From the Desk of elvisdo — The 2012 Canadiana Write-OffJul 1, 2012 (Updated Aug 8, 2012) Write an essay on this topic.
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A package arrives from my parents containing essential Canadian items: maple syrup, Purdy's chocolates, and smoked salmon. What’s even more disturbing is how I almost forgot that it’s Canada Day. Yes, July 1st just snuck up on me again. Canada Day is the fay a unified nation was formed, now celebrating its 145th birthday.. That also means it is time for the 2012 edition of my annual Canadiana Write-Off, the seventh installment that I started back in 2006. It was a way for me to celebrate my Canadian heritage and the many accomplishments achieved from its citizens.
For the entire month of July, I expect to be bombarded with reviews pertaining to Canada, no matter how miniscule the reference may be. It can be about anything... a song, an actor, a location, an invention, a memory, anything at all.
Canada is a nation that consists of ten provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan) and three territories (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon). So here's the challenge: You have 31 days to take a cross-country trip across Canada. Is it possible that your reviews will be able to reflect something from each province and territory? I'm thinking about it right now and even I don't think I can do it. This is why it's a challenge. This isn't a mandatory stipulation for this write-off but it sure does make it even more interesting.
I'll list all participants and their reviews on this page. Drop me an e-mail or leave a link in the comment section, and I will post everything over here. Have fun with this, eh?
In the meantime, I'm going to celebrate the occasion with a few maple martinis and some poutine and salmon burgers while snacking on Coffee Crisp bars and ketchup chips. I'm sure I'll have some room left for Molson Canadian beer to wash it all down while proudly wearing my maple leaf.
Check out these past entries:
2006 Canadiana Write-Off (26 reviews)
2007 Canadiana Write-Off (28 reviews)
2008 Canadiana Write-Off (50 reviews)
2009 Canadiana Write-Off (53 reviews)
2010 Canadiana Write-Off (53 reviews)
2011 Canadiana Write-Off (71 reviews)
carstairs38 (7 reviews)
• Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Season 5 features the talented Caroline Rhea (Montreal, Quebec).
• Wide-Eyed and Simplified is brought to you by the Canadian Christian rock band downhere (Saskatchewan).
• Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season is filmed in British Columbia, including Vancouver, Merrit, Aldergrove and Cloverdale, and completed on the sets in Burnaby. Kristen Kruek (Vancouver, British Columbia) plays Lana Lang and Erica Durance (Calgary, Alberta) plays Lois Lane on the show. Superman is co-created by Joe Shuster (Toronto, Ontario).
• X-Men (2000) features the character Wolverine (from Alberta and British Columbia) with Shawn Ashmore (Richmond, British Columbia) who plays Iceman, Anna Paquin (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who plays Rogue, and Tyler Mane (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) who plays Sabretooth.
• downhere (Saskatchewan) records another album with Two at a Time.
• X2: X-Men United features the character Wolverine (from Alberta and British Columbia) with Shawn Ashmore (Richmond, British Columbia) who plays Iceman, Anna Paquin (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who plays Rogue, and Katie Stuart (Vancouver, British Columbia) who plays Kitty Pryde with filiming taking place in Vancouver, BC and Kananaskis, Alberta.
• X-Men: The Last Stand features the character Wolverine (from Alberta and British Columbia) with Shawn Ashmore (Richmond, British Columbia) who plays Iceman, Anna Paquin (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who plays Rogue, Daniel Cudmore (Squamish, British Columbia) who plays Colossus, Cameron Bright (Victoria, British Columbia) who plays Leech, and Ellen Paige (Halifax, Nova Scotia) who plays Kitty Pryde with filiming taking place in Vancouver, BC.
dragonfire88 (8 reviews)
• Defendor was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario written and directed by Peter Stebbings (Vancouver, British Columbia).
• Numb3ers: The Complete First Season features an episode of a math algorithm developed by Dr. Michael Kouritizin of the University of Alberta.
• Ice Age: Continental Drift features the voices of Drake (Toronto, Ontario) and Aimee Castle (Monteal, Quebec).
• Humphrey Bogart plays Charlie Allnut, a Canadian boat captain in the movie The African Queen.
