I’m sure all our American readers are counting down the days until they can crack a Miller Lite, light some sparklers and celebrate Independence Day. Me too, except, being a Canadian, I don’t have to wait quite as long to do so…. and I will probably be sipping on something Molson over something Miller.
Up here in Canada we do our celebrating on July 1st. It’s Canada Day – our nation’s big, fat birthday – and it rocks. And being the nice neighbor that I am, I’m inviting you to party with us. If the fact that fabulous CollegeCandy writers Alex from Lakehead and Ness from Sheridan are Canadian isn’t reason enough, then here are 5 more.
1. Calling in sick to work because you’re too hungover from partying it up on the Fourth of July is totally suspicious. Call in on July 2nd (which happens to be a Friday!) and no one will bat an eyelash. Celebrating Canada Day means you can party straight through the weekend!
2. For anyone close to the 49th parallel and under 21, Canada is the place to be. With a drinking age of 19 in most provinces (18 in Alberta and Quebec!) you can enjoy a drink on a sunny patio. If you can’t make it North for a drink, raise a Caesar in celebration of Canada – this popular (and tasty) drink was created by a bartender in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta!
3. An all-Canadian playlist is a great reason to have a Canada Day party. With the extremely talented Arcade Fire, Metric, Stars, Tokyo Police Club, The Weakerthans, and Feist reigning from Canada, there is so much CRTC approved music to rock out to on July 1. Or if you’re more into the Top 40 stuff, who better to dance to at the club than Drake, Nelly Furtado and J.Biebs.
4. Celebrate Canada day with some fine Canadian cuisine. We have poutine, elephant ears, ginger beef, Montreal smoked meat, Montreal bagels, Nanaimo bars, Shreddies, Coffee Crisps, Timbits, and pretty much any ethnic cuisine you could possibly want available. And made on a cart if you’re in Toronto. Though we can’t seem to agree on a National dish, there are plenty of tasty treats we can all identify with.
5. Because we’re probably the friendliest neighbour you could possibly have. And you know what good neighbours do? They invite you over when they’re having a party and maybe, just maybe even hand you a nice, cold beer.