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Is Canada Even Real?

This quirky ode to a quirky land is a humorous nostalgia trip and a fun Canadian history lesson couched in a hipster quiz book.

If you've ever wondered

Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy? Does the iconic beaver really represent us The Littlest Hobo? Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it's made out to be? then this book is for you.

Is Canada even real? It's a question that's being asked more and more, thanks to our waterproof, see-through, supposedly maple-scented currency and our improbably hot prime minister's assertion that Santa lives here.

In the age of Google Maps and #factcheck, how could the existence of Canada be questioned? And yet how could a nation that's the home of toboggans, Drake, and KD exist in the same realm as, say, Belgium or Niger?

Is Canada Even Real? examines the cultural factors behind the twenty-first-century monolithic myth of Canada, a nation that is lovable and real -- if only in your imagination.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Section One: HOBOS: Which Haunting Hobo Myths Are Real and Which Are Imagined? 1. The Littlest Hobo: Our German Shepherd Guardian Angel TV Star 2. Sol: The Hobo Clown of Parlez-Moi/Your Nightmares 3. Wilf Carter: Maritime Cowboy and Hobo Balladeer 4. Hobo with a Shotgun: Vigilante Hobo Canuxploitation A-Go-Go Section Two: BEAVERS: What's True and What's a Dam Lie? 5. The "Beaver Hour": CanCon Quota Gets a Ghetto Shot 6. Hinterland's Who's Who: Cool Flute Tune but Beaver Questions Remain 7. Cucumber: Moose + Beaver + Tree House = Zero Cukes 8. The Beaver: Tittering Pervs Force Mag's Name Change Section Three: HIP HOP: Is Any of These Scenarios Legit? 9. Electric Circus: Let's Spandex-Dance on TV 10. Maestro Fresh-Wes: The Backbone of Canadian Hip Hop 11. Snow: All the "Informer" Info That's Fit to Print 12. "Wheelchair Jimmy": Started from Degrassi, Now He's Drizzy Section Four: WEIRDOS: Which of These Were Actually Canadian Prime Ministers? 13. Sir John A. MacDonald: Founder of the "Go Home, Dad, You're Drunk" Meme 14. William Lyon Mckenzie King: Inspired Spiritualist, Big, Big Fan of Dogs 15. Stephen Harper: Hockey Fan, Murdoch Mysteries Star 16. Justin Trudeau: #hair Bonus Round: MASCOTS: Which of These Creations Were Brought to Fruition? 17. Hidy and Howdy: Twin Rodeo Polar Bears 18. Peter Puck: The Itchy & Scratchy of Hockey 19: Youppi!: The Ulitmate Free Agent 20: Bonhomme: Super A-Lister Snowman Acknowledgements Appendix Sources Image Credits Index About the Author

About the Author

J.C. Villamere, who knew how to drive a Ski-Doo by age eight, reminds you that your country is wise and weird and you're in charge of keeping it that way.


"Quirky but real! Ours is a wise, weird, wonderful country. Let's celebrate the fact!," * Our Canada * Is Canada even real? As real as my arms and legs. As real as Don Cherry's jackets. Or a Gordie Howe hat trick. I real-ly (get it?) enjoyed this book. * Bryan McFarlane, creator of Peter Puck speaking as Peter Puck * [A] quirky nostalgia trip for Canadians who value contributions to our national identity. * Globe and Mail * With July 1st marking Canada's celebration of 150 years as a country, there are a slew of new books that focus on some aspect of history or culture ... one that stands out bears the unlikely title Is Canada Even Real? * SubTerrain *

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