Canada’s charm. Canadian dreams.

We’d just had panini sandwiches and checked our email at Guido’s Café in Port Hardy when we saw a bunch of people gathered on the sidewalk outside. I asked what was going on and our server said “It’s a recital”.

Coming in I’d noticed the attractive platformed alcove squeezed between Guido’s and the neighboring business on Port Hardy’s single not-very-busy main street. Now people had drawn chairs out onto the sidewalk or were standing listening intently, which was necessary as there was no sound system and no instruments. Instead, a young voice teacher was simply giving her charges – a handful of girls between the ages of 8 and 13 – the chance to perform in public.

There’s just something so genteel and fine about this. And so Canadian. And let’s remember that Canada is the land of Celine Dion, Diana Krall and so many others. A place with evidence that a young girl from a small town can hitch her hard work to the stars.

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