I am happy to say that over the years I have acquired many friends in all parts of the world. Whether north, south, east or west, these friends remind me that being Canadian sets me apart in more ways than one. I suppose everyone has their characteristics depending on what part of the world they are from that would give hints to their heritage. Thinking about this has led me to think about the event space and what aspects of a Canadian event might remind you where you are.
Of course I write this blog somewhat ‘tongue in cheek’ with Canada Day approaching and wanting to write a ‘Canadian’ related blog. I’m enjoying Canada’s singer/songwriter Tim Hicks who has a very popular song climbing the charts now entitled “Stronger Beer” where he sings about the differences between Canada and the States. As I sing along to the lyrics of his song and consider my own multitudes of travels outside our beautiful country, I’ve come up with a list of indicators you may experience when attending a Canadian event. They are as follows:
- Colourful plastic money as well as $1 and $2 coins
- Driving directions written using Metric System & people talk in time not miles
- Legal age to drink is 19yrs (18 in Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta)
- Stronger beer (Labatt Blue Dry 10.1%, Bud Light Platinum 6%)
- You can order an alcoholic drink called a Caesar (like Bloody Mary but with Clamato juice)
- Tim Horton’s coffee & donuts
- You’ll be offered vinegar for french fries
- Your Coke or Pepsi will contain real sugar, not corn syrup
- Idle chit chat usually involves talking about the weather, or apologizing for something irrelevant
- Prizes/auction items most often involve hockey related tickets or paraphernalia
- Venues are often located in cottage country or the like with views of Canadian Maples
- If your event is called a Stag ‘N Doe, you’re at a pre-wedding event to raise money for the couple getting married
‘Canadianisms’ are fun to think about and I am always fascinated when I travel and someone guesses I’m from Canada!
Eventastic would like to know what other indicators are you aware of?
Have a great day eh!