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Self Parody, National Identity and the Canadian Culture Industry

garethsimpson:

somersaultmag:

During Canada’s most recent prime ministerial campaign, Nickelback happened to be playing a concert in Ottawa about a month before the election. As the band launched into their hit song “Photograph,” a picture of Stephen Harper appeared on the screen behind lead singer Chad Kroeger. There may not be a more telling image of Canada in 2012 than that of the anti-charismatic Harper staring dead-eyed into a camera while Avril Lavigne’s husband-to-be grimaces his way through a second-rate Creed impersonation.

I wrote a thing for Somersault Magazine, and I hope you like it. Be sure to read everything else on there too, it’s wonderful.

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newyorker:

Cartoon of the day. Don’t forget to enter this week’s caption contest: http://nyr.kr/r46had

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garethsimpson:

douglashaddow:

YOU AINT A CROOK SON, YOU JUST A SHOOK ONE

It’s like he’s never heard of Rob Ford.

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For Chris.

For Chris.

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elevators:

This is a phone conversation with CBC Radio’s Stuart Mclean, edited down to just Stuart’s fake stutters.

I don’t know if there’s a point to this. It’s not good to say “uh…” on the radio, so sometimes y- y- you gotta s- stutter. Plus it- it… well, it makes your… speech sound more sentimental and… and heartfelt.

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garethsimpson:

From the “Only in Canada” department: something that is neither English nor French gets printed in both English and French.

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tableclothcape:

  • ‘Canada’s largest city,’ couched in terms that imply the Rest of Canada is utterly dependent on and revolves around Toronto, “the locus of Canadian X,” “the centre of X,” etc.
  • ‘HAVE WE TOLD YOU ABOUT MULTICULTURALISM?’
  • ‘Let us compare ourselves to New York at almost comical length,’ though the Greater Toronto Area is three and a half times as small and roughly half the size of Chicago
  • Unironically, ‘Canada is full of elites! Just look at all those elites!’
  • ‘We elected an incompetent mayor and his insane older brother! Woe is us! Why aren’t you pitying us for the officials we democratically elected?’
  • ‘BUT SERIOUSLY, DID WE TELL YOU ABOUT OUR MANY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES? LET US REPEAT OURSELVES, JUST SO YOU HEARD.’

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tableclothcape:

  • COLD
  • ‘despite popular belief, it is a place that exists’
  • SO COLD
  • ‘heart of the continent,’ ‘geographical centre of North America,’ ‘incredible geographic isolation’
  • SO VERY COLD
  • violent crime, ‘murder capital of Canada’
  • I-I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS ANYMORE
  • slurpees
  • CHRIST ON A CRACKER WHY WOULD YOU EVEN BUILD A CITY HERE
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • DON’T YOU SEE THIS IS GOD’S WAY OF TRYING TO KILL YOU

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