November ,18 2015
All About Canada #3

canadaHey everyone! Yes, we are back for "All About Canada #3". I love sharing facts about my beloved country and love sharing the facts that show I am Canadian. To my fellow Canadians out there, this post will seem like a blast from the past. If you haven't started reading the first few instalments then I will link them below so you can catch up. All About Canada the original and All About Canada #2 Here we go!

Today I'm sharing one of Canada's most famous TV commercials. In 2000, Canadian beer company Molson Canadian launched a commercial called 'The Rant'. It featured a young man dubbed 'Joe Canadian' talking about all the stereotypes about Canada. And there are a lot! Stereotypes like our supposed 'Canadian' accents and the differences between Canada and our southern neighbour, the United States, are the main targets of the speech. The commercial has come to create a mythos across Canada. Most Canadians will have seen this commercial at one time or another! I think its a fun way to help show how we are often seen by other countries and how we don't take ourselves to seriously. We embrace our stereotypes in order to define our differences, even if they're not true. The Rant has spawned a ton of spinoffs but the original is by far the best. I've inserted it down below so you can have a look and transcribed it if you want to see : )

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....

I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....

and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,

although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.

I speak English and French, not American.

And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.

I believe in peace keeping, not policing,

diversity, not assimilation,

and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.

A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,

and it is pronounced 'zed' not ‘zee'. ‘Zed’.

Canada is the second largest landmass!

The first nation of hockey!

and the best part of North America

My name is Joe

And I am Canadian

Let me know what you think of this commercial! To my fellow Canadians, have you ever seen it before? How do you feel about it? xo Novellette

2 thoughts on “All About Canada #3

  1. How does this blog make me feel you ask: Damn proud to be a Canadian! I am a Canadian and have been proud to be Canadian all my life. I remember that ad. and loved it then , it is truly exceptional advertising.
    Great Post Novellette

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