• The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has some significance in the book A Cookie Before Dying.
• A ghost named Paul, originally from Canada, haunts the book Old Haunts.
• Sgt. Bilko features actors Dan Aykroyd (Ottawa, Ontario) and Phil Hartman (Brantford, Ontario).
• Earth vs. The Spider stars Dan Aykroyd (Ottawa, Ontario).
elvisdo (18 reviews)
• Quatchi is one of the four mascots from the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia.
• Nicole Jaffe, the voice of Velma on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was born in Canada... somewhere.
• Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 3: Beginning of the End stars that Canadian mutant who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Wolverine's Chopper Showdown features that Canadian mutant who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• Green Lantern (2011) stars Vancouver, Brtish Columbia born Ryan Reynolds in the title role.
• Red, White and Brown showcases the latest Russell Peters comedy act, who hails from Brampton, Ontario.
• Bowen Designs: Puck Mini-Bust features the diminutive dwarf from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
• Springtime for Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana Limited (Toronto, Ontario).
• Cree Summers, the voice of Maxine "Max" Gibson on Batman Beyond: Spellbound, grew up on Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan.
• Superman, co-created by Toronto native Joe Shuster, is featured in Superman: Codename: Patriot
• Roark Critchlow, born in Calgary, Alberta, has a very small role as a Hare Krishna in Batman: Year One.
• Cree Summers, the voice of Maxine "Max" Gibson on Batman Beyond: Crush, grew up on Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan.
• Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 4: Fate of the Future stars that Canadian mutant who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• Artist Bernie Mireault (Rawdon, Quebec) provides a backup story in Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? collected edition.
• Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps is an autobiograhy by Chris Jericho, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native, who also trained in Calgary, Alberta by the Hart brothers.
• Marvel Universe Mighty Muugs: Logan features that Canadian mutant who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• DC HeroClix: Superman Booster Packs features that certain Man of Steel co-created by Joe Shuster (Toronto, Ontario).
• Marvel Minimates: Juggernaut & Civilian Logan features that Canadian mutant who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
luquillo (6 reviews)
• Incredible Hulk: Ground Zero features that Canadian mutant Wolverine (Alberta and British Columbia origins) with art contribution by Todd McFarlane (Calgary, Alberta)
• Transformers, Vol. 6: Evolution Revolution features Peter Cullen (Montreal, Quebec), the voice for Optimus Prime and Ironhide.
• Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect shows the skeletal remains of everyone's favourite Canadian mutant Wolverine (Alberta and British Columbia).
• Batman: A Death in the Family has an appearnce by Superman, co-created by Joe Shuster (Toronto, Ontario).
• Wolverine (Alberta and British Columbia) makes a brief appearance in Avengers: Legion of the Unliving.
• Super Punch Out! (SNES) features a character named Bear Hugger being from Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
pmills1210 (3 reviews)
• A Christmas Story: Music From the Original Motion Picture features composers Paul Zaza (Etobicoke, Ontario) and Carl Zittrer (Toronto, Ontario).
• To Rome With Love features Ellen Page (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Alison Pill (Toronto, Ontario).
• Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney features the piano stylings of Diana Krall (Nanaimo, British Columbia).
rmthunter (3 reviews)
• Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic features that scrappy mutant Wolverine, who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis features that scrappy mutant Wolverine, who was born in Alberta and lived in British Columbia.
• Canada's superhero team operates out of Ottawa, Ontario and can be seen in Alpha Flight, Volume One.
Staceys1 (1 review)
• Disney Magic Cruise from New York City to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland.
Stephen_Murray (5 reviews)
• Baritone Victor Braun from London, Ontario is in The Makropulos Case.
• Nixon in China is a Vancouver, British Columbia production.
• Quebec-born Norma Shearer is in Smilin' Through.
• The State Within was shot in Toronto with many local actors in supporting roles, most prominently Roman Podhora (Fernie, British Columbia).
• The Burma Chronicles is created by Guy Delisle (Quebec City, Quebec).
Running count of provinces and territories featured in reviews:
British Columbia: 22
New Brunswick: 0
Newfoundland and Labrador: 1
Nova Scotia: 3
Prince Edward Island: 0
Northwest Territories: 0
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