Itâs official. The New York Times thinks Canada is âhip.â Or, more accurately, âhip?â
In a piece published Saturday, âWith the Rise of Justin Trudeau, Canada is Suddenly âŠ Hip?â Peter Stevenson writes that our âfrozen cultural wastelandâ full of âhopelessly unstylish citizensâ is different now. Cool, even.
Toronto rapper Drake put out 2015's very first platinum album, 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late.' (Screenshot/If You're Typing This It's Too Late)
"Canada has not become hip all at once, with the election of the mediagenic Mr. Trudeau," Stevenson said. âIt is partly a dawning of self-recognition."
He lists Drake, The Weeknd, Xavier Dolan, Grimes, and Shane Smith as evidence of Canadaâs slow transformation: from embarrassing America-wannabe to cultural powerhouse in its own right.
The New York Times ran a piece titled, 'With the Rise of Justin Trudeau, Canada is Suddenly âŠ Hip?' on Jan. 16, 2016. (Screenshot/The New York Times)
"An expanse once stereotyped as the home to square-jawed Mounties and beer-swilling âhosersâ has quietly morphed into a multicultural breeding ground," he wrote. "Itâs all very exciting, eh? But still âŠ Canada? The land of hyper-politeness and constant apology? The home of maple syrup, poutine, the gentle sport of curling and 10 percent of the worldâs forests? The country that Spy magazine once said had âcultural Epstein-Barrnessâ?"
As shocked as Stevenson may be, itâs true â at least according to international media, that is. Heâs not the first writer to announce Trudeauâs electoral victory a sign of Canadaâs newfound coolness.
In October, the Guardian published a piece comparing the Canadian election to the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, American music charts were dominated by Canucks Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. As our three political parties duked it out for seats in the House of Commons, these three duked it out for the No. 1 single.
Justin Bieber performs on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Plaza on Nov. 18, 2015 in New York. (CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP)
âThe road to Trudeauâs victory went through Toronto â a city thatâs been redubbed and mythologized as the 6ix by local hero Drake on his recent albums,â the article said. If you want to see where Trudeau won his government, it said, go no farther than Scarborough, where son of Ethiopian immigrants The Weeknd grew up.
The New Yorker jumped on the same boat in October, running a story titled, âAnother Trudeau Makes Canada Cool.â The story compares Trudeau to his father, who in the 1960s made Canada âsynonymous with cool, for reasons other than the weather.â
âAfter the cold incumbency of the Harper government,â the story said, âTrudeau is aiming to make Canada cool again."
Well they better get used to it. With Trudeau all over the tabloids, and Bieber and Drake dominating American music charts, it looks like these stories are right. Canada went through puberty, and sheâs even hotter than America now. Or is it just global warming?