The Water of Life
Telling the untold stories of Canadian history

The Water of Life film series is the result of a four-year collaboration between award-winning Montreal visual artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod, internationally celebrated storyteller and writer Mike Burns and the National Film Board of Canada.

Marrying MacLeod’s painterly animations with Burns’ spellbinding storytelling, the four short animated films in The Water of Life film series tell dramatic early immigrant stories from three of Canada’s largest cultural communities as well as 2013 the heartbreaking tale of one of Canada’s indigenous peoples.

The Abenaki - People of the Dawn
2013, 16 min 25 s. Animation. (EN + FR)
A dramatic retelling of the history of the Abenaki First Nation, its early experiences with colonialism and its continuing struggle for survival.
2014 won best animation at the 24th edition of the Land InSights Festival
The Saga of Murdo MacLeod and His First Contact with the Abenaki
2012, 16 min 24 s. Animation. (EN + FR)
An unlikely alliance with First Nations inhabitants saves a group of 19th century Scottish immigrants from certain death.
The Irishman - Child of the Gael
2014, 20 min 07 s. Animation. (EN + FR)
In The Irishman – Child of the Gael, our narrator, Sean recounts his maternal and paternal ancestors’ dramatic immigrant experiences in Canada from the 1800s to the early 20th century.
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The French Canadian
2015, 13 min 05 s. Animation. (EN + FR)
Jean-Pierre, a bootlegger from Sherbrooke, tells the iconic tale of his family’s arrival in Quebec in the 1640s, their work as farmers on the Seigneuries and as builders on the TransCanadian railway
The Abenaki - People of the Dawn
Graphic Novel
The Saga of Murdo MacLeod and His First Contact with the Abenaki
Graphic Novel
The Irishman - Child of the Gael
Graphic Novel
The French Canadian
Graphic Novel
Expedition Greenland - Solveig’s Strength and Auðr’s Prosperity
Graphic Novel
Expédition Groenland - La force de Solveig et la prospérité d’Auðr
Roman graphique.
The Water of Life
Telling the untold stories of Canadian history
Graphic Novel series.
Individual DVDs
129$ /each
Box set
Learning Guide + Research Guide and Production Notes included with each film!
A Brief Canadian History
45:00 minute English performance

Interactive multimedia performance and education package designed to celebrate and promote a deeper awareness of First Nations and Canadian art, culture and history.

A Brief Canadian History - Three Songs
released June 30, 2020

I have created A Brief Canadian History because I like to tell stories with music and images. In my songs I have created vignettes about individuals, groups, and events that hold a significant yet often obscured place in our Indigenous and Canadian history.

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First Contact
2015, 30 min 05 s. Animation. (EN + FR)
At the turn of the first millennium on the island now called Newfoundland, native North Americans and Europeans chance upon each| other for the first time. Two women, Bobodish of the Genoet band and Guðrið Thornbjarnardóttir, tell the story of this short-lived historical contact from perspectives that are sometimes contradictory, sometimes converging.
In Griffintown
2013, 17 min 42 s. Documentary. (French/English subtitles)

A vivid look at a once thriving Montreal community through the lens of a working class French-Canadian family.

2014 Award for Excellence in Oral History, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia Univeristy


After the War with Hannelore – A Berliner War Child’s Testimony from 1945 to 1989
2009. 23 min. Documentary. (English, French and German)

A personal portrait of Hannelore Scheiber, a war child who returns to Berlin for the first time since fleeing to Canada during the Cold War.

