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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Canada Day Plus One

The long weekend is here at last. Spent the morning processing photos from the night before. Since it was Crafternoon with Lana and Robyn et als., Julie and I eventually headed for the Arts Court to take in some crafty works by some talented and creative individuals. Also took in some the art exhibits while there. Wondering if many people in Ottawa actually take the time to visit this place? It is truly a center of creativity in the heart of Ottawa and anther place to go when you've done the typical art galleries à la National Gallery of Canada or Museum of Civilation, etc.
After this pleasant visit we then headed into the busy Byward Market for a beer (hair o' the dog). Ran into Carmel and her chum, Bettina of Montreal via Saskatoon. Bettina was playing/busking violin for the passing crowds in the market. She loves playing especially for the children who look in awe during her performance. However, the most powerful moment was to come. While I was chatting with Carmel, a man came up to listen the the music. At first I thought the sun was affecting his eyes, but then I realized he was actually crying. He was so moved by Bettina's music, he began to weep. It was a beautiful moment. I whipped out my camera and snapped a few pics. Touching.



"Big Bite" Bettina: Violin, Voice, Composer

2 Comments:

Blogger Mishkin Berteig said...

Hi, I found your site after receiving a group email from Bettina. Very nice picture of her, and a very nice little story. I also know Carmel. Suffice it to say, I grew up in Saskatoon. If you see/chat with either of them, please give them my regards.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 2:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the photo of the man in tears is terrific; also Bettina so intently playing. Good stuff. I just visited her in Montreal - had a sweet time.
Valerie

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 4:27:00 PM  

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