This may or may not be breaking news to our U.S. readers, but there is more to Canada, than Tory Lanez, Drake, Caribana, Toronto and snow. There’s other places and other things like, say, the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Set-A-Card productions brings the Cap City to life with the City’s first web series, Cold Southern Blocks. The series follows a group of Haitian Canadians as they tell their story and navigate through life in Ottawa.
The show starts off where it all starts at for many Afro Canadians, in the Caribbean, specifically Haiti. It follows the show’s main protagonist Zoe Mak, a thoughtful and charismatic young man as he leaves Haiti and moves to the Canadian Capital City. His father has passed away and left him with a sizable inheritance but he still manages to get caught up in the street politics of Ottawa.
His half brother, leaves Haiti to join him in Canada. Mak does everything to keep his young, civilian brother away from the life he leads, including giving him $22,000 to get on his feet and get his own life started in Canada. $22,000 seems like a fortune to a young man straight off the plane from Port-Au-Prince. The series follows Mak as he tries his best to keep his brother safe and out of the Cap City streets. But there’s only so much he can do.
The first season of Cold Southern Blocks was very raw, gritty and honest and showed us a side to a city many outside of Canada only associates with Justin Trudeau and great hockey. But there is a also a different kind of politics going on in Northern Ontario and this poignant guerrilla style cinema serves as an honest introduction to some to a different side of Canada.
The series just wrapped it’s first season and season 2 is in production. Check out the first episode of the first season below and make sure you subscribe to them so you can get your TFSandChill on Northern style.