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150 Times The World Should Have Thanked Canada

There's nothing left to say, except you're welcome.

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Isn't it weird that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year? Even though this is a huge milestone, it kind of feels like Canada's been around for much, much longer.

And a big part of that is because Canada's literally full of diversity and innovation. We've left our mark on the whole world with some amazing artists (Drake, HMU), sports teams, inventions, and much, much more!

In fact, it's almost like we don't get enough recognition for how amazing we truly are. Just imagine living in a world without any of these Canadian-made creations...

Air Canada.


Air Transat.


Alanis Morissette.

AKA the best artist to listen to when you're going through a breakup.


Aldo.


Alessia Cara.

"Scars To You're Beautiful" reminded girls around the world that they're already BEAUTIFUL. 


Alexisonfire.

For unleashing these screamo kings on the world... well, you're totally welcome.


AM radio.


Anne of Green Gables. 


Arc'teryx.


Arkells.


Arthur.

Yes, as in your fave TV show as a child. 


Assassin's Creed. 


Austin Powers.


Avril Lavigne.

Remember the whole "neckties with tank tops and spiked cuffs" trend the Earth went through in the mid-2000s? Yeah, you have this pop-punk princess to thank for it.


Banff National Park.


Basketball.

Canadian James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. I guess you could say everything's come full circle today: without James Naismith, there'd be no basketball. Without basketball, the Raptors wouldn't exist. And without the Raptors, who would be Drake's favourite sports team? 


Bilingualism. 


And the fact that we created "Franglais," a whole new language.


Bixi Bikes.

Started in Montreal, and now they here. And by here I mean, Toronto, Ottawa, the UK, Mexico, the US, and even Australia!


Blackberry phones.

Where else would you conduct your business, TBH?


Bran Van 3000. 

How else would the world know that drinking in LA at 26 is not a good look?


Bryan Adams.

AKA, the world's best '90s light rock prince.


Canadian bacon. 


Canadian Club whiskey. 


Canada Dry ginger ale.


Canada Goose.


Carly Rae Jepsen.


And "Call Me Maybe," AKA the catchiest song in the world.

Which should be in every. single. one. of your Spotify playlists, TBH.


Celine Dion. 

'Nuff said.


Cirque Du Soleil. 


City And Colour.

Their soft sounds truly charmed the world.


Coffee Crisp.


Colin Mochrie.

King of Who's Line Is It Anyway and internationally loved. You're welcome, world. 


Crispy Crunch.


Crown Royal whiskey.


Deadmau5.

You're welcome for blessing you with such an awesome edm artist, world.


Dead Obies.

For making Quebecoise rap music shine on an international stage.


Dean Brody.


Degrassi: The Next Generation. 

The world's best television teenage drama, bar none.


Don Cherry. 


Donovan Woods.


Dragon's Den.

Without which there would be no Shark's Tank, and no Canadian Simon Cowell.


Drake.

Like "Fake Love" hasn't been constantly streaming on your phone.


And Toronto, the city that birthed him.


DVBBS.


Ed, Edd n Eddy.


Electric streetcars.


Expo 67.


George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.

Don't pretend like Strombo isn't the world's fave VJ host.


Herschel Supply Co. 


Ice hockey.


Ice wine.


Instant replay.


Insulin. 


James Cameron. 


Jason Wu.

AKA, the fashion designer mastermind behind many of Michelle Obama's gorgeous dresses.


Jim Carrey.


Justin Bieber.

Is it too late now to say that "Sorry" is probably one of the best songs of the decade?


Justin Trudeau.

All looks aside, our Prime Minister has done some pretty amazing things. One of his most notable accomplishments is probably the acceptance of refugees by his administration. We couldn't be more proud to call him ours.


Kardinal Offishall. 


Karl Wolf.

Totally here for his on fleek cover of Toto's hit, "Africa". 


Ketchup chips.


Kraft Dinner.


Labrador Retriever dogs.

Did you know they were first bred in Newfoundland & Labrador? Mind blown eh.


Lacrosse.


Leonard Cohen.


Live Clean.


Lululemon.


And the world's newfound obsession with active wear.

Thanks, Lululemon leggings, for making me feel fit without doing anything.


MAC Cosmetics.


