Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We Are More by Shane Koyczan (Winter Olympics 2010)

The Vancouver Winter Olympics gave Canada a chance to show that we are more. Canadians as a whole do not display an in your face patriotism. Rather we are quietly patriotic. Our outward display of patriotism not only surprised the world but drew criticism from the British press.

Shane Koyczan (b. May 22, 1976) is a Canadian poet and writer who was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories but grew up in Penticton, British Columbia. He was the Canadian to win the Individual Championship title at the US National Poetry Slam in 2000. He along with Mighty Mike McGee and C. R. Avery are co-founders of Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.). Shane has published two books: visiting Hours and Stickboy. His poem "We Are More" was commissioned by the Canadian Tourism Commission. It was unveiled at Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on 1 July 2007. He performed a variation on his piece at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. What a magnificent performance it was! Here's the video clip of the performance.




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