Canadian Identity and Why Toronto is the Yummiest Place in the World
Proud to Be Canadian, and not Just Because We Owned the Olympic Podium
My blog has toured the world in the last month, but in the spirit and pride of Canada's domination of the Gold Podium these past Olympic games and our ass-whupping we laid on the Americans in hockey, I will proudly return home and write about Toronto. I just need to say that I am so impressed what sports can do to bring solidarity to a country (watch Invictus), especially after my identity as a Canadian took its own ass-whupping when I was in France.
While in the land of the French my views on identity and culture were criticized and not taken very
seriously, because apparently as Canadians, we don't have an identity. But hell, while watching the winter games take place on home soil and seeing Canadian after Canadian bring home more gold than we had ever done in history... I can't quite describe it, but I finally felt a part of something. Sunday night while I headed to the library to prepare my presentation on women in armed conflict, the men's hockey team had scored the gold-winning goal over the Americans, in our national sport on home ice. Can you imagine? Toronto, along with every other city in Canada exploded with joy. On the subway there people were jammed on it singing the anthem and chanting and cheering. On the streets there was noise and joy everywhere. I buried myself deep into the library basement to escape the infectious pride and happiness, but even in the basement of the Law library I heard the cars honking for hours. I felt damn proud to be Canadian..whatever that means. Actually, I'll tell you what it means and it goes much further than our ability to score (hehe).
It is our adaptability to change, our lack of fear we have from accepting what's different. But more than just accepting, we take new ideas and customs and because it's accepted and integrated in society, it becomes a part of being Canadian. What I am talking about is the beautiful myriad of cultures that come here and remain proud of their home countries and yet are able to celebrate and cry with any "old Canadian" when the ice dancing team bring home the gold.
Canadians don't realize (myself included) that they are different or that they have something to be proud about until they've crossed the pond. Our values, I have noticed through vicious arguments on Burka Banning in France (in which I found myself most appallingly as a minority for being against the ban), are unique. When I returned back to U of T campus and sat down with like-minded people who fundamentally understood my utter discomfort at the treatment of Muslim identity in Europe, I for the first time felt happy to be home and not traveling. That right there was when I really felt a sense of pride in my country and my countrymen. Now with the Olympics to top it all off, more than ever I am hella proud being Canadian.
French Stereotypes Party in Paris: Rioter vs Police brutality "Nique La Police 2005"
If you want to rock the world within one city, come to Toronto.
When we're not Olympic champions, we have Molsen to remind us of who we are...
ATTENTION LES ETRANGERS! REGARDEZ CE VIDEO ET OUBLIEZ TES STEREOTYPES DES CANADIENS. Please foreigners, check out the single most successful beer comercial because of how well it encapsulates Canadian sentiments. Very old (06), but still good. Thanks Molsen for defining us (*eyes are rolling out of my head). (To Paul, you can blame this beer company for arousing my méfiance towards ads!)
MusicI'm not going to try to wow you with new music right now, but give you some of the best of the artists you (should) probably know. Canadian of course.
Toronto based band. This song had me rocking out everywhere from Bangkok to roadtrippin to LA and more recently to 6:30 AM dance sessions to stay awake during our torturous all-nighter! Dedicated to Camille and Shannon.
Yes, CC. I know they are famous and overplayed, but did you know they were Canadian and more importantly, from T. Dizzle? Now you do!
Laika (Neighbourhood2)- Arcade Fire.mp3
Forget Celine Dion, this Montreal based ban is the true pride of Canada. Laika= best song.