June 30, 2017 by T. Gregory Argall
Tomorrow, Saturday, July 1st is Canada Day.
But it’s a milestone Canada Day. It’s Canada’s 150th birthday.
So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
And in the modern age of internettery there is no better way to celebrate a big deal than with a hashtag. #Canada150
Kinda says it all right there, doesn’t it?
Okay, there’s probably more to be said. Canada is a diverse nation, both socially and geographically. Canada means different things to different people. Everyone has their own reasons for loving Canada. Canadian-ness can’t be summed up in a single pithy hashtag.
It’ll take several pithy hashtags to even come close.
For example, some of my favourite Canadian things include our music, our humour, and our ability to laugh at ourselves. With that in mind, my contribution to the #Canada150 hashtag-o-ramma is a game called #MakeASongCanadian
Take a song title and, through clever, witty wordplay, Canadianize it.
“Ain’t Too Proud To Winnipeg” by Smoky Robinson
“(You Give Me) Beaver” by Peggy Lee
“Poutine On The Ritz” by Fred Astaire
“Man In The Miramichi” by Michael Jackson
“Canuck E’s In Love” by Rickie Lee Jones
“A Boy Named Sault Ste. Marie” by Johnny Cash
“When I Was Your Man…itoba” by Bruno Mars
“Ottawanna Build A Snowman” from the Frozen soundtrack
“Moose You” by The Rolling Stones
“The Devil Went Down To Georgian Bay” by The Charlie Daniels Band
“Lucy Maud Montgomery With Gables” by The Beatles
You can play along by adding your own examples in the comments, or on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MakeASongCanadian
As always, try to be nice to each other.