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TSA Playlist | July: O Canada 🍁


For this month’s TSA Playlist we’re taking a trip across Canada with a collection of films, documentaries and shorts showcasing the breadth of the nation’s creative industries and their role in shaping the ever-evolving notion of Canadian identity. 

From the daring architecture and social mission of Fogo Island to the continued fight for the rights of Indigenous people across the country, this month’s selection surveys Canada’s from a multitude of perspectives — highlighting the unique stories, issues and histories of communities across the land and exploring our relationship to the landscapes we now call Canada. So pack your bags and join us as we meet the people and explore the landscapes from coast to coast to coast! 

…and with the kids now on summer break, we’ve included a special kid’s pick just for them! Something for everyone on this month’s TSA Playlist!


Design Canada
2018 | 1 hr 14 mins | Lunch Date with the Director on July 14! 

It’s the untold story of the images that shaped Canada’s identity and it’s not just for design nerds.” – CBC Arts

Design Canada is the first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped a nation and its people. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation.

Join us on a Lunch Date with the Director!
Tuesday, July 14 | 12:00 PM 

On July 14, the TSA hosted a special lunchtime virtual Q&A featuring Design Canada’s director Greg Durrell in conversation with Canadian Architect editor Elsa Lam to discuss the film and the role of design in shaping Canadian identity. You can watch the Q&A by clicking on the link below!

Watch it on Kanopy Watch the Q&A


Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
2014 | 54 mins 

In a rapidly urbanized world, what does the future hold for traditional rural societies? As Fogo Island, a small community off the coast of Newfoundland, struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of its cod fishing industry, architect Todd Saunders and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb’s vision for positive change results in the envisioning, designing and building of strikingly original architecture that will become a catalyst for social change.

Watch it on Kanopy


A Time for Making
2018 | 59 mins 

In A Time for Making, Nine artisans on British Columbia’s Gabriola Island reveal the differences between mass-manufactured and authentic locally handmade crafts through intimate portraits of their work and lifestyle. The island’s picturesque setting provides for the perfect backdrop for this intimately shot portrait of the artists who call it home.  

Watch it on Kanopy


The Road Forward
2017 | 1 hr 41 mins 

The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action. [National Film Board of Canada]

Watch it on NFB


The Gardener
2016 | 1 h 24 mins 

Nestled in the Charlevoix region of Quebec is gardener Frank Cabot’s fabled Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds), one of the world’s most beautiful private gardens. Filmed shortly before his death at the age of 86, Cabot reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. [TVO]

Watch it on TVO



…and a short feature for the kids!

Summer break is finally here and we’re celebrating with a special kid’s pick featured film selected just for them! Watch our TSA playlists throughout the summer as we share more films and shorts picked specially for them!

Roberto the Insect Architect
2005 | 12 mins 

A termite named Roberto pursues his dream of becoming an architect and travels to the big city where he hopes to find success.

Watch it on Kanopy


About the TSA Playlist

The TSA Playlist is a monthly curated list of free online films touching upon issues of architecture, the built environment and design. Our thematic lists do more than just entertain; they inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives helping bring the conversation of the built environment to new audiences and encourage conversation and debate.

Have a suggestion of a film or theme you would like to see featured? Let us know at tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca

Be sure to also check out the first edition of the TSA Playlist exploring the Outdoors here.

How to Access the Playlist

Our TSA Playlist films are available free of charge for online screening through a number of streaming services in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond including Kanopy, TVO and Hoopla. Our monthly list includes viewing links on platforms available in the region. Some of these streaming services might require you have a free library or university card to access the service. See list below for where these streaming services are available.

Kanopy is currently available through the following library systems and universities in southern Ontario: Toronto PL, Hamilton PL, Oshawa PL (until July 3), Stratford PL, Newmarket PL, Whitby PL, London PL, Guelph PL, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Seneca College, Centennial College and Sheridan College. If you don’t see your library listed, you can verify if your library has made Kanopy available here. Got a university card instead? You can check if your university has made Kanopy available here.

Hoopla is currently available through the following library systems and universities in southern Ontario: Barrie PL, Kingston PL, Mississauga PL, Kitchener PL, Niagara Falls PL, Peterborough PL and Orillia PL.