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Yeshanu
07-27-2010, 11:35 PM
Well, somebody had to start it. I'm terribly disappointed that the Australians have a thread, but we don't. Our language is distinct from both English and American, and deserves respect!

And I do not say "aboot," but I do say, "Eh?" Got a ribbing for it when I visited Niagara Falls (Canadian side) and got to chatting with two lovely women from NYC.

Xelebes
07-27-2010, 11:50 PM
I don't say eh or aboot, but I can do a mean North Queuey accent.

Kathleen42
07-27-2010, 11:57 PM
Wake up in the morning//feeling shy and lonely//gee I've got to go to school

Charles Farley
07-27-2010, 11:58 PM
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I speak newfie. Well I understand them . . . .most times.

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KTC
07-28-2010, 01:06 AM
I thought about starting this thread SO MANY TIMES.

hehe.

jvc
07-28-2010, 01:08 AM
Met one of your fellow Canajan-eh peeps at the weekend, Joel Plaskett. Nice guy, eh. :)

KTC
07-28-2010, 01:10 AM
Met one of your fellow Canajan-eh peeps at the weekend, Joel Plaskett. Nice guy, eh. :)

I SO love Plaskett's music. I'm a bit obsessed with it, actually!

jvc
07-28-2010, 01:14 AM
Got chatting with him a few weeks back over a coffee and met him again this weekend. He's a nice and friendly chap, as are his band mates. He is supporting Jools Holland at the moment, which is how I got to meet him (backstage at the Jools concerts). He has another one on the 7th August. I must remember to ask for a free CD :D Perhaps he'll even sign it for me ;)

2Wheels
07-28-2010, 02:23 AM
Don't you mean "Canajun?" As in Bobcaygeon?

Cliff Face
07-28-2010, 08:08 AM
I'd love to go to Canada, eh. See what it's all aboot.

The Canadian accent is sorely under-represented in the media, at least in Australia. We have British of all kinds, Aussie local shows, and heaps of Americana, but hardly any Canadian stuff.

This should be rectified, eh?

Gugland
07-28-2010, 08:26 AM
I'm American, but my parents were from Moose Jaw. After living in the states, they both quit saying "eh" so I never picked that up. What I DID pick up though is the habit of ending sentences with "y'know" (short for "don'cha know")

Adam
07-28-2010, 03:35 PM
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I speak newfie. Well I understand them . . . .most times.

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Newfoundlanders have one of the best accents I've ever heard. Love it! ;)

Haggis
07-28-2010, 03:43 PM
Enter the Haggis.

Haggis
07-28-2010, 03:45 PM
Enter the Haggis.

One full set of Grandparents were Anglo-Quebecois (did I spell that right?). North Onslow.

Paul
07-28-2010, 03:51 PM
Newfoundlanders have one the best accents I've ever heard. Love it! ;)

AKA : Irish accent. (really)

Adam
07-28-2010, 03:55 PM
There are a lot of similarities, yeah. ;)

I can see Brainy being mistaken for an Irish woman quite a bit once she's here. :D

Leah J. Utas
07-28-2010, 04:29 PM
Yeah, our own place. So cool.

divy
07-28-2010, 05:18 PM
Wake up in the morning//feeling shy and lonely//gee I've got to go to school

sigh. love this.

i'm TO born, but i've also lived in Van and Kingston ON. right now i'm doing the expat thing in Hong Kong, and i miss canada terribly- well, no, at this very moment i'm home visiting family, but i'm dreading going back to HK...

i find it hilarious that whenever someone meets me out there, they ask if i'm american, and when i correct them (politely, natch ;)) they are always so apologetic. hee.

jennontheisland
07-28-2010, 05:31 PM
Hey, does anyone know how Canada got it's name?

They put all the letters of the alphabet in a toque and started pulling them out one by one.












C, eh. N, eh. D, eh.

<<----

American's love that one.

SaraP
07-28-2010, 05:47 PM
I'm American, but my parents were from Moose Jaw. After living in the states, they both quit saying "eh" so I never picked that up. What I DID pick up though is the habit of ending sentences with "y'know" (short for "don'cha know")

I had the same habit when I returned to Portugal from the States. Lost it as soon as I stopped talking english regularly.

If I could move to any country in the world it would be Canada. Hubby and I seriously considered it for a while, but then I got preggers with my oldest, so we decided to stay put.

willietheshakes
07-28-2010, 08:45 PM
Checking in...

KathyD
07-28-2010, 08:49 PM
Also checking in....

Cliff Face
07-29-2010, 04:59 AM
Checking out of my mind,
I find I'm drunk blind,
Oh yeah,
Do the hustle!

Chumplet
07-29-2010, 07:11 AM
Don't you mean "Canajun?" As in Bobcaygeon?

I've been through Bobcaygeon.

Chumplet
07-29-2010, 07:17 AM
Miq'Maq on my mother's side, and 100% Acadian on my father's side (direct line back to the first Cormier who entered Canada in 1644).

BardSkye
07-29-2010, 07:36 AM
One full set of Grandparents were Anglo-Quebecois (did I spell that right?). North Onslow.

When do we get to see you draped in a Canadian flag?

Haggis
07-29-2010, 03:00 PM
When do we get to see you draped in a Canadian flag?
I've been known to hang out both flags around Canada Day/Independence Day. :)

Charles Farley
07-29-2010, 05:41 PM
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All right, so it's may two-four, beer or Rye?

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Charles Farley
07-29-2010, 11:32 PM
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w107/EdGein_2007/633575956140903997-CanadiansThisiswhat33millionofthemlooklike.jpg



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Yeshanu
07-29-2010, 11:43 PM
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All right, so it's may two-four, beer or Rye?

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Yes.

Charles Farley
07-29-2010, 11:47 PM
Yes.


:ROFL:

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Xelebes
07-30-2010, 02:03 AM
It's a two-four of beer, not may two four (Victoria Day?)

Sheryl Nantus
07-30-2010, 02:10 AM
It's a two-four of beer, not may two four (Victoria Day?)

naw, it's a tu-fer.

I'm a Torawna girl, doncha know.

:D

Xelebes
07-30-2010, 02:27 AM
So is the neologism tufer or tu-fer?

Charles Farley
07-30-2010, 05:36 PM
It's a two-four of beer, not may two four (Victoria Day?)


Yes, Victoria Day

and it's May two-four weekend. Hence, Beer or Rye . . . .

ummmmm . . thought we all knew that . . . Eh? :)

Kathleen42
07-30-2010, 06:22 PM
sigh. love this.

i'm TO born, but i've also lived in Van and Kingston ON. right now i'm doing the expat thing in Hong Kong, and i miss canada terribly- well, no, at this very moment i'm home visiting family, but i'm dreading going back to HK...

i find it hilarious that whenever someone meets me out there, they ask if i'm american, and when i correct them (politely, natch ;)) they are always so apologetic. hee.

You should totally make a Tims commercial. Like that one where the guy is in Scotland.

I've pretty much just stayed on the east coast.

Sheryl Nantus
07-30-2010, 06:25 PM
You should totally make a Tims commercial. Like that one where the guy is in Scotland.

I've pretty much just stayed on the east coast.

I'm just south of Pittsburgh and the only Canadian for about three counties, I reckon.

My hubby finds my accent "cute". I find his "incoherent".

;)

Kathleen42
07-30-2010, 07:09 PM
I'm just south of Pittsburgh and the only Canadian for about three counties, I reckon.

My hubby finds my accent "cute". I find his "incoherent".

;)

lol I worked retail at the mall one summer during college. I actually had a group of tourists come in who kept trying to make me say different words.

Xelebes
07-30-2010, 07:40 PM
Yes, Victoria Day

and it's May two-four weekend. Hence, Beer or Rye . . . .

ummmmm . . thought we all knew that . . . Eh? :)

Eh, it's always been May Long here.

Charles Farley
07-30-2010, 09:03 PM
Eh, it's always been May Long here.


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The information highway lengthens. :)

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Charles Farley
07-31-2010, 12:08 AM
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Everyone enjoy your generic, fabricated holiday weekend.

Crap . . gotta hit The Beer Store . .

