This is one Canadian who thought the Vancouver 2010 Olympic opening ceremonies were fabulous. Others have different opinions, and they are entitled to them. Mine are these. I thought they were tasteful, simple and elegant. They used technology in innovative ways. They were artful and bursting with colourful Canadiana, displaying a variety of cultural dynamics that are so very Canadian. They showcased Canadian talent from coast to coast and created a moving glimpse into the mosaic that is Canada. There are others who thought they were boring. Those who complained about this and that. There were those who whined about how tax payers dollars were spent.
But, I can only hope that the great majority can appreciate the magnitude of effort, planning, creativity and hard work that went into creating them. A friend had this to say on Facebook,
“They were excellent…chronicled our history, and demonstrated what a vast and beautiful country we live in. Authentic. Honest. Simple.”
Personally, my favourite parts included the incredible staging, specifically the the spouting killer whales, and bright orange maple leaves, KD Lang’s performance, and Shane’s slammin’ poetry…
I’m proud of the job that Canada has done to welcome the world to our shores. I’m proud of the magic and pageantry that was created through the culmination of history, geography, technology, vision, choreography, talent and sheer artistry. I’m proud of how Canada came together to entertain and inspire us. I’m proud to see so many talented Canadians featured in the ceremonies all of whom share the fundamentally Canadian trait of generosity, giving back to Canada in their own way. Noticeably more so this year, as compared to any other, (maybe because I watched these ceremonies from foreign shores), I am definitely proud to be Canadian.
To all of you who have been so quick to criticize these ceremonies. Criticizing something that another has created is all too easy. The real work is in creating something in the first place. So, to those who were so quick to judge, to criticize, to dismiss, I challenge you individually (or even collectively) to have done any better.