The Year of the Cana­dian

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Canada cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the world – and, well, outer space – in 2013, from Leonard Co­hen wrap­ping a hugely suc­cess­ful world tour on the back of his chart-top­ping Old Ideas al­bum to Kath­leen Wynne be­com­ing the na­tion’s first openly gay pre­mier. In March, how­ever, Canada truly “launched” into the in­ter­ga­lac­tic con­scious­ness when Cmdr. Chris Had­field, 54, be­came the first Cana­dian to as­sume com­mand of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. While there, the as­tro­naut chan­nelled his in­ner artist, beam­ing back stun­ning pho­to­graphs of Earth from space and go­ing vi­ral with a zero grav­ity ren­di­tion of David Bowie’s “Space Odd­ity” while also tak­ing time to chat with fel­low Canuck star trekker Wil­liam Shat­ner. Then, in Oc­to­ber, cel­e­brated scribe Alice Munro, 82, re­ceived the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture – be­com­ing the first Cana­dian hon­oured with the award. Al­most as amaz­ing – an en­tire year of Cana­dian ac­com­plish­ments went by and none of them in­volved beer, hockey or maple syrup.

A scene from Cmdr. Had­field’s vi­ral “Space Odd­ity” video, filmed aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion and re­leased in May 2013

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