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Xelebes
07-31-2010, 12:13 AM
I plan on having fun myself. Trip to Calgary, whoop.

Charles Farley
07-31-2010, 12:37 AM
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Sweet. How far is Calgary from Edmonton?

Never been in your neck of the woods.

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Xelebes
07-31-2010, 01:06 AM
Two and half hours usually, though I have made it there in an hour and 45 minutes with my friend driving.

*cough*

BardSkye
07-31-2010, 04:55 AM
... and then it takes another two hours to drive through Calgary...

Xelebes
07-31-2010, 05:03 AM
... and then it takes another two hours to drive through Calgary...

... in the dead of night in the throes of January.

Gugland
07-31-2010, 09:41 AM
Two and half hours usually, though I have made it there in an hour and 45 minutes with my friend driving.

*cough*

And as I recall, there's a tree somewhere in between.

Xelebes
07-31-2010, 02:57 PM
And as I recall, there's a tree somewhere in between.

You're thinking of the span between Winnipeg and Calgary. There's at least three between here and Cow-town.

KTC
07-31-2010, 05:17 PM
I'm just south of Pittsburgh and the only Canadian for about three counties, I reckon.

My hubby finds my accent "cute". I find his "incoherent".

;)

i can't stop laughing!

Yeshanu
07-31-2010, 08:22 PM
You're thinking of the span between Winnipeg and Calgary. There's at least three between here and Cow-town.

I went out west by bus a few years back. The guy who sold me the ticket recommended that I time the trip so that I was asleep for that stretch.

Good advice! I was awake for it on the trip back, and it was so boring I almost fell asleep...

Canada's Really Big (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOM-TmZBzZo)

kuwisdelu
07-31-2010, 11:39 PM
My Canadian girlfriend informs me that it's not "aboot" but rather "aboat".

Cliff Face
08-01-2010, 04:05 AM
Whut's she tawkin' aboat?

ETA: Eh?

xitomatl
08-01-2010, 05:25 AM
Oh I saw the thread and had to check in.

Western girl through and through here. I've never been east of Winnipeg (not for any particular reason, just haven't gotten around to it yet). Raised on the prairies, moved to Vancouver, then moved to the kootenays, and now I'm headed back to the coast. Because goddamnit, I left Edmonton for a reason (too damned cold), no sense being in BC and still suffering through snow and 7-month long winters when there's a perfectly good mild winter waiting for me a little further west.

Also, once I got told I type with a Canadian accent. Still trying to figure that one out.

crazynance
08-03-2010, 03:57 PM
hey guys... checking in from just east of T dot, halfway to Kingston. It is May 2-4, you can buy a 2-4 of beer, and if there's a sale, look for a two fer...
If anyone says "Toronto", we know they're not from here. Definitely Terronna, T.O., or T dot, or Town. "I gotta go into Town." I used to think it was big noisy and crowded, but now I've been to London UK and I know better :D.

Charles Farley
08-03-2010, 09:36 PM
hey guys... checking in from just east of T dot, halfway to Kingston. It is May 2-4, you can buy a 2-4 of beer, and if there's a sale, look for a two fer...
If anyone says "Toronto", we know they're not from here. Definitely Terronna, T.O., or T dot, or Town. "I gotta go into Town." I used to think it was big noisy and crowded, but now I've been to London UK and I know better :D.



Trahno :D

jennontheisland
08-05-2010, 08:07 PM
You're thinking of the span between Winnipeg and Calgary.
Nope. No trees on that stretch.

YukonMike
08-05-2010, 08:39 PM
I love this thread!
I was born and raised in Toronto and when I moved to the Yukon, I had to lose my Toronto accent. (Everyone laughed at me when I said I'm from 'Taranna'). I've also lived in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie, but now I call Kingston home.

It's nice to know there are a few other syrup suckers in this Cooler.

DeaK
08-05-2010, 09:45 PM
I became a Canadian citizen when I was 14, but was born and raised in Denmark til I was 12. Moved back to Scandinavia for a few years and now I live in the States, but I always miss Canada, 'cause Canadians'll welcome you in with open arms where ever you came from. Eh?

crazynance
08-10-2010, 11:02 PM
My brother and his wife just tented their way back to Ontario from BC. That's a lot of driving and not enough showering for me!

Witch_turtle
08-10-2010, 11:30 PM
Count me in!

Carmy
08-10-2010, 11:44 PM
Count me in, too.

How do I get out of this one? I'm Welsh and speak Welsh but the accent disappears unless I'm talking to someone with a Welsh accent. Then I revert.

I lived in London, England for a year before moving to Liverpool. The Liverpudlians thought I was Londond born and bred. Then I moved to Bristol six months later and Bristolians thought I was Liverpool born and bred. Now I'm in Calgary, Canada. When I went to the States on holiday, they thought me Canajan born and bred.

I must pick up on accents fast, without being aware I'm doing it. Either that or I'm a darned good mimic. (Must be why, when I'm talking to someone, they give me odd looks. They must think I'm taking the Mick.)

Xelebes
08-10-2010, 11:47 PM
This place lacks a Cymraeg thread, wink wink nudge nudge.

Witch_turtle
08-11-2010, 01:49 AM
Carmy--that whole accent thing is strange but not uncommon. I know plenty of Newfoundlanders (my mother included) who've left the island and whose accents only return when they are speaking to other Newfoundlanders. :D

Sheryl Nantus
08-27-2010, 05:42 PM
Best recent Canadian/American moment with my husband:

Watching "Haven", a show on the SyFy Channel and seeing a new character arrive - female, French-Canadian. With major accent.

My husband turns to me and says, "You were born in Montreal but you don't have that accent." (Note: while I was born in Montreal I'm not F-C. Hungarian-Scot heritage with family fleeing down the 401 in the Great Exodus in the 1970's.)

I start kvetching in my best Jean Chretien accent. A half-hour later, he surrenders.

I still have a hankering for TimBits and poutine.

:D

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
08-28-2010, 05:11 AM
I'm just south of Pittsburgh and the only Canadian for about three counties, I reckon.

My hubby finds my accent "cute". I find his "incoherent".

;)

My husband and I met over the internet. When we first talked on the phone, we laughed at each other's accents. He said I say "buuuuk" and "cuuuuuuk" (for book and cook).

He said "sothewest" for southwest. And out here in Alberta, it's abote instead of aboot, eh?

He's spent so much time in the states with me, he picked up some interesting Texanisms, so that when he returned home, people chuckle at him.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
08-28-2010, 05:12 AM
Best recent Canadian/American moment with my husband:

Watching "Haven", a show on the SyFy Channel and seeing a new character arrive - female, French-Canadian. With major accent.

My husband turns to me and says, "You were born in Montreal but you don't have that accent." (Note: while I was born in Montreal I'm not F-C. Hungarian-Scot heritage with family fleeing down the 401 in the Great Exodus in the 1970's.)

I start kvetching in my best Jean Chretien accent. A half-hour later, he surrenders.

I still have a hankering for TimBits and poutine.

:D

And hubby does a mean Jean Chretien that always sends me into massive giggles. I think it's required if you're from here, isn't it?

anne_holly
10-09-2010, 09:02 PM
I use "eh" a lot, and am not ashamed. It's really a wonderful word - turn any sentence into an interrogative in one small sound. That's efficiency for you. :)

Xelebes
10-09-2010, 10:33 PM
Eh, looking back, I only use it to start off a sentence. Never to end it.

anne_holly
10-09-2010, 10:45 PM
Eh, looking back, I only use it to start off a sentence. Never to end it.

That might be an east/west difference, perhaps... I am an anglo, but from French country (in the Maritimes), so "eh" is like an interrogative (or a "don't you agree?") at the end of the sentence.

I.e.: "Sure is cold, eh?" or "The quickest way to get there is down Westmont, eh?" "Eh", for me, is only at the front if I am being gregarious, as in, "Eh, it's how I roll!"

Not sure about this... Anyone else from east/west want to weigh in on this?


