Friday, July 01, 2005


Well, it's July 1st again - time to celebrate all things Canadian! The Tragically Hip, the Hockey (Ice) world cup holding team, Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams (maybe not) all deserve a toast today!

On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st.

The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name "Dominion Day". There were no real celebrations until 1982 when the government decided that "Dominion Day" sounded shit, so they renamed it "Canada day" - and there was much celebration, probably.

But these days, it's just yet another good excuse for a piss-up! Even Canadian embassies around the world open their subsidised bars especially for certain commonwealth folk. I've never been to one of these events but my boss worked in Singapore for a while and informed me that this happened to him once!

Last year I was celebrating Canada day by smuggling beer past the police blockades into Victoria inner harbour (British Columbia, Canada - not Melbourne, Australia funnily enough), then drinking said beer - much to the disappointment of the many folk that had been busted and had their booze confiscated! he he. Along with my Sidekick, Sud Shady, we managed to find ourselves in a hostel in Victoria after getting way to drunk to find our way home. Oh yes, there were loads of people there and the fireworks were great!

Vic Harbour

This year, I'll be in a pub in Cardiff probably, drinking Coke. I will make a special effort to find a Canadian somewhere so I can tell them all about their national day. Unless they actually know already of course.


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