It is also a product of its time, much more sensitive to our French-English struggle (the Two Solitudes
of Hugh MacLennan's novel), reflected in Mavor Moore's collaboration on a bilingual libretto with the Quebec playwright Jacques Languirand, than to the aboriginal role in the opera's story (notwithstanding the incorporation of some Cree in the text).
And so, in a small way, I lived the pushing and shoving of the two solitudes
over the years as we found new boundaries, new compromises and a way forward with differing heritages and sentiments.
In the larger scheme of things, this is a poignant tale tracing the historical experience of Quebec's two solitudes
, revealing in the end much about their similarities, in spite of their differences.
Even before these two solitudes
were briefly united by the events of the Great War and its aftermath, in Canada eastern and western Ukrainian immigrants had come together to work in the mines of the Rockies and the industrial shops of Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
If read critically, even the most sincere, civil novel, such as Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes
, will reveal a Gothic tinge, as indeed it does.
The expression "deux solitudes" probably originates with Hugh MacLennan's novel, Two Solitudes
, published in 1945.
We're performing the album in order starting with Lessons In Love, and it also means that we'll be playing three songs we have never played live: Freedom Someday, Two Solitudes
and The Sleepwalkers," the 53-year-old explains.
Ironically, as Chantal Bilodeau discusses in "Bridging the Two Solitudes
," there are now no Canadian publications that provide such ongoing coverage of theatre and playwriting across Canada.
Like the two solitudes
of the Bahrain World Trade Centre, Bahrain is itself forever divided, two communities, two columns of beliefs barely bridged.
, or so it seemed, except for the half-dozen teens who attended church with their families.
Writing in the Time of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes
to Blue Metropolis
Solitary one, two solitudes
are interwoven in your life.