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Learning Guide + Research Guide and Production Notes included with each film!
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Icônes de Montréal
Icônes de Montréal est une série d'illustrations et de peintures de l'artiste multimédia G. Scott MacLeod. Ces travaux mettent en valeur des points de repère clés de Montréal tels que la raffinerie de Farine Five Roses le long du canal post-industriel de Lachine à Montréal jusqu'à l'Orange Julep, un restaurant et une attraction en bordure de route le long de l'autoroute Décarie. À travers cette série d'estampes signées, MacLeod rend hommage à l'histoire architecturale, industrielle et culturelle de Montréal.
Montreal Icons
Montreal Icons are a series of illustrations and paintings by multimedia artist G. Scott MacLeod. These works highlight key Montreal landmarks such as the Five Roses Flour refinery along Montreal’s post industrial Lachine Canal to the Orange Julep a restaurant and roadside side attraction along the Decarie expressway. Through this series of signed prints MacLeod pays homage to Montreal’s architectural, industrial and cultural history.
Woman Waiting by the Sea - Iceland Settlement Series IV
Graphic Novel
The inspiration for this exhibition, Women Waiting by the Sea & The Settlement Series Iceland IV, came when artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod discovered that his Hebridean Scottish ancestors have a connection through the genetic disposition of Icelander women. At the National Museum of Iceland their research states that 62% of Icelandic women have Scottish and Irish DNA, where as Icelandic men have 80% Scandinavian DNA. During his June 2017 & July 2018 SIM artist residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, he created this series of conté and charcoal drawings. This exhibition is intended to illustrate the the cross-cultural links between his various heritages from Norway and Scotland and how they are connected to the settlement period of Iceland.
Northern Lights Iceland
Graphic Novel
Artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod painted his Northern Lights Iceland series, after his two SIM Art Residencies in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2017 and 2018. He was drawn to the beautiful landscape of Iceland and drew and painted many of its features, from the black beaches and remote cliffs, to geothermal mud flats, mountain ranges, lava fields, volcano cones, waterfalls and coastlines. When he made his first Northern Lights painting, the bold contrasting colours brought him back to the first time he saw the Northern Lights in rural Canada. He has been to some of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland and has since painted more than 30 Northern Lights paintings that are featured in this remarkable catalogue of his work.
29 Days on the Reykjanes Peninsula
Graphic Novel
Award winning Canadian artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod’s chronicles his day-to-day sagas on the Reykjanes Peninsula in drawings and photos during his 2017 art residency in Reykjavik. His friend and driver Einar Hedinsson showed him sites with his in-depth commentary on geothermal Iceland, cultural curiosities and traditions from the old and new Iceland, boiling geothermal steam and power plants, rows of buses and tourists with selfie sticks waiting for their geyser and waterfall moments, black beaches, remote costal cliffs with many varieties of birds. MacLeod’s experienced the Reykjavik nightlife, music, post modern art openings, numerous museums, the best arctic char and salmon imaginable and so much more that he recounts in this personal artist travel journal. Here is his saga in storybook form, delivered in words and pictures by the hand of an artist.
Griffintown Tour: A Self-Guided Urban History Walk
Self-guided tour makes use of photography, drawings and animation to bring to life the history of 21 key residential and industrial | buildings in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood
The Lachine Canal: Past and Present
Paperback, 116 Pages

Artists have often captured the beautiful and sublime, nature or a park, but how often do artists draw on Montreal’s early industrial history for their inspiration? G. Scott MacLeod has seized upon a vanishing history, of the Lachine Canal, a historic artery of Canada’s industrial history rapidly changing into a residential and recreational place.


Meeting with the Goddesses
Paperback, 78 Pages

Meeting with the Goddesses is a chapter title I have taken from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, as this body of work deals with several themes centred around the sacred feminine, mythology, the archetypal mind, temples and funerary objects. The first is the theme of the mystery of life, and as part of that mystery, the search for meaning embodied by the notion of goddesses—a single or multiple “source of all things.”


The Sacred Feminine and Masculine
eBook (PDF), 37 Pages

Photography exhibition catalogue The Sacred Feminine and Masculine by G. Scott MacLeod


The Sacred Feminine and Masculine series is available as a collectible NFT set. Click the image below to see the series on Rarible.


Closing of the 4th Cycle
9 Songs, 34 Minutes

Revelation rock for eco armageddon - rock/spoken word thematic album reminiscent of the Door's American Prayer and Robbie Robertson's Contact from the Underworld of Redboy

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Goddesses and Gods
Inviting men and women to present their individual thoughts on sacred and ancient themes, and contrasting these with contextual portraits, G. Scott MacLeod enables us to consider that we are indeed linked to ancient archetypes, and can enter into that realm. By juxtaposing these 18 peoples’ interesting and disarming insights into how we relate to the ancient sources of ours, and others, cultures, G. Scott MacLeod’s Gods and Goddesses: Contemporary Archetypes invigorates a debate on the relativity of cultural worldviews. In so doing, he makes us aware of the universal character of myths, of the gods, the goddesses. All this involves universal aspects of the spirit, mind and body.