Along with hockey and maple syrup, the culture of forestry, in all its aspects, is classic Canada. We dance with trees, cut trees, hug trees in Canada. If there's a tree, we can do something with it. One of our visitors from England, overwhelmed by the vast number of trees, kept repeating throughout his entire time here - "All those trees!" His comment pretty much sums it up.
The first video is a National Film Board of Canada short, an animation with folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle singing Wade Hemsworth's wonderful song "The Log Driver's Waltz." Sadly, Kate (Rufus Wainwright's mother) McGarrigle passed away this year, but the McGarrigle sisters' music will live on, itself classic Canada.
The second video - "The Tree Planter's Waltz" - is produced by Baba Brinkman and captures another part of the woods culture precisely - especially where I live. I can't remember how I came across Brinkman, except that he wrote the rap Canterbury Tales, which I have and which students find appealing after struggling with Chaucer in the original.
It's well worth watching the whole video. It includes some awesome rap, spectacular scenery, a real tree planter's site, and probably the only mohawk mullet you'll ever see, as the video edits together clips from the late seventies with the main 2009 tree planters doing their waltz.
The Tree Planter's Waltz from http://vimeo.com/user2337309 on Vimeo.
Believe me, this tune will stick in your brain for awhile. Enjoy!