Also, funny story - I like to include Canadian content in my writing, though I publish south of the border, and have an American husband and American friends, including my beta readers. My full length is set in Canada, and I used "eh?" in the dialogue, only to be told by an American beta reader that I was stereotyping Canadians, and it seemed hoaky, and that "Canadians in real life" don't actually use "eh"... I had to respond: "B-b-but... I do!" :(

I have had to face the fact that I may be a caricature and not a real person, after all.

Since then, I try to avoid it unless I am having someone make fun of Canadians. It seems easier.

Xelebes
10-09-2010, 11:20 PM
The key is using other words:

Gitch/Gonch
Skookum
Bismarck
Bunnyhop
Sasquatch
Chongo
Urro/Urrow

anne_holly
10-09-2010, 11:23 PM
The key is using other words:

Gitch/Gonch
Skookum
Bismarck
Bunnyhop
Sasquatch
Chongo
Urro/Urrow

haha - yes! I was worried about using regional dialects, as my novel has both Canadians and Australians, which is a lot of dialect to cover, but I find my American readers were pretty savy - and quick to Google what they didn't get. My aim was to not include things that would never baffle to the point of disrupting the flow, but to give some "colour."

ETA: My novel was set in Winnipeg, and my Canuckisms are all eastern, so that took some doing - luckily, I had some kindly westerners willing to help me with that. :)

Also, I have given up trying to spell in American - I just convert in proofing. My publisher didn't ask me to do that, but I figured it was polite to do so since they were kindly hosting me.

Xelebes
10-09-2010, 11:32 PM
If it's set in Canada with a Canadian narrator, it's best to use Canadian spelling. Gives the book more authenticity to the reader, yanno?

anne_holly
10-10-2010, 12:48 AM
If it's set in Canada with a Canadian narrator, it's best to use Canadian spelling. Gives the book more authenticity to the reader, yanno?

Yes, I thought about that, and will talk it over with my editor, but I didn't want the Yanks to think I was just a bad speller. I think I am the only Canuck author there who actually places my books in Canada.

But you may be right... Will consider it, and see what my editor suggests. TY.

BardSkye
10-10-2010, 04:04 AM
I think I am the only Canuck author there who actually places my books in Canada.



Nope. Carmy's latest is set in Calgary (and a terrific read, too). My last one is set on a Western Canada circuit - Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Regina. My three trunk novels are all set in Montreal.

I use Canadian spelling. If a publisher wants the spelling Americanized I'll do it, otherwise I spell the way I was taught.

anne_holly
10-10-2010, 05:44 AM
Nope. Carmy's latest is set in Calgary (and a terrific read, too). My last one is set on a Western Canada circuit - Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Regina. My three trunk novels are all set in Montreal.

I use Canadian spelling. If a publisher wants the spelling Americanized I'll do it, otherwise I spell the way I was taught.

I meant at my specific publishers. I think most of them are Americans there, aside from maybe another, who I think usually uses American/UK settings. (Not 100% sure, though, as I don't know all the authors.)

crazynance
10-10-2010, 06:38 AM
If you're writing about Canadians, I am definitely one who says "eh". I didn't think I did, but I was busted in the act and am now forced to admit it. :D So suggest to your American friends that they should live in Canada for a while before they tell a Canadian how Canadians talk.

rekirts
10-10-2010, 06:46 AM
I'm from Saskatchewan so I don't have an accent. ;) I hardly ever say "eh" either, but I know there are people here who do.

My fiance is from the U.S. and grew up near D.C., but he doesn't seem to have an accent to me except for a very slight elongation of the vowels in words like south, house, etc. But he says vitamins the way the Brits do. :Wha:

anne_holly
10-10-2010, 06:57 AM
If you're writing about Canadians, I am definitely one who says "eh". I didn't think I did, but I was busted in the act and am now forced to admit it. :D So suggest to your American friends that they should live in Canada for a while before they tell a Canadian how Canadians talk.

I'm with you on that one!

sailor
10-10-2010, 07:59 PM
Good morning all. I was born and raised in Montreal and then joined the navy. Spent time in Halifax and Victoria and finally retired here. I have set several short stories on Vancouver Island and wasn't asked to change spelling at all. Then again, the website that accepted them was based out of Calgary and I guess it wasn't an issue. I have been told by a friend from Massachusetts that I do have an accent though I can't tell.

Happy Thanksgiving

anne_holly
10-11-2010, 06:19 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Canucks!

Sheryl Nantus
10-11-2010, 08:28 PM
Yes, I thought about that, and will talk it over with my editor, but I didn't want the Yanks to think I was just a bad speller. I think I am the only Canuck author there who actually places my books in Canada.

But you may be right... Will consider it, and see what my editor suggests. TY.

I've actually placed almost all of my books in Canada or at least referred to it...

"What God and Cats Know" - set in Toronto!
"Blaze of Glory" - set in Toronto!
"Wild Cards and Iron Horses"... er, not. Wild Wild Steampunk West! Sorry...

:D

and happy Gobble day for all me kinfolk!

anne_holly
10-11-2010, 08:29 PM
I've actually placed almost all of my books in Canada or at least referred to it...

"What God and Cats Know" - set in Toronto!
"Blaze of Glory" - set in Toronto!
"Wild Cards and Iron Horses"... er, not. Wild Wild Steampunk West! Sorry...

:D

and happy Gobble day for all me kinfolk!

I meant at my actual publishers.

I in no way assumed I was the only Canadian ever to do this. :D

Drice
10-11-2010, 08:33 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all.

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Fiery
12-04-2010, 10:49 PM
Aha I found it. I was wondering why there were so many Greek threads and no Canadian ones.

I've found I do say 'eh' a fair bit, but mostly with other people that do. It's kind of like a positive feedback system.

SaraP
12-05-2010, 07:44 PM
Welcome Fiery. :welcome:

Spiral
12-11-2010, 07:11 PM
I don't think I say 'eh'. Now I'm going to be listening to myself constantly.

Rhubix
12-14-2010, 11:18 PM
Carmy--that whole accent thing is strange but not uncommon. I know plenty of Newfoundlanders (my mother included) who've left the island and whose accents only return when they are speaking to other Newfoundlanders. :D

This is me! I'm in Toronto (Chran -toe in newfineese) I learned to speak 'English' So that everyone would stop asking me to repeat myself. Though, I have retained my newfi affinity to imaginary words and slurring things together.
The major word they call me on is Garage. Newfi's say Gradge mainlanders say Gar-ogue. I also didn't know what a foyer was. The one time I heard my sister say 'Eh' I slapped her. That's a sin on the island. We say B'y ( pronounced bye -meaning boy.) Yes b'y , no b'y , go-on whit ya b'y etc.
My most popular catch phrases are - Your gratin on me nerves- or Yer driven' me to drink

You can't say- "how Canadian's talk" any more then you can say "how American's talk" Someone from New York doesn't sound like someone from New Orleans or Alabama, or Minnesoooooota.

profen4
01-08-2011, 05:09 PM
I'm so glad that there is a Canadian thread. PLUS, I'm glad that I get to bump it to the top of the pile ... that is where we canuckers belong after all. EAT IT, ALL YOU OTHER COUNTRIES!!! LOL

jennontheisland
01-08-2011, 09:08 PM
Wanna write dirty books about yourself?? Ellora's Cave has a call for books about Canadians.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=200766

Yeah, brings new meaning to "Eat it, all you other countries"

AlishaS
01-08-2011, 09:46 PM
Okay, just came across this thread, and though I was happy to see Bob and Doug being brought up...

But what about a TOQUE? When I write novels, naturally when it's cold out, my MC's put on a toque... you'd be surprised how many people don't know what a toque is, and think I am nuts lol.
Most of my beta's are American as it would seem and it's hilarious getting back their edits (if they don't know me well) they point every little thing that makes me Canadian lol.

DanielArenson
01-09-2011, 04:26 AM
* Waves from Canada *

AlishaS
01-09-2011, 05:48 AM
Oh and yeah, I totally say Eh...

DanielArenson
01-09-2011, 06:12 AM
I say "eh" at the end of about half my sentences, eh.

Westie
01-09-2011, 07:04 PM
Hello from BC!

Look at all of us Canadian writers - it's awesome!

I, too, fall to the 'eh', and yes, it's amusing when friends from the States say they love your accent.

