When Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip was a little boy, his older brother, Mike told him a story that haunted him forever. In the Feb 1, 1967 issue of Maclean's, the cover story described the harrowing tale of a 12-year-old Indigenous boy, who in late October 1966, died trying to run away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Chanie was trying to make his way home, which was 400 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario on a reservation. Instead, his lifeless body was found by the railroad tracks not far from the school.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Chanie Wenjack's passing, Downie created Secret Path, a multi-media project that includes an illustrated book, album and television program documenting this tragedy. The Secret Path acknowledges a dark time in Canada's history, but Gord hopes that awareness through this project and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund, that the path to reconciliation will move the country forward. "Chanie is my brother now. His story is Canada's story. We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written. We are all accountable," says Downie.
The hour-long, commercial-free animated film Sunday, October 23, 9:00 pm (9:30 NT), CBC.
Gord turned the poems he wrote about this tragedy into a ten-song album.
The 88-page graphic novel is illustrated by award-winning author Jeff Lemire, and visually tells the story of 12-year-old Ojibway Chanie Wenjack. Secret Path, $26.99
*Proceeds from Secret Path will be donated to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.
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As we usher in the fall season we also welcome changing foliage, pumpkin spice lattes and the coveted transitional coat—which depending on where you live in Canada can mean different degrees of warmth and protection. Here are 13 transitional toppers that will have you looking stylish and protected this fall, we picked one to go with every major city in Canada, related to their average fall forecast.
Rainfall isn't an issue in Calgary come fall, but temperature's sit right around 5c so keep cozy.
Oversized Suede-Like Jacket, $179.
Montreal get's a solid dose of precipitation (sometimes rain, sometimes snow) come the fall with averages hitting 4c.
TNA league jacket, $85.
Yellowknife's fall average sit at a brisk -10c with roughly 30 cm of snow projected, so it's time to break out the puffer—and snowboots!
The North Face Thermoball PrimaLoft Hooded Parka, $230, shop.nordstrom.com.
Halifax gets a hefty rain fall come the autumn, with its rainiest month being November. The average temp is 6c. Look for thin jacket or puffer with a water-resistant outer shell.
Alderwood shell, $425.
Whitehorse sits at a respectable -4 degrees come fall. Look for jackets made from natural materials such as cashmere, wool and alpaca to keep you cozy. It's a wee bit of a splurge, but if you buy a classic shape it will be a wear forever piece.
Charlotte Coat in Melton Wool, $528.
Saskatoon sits at 0 or below for 185 days a year, but come fall temps range from 18c to -7, so versatility is key—layering is also a smart idea. Try wearing a cape over a wool sweater to keep you toasty warm.
Twik Three-button cape, $70.
Iqaluit is in the Arctic, so it's average fall temperature is a chilly one: -15. A jean jacket won't cut it in these parts, look for a short parka or heavy duty puffer with a hood to protect you from the wind.
Anouk Paraka, $729.
Out east they get warmer fall's and St. Johns, Newfoundland is no exceptions, with temperatures sitting around 4c. Try layering a utility jacket over a hoodie.
Sherpa-lined utility jacket, $118.
Winnipeg has its nickname "Winterpeg" for a reason, the city's temperature fluctuates but the fall average sits at -1c. Look for an oversized stylish coat, perfect to layer over a puffer vest on cooler days or keep it open with a scarf draped around your neck for warmer days.
Cashmere-like open collar coat, $100.
Vancouver's wettest season is autumn, with an average of 450mm of rainfall and a temperature that hovers around 10c. Which means it's the perfect time to break out the rubber boots and find a slick coat to keep your warm and dry in the downpours.
Michael michael kors hooded trench coat, $149.
Toronto average forecast is sitting pretty around 12c, which means it's the perfect jean and moto jacket weather.
Cropped Suede Moto, $458.
October is Charlottetown's rainiest month, with and average of 110 mm of rainfall and temperatures at -1c.
Rains trench coat, $119.
Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year however its temperatures are on the chillier side come fall, sitting around 4c.
Wane Lux Wool Waterfall Collar Jacket, $750.
Shopping for your next fragrance shouldn't be about who the product is marketed to. Instead, follow your nose and discover the latest in unisex, masculine-inspired or straight up men's fragrance picks.
No longer designed just for ladies or gents, the latest fragrances to hit store shelves are blurring gender lines. This crop of ultra-sexy scents features notes typically relegated to colognes—think leather, rum and tobacco. Uninterested in girlie and butch labels, today's woman shops for a scent that is distinct—and it's all about personal preference. Like a masculine garment on bare skin, gender-bending eau won't dilute your feminity. Are you woman enough to try one on?
