Canada Day Bonus

Canada Day Fireworks, Barrie Waterfront

Kinda like how Canadians are getting an extra holiday today, even though Canada Day was yesterday, I’m posting a little bonus to follow up yesterday’s doodledrop.

The photo is of Barrie, Ontario’s patriotic celebrations down by the bay, (where the watermelons grow…) What did you all get up to this July 1st?

In my Canada Day post this year I noted a few popular Canadian artists. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our latest international sensation, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Her hit “Call Me Maybe” has reached number one in Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, while also reaching the top five in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Poland.

That’s all very well, but for me, the true mark of her success happened a couple months ago while I was at birthday party. The honourees are both involved in rugby and many of their teammates came to celebrate with them… It happened suddenly. One moment,  I’m doling out cake and the party is subtly grooving to some electro, the next: “Call Me Maybe” comes on and twenty big rugby guys are jumping up and down, dancing and yelling the lyrics at the top of their lungs. I turned to my friend and through my hysterical laughter choked out “I can’t believe this is happening… I can’t believe this is happening.”

It was spectacular.

Okay sure, you’ve probably heard a million remixes and covers to this song, but have you heard this one? Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij mashes “Call Me Maybe” with Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass” (I know! RIGHT? Awesome.) He insists: “This one is strictly for a lulz.”

“Call Me on Broken Glass” by Carly Rae Jepsen, Annie Lennox and Rostam Batmanglij

UPDATE: For those of you who like to keep tabs on my dad, he had somehow never heard of “Call Me Maybe” and now thinks it is “absolutely remarkable” as both he and Carly share the small hometown of Mission, B.C.


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