think Felix would quite appreciate in it’s reflection on how war, fighting, and hate seep there way into psyches, yet change is possible.  Rather timely, I think.

Dan for those of you who are not aware is another success story from Vancouver’s music scene. A hometown boy done good! (Back off grammar police! That poorly articulated sentence, was purposefully written that way!)

Catch Dan on the Lake Stage at 5:50 pm!

Chad Van Gaalen

So admittedly I am not quite sure what to make of Chad yet. I quite like his sound, but as I listen to his lyrics they make me feel uncomfortably thoughtful, not to mention what watching some of his cartoon illustrated music videos do to me.  Just take a look here on youtube. My one warning though, you may not be able to look at toothbrush the same way, afterwards.

Uncomfortableness aside, I do very much think Chad has some powerful messages and soul searching to share, and I am quite curious to discover more of him, which I suppose I will doing as he hits the Courtyard Stage at 6:35 pm.

Hope to see you at Deer Lake later today!

Emme  xoxo

PS For past #CBCMusicFest teases click here and here, and for what to expect of the day before you go read on with: Festival Ignites this Summer at Deer Lake Park.  You can also follow along today and engage with #CBCMusicFest on social media.