Canada is rich in history and culture, but it's the country's resplendent natural beauty that makes it unique in the world. Within its borders lies some of the most spectacular and photogenic vistas: from the desolate, sweeping lowlands of the arctic, to the dewy rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, to the sloping, worn stone outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, a blanket of unparalleled beauty unfolds.
In this breathtaking coast-to-coast photographic panorama of Canada, Mike Grandmaison presents a portrait of a country whose seasons are variable and changing, reflecting the many moods of nature in all its glory. Broadcaster Shelagh Rogers complements Grandmaison's photography with an introduction to the book that both embraces the country and describes her feelings for a place that defies a simple description.
About the authors
Author Mike Grandmaison is an award-winning Canadian photographer specializing in Canadian nature and landscapes. Over twenty years with the Canadian Forest Service has instilled in him a great appreciation and respect for nature and the outdoors. His work has been widely published in leading magazines and books and has been used by some of North America's top corporations and organizations including Canada Post, Sony Music, Canadian Tire Corporation, Coca Cola, Ford, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Loblaws, the Government of Canada and many others. Mike travels from coast to coast to coast in search of evocative images that capture the spirit and grand diversity of Canada. For his talent and skill he has been awarded a Northern Lights 2007 award for Excellence in Travel Journalism. Professional associations include member of the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC), Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) as well as a lifetime member and past president of the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts (CAPA). More of Mike’s work can be viewed on his website at www.grandmaison.mb.ca
Shelagh Rogers began her career at CKWS Radio and Television in Kingston, Ontario in country music, news and TV weather.
In the early 1980’s, she joined CBC Radio in Ottawa. She moved to Toronto in 1984. In 1986, she interviewed Peter Gzowski about his plans to raise money for literacy. Peter then invited her to read the listener mail on his program Morningside. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
For ten years, she was host of The Arts Tonight, part of the wildly popular Humline Trio on Basic Black and sidekick to the inimitable Max Ferguson. In 1995, Peter Gzowski created a new role for Shelagh: Deputy Host of Morningside. In September of 2000, Rogers began two years as host of CBC Radio's flagship current affairs program This Morning. Her morning time slot morphed into Sounds Like Canada, which is now based out of Vancouver.
Shelagh adds her voice to a number of causes including mental illness awareness, homelessness, homeless youth training. She has been a literacy volunteer for more than two decades, continuing to make real Peter’s dream of ensuring everyone in this richly blessed country has the right to literacy. In her spare time, being gifted with surplus adipose tissue, she is a passionate ocean swimmer and doesn’t feel the cold at all.
Shelagh is the author of Canada, a book of photographs by the great Winnipeg photographer Mike Grandmaison. It’s published by Key Porter. She also contributed to Nobody’s Mother, a collection of essays by and about women who haven’t had children.
Three recent honours mean a lot to Shelagh: the John Drainie Award for Significant Contribution to Canadian Broadcasting, an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate for best spring-roll maker and egg cracker from Mitzi’s Sister Restaurant in Toronto.