Skip to main content

I Am Canadian

Living close to the United States, Canadians are bombarded daily by American cultural and social influences.  Even their politics and financial policies affect us.  But we don't really mind.  We actually like Americans...most of them...and are often able to laugh at the relationship and at ourselves.

It is this self-deprecating sense of humour that came into play in 2000 when Canadian brewery Molson devised a television commercial for one of its beers, Canadian.  It was perhaps one of the most popular ads ever run on Canadian television.  Created by the ad agency Bensimon Byrne, "The Rant" ran for 5 years.

The ad was so popular it spawned regional parodies.  One of the funniest of these was "I Am Not Canadian" from Quebec.  If Canadians as a whole think they're distinct from Americans, then I Am Not Canadian simply explains how different les Quebecois are from the rest of us.

On one of his appearances at the world-famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canadian-born William Shatner put his own hilarious spin on the only William Shatner could.

The ad campaign came to a halt when Molson was bought by American brewer Coors in 2005.  While "Joe" in the ad is really a Canadian actor, Jeff Douglas,  the spot was directed by Kevin Donovan, an American.  The beer continues to be sold as "Canadian".


Me-Me King said…
Take off to the great white North
Take off it's a beauty way to go....

As I was reading, this song popped into my head. Remember when Bob and Doug McKenzie sang with RUSH? I believe Canadian beer was the key element.

How's it going, eh?

nonamedufus said…
Me-Me: I have that album, you hoser! Take off, eh.
Don said…
Aah, Shatner and his exclusively sardonic sense of humor. How great was that?! He's always had that sly wit about him, and with that he shows why. Salute! Molson! Er, Coors!
nonamedufus said…
Don: I appreciate the fact he can make a little fun of himself.
Quirkyloon said…
Shatner is Canadian?

I guess it's time to get out from under the rock I've been living in.


Michael J. Fox, I knew was Canadian, but Shatner?

But that does explain why he is such a hoser!

Hoser! Ha! I love the McKenzie Bros!

word veri: dingla
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: We've taken over, didn't ya know?
Joel Klebanoff said…
We need to state very clearly that our beer, despite being American owned now, is still much better than American beer, eh? It's not much to boast about in the grand scheme of things, but it is what it is.
nonamedufus said…
Joel: I'd have to agree with you there. In many cases (no pun intended) so are our comedians.
Some of my favorite bloggers are Canadian...

...Jeez, no, not you. ;) Okay, you and Joel and a few others. You Canuckians evidently have a lot of time to blog in the winter, and that's okay with me.
CatLadyLarew said…
Pass me a Canadian, eh?
nonamedufus said…
UR: You're very kind. Almost as kind as a Canadian.
Deb said…
That's the first time I've seen the I'm Canadian ad - pretty funny. Couldn't understand the guy in the 2nd ad, but Shatner was hilarious! Isn't Maine part of Canada?
nonamedufus said…
Deb: I think you have to be Canadian to fully appreciate the 2nd one. Maine should be part of Canada. It'd be easier crossing the border!

Popular posts from this blog

My Back Pages - November

I read five books last month bringing my year to date total to 61, well past the 50 I estimated at the beginning of the year. And I've yet to get through December.

The month started out with The Nix, the debut novel by Nathan Hill which has been receiving a lot off positive reviews. In it Hill flips back and fourth from the 1968 Chicago protests and 2011 in a desperate search for the truth behind why his mother abandoned him at an early age. In between Hill takes on politics, the media and addiction as well as other aspects of society. It's a well-spun tale and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Next up was the auto-biographical I Am Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. This was somewhat of a scattered affair but an interesting read nonetheless. Wilson - or his ghostwriter - however is no Hemingway.

Then it was on to one of my favourite authors, Ian Rankin and his latest tale of now retired Inspector John Rebus, Rather Be The Devil. I never tire of these stories and this is the 21st in …

My Back Pages - 2016

Here, as promised is a month-by-month breakdown of the 67 books I delved into this year. I got off to a strong start and then my intake dwindled for a couple of months until picking back up in April. I'll let you in on my favourites at the end of this list.


Here, There and Everywhere:
My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick - ****
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - ***
Close To The Edge - The Story of Yes - Chris Welch - ***
Sweet Caress - William Boyd - ****


Purity by Jonathan Franzen 
Still Alice by Lisa Genova.


Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
The Promise (Elvis Cole #20) - Robert Crais


The Snowman (Harry Hole)- Joe Nesbo ****
Phantom (Harry Hole) - Joe Nesbo ****
The Leopard (Harry Hole) - Jo Nesbo ****


George Harrison Reconsidered ***
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood ****
Dropping The Needle - The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II ***
The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, (Dave Robicheaux #6) - James Lee Burke****


 Lust and Wonder - Aug…

I Do

It was noon. The sun shone brightly in the sky. Birds chirped merrily in the trees. The sounds of traffic drifted up from the street. George picked up his keys and headed for the apartment door. This was a special day. Perhaps the most special day of his life to date. Today was the day he would ask Georgina to marry him. Georgina was his girlfriend. French. From France.

He'd covered all the bases. He'd bought the ring, a bouquet of flowers and a set of knee pads. If she said "no" at least they'd have a good laugh over the knee pads. If she said yes they'd remember him down on his knees this day forever.

He grabbed everything, locked the apartment door and descended the stairs. The restaurant was nearby so he decided to walk. As he waited on the corner for the light to change he thought of spending the rest of his life with Georgina. Not that he was being presumptuous but he had a good sense she felt the same way too. He was sure it was kismet. And besides wi…