Last week was quite exciting for me and the Armenian community in Montreal. On Wednesday, Yeghisapet from ANCA Washington D.C. was in town and spoke about Hay Tad actions in the USA and the new strategies for this year. I really enjoyed the talk, because it was proactive and farsighted. I don’t know if you are aware, but the Canadian ANC doesn’t have a permanent office and no full or part time staff. The use of its grass roots is limited to the April 24th demonstration. We don’t have the same political system as the USA so for the past years the ANC has used this as an excuse not to run aggressive large-scale campaigns with its local MP’s. As you probably read between the lines, I think otherwise. I believe that the number of citizens that speak up can influence decisions. However, it must fit in an organised campaign where a majority will be repeating the same message. Culturally, lobbying does not exist in Canada as it does in the States. In Yeghso’s message, I heard her imply that this culture must be taught to the community and then applied. So, why not try it? What do we have to lose?
That same week, System of a Down was in town. They gave a concert on Friday and Saturday. They were fabulous. I enjoyed their simplicity and have become a greater fan. I especially enjoy the lyrics of their songs. The music is also amazing. It must be really difficult to change beat and rhythm 4-6 times in the same song… they’ve mastered this and play it so smoothly. I really enjoy the songs “toxicity”, “Chop Suey” and the pogo stick song!
Talking about music, when will Roupen Haghvertian release another album? I really like his stuff.
Squash is good… I am definitely improving!
Baby is doing well… I hope it’s a girl! but I woudn't mind either way... as long as it is a healthy and smart baby.