The nation’s capital may be beset with intrigue at the moment, but don’t be fooled — Ottawa is still boring.
At the inaugural Boring Awards hosted in Toronto on Tuesday night, Ottawa was voted the most boring city in Canada, beating out stiff competition from Abbotsford, B.C., Brampton, Ont., Laval, Que., and Lethbridge, Alta.
However, organizers almost called off the event -- where a documentary titled, you guessed it, “Boredom” was also aired -- after recent news from the capital livened things up.
“It was a disaster for us,” director Albert Nerenberg told the Ottawa Citizen.
From a Senate expense scandal to the resignation of Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, Ottawa has been more interesting than usual of late.
“We thought this would be an epic year for boredom, but really it was quite terrible,” organizer Rob Spence, told the Citizen. “So many crazy, interesting things happened the very week of the awards.”
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The Boring Awards were held in Toronto on Tuesday, May 21.
Runners-up: Avril Lavigne Thomas Mulcair The Royal Bank Animated Character Justin Bieber
Runners-up: Actor Ryan Gosling Peaches Chris Hatfield The Ikea Monkey
Runners-up: Queen's Jubilee Ceremonies in Canada 2012 Throne Speech, Parliament of Canada Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoffs The Boring Awards
"Boring and orderly is the Canadian way." - Monte Solberg in the Toronto Sun. Runners-up: “It’s just going to be all trivial facts and figures.” -Dale Martelli, President of the B.C. Social Studies Teacher’s Association talking about the Canadian government's new plans for the teaching of Canadian history. "To return to boring." - Mark Carney, then governer of the Bank oc Canada describes his 2012 strategy. "It’s official, Canadian home prices are boring." - Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter talking about the stability of Canadian real estate. "Our leaders are boring, but what does that say about us?" - Sean Koury
Runners-up: Laval, Quebec Lethbridge, Alberta Abbotsford, BC Brampton, ON
The Boring Academy, comprised of accountants, tax officials and IT consultants, awarded the 64th Annual Tax Conference in Calgary, Alta., the most boring event of the year. It beat out other events such as the Queen’s Jubilee Ceremonies, the 2012 Throne Speech and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was named the most boring Canadian ahead of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, singer Avril Lavigne, The Bank of Montreal’s Animated Character and Justin Bieber.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, currently embroiled in a scandal of his own after allegedly being filmed smoking crack cocaine, was named the least boring Canadian.
Abbotsford, which is described in the Urban Dictionary as a “city in British Columbia, Canada, where everything is boring and everybody wants to go to another town to do stuff,” was happy to be nominated in the city category after garnering the less than flattering title of “Homicide Capital of Canada” in 2008 and 2009.
“A little boring isn’t the worst thing in the world,” Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald told the Vancouver Sun.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told 1310 News that while he might be the most boring mayor, the city is not a boring place.
“We just finished the Tulip Festival, the big-name acts that are coming into the city, the Byward Market, the vibrancy of Sens Mile — we are not a boring city.”