True pa­triot love

Chad and Avril aren’t the first Cana­dian celebs to pool their star power

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THIS just in: Not only is love blind, it’s also hard of hear­ing. How else can any­body ex­plain the news that pop chanteuse Avril Lavigne is set to tie the knot with Chad Kroeger, the front­man for a rock band whose name — Nick­el­back — is de­fined by ur­ban­dic­tionary.com as “the act of will­ingly al­low­ing one’s ears to bleed.”

Lavigne, 27, and Kroeger, 37, ap­par­ently fell into each other’s arms about six months ago, not long af­ter Kroeger be­gan help­ing the Belleville, Ont., na­tive with her forth­com­ing al­bum. A source for mag­a­zine said, “A ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship blos­somed as they spent time writ­ing to­gether.” (Hey — who wouldn’t go for a guy who pens such poignant lyrics as “I like your pants around your feet,” from

So­cial-me­dia types were quick to hang the Brangelina-like tag “Chavril” on the duo.

Oth­ers tweeted that Lavigne and Kroeger, who hails from Hanna, Alta., are this coun­try’s big­gest “power cou­ple” since ’60s folk duo Ian and Sylvia. No dis­re­spect to the Tysons — or their four strong winds — but that isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the case, as ev­i­denced by the fol­low­ing list of all-Cana­dian canoodlers, past and present. HE’S a Hol­ly­wood heart­throb who nar­rowly lost out to Bradley Cooper as Peo­ple mag­a­zine’s 2011 Sex­i­est Man Alive. She’s a Ge­nie- and Gemini-nom­i­nated ac­tress who first lit up the big screen in 2002’s The Hot Chick. (Yes, she was the hot chick.)

Gosling and McA­dams — both were born in Lon­don, Ont. — be­gan dat­ing af­ter por­tray­ing lovers in the 2004 tis­sue-fest The Note­book.

Gosling and McA­dams were an on-again, off-again cou­ple for about three years. Af­ter their fi­nal part­ing of the ways, Gosling re­ferred to McA­dams as — here come the tears again — one of the great loves of his life. SHE’S a Cana­dian busi­ness­woman from New­mar­ket, Ont., who once had as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing Canada’s sec­ond fe­male prime min­is­ter. He’s a for­mer NHL en­forcer from Wind­sor, Ont., who sits third on the list for ca­reer penalty min­utes (3,515). Politi­cos dubbed the duo “beauty and the beast” af­ter Domi joined Stronach on the cam­paign trail in 2006.

Al­though Stronach and Domi never of­fi­cially de­clared them­selves an item, sources close to the auto parts heiress told The Cana­dian Press that the re­la­tion­ship never made it into over­time, af­ter Stronach dumped the ex-tough guy some­time in 2007. HE is the star of The In-Laws, The Pro­posal, The Ami­tyville Hor­ror and The Change-Up, as well as a few flicks that don’t start with “The.” She is a Grammy Award-win­ning singer/song­writer whose angst-rid­den al­bum Jagged Lit­tle Pill has sold over 33 mil­lion copies world­wide.

Reynolds and Moris­sette met at a birthday party in 2002. They got en­gaged two years af­ter that.

Reynolds and Moris­sette ended their en­gage­ment in 2007. If you’re look­ing for clues why, pick up Moris­sette’s 2008 ef­fort, Fla­vors of En­tan­gle­ment. Fol­low­ing its re­lease, Moris­sette told a re­porter from Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood that the col­lec­tion of songs is a chron­i­cle of her grief caused by the breakup. Cheery. WIN­NIPEG-BORN Jacks and Saska­toon-born Peskle­vits were both Van­cou­ver-based mu­si­cians when they be­gan per­form­ing to­gether in the mid-1960s. Af­ter ex­chang­ing “I dos,” Terry and the newly minted Su­san Jacks formed the Poppy Fam­ily — a sac­cha­rine-coated pop ensem­ble that en­joyed its big­gest suc­cess with the 1970 Can-con clas­sic, Which Way You Goin’ Billy?

Billy wasn’t the only per­son go­ing places; the Jacks went their sep­a­rate ways in 1973. But not be­fore Su­san con­trib­uted back­ing vo­cals to Terry’s break­through solo al­bum, Sea­sons in the Sun. The ti­tle track from that record — four min­utes of joy, fun and death — in­ex­pli­ca­bly topped charts around the world in 1974. JOHN­SON and McLeod are both ac­com­plished ath­letes. For over two decades, they’ve been the stars of Body­break, a se­ries of tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials that pro­mote phys­i­cal fit­ness to Canucks from coast to coast.

John­son and McLeod started dat­ing in the 1980s, ex­changed vows in 1999, but kept their re­la­tion­ship a se­cret from view­ers for five more years af­ter that. Ac­cord­ing to a ra­dio in­ter­view in 2004, the pair said that TV ex­ecs asked them to keep their love­bird sta­tus hush-hush, be­cause they didn’t think view­ers were “ready” for an in­ter­ra­cial cou­ple when Body­break first aired. ONCE upon a time, he was a highly vis­i­ble busi­ness­man who pro­moted con­certs and op­er­ated tan­ning sa­lons. Mean­while, she was the face of a Transcona car deal­er­ship, known as much for her blond mane as her sig­na­ture phrase, “You’ve got it, Park Pon­tiac.”

It’s hard to put a date on the Katz/Best split. What is known is that Katz went on to be­come mayor of Canada’s eighth largest city. And that Best has stayed for­ever young, thanks to a YouTube chan­nel called RetroWin­nipeg, which spe­cial­izes in locally pro­duced com­mer­cials from the 1970s and ’80s. ARCHIE and Tammy were ven­tril­o­quist dum­mies who first ap­peared on Archie and His Friends and later, Fun­town. Both chil­dren’s pro­grams starred Win­nipeg pup­peteer “Un­cle” Bob Swarts. Al­though Archie and Tammy rarely ap­peared on­screen to­gether — some con­tend that Tammy was sim­ply Archie in drag — there wasn’t too much com­pe­ti­tion in Fun­town for Archie’s af­fec­tions, un­less you count Marvin the Mouse or Rob­bie the Ro­bot.

CKY-TV pulled the plug on Swarts and his en­tourage in 1986. Ru­mour has it that Archie and Tammy are presently holed up in a hospi­tal stor­age closet some­where in Win­nipeg, where they await the day they can rekin­dle their love. (OK, so maybe kin­dle isn’t the best word to use, when re­fer­ring to wooden pup­pets.) Nov­el­ists Mar­garet At­wood and Graeme Gib­son; Win­nipeg indie dar­lings John K. Sam­son (Weak­erthans) and singer-song­writer Chris­tine Fel­lows; Pierre El­liott Trudeau and clas­si­cal gui­tarist Liona Boyd; CBC an­chor Peter Mans­bridge and ac­tor Cyn­thia Dale.

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