Mackage.


Maple syrup. 


... And maple taffy.


McCain french fries.


Michael Buble.

Without Buble, Christmas is just not the same.


Molson Canadian.


Montreal smoked meat.


And Montreal bagels!


Mr. Dressup.


Nanaimo bars.


Nathan Fillion.


Neil Young.

Honestly, nothing even needs to be said. Except: you can thank us later, world.


Nelly Furtado.

Don't pretend like you didn't just belt out "I'm Like A Bird" at the top of your lungs.


Nickelback.

The world loves to hate them, but we love to love them. 


And the couple powerhouse that was Chavril!


Oka Cheese. 


Our health-care model.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Our immigration policies are inclusive.  


Our rainbow money.


PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Not only is he responsible for some FIRE beats but he's also collaborated with some big names in the industry like Big Sean, Jeremih, and Rihanna.


Pamela Anderson.


Peanut butter.


And peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, AKA the best meal in the universe.


Pineapple pizza.


Poinsettias. 

Yes, those red Christmas flowers. You're welcome.


Politeness.


Poutine.

I mean, come on. It's delicious.


Property Brothers.


Rachel McAdams.


And the Canadian-lead driven love story that was The Notebook. 

Because without Ryan and Rachel, The Notebook would be nothing.


Real Housewives Of Toronto. 


Rick Moranis.


And by extension, Ghost Busters.


Riverdale.

All that awesomeoness is 100% filmed in Canada.


Robin Scherbatsky.

How I Met Your Mother would have been nothing without her Canadian hijinx. 


Rush.


Ryan Gosling. 


Ryan Reynolds. 


And also Deadpool!


Sarah McLachlan.

A proud Haligonian, btw!


Second Cup. 


Seth Rogen. 


Shania Twain.

Ummm... remember "UP"? How could you forget? She is, after all, the world's best-selling female country artist of all time selling over 85 million records. 


Shawn Mendes.

This Canadian hottie is not only an amazing singer but he can play the guitar too! And his song "Stitches" is SO catchy. I mean, it makes sense, it did hit number four on The Billboards Hot 100.


Simple Plan.

Honestly, the mid-2000s wouldn't be the same without the smooth stylings of Simple Plan.


Sugar pie.


Superman. 

Created by Toronto-born artist, Joel Shuster. 


Table hockey.


Tegan and Sara.


Terry Fox.


The Alberta Badlands. 


The beaver.

Our national animal just so happens to be the world's cutest animal. 


The Bloody Caesar. 


The Canadian National Women's hockey team.


The Canadian Rockies.


The Canadian tuxedo.

Denim on denim, friends. Lest we forget the time Britney and Justin rocked the Canadian tuxedo.


The garbage bag.

Where would you put your garbage if not for Canada?


The Habs.


The Halifax Public Gardens. 


The Handmaid's Tale.


The IKEA monkey.


The introduction of the cultural mosaic instead of the melting pot.


The jock strap.


The Leafs.


The MMVAs.

And when Avril totally showed her butt in 2003. 


The McIntosh apple.


The Montreal Jazz Festival.


The movie Titanic.

Celine Dion and James Cameron both came together to make this movie something the world won't soon forget.


The paint roller. 


The snowblower.


The snowmobile.


The synthesizer.


The telephone.


The Tragically Hip.

A classic Canadian rock band like no other.


The Weeknd.

Because "Starboy" is the theme of your night out, TBH.


Three Days Grace.


Tim Hortons.

A Canadian gem exported to the USA, the UK, and more. You're welcome, everyone.


Trailer Park Boys.


Trivial Pursuit. 


Tory Lanez. 


Walk Off The Earth.


Wayne Gretzky. 


William Shatner.


And by extension, Star Trek as we know it.


Winnie The Pooh.


X-Men. 

I mean, it is filmed in Montreal, after all.


YTV.


Canada's been around for 150 years - and look at all the amazing accomplishments we've given the world in such a short time!

Make sure to head over to Spotify's Canada 150 hub right here, to listen to some of the best that Canada has to offer! 

Miranda Cipolla Miranda is an avid tequila drinker, city explorer, and food lover. Follow her adventures on Instagram (@ciaomiranda12) and Facebook.