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Stay Home Club with Jill Kennedy: April 12-18

What’s up? How’s the week going? Not as nice weather this time around, and kind of perfect to set the mood for staying in as much as possible. Need some inspiration for how to spend your time? Check out this week’s Stay Home Club. 

[Watching] 

After news of its cancellation last month, I’ve been wrapping up my watching of Kim’s Convenience. I’m not sure how it ends yet, but based on Simu Liu’s tweets, it probably won’t tie everything together the way it was planned. Some shows hit their peak and should be cancelled, but this is not one of those shows. It brings a diverse perspective to the sitcom realm while being extremely funny and heartfelt. I hope it gets revived! You can watch all five seasons on Netflix Canada.  

[Listening] 

Anishinaabe and Cree singer-songwriter, Jayli Wolf of Once a Tree has begun a solo project and her first single, “Child of the Government” off her first solo EP, Wild Whisper, is powerful and deeply meaningful. It looks at the direct impacts of the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational trauma it has caused Indigenous families. The Sixties Scoop saw over 20,000 Indigenous children displaced from their families between the ‘50s and ‘90s. I had the chance to speak with Jayli on the writing process and what this means to her and her family. Check it out here and stream the song wherever you get your music! Keep your ears open for some new singles in the coming months and an album dropping this summer.  

[Reading] 

This week I would recommend the Giller Prize nominated book from David Chariandry, Brother, which tells the story of two brothers, Michael and Francis, growing up in east Toronto as children of Trinidadian immigrants, with different dreams and paths. It is a timely story of family love and tragedy, with politics grounded in the story. If you are familiar with Scarborough, Ontario, this book will take you right into it.  

[Spending Time] 

When’s the last time you had a video call with friends? I don’t  know about you, but besides that Zoom fatigue, I always feel much lighter after a virtual friend hang. You never know how much you’ve been carrying until you talk about it with friends. I’ve booked a few with my pals this weekend and I challenge you to connect with someone you haven’t in a while, too 

What’s on your Stay Home Club this week? Drop a comment below! 

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