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Is Canada Even Real?: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe

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Do you know where Upper Canada is in relation to Lower Canada? Can you name the human cast members of The Littlest Hobo? Did you realize those were both trick questions?

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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Dundurn Group
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May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
First of all, it’s a bit scary when Word won’t save a title because it has a question mark in it, eh? It’s also scary that even though I lived through many of the iconic moments in this book – in Canada – I had no clue they existed. My weakest area: TV references. For over 12 years I was working or sleeping during the hours most of these referenced TV shows were on air. After that, from approx. 1990 onward, I chose not to have a TV at all. Instead, I started collecting DVD’s of shows I thought ...more
Joseph Spuckler
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada
Is Canada Even Real?: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe by J.C. Villamere is a look at that other side of Canadian history that usually doesn't make it into the history books. Villamere knew how to drive a Ski-Doo by age eight and her body is 90 percent maple syrup. She is the most Canadian woman in the world. Villamere writes to remind you that your country is wise and weird and you‘re in charge of keeping it that way. She is the publisher ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, essays, net-galley
A huge thank you to JC Villamere, Dundern Press, and Netgalley for the copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I was attracted to this book because, oddly enough, my best friend lives thousands of miles away from me in Calgary.

This book was a riotous romp of fun! I had the best time reading about the pop culture of Canada, the country known for the apology. I had no idea that all of the celebrities mentioned were Canadians. I also took this opportunity to quiz my bestie about his
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did you know that Canada is a real country? That 2017 marks her 150 year of independence? Did you know they have their own tv and government and have hosted the olympics?

As an American I know how horribly ignorant we our of our neighbors to the north. And you are probably wondering how different they could be

This book pokes fun at those differences. You don't need to know Canadian history or culture to enjoy this book. You don't need to know who was the first prime minister or what tv shows
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, non-fic
I saw the title of this book and started laughing immediately.
It was then that I realized that I must read this.
The rest of the book wasn't as laugh-out-loud funny, which is what I was hoping for, but it had some of the strangest fun facts.
Included within: A-lister snowmen, Closet-Canadian celebrities, and a seance held by a Prime Minister to summon the spirit of another Prime Minister.
Is this what you expected from polite, kind, maple-leaf Canada? Probably not. Canada is a strange place, guys,
Eve (Between The Bookends)

This one was OK. It had interesting little tidbits of information that made me homesick. I thought it would be funnier than it was, but the quizzes were a nice touch!


Lolly K Dandeneau
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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A 1997 broadcast of the long running Chicago based radio show This American life unveiled the shock and discomfort Americans felt when they were told that many- so many- of the people at the epicentre of American culture were Canadian. The most outrageous reaction was reserved for the anchor of ABC World News Tonight Toronto-born Peter Jennings. “I can’t believe it,” said Peabody- winning This American Life producer Alix Spiegel. “He delivers
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BookTrail the locations in the book - link: Is Canada real?

image: Canada

The writer is well known in Canada for being 90% made of maple syrup and I totally believe that - what she doesn't know or love about Canada isn't worth knowing. She's fun and has a unique way of writing and compelling you to answer questions in fun quizzes getting you to see what you know and what you didn't know you should. It's tongue in cheek, funny and very very Canadian. This for me brought back lots of happy memories,
Full review to come!
Thomas Jancis
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
(An ARC from Net Gallery)
A celebration of the crazy country that is Canada.
Not sure of a political policy? Get a medium to summon a ghost and check with him!
Got a beloved snowman mascot? Hope he isn't hiding drugs in that head!
Also a range of rappers, dancers and beautifully haired political leaders.