Rich and sensual, Yves Saint Laurent Noble Leather is a heady mix of amber woods, vanilla and tanned leather. Touches of saffron and dried fruit shake up the earthy fragrance for an intoxicating effect that's unparalleled. Spritz just a little at your wrist and you'll smell sweet all day long.
Launched in 2007, this cult-favourite unisex perfume plays the field, smelling just as enthralling on men as it does on women. The unconventional, smooth oriental scent opens with aromatic, spicy notes. Warm vanilla and just a hint of tobacco leaf keep the sweetness at bay.
A classic scent that transports you back in time, Valentino Uomo smells like a luxe Italian chocolate shop crossed with a men's club. The tasty mix of bergamot, myrtle liqueur, roasted coffee and gianduja (a chocolate-hazlenut cream) makes this fragrance almost edible. Cedar and white leather round out the scent.
FOr any woman who loves strong, spicy scents, men's fragrances open up a whole new world. Take, for instance, Guerlain's L'Homme Ideal, a blend of citrus, amaretto (almond, tonka bean and vanilla) and leather. Spritz it over your soft cashmere sweater, bury your nose and inhale.
Fragrances often try to recreate the sensation of a time or place, and such is the case with Maison Martin Margiela Jazz Club. The masculine combination of rum and tobacco evokes the mood of a dusky Brooklyn bar filled with leather armchairs, lowball glasses and cigar smoke.
Most woman's fragrances contain a note or two, but not The Body Shop Red Musk. The warm scent aims to subvert tradition with a sharp hit of pepper, sweet-and-spicy cinnamon and a tobacco dry down, the likes of which appear almost exclusively in men's fragrances.
Not all men's fragrances rely on dark notes to set the mood. Try this fresh, ocean-inspired scent that's marketed to men. Aromatic lavender, sharp ginger, fresh juniper berries and a touch of warmth with vanilla and tonka bean make for a great scent on woman too.
This flavourful fragrance includes notes of citrus, eucalyptus, sage, ivy, amber, cinnamon, mahogany, oak and musk. The result is a scent as smooth as they come—sort of like your favourite whisky.
Zegna excels in traditional colognes, so it's nice to see the brand add some green notes to a perfected formula. Carrot seed and vetiver combine with neroli and bergamot for a stunning unisex aroma.
This cult classic fragrance is said to include a molecule that acts as an aphrodisiac—but regardless it's an amazing scnet for men and woman like. Lemon, rosemary, basil, jasmine and vetiver make up this delectible potion.
This bourbon-inspired scent is a moody blend of vanilla, oakwood and tuberose for a scent that is sexy and sophisticated.
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Coats with faux fur. Coats with brushed wool. Coats with quilting. Texture is one of the biggest trends in outerwear—and we've identified the iterations for you here.
Photography by Raina + Wilson / Shot on location at Horseshoe Canyon and Willow Creek Coulee, Drumheller, Alta.
Stay warm while looking cool in this season's most functional coat trend: the parka. A trip of pink faux fur gives this classic cold-weather staple an unexpected twist.
Nod to the glamour of Studio 54 (minus all the pageantry of sequins and lamé) with an elegant faux-fur jacket. We adore this one, with its multitones and patchwork chevron pattern; the directional design is slimming and gives this throwback style a modern update.
Want to add some texture to your winter topper—without adding bulk? Opt for a more tactile mohair style. The material has the perfect amount of fuzz, but it won't make you look like a teddy bear.
Sosken coat, $495, simons.ca. Tan top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Kam Dhillon glasses, clearly.ca. Gloves, rudsak.com. Michael Michael Kors backpack, michaelkors.ca.
Combat frigid temperatures—and grey days—with a statement coat. From boiled wool to full-on raised tweed, the blending of tactile textures is the hottest trend in coats.
If kooky colours cloud your sartorial judgement, stick with a black-and-white palette. A jumbo buffalo check in a king-sized moto shape is edgy but luxurious—especially with the addition of a dramatic tuft of faux fur at the collar.
Coat, $349, johnandjenncollection.com. Tank top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Gloves, echodesign.com. Michael Michael Kors crossbody bag, michaelkors.ca. Knee-high leather boots, roots.com.
Take a cue from the stylish set sauntering around Whistler, B.C., and Mont-Tremblant, Que., and layer your outerwear. The go-to après-ski look gives new life to your transitional pieces, and when they're properly stacked, the silhouette is more sleek and less super sized.
The next time you decide to invest in a wear-forever coat, skip basic black and cozy up to rick navy instead. This luxurious robe-style coat with elaborate ribbed sleeves is the perfect protector for both special occasions and everyday jaunts.