Is Canada Even Real? How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip-Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe

If you’ve ever wondered …

— Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy?

— Does the iconic beaver really represent us better than The Littlest Hobo?

— Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it’s made out to be?

… then this book is for you.

Pre-Order Is Canada Even Real? Now! Out May 6, 2017


Villamere’s first book is a funny social history of Canada explained through our pop culture.

“Villamere knows her way around a story. Her brilliant writing is fast and funny … Start, and you won’t stop.”
— TERRY FALLIS, Two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

“Villamere’s writing is funny and fearless, sweet and subversive.”
— DAVE MCGINN, The Globe & Mail

“Villamere, it seems, could have been a set decorator for filmmaker Wes Anderson, but her real resumé is just as interesting: civil servant, magazine editor at Canadian Living, social media expert, author…”
— KATHY RENWALD, The Hamilton Spectator


Pre-Order Is Canada Even Real? Now! Out May 6, 2017


Featuring longreads on all your fave topics:

The Littlest Hobo: Our German Shepherd Guardian Angel TV Star
Sol: The Hobo Clown of Parlez-Moi/Your Nightmares
Wilf Carter: Maritime Cowboy and Hobo Balladeer
Hobo with a Shotgun: Vigilante Hobo Canuxploitation A-Go-Go

The “Beaver Hour”: CanCon Quota Gets a Ghetto Slot
Hinterland Who’s Who: Cool Flute Tune but Beaver Questions Remain Cucumber: Moose + Beaver + Tree House = Zero Cukes
The Beaver: Tittering Pervs Force Mag’s Name Change 91 103

Electric Circus: Let’s Spandex-Dance on TV
Maestro Fresh-Wes: The Backbone of Canadian Hip Hop
Snow: All the “Informer” Info That’s Fit to Print
“Wheelchair Jimmy”: Started from Degrassi, Now He’s Drizzy

Sir John A. Macdonald: Founder of the “Go Home, Dad, You’re Drunk” Meme
William Lyon Mackenzie King: Inspired Spiritualist, Big, Big Fan of Dogs
Stephen Harper: Hockey Fan, Murdoch Mysteries Star
Justin Trudeau: #hair

Hidy and Howdy: Twin Rodeo Polar Bears
Peter Puck: The Itchy & Scratchy of Hockey
Youppi!: The Ultimate Free Agent
Bonhomme: Super A-Lister Snowman

Pre-Order Is Canada Even Real? Now! Out May 6, 2017

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