Is Canada Even Real?
Dundurn Press, 2017 (2017)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
elebrating Canada's 150th? Interested in learning more about Canadian culture, and laughing about it along the way? Then open up J.C. Villamere's
Is Canada Even Real?: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe
ections of the book address
. Really. We're told that '
This book invites you to look past our past and see that Canada is no longer solely the icons in which we once saw ourselves
' (which would include '
maple leaves, hockey, canoes, totem poles, and polar bears.
' Trivia quizzes are interspersed to check readers' detailed knowledge of these newer icons.
found that I've missed a lot of Canadian culture - never watched
The Littlest Hobo
. I enjoyed the part on Canada's witty (and alcoholic)
, Sir John A. Macdonald, and was surprised to read that '
Mackenzie King was really into spiritualism
' and used it to contact his dogs! Also that Stephen Harper was '
the first prime minister of Canada to hire a full-time stylist.
' And, of course, there's a discussion of Justin Trudeau's hair.
learned here that '
Canada's first Olympic mascot was a beaver
', called Amik which turns out to be Anishinaabe for
- who knew? Also that a bunch of hockey players became MPs - celebrity garners votes everywhere, it seems. But you'll find your own favourite Canadian trivia tidbits in this entertaining volume. Enjoy!
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