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How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe

A Witty and Nostalgic Quiz Book Exploring the Quirks and Mystique of Canada

Discover the quirks and idiosyncrasies of Canada in this witty and nostalgic journey through its history. With a dash of humour and a hint of hipster flair, this quiz book is both an entertaining and educational read. If you've ever pondered the significance of the inuksuk or why the beaver is such an iconic symbol, this book will provide the answers. But it doesn't stop there - Is Canada Even Real? delves into the very existence of this unique nation, examining the cultural factors that contribute to its mystique. With waterproof currency and a hot prime minister, Canada seems almost too good to be true. But rest assured, this book proves that Canada is very much a real and lovable place, even if it exists mainly in your imagination.

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What EXPERTS are saying

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"Villamere knows her way around a story. Her brilliant writing is fast and funny one moment, sad and serious the next, but always rooted in the familiar, often hilarious, truth of self-discovery. Start, and you won’t stop."

terry fallis, AUTHOR

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“Villamere's writing is a literary spritz of the funny, sad and conflicted, with a frankness to give it the bite of hard candy, not forgetting its gooey heart.”

Dave Bidini,


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“Villamere’s writing is funny and fearless, sweet and subversive ... with the balls to pull it off.”

Dave McGinn, Globe &

Mail arts reporter



The Quintessential Canadian Woman

From driving a Ski-Doo by age 8 to being a connoisseur of maple syrup, JC Villamere embodies all things Canadian. A Banff Centre for the Arts alumna with a journalism/music degree from Carleton University, she has made a name for herself as a senior editor at Canadian Living and the social media director of Elle Canada. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Style At Home, earning her two National Magazine Awards and recognition in CBC’s Canada Writes competition.

Villamere is also the force behind the popular blog Villamere: Chief She-Hoser, where she explores all aspects of Canadian culture. In 2015, she launched the highly acclaimed print magazine Villamere: The Lowbrow Magazine of High-End CanLit. Today, she brings her pop music expertise to ET Canada as a contributing writer. With an autographed 8x10 glossy of Shelagh Rogers as one of her prized possessions, JC Villamere truly is the most Canadian woman in the world.


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