Pyekett
02-02-2011, 03:40 AM
My closest Canadian friend and I have noted one particular language difference that doesn't come up often, but boy does it separate the Canucks from the Yanks: the past participle of the verb "to shine," as in "the sun has shone for the last three days."

It's spelled "shone." Yanks pronounce it to rhyme with "bone" / "shown," whereas Canucks pronounce it to rhyme with "gone" / "dawn." And they both gaze flabbergasted at one another.

Darke
02-03-2011, 06:03 PM
*waves* Another canuck here, trying to figure out where to start digging myself out from all this snow. Not that I'm complaining. It's Canada afterall, where we have four seasons; almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

I'm just south of Napanee (no Avril jokes,please) and we are not a one horse town either- we have a Walmart now. :P

Lady Cat
02-08-2011, 05:55 AM
When I worked in a call centre providing tech support for a U.S. based cable company I used to get customers trying to get me to say 'about' all the time. For some reason they always heard it as 'aboot' and it would crack them right up.

Harry Douthwaite
02-09-2011, 11:20 PM
Yep... I'm Canadian - but I'm British too!
Basically I lived in the UK for almost 12 years before emigrating to "The Best Place on Earth", yep - British Columbia! Still living here in B.C, but thinking of heading back to the U.K again one day. I actually have the privilege of being able to live in Canada, or the UK.

Kewii
02-10-2011, 12:16 PM
I'm very excited. I'm Canadian, but living in the Middle East. They've just announced they're going to open some Tim Hortons over here :)

I can't wait.

spiros
02-10-2011, 06:39 PM
Ah, so here's my other country's thread! :)

Living in Greece the last few years (Greek ancestry and all) but born and bred in tronno. (Toronto for those with proper pronunciation)

And I've kicked the "eh" and "aboot" habits :D

Cheers!:hi:

Xelebes
02-12-2011, 03:20 AM
Trawnna. Gyrt wi' th' times arready. lol

Drice
02-12-2011, 03:27 AM
Trawnna.

This. And you just think you don't say aboot. :)

Didn't think I did, but my 'merican friends laugh and point.

DanielArenson
02-17-2011, 04:43 AM
Also, I have given up trying to spell in American - I just convert in proofing. My publisher didn't ask me to do that, but I figured it was polite to do so since they were kindly hosting me.

I use American spelling for my fiction, but Canadian spelling for everyday writing. I reckon most of my readers are Americans, so I don't want to confuse them too badly. :D

profen4
02-23-2011, 05:50 AM
I tend to write with Canadian spelling. I can't help it. I write what I know and that just happens to be "neighbour." Mind you, my editor did change my Canadian spellings to American, so .... perhaps you guys are on to something.

Charles Farley
04-04-2011, 05:28 AM
Everyone ready to vote . . . for Harper
:tongue

Carmy
04-09-2011, 08:40 AM
I love the humour in this thread. Now I know why I moved to Canada from the UK and I am never leaving unless they kick me out.

I was taught UK English and I will always use it. It's the British way, eh?

Xelebes
04-09-2011, 09:02 AM
Oh, so I don't take it you like our spelling-œconomics?

Fairies wear bOOts:)
04-27-2011, 11:21 PM
Oh Canada <3

JAYDA STONE A Split-Souls Legend

Aimless Lady
05-14-2011, 06:13 PM
Greetings from Northwestern Ontario. Born and raised on a First Nation, but now living in the country, although the family still resides there. I never knew this thread existed and read all the posts. I, too, like to set my fics in Canada, or have Canadian MCs. The WIP I'm editing is set on a First Nation and one of the MCs is Ojibway.

P.S. My "eh" sounds more like aye. I'm wondering if this is a Northwestern Ontario thing, since everyone says "aye."

Pebbles
05-16-2011, 04:41 AM
I honestly never notice the ''eh'' :Shrug:

Xelebes
05-16-2011, 05:04 AM
I honestly never notice the ''eh'' :Shrug:

Me neither. It often has to be forced out.

PorterStarrByrd
05-16-2011, 06:19 AM
Question here .. I guess I can be Canadian for a while even with just a long term visitor pass

How much do any of you you care about US history in the form of historical novels? I can't get much of a measure here in Quebec, not even finding many English language books in the local library

I get a kick about learning your local history. I even went on a French language tour last summer. I figure with my forty year or so ago high school French I understood about 40% of the lecture and 80 % of the message. Then again, I'm a history buff.

Pebbles
05-17-2011, 07:30 AM
Question here .. I guess I can be Canadian for a while even with just a long term visitor pass

How much do any of you you care about US history in the form of historical novels? I can't get much of a measure here in Quebec, not even finding many English language books in the local library



Tell me about it. I had to beg my library to get some English books other than Harry Potter. They didn't even carry Lolita :(

BardSkye
05-22-2011, 09:02 AM
How much do any of you you care about US history in the form of historical novels? I can't get much of a measure here in Quebec, not even finding many English language books in the local library


Do you want an honest answer? Speaking strictly for myself: not much.

We have a weird relationship, our two countries. Kind of a love/hate thing. We love our American cousins but at the same time get a little irritated at the flag-waving. Rather like a big sister/little sister bond.

In school, in the late '60's, I was required to learn more about the US than about Canada, partly because the textbooks were printed in the US. My class could give you the capitols of every state, but cross over into Vermont or New Hampshire and their citizens barely knew Canada existed. And it rankled, just a little.

For myself, I get more than enough US history just by watching TV. If I'm going to read an historical, it'll be anyone else's history first.

BardSkye
05-30-2011, 11:22 PM
Well, I guess I killed this thread.

SaraP
05-30-2011, 11:29 PM
*looks for the resuscitation kit*

:D

Adam
05-31-2011, 12:22 AM
I've been in Newfoundland for 6 weeks so far. Am I an honorary Canadian yet? :D

(And nobody says 'eh' here, that I've noticed.) ;)

L M Ashton
05-31-2011, 12:41 AM
I haven't been in Canada for eight years and I still say "eh" on occasion. I don't think that's ever going to be beaten out of me. :D

I'm from everywhere in Western Canada - small towns nobody's ever heard of, far north, big cities, wet coast. I've even been north of the Arctic Circle if anybody cares. :D And had an adventure with a broken boat motor on the Mackenzie River in the NWT with a rescue of sorts from a barge heading to Inuvik.

I've spent the last eight years in Sri Lanka, though, and am now in New Zealand.

frimble3
05-31-2011, 06:44 AM
How much do any of you you care about US history in the form of historical novels? I can't get much of a measure here in Quebec, not even finding many English language books in the local library

I get a kick about learning your local history. I even went on a French language tour last summer. I figure with my forty year or so ago high school French I understood about 40% of the lecture and 80 % of the message. Then again, I'm a history buff. American history, in big picture terms, is probably better known in Canada than Canadian history. (Aside from local events and history buffs.) Americans self-promote so avidly, and are such a big part of all media, that most people's knowledge of 'the Taming of the West' is based on the American version, not our own, equally interesting, past.
Where are the movies about Sam Steele and Matthew Baillie Begbie? About the Northwest Mounted Police (precursor to the RCMP) and their trek across the plains? I know of one children's book about how the horses broke loose in a storm and had to be hunted across the border into the States, and that's it.
But the US Cavalry? Oh, yess ...
Same with the founding of our countries. Most Canadians kinda remember 'the Plains of Abraham' as some kind of big event, but they know Paul Revere, the Minutemen, and Valley Forge

frimble3
05-31-2011, 06:47 AM
I haven't been in Canada for eight years and I still say "eh" on occasion. I don't think that's ever going to be beaten out of me. :D

I'm from everywhere in Western Canada - small towns nobody's ever heard of, far north, big cities, wet coast. I've even been north of the Arctic Circle if anybody cares. :D And had an adventure with a broken boat motor on the Mackenzie River in the NWT with a rescue of sorts from a barge heading to Inuvik.

I've spent the last eight years in Sri Lanka, though, and am now in New Zealand. Everywhere, eh? I can't resist that challenge. Small towns nobody's ever heard of, wet coast: have you ever been to Ocean Falls? (Not even expecting you to have set foot in the place, just being on the ship when it stopped there would count.)

