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Featured Video: Author J.C. Villamere on Canada's (Pop) Cultural Identity

It's tough for Canadian culture to avoid being defined in opposition to American culture. With our large and loud southern neighbour dominating many cultural conversations, Canada has carved out a unique niche for our identity as a quirkier, gentler, funnier, safer place to be. 

J.C. Villamere explores that dynamic in her book Is Canada Even Real? How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip-Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe (Dundurn Press). Set up as a tongue in cheek quiz book, Is Canada Even Real? is a loving send up of our cultural touchstones, with up to the minute observations about everything from our handsome Prime Minister to our (allegedly) maple-scented money.

Check out J.C. in the video below, courtesy of Dundurn Press, as she discusses the critical cultural point we're at as a country today.