(I did have some problem with the copy on my Kindle as the layout moved about with the pictures and the end of chapter quizzes had the answers smashed into one another.
Hopefully this is not an
Larissa Lio
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is Canada Even Real? The title says it all on what you can expect from this hilarious take on strange and interesting facts about what has come out of Canada. I had a great time reading this book and truly enjoyed the small quizzes. All things crazy about Canada, tv shows, celebrities, mascots. It’s not a genre book that only some people might have an interest in it’s a true work of art that anyone would find entertaining and insightful
Petrina Anne
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read!
Kimberlee Hall
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A funny book! With great Canadian trivia!
Paul Franco
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
“It is particularly this kind of conundrum—where the government is a) planning a fiftieth birthday party for a commercial, and b) cannot find the commercial—that inspires the wonderment of this book’s title.”
As a frequent visitor to the Great White North, I figured I was well-versed in things Canuckian, but there was a lot of stuff in here I’d never heard of. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as funny as promised, as well as being thoroughly uneven in its entertainment value.
Thankfully there was
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very fun and zany book about inane Canadian culture. There were several laugh at loud lines, and many lines to grin at. I thought the concept would get tired by the end of the biok, especially with the quizzes, but the author did a great job of keeping every chapter fresh, not flogging any of the running jokes to death (not even the Lorne Greene one), and astutely making small references to earlier notes in a way that acknowledged the reader and writer are on a journey together through the ...more
Lisa Day
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Author J.C. Villamere suggestions you are the not only the keeper of the great and weird that makes up Canada, but you are encouraged to continue the tradition. The book talks about all things Canada - The Littlest Hobo, prime ministers that make dad jokes and appear on TV shows and mascots that are willing to promote not one, but two Canadian sports teams. The book has so much information in it, much of which I didn't know, and each chapter ended with a quiz that, thankfully, provides the ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I loved reading this book! It had so many interesting facts about my country I didn't know - and was fun to read more indepth about a couple I did. Really happy to have received this book via Goodreads Giveaway - thank you!
Eniko Rozsa
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
If you ever wanted to know 'How many university degrees did Mackenzie King earn' or 'Why was The National Film Board created' - this book is for you.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting information about the history of Canadian icons and folklore. Good for reading in short spurts when I was busy or tired.
A light bit of Canadian trivia. Not as funny as the title seems to suggest, but still a fun book.
Ampersand Inc.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: laureen-s-reads
A terrific Canada 150 book that is filled with readable historical moments and a Q&A following each entry. Who doesn’t love Canadian trivia! Includes illustrations.
John Duggan
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty funny, full of facts, presented in an interesting manner.

going into this book I was certain Canada was real (Being born and lived majority of my life here) now.. I am not so sure.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I give it a 3.5. I love a book that pokes fun at Canadian culture and this was a light, quick read. We Canadians like to poke fun at our culture and are proud of those things that separate us from other countries and that is really what this book takes on.

While the writing style makes it seem as though it is marketed for the 18-34 age demographic, there was a lot of content in here that is much earlier than my 35 year old self was around for or can remember. And I think that is where there is a
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: Received a copy of this book from NetGalley

Funny, but a little bit too scattered for me. I know the goal was to show off some perhaps less known Canadian things and people, or at least things that we would associate with our culture more than a canoe, but I just didn't feel like it worked. It seemed to be marketed towards people around my age (early 30s), but a lot of the references were from the 70's or older and didn't hold as much nostalgic value. Also I think the little quizzes at the
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book has a huge subtitle which made me laugh already. "How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe" A person who manages to stuff Beavers and Justin Bieber in one sentence gets extra points.
This book is fun to read. There are so many references to historical facts but most of them recent. I really liked the idea to understand a counties identity with more recent facts and important people. I do know Canada is just 150 years old but still.
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Pop culture critic J.C. Villamere knew how to drive a Ski-Doo by age 8 and her body is 90 per cent maple syrup. She is the most Canadian woman in the world. Villamere was born in Arnprior and has lived in Ottawa, Sundridge, New Liskeard, Fonthill and Kingston, Ontario, plus Banff, Alberta, but it wasn't until she moved to Dublin, Ireland, that she realized how special Canada is. Her new book, Is ...more
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