L M Ashton
05-31-2011, 07:08 AM
Everywhere, eh? I can't resist that challenge. Small towns nobody's ever heard of, wet coast: have you ever been to Ocean Falls? (Not even expecting you to have set foot in the place, just being on the ship when it stopped there would count.)
Smart Aleck. :P

I don't know that I've been to Ocean Falls (although it's possible), but I have been in the neighborhood/north and east of the neighborhood - Bella Coola, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers. It was a long, long, long, long time ago. :)

envision
05-31-2011, 07:13 AM
I love Canada! If not for the requirement that you have to work full time for one entire year I would definitely apply for a work visa and live in Canada for a while. I've lived in England for 6 months and felt more at home there than I have the 24 years I lived in the Southern U.S. (*cringes*). I have traveled through Ontario and been to Toronto numerous times, not to mention Montreal, Vancouver, Vernon, Kingston, Cornwall, etc.

Canadians have such a wide variety of dialects. People in Canada claim I sound like I come from rural Alberta rather than America. And if you talk to someone from British Columbia and compare their accent to someone from Toronto you can tell the difference is about as big as a New Yorker talking to someone from the deep South. I've only heard one person say "aboot" (from Newfoundland) but a few have said "eh" (even those who are actors and normally sound American). Seriously, it's not all about the "oo" and "eh."

The only thing that disappointed me about Canada was their recent election results. Seriously, if they go Conservative, where are the Americans supposed to go if America goes crazy and elects Tea Party? LOL! Okay, I'm half-joking ;). If anyone wants to write about Canada or Canadian characters, I really hope they visit Canada and study the dialects, lifestyles, etc. There's such a strong mixture of American, British, and their own culture.

Bushrat
05-31-2011, 05:37 PM
The only thing that disappointed me about Canada was their recent election results.

Most of the country is disappointed, appalled, and disgusted with the results. The majority of voters did not vote conservative, but thanks to our antiquated and utterly retarded voting system, they still ended up with a majority :rant:

Barber
05-31-2011, 07:13 PM
LOL, we don't really say aboot in Canada! The only 'out' word we pronounce that way is route, which is the French influence.

However, we do pronounce our words-ending-in-o.u.t. differently from Americans. It's tighter, more Irish than English. Then again, our accent ranges from east to west. My family's from Newfoundland, so trust me, I know! We're not called Goofy Newfies for nothing :)

And we usually say 'eh' where Americans say 'huh'.

South of the border: "See my new shoes? They're nice, huh?"
North of the border: "See my new shoes? They're nice, eh?"



ETA: I'm so proud that my 1,000th post ended up in the Oh, Canada thread!!!! And it only took me 3 years and 1 month to get here.

Tracey Taylor
05-31-2011, 07:28 PM
How much do any of you you care about US history in the form of historical novels?
I like US history. Mainly because I'm a visual learner and since I live in Ontario it's really easy for me to travel to the NE United States and visit some famous sites (even further south like Washington and Virginia aren't hard to get too since they're only a day away). I can go see where Gettysburg happened, where George Washington lived, visit Jamestown and see the original fort that the British built so many centuries ago.

There's not much like that in my area. I live close to a WWII spy training camp where Ian Fleming once trained but nothing remains except for a plaque marking the camp.

I also live near a former WWII POW camp (the last remaining one in Canada) but the buildings are in such bad shape that the place is only opened for one day each summer. Historical groups want to restore the site but they're met by resistance from the government. I fear the government is just going to sit on things until the remaining buildings have to come down for safety concerns and then approve for modern houses to be built on the site.

I would love it if both places were restored. I think we need to embrace our history more. We have a few places like Fort Henry and Fort George but we need more and it's not too late.

MercyMe
05-31-2011, 07:50 PM
Just found this thread. Helloooo!!

I say 'eh'. I forget I'm doing it. I was born in BC then moved to Ontario and I'm now in Quebec. Not a hope in hell of getting employment because I don't speak French. c'est la vie.

Harper...the nightmare has just begun.

But the Canucks! Yes! The Canucks!

Drachen Jager
05-31-2011, 09:43 PM
Take off eh? There's like a Canada thread where the hosers hang out?

frimble3
06-01-2011, 11:41 AM
Smart Aleck. :P

I don't know that I've been to Ocean Falls (although it's possible), but I have been in the neighborhood/north and east of the neighborhood - Bella Coola, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers. It was a long, long, long, long time ago. :)
Hey, points for knowing the neighbourhood! If you took the ferry up the coast it used to regularly stop there, so you may have been, and just not noticed it in the rain!

L M Ashton
06-01-2011, 11:49 AM
I'm not sure I ever took the ferry up the coast. When I was in the area, I was young - like, 4-9 years old. I know I've taken ferries as a kid, but I don't think I took a long one like that one would have been. As an adult, I seriously contemplated driving up to Prince Rupert and taking the ferry down just for the scenery and the experience. I'm kind of kicking myself now that I didn't.

Anacry
06-09-2011, 04:02 AM
I'm from NS, did a stint in BC for a few years, came back to NS and will be heading out to Sask in a year or so. My fiance is from BC.

And I gotta ask, am I the only one that puts "the" before stores? Like, instead of Walmart, it's The Walmart, instead of Superstore it's The Superstore?

Maybe it's an NS thing...

profen4
06-09-2011, 04:54 AM
I'm from NS, did a stint in BC for a few years, came back to NS and will be heading out to Sask in a year or so. My fiance is from BC.

And I gotta ask, am I the only one that puts "the" before stores? Like, instead of Walmart, it's The Walmart, instead of Superstore it's The Superstore?

Maybe it's an NS thing...

Like, "I'm going to the Walmart."

I don't say that. I just say, "I'm going to Walmart"

I wouldn't be surprised if it was a NS thing - you east coasters are weird ;P

BardSkye
06-09-2011, 05:13 AM
I've heard it occasionally. I wonder if it might be a small-town versus city thing rather than East-West. When I have heard it, it's been people hailing from a small town or hamlet where there's likely only one or two stores in the town center.

Charles Farley
06-09-2011, 05:46 AM
I have to agree (being Kanadian it's the thing to do)

Around here if you said "I'm going to the Walmart" you just get a confused look and

"Which one?"

trolly dei
06-14-2011, 12:24 AM
Anyone else watching the Canucks tonight?

Anacry
06-14-2011, 01:22 AM
Well, I am from a small town, so that could make sense. Tim Hortons isnt "the Tim hortons", its "The Tims in the mall" "the downtown Tims" and "the Tims and Wendys"

Cause they're three of them.

BardSkye
06-14-2011, 01:03 PM
Yeah, we've got a dozen or so Walmarts in the city (Calgary). Couldn't tell you how many Timmies there are; one every few blocks or so. (And all of them lined-up at all hours.)

Charles Farley
06-17-2011, 03:32 AM
All Vancouver hockey fans should be embarrassed for the few idiots that caused so much stupidity last night.

AlishaS
06-17-2011, 03:51 AM
I live in a smallish city, we have two (Northa and South) Walmarts...

But you know, I think we have well over a dozen Tim Hortons..

And God, I've never been prouder to admit I AM NOT a Canucks fan!!!! Calgary Flames all the way!

MercyMe
06-18-2011, 04:40 AM
I'm from NS, did a stint in BC for a few years, came back to NS and will be heading out to Sask in a year or so. My fiance is from BC.

And I gotta ask, am I the only one that puts "the" before stores? Like, instead of Walmart, it's The Walmart, instead of Superstore it's The Superstore?

Maybe it's an NS thing...

Holy crap on a cracker! I do that! No one's ever identified for me before. I'm from BC....hmmm....

Terrible, sad, depressing post-hockey shite in Vancouver. Not indicative of the city or Canucks fans. Assholes will be assholes. Just piss poor and sad business.

AlishaS
06-18-2011, 05:40 AM
Holy crap on a cracker! I do that! No one's ever identified for me before. I'm from BC....hmmm....

Terrible, sad, depressing post-hockey shite in Vancouver. Not indicative of the city or Canucks fans. Assholes will be assholes. Just piss poor and sad business.

