Celebrating our own is not something we as Canadians like to do. We have so much talent in this country but a lot of it goes unrecognized. We tend to consume American culture and degrade our own. I don’t know why this tends to be the case, but it does.
The 2007 Canadian Walk of Fame Ceremony was broadcast last night and I was tuning in. Katherine O’Hara is a fine actress who has starred in some great comedies. When she accepted her award she thanked the organizers of the event and then said “It all seems so unCanadian.” I know it was a joke, but as a friend once told me, there is a lot of truth in joking.
I think we need to celebrate the talent that we have here in this country. I always watch the Juno Awards to celebrate the best in Canadian music. I go to professional football games all the time and am a huge supporter of the Hamilton Tiger Cats. I buy Canadian CDs, both independent and major label releases.
I know some people that don’t like to acknowledge anything Canadian. They watch the NFL but not the CFL. They only watch American movies and support American artists and musicians. Some of these people would probably be surprised at how many big hitters in Hollywood are actually Canadian.
Some people tend to think that Canadian means “not good.” I cannot fathom where this mind frame comes from. I am glad that this show was aired last night and that the Walk of Fame exists. We have got so much talent here. It is about time that we recognize it and celebrate it.