As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.

What I Learned From My Summer Job at SHAD 2015

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Although the friends, connections and lessons gained through SHAD stay with you long after the program, it's supposed to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I am one of the lucky few who got a second chance to experience it, albeit through a different perspective.

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Elan Divon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.

Kids Need Real Problems to Solve to Spur Creativity

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Kourosh Houshmand

Give students real problems with real stakes that their communities face. If they are not creative, there have to be stakes to lose. Give them something to engage with that's worth their time and creative capacities.

You Should Take Fun Seriously

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Although we have more leisure time in our lives, we are having less fun. We could reap the benefits throughout our lives if we would give ourselves permission to indulge in some childlike fun. Realizing that I might not have been taking fun seriously, I'm committed to now share freely my own particular brand of fun without hesitation with anyone who asks.

Three Lessons for Creative Women From Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop

Kristen Marano | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
Kristen Marano

Cindy Gallop, the founder of, is crusading for the power of creative women in business. Her Twitter bio is her launch pad. It reads: "I like to blow shit up." She swears; she says it how it is; and she has started to make me "gallop" and hustle harder in my creative work.

Five Pop Culture Mantras for Brands and Performers

Karis Macdougall | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business
Karis Macdougall

Why does certain YouTube content have the ability to bring so many people to the party? I asked myself this question when I came across a Rosetta Stone commercial I acted in two years ago. We (the actors) thought the videos were simply being used on the company's website. I was wrong.

Modern Copyright Extremism Will Kill Creativity As We Know it

Eva Prkachin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Prkachin

Music, much like all art and cultural productions, thrives because musicians are constantly borrowing, sharing, and reacting. Slap a copyright on a chord progression, melody, riff, or a tone and watch the endless variety, one of the most beloved qualities of music and the 21st Century, wither. That's why we're fighting back against TPP copyright extremism.

Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

So you've lost that lovin' feeling for your work. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. When you wake up in the morning, you dread at worst, or are indifferent at best, for what the day will bring. You might even be feeling powerless to continue on the path of making your dreams come true. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.

21 Ways To Unlock Creative Genius

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living

Many of us have jobs that require us to come up with new ideas on the regular, but we all have days where we're not feeling that creative. Staring...

Stay Present and Boost Your Creativity With These 5 Tips

Shannon Skinner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

With super busy lives and abundant brain noise, being present and living in the moment can be a challenge. But when we are present, we can focus. We are in our power. And we get stuff done.

Art and Culture Resolutions for 2015

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

This New Year's resolution proposal is strictly art and culture related, and some of them you can knock off from your own home! (Others might require you to get in your car, and do a bit of legwork). But for the most part, these are things that will make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings in an 'art loving' way. Here we go!

WATCH: The Upside To NOT Living Forever

The Future Starts Here | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business

Roadblocks, challenges, constraints -- some of life’s biggest breakthroughs come through when we’re forced to think differently. Tiffany explores ...

We Must Do More to Support Canadian Artists

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Artists make our world a colourful and interesting place. Innately curious and inquisitive, artists create beautiful, dramatic, thoughtful forms of art that please and engage the human eye and ear, or get us to think. As a nation, we do not support them enough.

Thinking 'Outside The Box' Can Actually Produce Worse Results

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Living

Challenging the common belief that using unrelated ideas to build on the past and create something new, a new study makes the case for working from wi...

Want To Help Your Kids? Let Them Get Bored

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

If your child is bored they may want to pick up a book and read, or develop a new board game or even watch 17 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix. Some of these might be more creative than others, but all of them require self-reliance and will bring some new information to your child. Maybe they will daydream, and who knows what gifts those daydreams to our future.

A Dirty Mind Is Great For Creativity

Shannon Skinner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Sexual energy and creative energy are so strongly connected that they impact each other profoundly. Here are some ideas on how you can harness your sexual energy to help channel it toward your creative dreams and ultimately get them off the ground.

How to Cultivate an 'A-ha' Moment

Leah Eichler | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

It happens at moments when you least expect it: in the shower, while out for a run or, for me, right before falling asleep. Cultivating "a-ha" moments seems about as likely as forcing a pot to boil water faster, but there are tactics you can use to encourage them.

Freeman House Shares Creative Insights Through New Web Series

Herbert Lui | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Music
Herbert Lui

These individuals gather their methods, principles, and information and test them through their full-time endeavors and share through in The Guild. For creative freshmen and experts alike, The Guild offers insights lessons and healthy reminders into the essence of creativity.

Why Creative People Age Better

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans' well-being.

Visionary on a Mission - Introducing Saki Mafundikwa

Beverley Golden | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

There are people who believe you can't go home again. Saki Mafundikwa isn't one of them. Born in Zimbabwe, he exhibited an extraordinary talent for drawing from an early age, yet his options appeared limited, as the idea of "design" was unknown.

How to Slow Your Pace for Summertime

Paula Pyne | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

At the halfway mark of the year, it's a great time to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. This year has been moving at lightning speed and the pace, along with the ubiquitous change, has made for a challenging year so far. I've welcomed the slower pace of summertime this year and I've been reminded yet again that our current ways aren't working.

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.

This Could Be The Reason Why Some People Are So Creative

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living

Shedding some light on the age-old question of whether creativity is a question of nature or nurture, researchers have identified "brain integration" ...

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.