I sure don't add "the" in front of things, maybe us Albertan's think it sounds silly ;)

Charles Farley
06-18-2011, 05:44 AM
Like "Medicine Hat"?

:roll:

AlishaS
06-18-2011, 09:13 AM
Okay you know what... I have to be honest. No body in Alberta says Medicine Hat... We actually just say The Hat... So damn. I was wrong. We do add "The" to somethings :(

Charles Farley
06-18-2011, 09:26 AM
Now that I think about it . . . there's always "The Soo" here for Sault ste marie

MercyMe
06-25-2011, 12:42 AM
Okay, and when I lived in Toronto, a young actress told me her idea of the best vacation was to go home to The Peg.

It's a Canadian thing. Suck it up, Alberta.

Xelebes
06-25-2011, 01:20 AM
The Van (Vancouver)
The Knife (Yellowknife)
The Berry (Saskatoon)
The Queen (Regina)
The Fax (Halifax)
The Rock (Newfoundland)
The Mack (Fort McMurray)
The Duck (Leduc, AB)
The Grove (Spruce Grove, AB)
The Centre of the Universe (Toronto)
The Cockring (Prince Albert)

BardSkye
06-25-2011, 02:26 AM
Okay, and when I lived in Toronto, a young actress told me her idea of the best vacation was to go home to The Peg.

It's a Canadian thing. Suck it up, Alberta.


Tais toi. :e2tongue:

AlishaS
06-25-2011, 06:24 AM
The Van (Vancouver)
The Knife (Yellowknife)
The Berry (Saskatoon)
The Queen (Regina)
The Fax (Halifax)
The Rock (Newfoundland)
The Mack (Fort McMurray)
The Duck (Leduc, AB)
The Grove (Spruce Grove, AB)
The Centre of the Universe (Toronto)
The Cockring (Prince Albert)


Okay I must lead a sheltered, sheltered life! I've never heard of, like, all of those...

We say Van, not The Van.
I usually never go to Saskatoon but go to Stoon.
My husband spends a great deal in Fort Mac, he's in the oil and gas industry after all.

I'll definitley have to think of more lol

L M Ashton
06-25-2011, 07:26 AM
Yep, I know Fort McMurray as Fort Mac. That goes back to the 70s when we lived there. And Vancouver is known as Hongcouver in some crowds, as Hollywood North in others, Lower Mainland in yet others. The Grove is, yep, The Grove. The rest I've never heard of. :)

Xelebes
06-25-2011, 07:47 AM
Okay I must lead a sheltered, sheltered life! I've never heard of, like, all of those...

We say Van, not The Van.
I usually never go to Saskatoon but go to Stoon.
My husband spends a great deal in Fort Mack, he's in the oil and gas industry after all.

I'll definitley have to think of more lol


The Berry is a stretch and is used very rarely. The Cockring is a jibe against an otherwise okay town. All the others are used on occasion, not all the time save for The Rock, which is usually the specific term for Newfoundland as the island.

BardSkye
06-30-2011, 04:41 AM
Anybody got something special they're doing for Canada Day?

I'll be performing at Heritage Park for all the proto-Canadians waiting to be sworn in at noon. One of the few times the chorus gets to sing our Canadian Medley.

It's also my Dad's birthday. He claims that's why they have the celebrations and fireworks. And Heritage Park is one of his favourite places on earth, so it's good all around.

Charles Farley
06-30-2011, 05:07 AM
The Centre of the Universe (Toronto)


:ROFL:

AlishaS
06-30-2011, 06:31 AM
I'll be celebrating in Radium BC, every year we get a whole bunch of us together, stay in a nice hotel (by nice I mean it passes as motel, with semi clean linens and a bed) However, as much as Radium is a tourist town, not much happens on the long weekend, no fireworks or anything awesome, and the whole town shuts down super early. Like way early. But, alas it's a nice getaway with family, did I mention I don't actually like my family?
Should be boat loads of fun.

Spiral
06-30-2011, 06:17 PM
I'm planning on making hubby help with a bunch of work that needs to get done around the house...(shhh, he doesn't know yet)...does that count? ;)

MercyMe
06-30-2011, 10:49 PM
I live in a small predominantly English village in Quebec and they go berserk over Canada Day. A goofy parade, then all day events at the community centre, a chicken bbq, all the local musicians perform--it goes on all day and then there's fireworks. Everyone gets hammered. It's exhausting.

This year with Kate and William in Ottawa, I'm sticking to the village. But I won't hit the party until after 2 pm and I get some writing done.

Happy Canada Day guys.

Williebee
07-03-2011, 01:24 AM
In honor of his Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General, William Shatner "sings" "O, Canada" (http://www.nfb.ca/film/william_shatner_sings_o_canada/)

Happy belated Canada Day, eh?

crazynance
07-04-2011, 09:01 PM
Having Fri morning off was wonderful- my middlest child stopped by around 9.30 after dropping her bf at work. So we had a tea party! We even wore hats. he he.
Our town, being on the shores of Lake Ontario, had its 21st Annual Waterfront Festival. Numerous vendor booths filled our local park, the Rotary had a paid entry Crafts tent (not sure why there was a fee when you also had to purchase the stuff inside) and bazillions of people crowded the town. Locals got confused as once again the Town reversed the direction of the southern one-way streets for the weekend. :S
I did not attend the music, comforted my dog through the fireworks, and left town the next day to visit Kingston. :)
Hope your Canada Day was happy.

Xelebes
07-19-2011, 04:09 AM
Hey, any Canadians know what the hand-tool roadbar is? I've heard it a few times and I'm not too sure what it is. I reckon it is a very long, straight and very heavy crowbar (15-20 kg) but my dad calls it a prybar.

AlishaS
07-19-2011, 04:57 AM
This canadian is getting published!

And, Xelebes, I only know of a prybar, also hello friend to the north -waves from Red Deer-

Xelebes
07-19-2011, 05:01 AM
Good to hear! With a Canadian publisher?

Drice
07-19-2011, 05:10 AM
This canadian is getting published!

WAY TO GO Alisha!

And, Xelebes, I only know of a prybar, also hello friend to the north -waves from Red Deer-

Sorry Xelebes. Never heard of a road bar. (Apart from the One More for The...)


-

AlishaS
07-20-2011, 02:51 AM
Good to hear! With a Canadian publisher?

No, sadly they are not Canadian, though not for a lack of trying to get one (or a Canadian agent for that matter) but hey, you take what you can get :)

FrederickCross
08-13-2011, 09:28 AM
Newly registered Canadian here. And I'm one of them Frenchies too. Glad to make your acquaintance (eh).

And congratulations, Alisha ;)

Lady MacBeth
08-13-2011, 07:31 PM
Hello fellow Canadians!

BellaRush
08-15-2011, 08:24 AM
Yay Canada! This was fun to find. I was born near Montréal but live outside of TO now, where my favourite pastime is making fun of Leaf fans. ;)

I love calling the US if it's for something I have to spell my last name. It has a 'z' in it, and I know full well they don't pronounce it how we do, but I have to say 'zed' anyway just because I like to hear them say, "what???"

And am I the only one who calls the US "The States" when the 'Merkins always seem to call it "America?"

rhetoric by rosalie
08-15-2011, 10:02 AM
Interesting. When my hubby and I moved back to the states with our son, who was born in Canada, the officials said my son was American only, while we said he was a dual citizen. Rather than argue, I just said that was really up to the Canadians whether or not he was a Canadian citizen also.

Loved it up there. Still feel connected. Hope you don't mind me joining this thread.:Hug2:

KTC
08-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Yay Canada! This was fun to find. I was born near Montréal but live outside of TO now, where my favourite pastime is making fun of Leaf fans. ;)

I love calling the US if it's for something I have to spell my last name. It has a 'z' in it, and I know full well they don't pronounce it how we do, but I have to say 'zed' anyway just because I like to hear them say, "what???"

And am I the only one who calls the US "The States" when the 'Merkins always seem to call it "America?"

I too am just outside TO. But I was born in TO...and spent my life making fun of the Leaf fans. Habs forever. (-:

BardSkye
08-16-2011, 02:14 AM
Loved it up there. Still feel connected. Hope you don't mind me joining this thread.:Hug2:

We're a welcoming nation, mostly. We might even entice you into returning full-time.


