VILL IN THE NEWS

The reviews are in and folks are LOVING  ‘Is Canada Even Real?’

Is Canada Even Real? Live on CHCH
JC stops by CHCH Morning Live to chat about Is Canada Even Real? with co-host Bob Cowan on
May 16, 2017

Review: Jesse Brown’s The Canadaland Guide to Canada and J.C. Villamere’s Is Canada Even Real?
The Globe and Mail, May 12, 2017

Having her debut book reviewed by the prestigious Globe & Mail books section was a dream come true for Villamere. Here’s just a snippet of the glowing review:

Is Canada Even Real? is a cheerful little handbook drenched in late 20th-century pop culture. The author, J.C. Villamere (“rhymes with ‘spill-a-beer,’ ” the hipster blogger explains), wants to replace our traditional icons – maple leaves, hockey, canoes, totem poles, polar bears – with new ones – hobos, weirdos, hip hop and mascots. (She includes beavers as a new cultural touchpoint, but maybe she’s not thinking rodents.) “Canada is at its realest in the minutia of our shared memories and culture,” she argues, before plunging into an exploration of her chosen touchpoints, presented in the guise of a quiz.

…This is a quirky nostalgia trip for Canadians who value contributions to our national identity from the likes of Stompin’ Tom Connors, of TVO’s live-action 1970s children’s show Cucumber, and of Bonhomme – mascot for Quebec’s annual Winter Carnival. 

…Given Drake’s Degrassi: The Next Generation origins, it’s no surprise to find the megasuccessful rapper in Is Canada Even Real? Villamere describes him as “unbelievably authentic … fearless in the face of his own dorkdom,” adding the delicious trivia note that, in 2015, Historica Canada created a mash-up of their Heritage Minutes to honour him.”


Hamilton Writer Celebrates Canada’s ‘Weirdos’
Hamilton Spectator, May 10, 2017

“You would have to be a little warped to write a book on Canadian culture with an opening chapter devoted entirely to “The Littlest Hobo.”

Well Hamilton writer J.C. Villamere has done exactly that with her new book “Is Canada Even Real?”

As a matter of fact, the entire first 60 pages of the book contain nothing but odd facts about famous and not so-famous Canadian hobos — Sol, the hobo clown of TV Ontario’s “Parlez Vous;” Wilf Carter, the hobo balladeer of country music; and Rutger Hauer’s Canadian-made vigilante film “Hobo with a Shotgun.”” Read the full story here >>

How Weird is Canada?
Vill was unstoppable on this 25-minute live radio interview with the fabulous Scott Radley of The Scott Radley Show on AM 900 CHML on May 10, 2017.

Get Lit
Vill chatted with Jamie Tennant on CFMU’s show about books and literature on May 11, 2017.