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.