America’s “nice” neighbours are the movers and shakers we need now.
“Nice” – that’s the one word the world associates with Canada. It’s often just another way to say “dull” though, which is partly how Canucks are perceived, but quiet Canada is fast shedding its hoser (slang for unsophisticated) image, and starting to make some international noise.
While the country has always had its fair share of interesting models (Linda Evangelista, Daria Werbowy), designers, artists and celebs are now coming to the fore. The epitome of that? The “Dionaissance” – the return of Celine Dion, no longer the height of naff blandness.
So why is 150-year-old Canada finally having a moment? It helps that feminist and photogenic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cooler than most international leaders (not difficult). Toronto and Vancouver have vibrant tech and film industries, and are attracting the right talent. The country’s rich indigenous heritage and huge immigrant population also means unusual cultural mash-ups are being produced. Then, there’s the everyday modern approach to life – socially conscious, eco-friendly and wellness-focused.
But perhaps it boils down to this: 2017 has been a year of uncertainty and unpleasantness, and we’ve had enough of bad boys. It’s time for the nice guy to get the glory. We need a hero for our times. We need more Canadians. We need... Celine Dion. By Aileen Lalor