The Joy of Meeting People

Canada is known as one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world. Our growing population of people from different backgrounds allows for us to view the world in a different perspective to many others. I enjoy meeting people from different cultures and have come to enjoy that process even more as an entertainer. I am not saying I understand all of the intricacies of the people I meet, but I do try to appreciate the fact that I get to be a part of their lives.

Just this past weekend I noticed this, even the simple things. The fact that I specialize in wedding events gives me a glimpse into traditions that I may not normally get to see. Even though many things are different between people of different cultures, many things are the same, it is always about the Bride and Groom. At East Indian weddings dance, ceremony, and prayer are big items that have specific routine. These events can last a week leading up to the actual wedding event itself. Egyptian weddings include all family including children and have ceremony, and prayer. North American weddings are more centred on speeches and entertainment with more traditional ceremony as a regular item.

It is not unusual for me to have a weekend filled with events such as this last weekend to make me appreciate the people I meet. I performed at an Indian pre-wedding on Friday, and Egyptian wedding on Saturday, and a Guyanese birthday party on Sunday. Talk about travelling the world.

One thing I can say is that many of the people at these events are very respectful and polite. I feel lucky to get a glimpse into their lives and their traditions. It helps you to peek out of your bubble and realize there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a caricature event artist working various events in Ontario Canada. He handles custom illustration and specializes in caricatures and cartoons. For more information on Bruce and his work please visit his website at IMG_0285.JPG

About Bruce

Bruce is an artist, author, consultant, and speaker specializing in caricature and cartoons and his presentations are on business, leadership, and creativity. Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients with a special focus in live caricature entertainment. The company is a division of Outridge Enterprises Inc. and you can learn more about Bruce on his website or

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