What? Could happen.

rhetoric by rosalie
08-19-2011, 09:05 AM
Thanks BardSkye. Anything's possible.:)

Switch-Phase
08-19-2011, 09:09 AM
I've been wondering for awhile, what is our accent? South Park makes a funny version, but I don't know anybody who talks like that.. I'm from BC, and when I went to the US I hardly noticed a difference.

Other than Americans seemed to talk slower, I guess.

Xelebes
08-19-2011, 09:22 AM
There are three dialects and several accents, not counting the separate languages.

English

Newfie
Quebecois
-Montreal Standard
-Montreal Jewish
-Montreal
-Ottawa Valley
-Quebecois Haitian
-New Brunswick
Western
-Toronto Standard
-Toronto Jamaican
-Southern Ontarian
-Saskatchewan
-Wetaskiwin (North Queuey)
-Olds (South Queuey)
-Northern
-Cree
-Inuit
Miscellaneous
-Nova Scotian
-Cape Breton

I think I heard a unique accent in and around Kamloops but not sure.

rhetoric by rosalie
08-19-2011, 09:34 AM
I lived in Quebec. Most bilingual or English speaking Canadians I knew didn't have that much of an accent. Some people do end their sentences on a high note, as if asking a question. Others say 'eh a lot. Of course in Quebec there are French accents.

It's the same in the U.S. Depending on where you're from the accent changes. South Park did tend to exaggerate things a bit, don't you think?

Alan_Often
08-19-2011, 10:00 AM
I recently moved to Australia after living my entire life in Ontario. I am told I sound "very Canadian", which I take to mean I don't say "mate", "reckon", or "g'day" nearly as much as I should...

BardSkye
08-20-2011, 10:39 AM
No, you would only say "reckon" if you were from Texas or Oklahoma or places like that. "Mates," well, that's probably just because we have a different meaning for the word than the Aussies do.

Last time I went east, I took a side trip to a cousin's in Vermont. One of the shopkeepers there wanted to know where I was from as she couldn't place my accent.

I hadn't noticed any real difference in my accent from hers, but I guess there must have been one.

Alan_Often
08-24-2011, 04:49 PM
Ha! I was only joking! ;)

Silverrosess
08-29-2011, 01:29 AM
Hmm... Oooooooh, Canadaaaaa. Home and native land and whatnot, eh?

No, no. I've never said 'eh' without mocking someone. Canada is good and all, but I've always thought it'd be cool if the US took over sometime. Then we would have Target's, Dunkin's and all the other shops we don't get here, cause we're not cool enough.
We get Walmart and Chapters. They get better Walmart's and Barns and Nobels!!
Anyhow. Go, Canada!!

Rachael7
08-29-2011, 02:01 AM
Yeah! A Canadian thread! Yes, I do like the word "eh", and as for the Canadian accent... Did you know that thousands of foreign students come to Canada every year to study English? Yes, we're cheaper than the US, but it also has to do with the fact that Canadians, for the most part, have that "newscaster" accent. It's really sought after... eh? :)

Silverrosess
08-29-2011, 03:22 AM
I have an accent? What? No one told me!! Gosh, eh?

L M Ashton
08-30-2011, 06:34 AM
And am I the only one who calls the US "The States" when the 'Merkins always seem to call it "America?"

Yup, me, too. The way I see it, all of us, from Canada down to Mexico, Panama, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and everything in between, are technically Americans. We can't help it if the US co-opted the tag. They're USians and they live in the US. That's just the way it is. :P

rhetoric by rosalie
08-31-2011, 08:23 AM
Yup, me, too. The way I see it, all of us, from Canada down to Mexico, Panama, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and everything in between, are technically Americans. We can't help it if the US co-opted the tag. They're USians and they live in the US. That's just the way it is. :P
I agree. This is something I learned when I was an "American" living in Canada. :)

Xelebes
08-31-2011, 09:14 AM
Yup, me, too. The way I see it, all of us, from Canada down to Mexico, Panama, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and everything in between, are technically Americans. We can't help it if the US co-opted the tag. They're USians and they live in the US. That's just the way it is. :P

As discussed on other global forums, we agreed that a good term would be Americano for those from the Americas.

ShaylaElla
09-04-2011, 02:22 AM
Hey guys, just wanted to shout out to my fellow Canadians. It's a big country, so I'm yelling really, really loudly. You probably can't hear me on the east coast...

FrederickCross
09-04-2011, 02:57 AM
I can hear you. Look! I'm answering in semaphore!

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
09-04-2011, 06:37 AM
Hmm... Oooooooh, Canadaaaaa. Home and native land and whatnot, eh?

No, no. I've never said 'eh' without mocking someone. Canada is good and all, but I've always thought it'd be cool if the US took over sometime. Then we would have Target's, Dunkin's and all the other shops we don't get here, cause we're not cool enough.
We get Walmart and Chapters. They get better Walmart's and Barns and Nobels!!
Anyhow. Go, Canada!!

Just note that we WILL be getting Targets in 2013. My life can resume as usual. :D

Xelebes
09-05-2011, 09:03 PM
Any Eastern Canadians use the word "Tristesse"? I know the Francophones would, but do any Anglophones use it? Is there a special case for which it is used? The Canadian Oxford (COX) simply defines it as "sadness."

Xelebes
09-06-2011, 03:36 AM
Any Eastern Canadians use the word "Tristesse"? I know the Francophones would, but do any Anglophones use it? Is there a special case for which it is used? The Canadian Oxford (COX) simply defines it as "sadness."

Ok, figured it out. The British spelling for the adjective is Triste and the noun is tristfulness. There is also tristesse, but I can only find it in Canadian dictionaries but means what I want.

Chase
09-06-2011, 04:59 AM
And am I the only one who calls the US "The States" when the 'Merkins always seem to call it "America?"

Not all the "Merkins" nor just the "Merkins" say Americans when they they mean US citizens. Of course we are Americans here in the states, but as those in this thread with a smattering of geographical smarts have said, Chileans to Canadians are Americans, as well.

I think it has a little to do with education, but I've been wrong a time or two.

I lived along the Milk River which Montanans and Albertans share, and lots of the older folks on both banks have said "eh" since I was boy. Makes me homesick to see it in print.

Hi, Carmy. Two last chapters to go! You ready to read? Ha ha ha.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
09-07-2011, 07:37 AM
Ok, figured it out. The British spelling for the adjective is Triste and the noun is tristfulness. There is also tristesse, but I can only find it in Canadian dictionaries but means what I want.

The French word is "triste" (sad), and the noun form, sadness, is "tristesse." It's regular French too, not just Quebecois.

Xelebes
09-07-2011, 08:57 AM
So this would make sense then:


Yew, forever from the fables of yore,
tells not the toiling anear the tristesse
nor speaks the nocent slander of the still.

Note, this is alliterative.

Wesley Kang
09-07-2011, 09:40 AM
Canajan makes me think you are describing a Canadian Asian.

jjdebenedictis
09-10-2011, 09:21 AM
Bouncing in to say hi and to playfully yell the Canadian war cry:

"SWEEP! SWEEEEEEP!"

ShaylaElla
09-24-2011, 05:13 AM
"SWEEP! SWEEEEEEP!"

HURRY HARD!

AlishaS
10-05-2011, 10:03 PM
So my fellow Canucks, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on Literary Confrences and what not. What are some good ones to attend? I live in Alberta, however, would consider travelling.

cbenoi1
10-05-2011, 10:08 PM
http://www.thewritersconference.com/. Check with Kevin Craig (aw:KTC).

-cb

L M Ashton
10-06-2011, 06:50 AM
There's one in Langley, BC - I think it's called the Langley Writer's Conference. It's supposed to be a pretty big deal.

Also, if you Google "writers conferences", the first result is the Shaw Guide to conferences. http://writing.shawguides.com/ You can filter by location and probably a bunch of stuff. Lots of writers conferences are listed there.

Lady MacBeth
10-06-2011, 03:23 PM
So my fellow Canucks, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on Literary Confrences and what not. What are some good ones to attend? I live in Alberta, however, would consider travelling.


