Dundurn Press, 2017
• Named in Kobo’s list of 'The 100 Best Canadian Books of All Time’ as determined by sales, book open rates, and books that were read from start to finish.
• Reviewed favourably by the Globe and Mail and many others.
Edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky
A Read on Canada Reads, by J.C. Villamere, Pages 83-91.
Canadian Scholars Press 2019
An exclusively Canadian textbook, this collection investigates the relationships between identity, geography, and popular culture that are produced and consumed in this sprawling country.
Expanding beyond the clichés of friendliness and snow, this text provides a fresh perspective on what it means to be Canadian, both nationally and transnationally.
Scholars look at historical subjects like Québécois identity and Indigenous self-representation and explore issues in contemporary media, including music, film, television, comic books, video games, and social media.
From Drake to the Tragically Hip, Trailer Park Boys to The Amazing Race Canada, and poutine to maple syrup, mainstream icons and trends are studied in the interdisciplinary context of race, gender, sexuality, politics, and patriotism.
Contributing to the location of Canadian popular culture, this unique resource will engage students and scholars of communication studies, cultural studies, and Canadian studies.
Ted Rogers School of Management, Entrepreneur Accelerator Program
Media Bistro, Personal Essay Writing course
Banff Centre for the Arts, Writing With Style residency
Media Bistro, Novel Writing course
Mohawk College, Creative Writing course
Loyalist College, Online Journalism Post-Graduate Diploma
Carleton University, Bachelor of Arts (Journalism/Music)
Social Media Director, Canadian Living, Elle Canada, Style at Home, The Hockey News, That’s the Spirit
Senior Web Editor, Canadian Living
Associate Editor/Contributor, Interiors Magazine
Associate Editor, Hamilton Magazine
Communications Manager, Ministry of the Attorney General
New Media Designer, Banff Centre for the Arts
New Media Design, City of Kingston/Kingston Public Library
Faculty/Delegate, CWC/CORUS New Media Career Accelerator
Photoshop, Town of Banff
Dreamweaver, Town of Banff
HTML, Town of Banff
Polaris Music Prize Juror
Delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and JUNOS Juror
GritLit Festival Director of Marketing
Canadian Online Publishing Awards Juror
Webby Awards Juror
Ruel, Maxime. "The Bizarro Laws Keeping Canada Weird" Medium, September 12, 2018.
Nathan Taylor. “Orillia Festival Helps Keep the Art of Storytelling Alive and Well.” Orillia Matters, July 16, 2018 newspaper.
"The best Canadian books of all time" Ottawa Life, July 1, 2018, magazine.
"The Best Canadian Books of All Time" Ottawa Life, July 1, 2018, magazine.
"The best Canadian books of all time" Kobo, June 26, 2018, website.
Boone, Brian. "The Best Comedy Books of 2017" Vulture/New York, December 25, 2017, magazine
Sinclair, Reyes. “Funny Canadian History” Reading for You,
November 30, 2017, website.
Davidson, Dan. "Poking Fun at Some National Icons on Our Birthday" What's Up Yukon, August 30, 2017, magazine.
"Is Canada Even Real?" The Book Trail, June 30, 2017, website.
“Various Artists: Dominionated IV” Dominionated, June 30, 2017, website.
Tennant, Jamie. “Get Lit E31 with J.C. Villamere” 93.3 CFMU-FM, June 22, 2017, radio.
Day, Lisa. "#IsCanadaEvenReal? ET Canada’s J.C. Villamere finds out" Book Talk, May 29, 2017
Dandeneau, Lolly K. "Is Canada Even Real? How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip-Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe by J.C. Villamere" Book Stalker, May 23, 2017, website.
Brody, Laura. "Is Canada Even Real?" CHCH TV, May 16, 2017, television.
Gray, Charlotte. "Review: Jesse Brown’s The Canadaland Guide to Canada and J.C. Villamere’s Is Canada Even Real?" The Globe & Mail, May 12, 2017, newspaper.
Rockingham, Graham. “Hamilton writer celebrates Canada's 'weirdos’” the Hamilton Spectator, May 10, 2017, newspaper.
Spuckler, Joseph "Book Review — Is Canada Even Real?: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe" Evilcyclist's Bookshelf, March 7, 2017, website.
Kathy Renwald, Kathy. “Curating Canadiana" the Hamilton Spectator, August 6, 2015, newspaper.
“People in Publishing.” Masthead, March 3, 2011, magazine.
“Tips From CSME Panel on Building a Successful Blog.” Masthead, February 17, 2011, magazine.