The Surrey Writers Conference takes place in a few days. It gets a lot of big name agents and writers every year.

http://www.siwc.ca/

AlishaS
10-08-2011, 09:57 PM
Sorry I should have worded my post better. I was more looking for personal experience. I'm aware of tons, Google told me that. But how do you know which ones are good and what ones are better?

Lady MacBeth
10-09-2011, 06:03 AM
Sorry I should have worded my post better. I was more looking for personal experience. I'm aware of tons, Google told me that. But how do you know which ones are good and what ones are better?

I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. I went to the Surrey Conference a few years ago. At that point in my writing, it helped. I've had a lot published since and don't find the workshops as relevant anymore. As I recall, it does offer pitch sessions with agents and editors. I got a ms request out of mine.

jjdebenedictis
10-13-2011, 07:48 AM
I think the Surrey Writer's Conference is excellent too. It really focuses on the craft of writing and learning about the publishing industry, whereas some conferences are more opportunities to meet authors and geek out over books (which is not a bad thing!)

I've always learned something at SiWC, and (for free) you get to pitch one agent and have a few pages of your manuscript critiqued by one author/agent. It's both terrifying and an invaluable opportunity to get a publishing professional's opinion.

KTC
10-13-2011, 03:54 PM
http://www.thewritersconference.com/. Check with Kevin Craig (aw:KTC).

-cb

Thank you! Yes...if ANYBODY has ANY questions regarding the Ontario Writers' Conference, I can answer them. I'm on the board and this year I am looking after registration for the conference again. It takes place in AJAX, ONTARIO (just east of Toronto) on May 5th, 2012.

Thanks, CB. (-:

AdamH
10-19-2011, 11:39 PM
Been away from this place for awhile.

But here's a shout out from Atlantic Canada, by'e!

GodOfABF
11-10-2011, 06:52 AM
Hi everyone,

Science Fiction / Fantasy (self-published) writer here from Brampton, Ontario. In my "real life" I do computer security for a living.

Looking forward to vicariously meeting you all!

Cheers

GFanthome
11-11-2011, 06:35 PM
Hey fellow Canucks! :)

I too am from the Hinterland Who's Who. I often use "eh" and have been told on many occasions that I have a strong Canadian accent... whatever that is. I love my country but I'm not a fan of Harper. 'Nuff sed!


_______
My Blog (http://gfanthome.wordpress.com)

Nualláin
11-23-2011, 07:57 AM
Hey there countrymen and countrywomen. I've lived in quite a few spots and travelled all over this wee nation of ours, including going all the way up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Currently abiding in Alberta, but I have ambitions to change that soon... The Centre of the Universe (otherwise known as Toronto to the uninitiated) beckons me back.

cjmarkusfeld
11-26-2011, 06:51 AM
A Canuckian thread! I'm overjoyed to discover this. Toronto checking in - well, Richmond Hill, I guess. Originally from the Ottawa Valley and can occasionally produce the proper accent after a couple of drinks.

Brand new to the forums here - already feel like I'm drinking from the fire hose with all the information on here. Looking forward to catching up with fellow Canadians.

CJ

KTC
11-26-2011, 11:50 PM
Hello CJ...you're close to Durham Region. You might want to check out the www.thewritersconference.com

maybe www.wcyr.org too. ;-)

Bushrat
11-27-2011, 12:17 AM
Hey there countrymen and countrywomen. I've lived in quite a few spots and travelled all over this wee nation of ours, including going all the way up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Currently abiding in Alberta, but I have ambitions to change that soon... The Centre of the Universe (otherwise known as Toronto to the uninitiated) beckons me back.

That's terrible. My heart bleeds for you.

cjmarkusfeld
11-27-2011, 12:45 AM
Hello CJ...you're close to Durham Region. You might want to check out the www.thewritersconference.com (http://www.thewritersconference.com)

maybe www.wcyr.org (http://www.wcyr.org) too. ;-)

Thanks for the tip, KTC! I'll check those out.

Cheers,

CJ

Nualláin
11-27-2011, 01:03 AM
That's terrible. My heart bleeds for you.

On which count... Living in Alberta or going back to TO? Har.

Bushrat
11-27-2011, 02:04 AM
On which count... Living in Alberta or going back to TO? Har.

Both :D Although Toronto is a circle of hell that's hard to beat.

Wendy Jenae
11-27-2011, 02:07 AM
Hey everyone!

I'm a wannabe YA novelist living in downtown Toronto--right near where the Occupy Toronto camp was until a few days ago.

Is the plan for all of us to hunker down for the long winter and write?

SaraP
11-27-2011, 04:56 AM
A great big welcome to all the new folks. :hi:

KTC
11-27-2011, 09:40 AM
Hey everyone!

I'm a wannabe YA novelist living in downtown Toronto--right near where the Occupy Toronto camp was until a few days ago.

Is the plan for all of us to hunker down for the long winter and write?

OR...meet up. There are breakfast meetings for writers in Ajax...just east of Scarborough. Www.wcdr.org Dec is Wayson Choy speaking. :-)

cjmarkusfeld
11-27-2011, 05:58 PM
OR...meet up. There are breakfast meetings for writers in Ajax...just east of Scarborough. Www.wcdr.org (http://Www.wcdr.org) Dec is Wayson Choy speaking. :-)

I bumped into a NaNo meet up group at a bookstore in Richmond Hill last month ... I'll have to see if there any ongoing writing groups up here as well.

CJ

Nualláin
11-28-2011, 12:34 AM
Both :D Although Toronto is a circle of hell that's hard to beat.

Hah, fair enough. I have a soft spot for TO after living there a few years as a younger (and somewhat better looking) man. It's certainly not a place to get bored in, unlike Edmonton which I find a bit tedious from a creative perspective.

Flying out to Toronto for a long weekend next month actually, to see the Marc Chagall exhibit at the AGO and have a visit. Looking forward to revisiting some old haunts, and spending a weekend not working on either of my current projects. Should be fun.

EddyJ
12-18-2011, 07:13 PM
I bumped into a NaNo meet up group at a bookstore in Richmond Hill last month ... I'll have to see if there any ongoing writing groups up here as well.

CJ

I don't know if anyone will look at this thread now since it's been a few weeks since the last post (but I just joined in December). Anyway, I have not attended the Writers Group in Durham but it looks well organized. There is also a Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors Association that meets monthly downtown (Yonge & St. Claire). I attended this week for the first time--some interesting, dedicated writers. As the former Cali Guv used to say "I'll be baaack".

For those of you in the Toronto area, or plan to visit, who are going to the AGO to see the Chagall exhibit make sure you also take in the Jack Chambers exhibit (London Ontario artist). I say that shamelessly because I have written a novel that is, in part, about Chambers and another London artist, Greg Curnoe.

I'm a Canuck from London, but currently live in the 'burbs of Toronto.

Anjasa
12-22-2011, 03:42 PM
I'm originally from Ontario, and moved to Newfoundland when I was 18 :D Been here ever since, and I love it - except those years with terrible 6 month long winters with 12 feet of snow on the sidewalks.

But most of the time I absolutely love it here :)

SaraP
12-22-2011, 04:02 PM
Welcome aboard. :welcome:

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-22-2011, 04:58 PM
Anyone thinking about going to Surrey writer's conference this year? I'm considering it. It'd be my first conference. Have to see how the job sitch is, first.

Sea Witch
12-27-2011, 08:40 AM
Vancouver Island checking in! Hip-Hop-a-Potamus and Lady MacBeth already said hi in the welcome forum, so I know there are a few Canucks out there.

I'm American and Canadian and have lived in western Canada for the last 20 years. Grew up in the states and lived in France for 6 years. Here to stay on the Island.

Great to find some Canadians! And great to find a writing forum where I can let down my long grey hair.....

theelfchild
12-31-2011, 06:10 AM
Hiya people. :hi: Definitely all Canadian here - though I don't seem to have the 'Canadian' accent. Kinda sad about that one.

Went to Colorado a few weeks back and kept getting shocked into realising it really is a different country down there. I like my country better. Much better. :D

Haggis
12-31-2011, 06:12 AM
Hiya people. :hi: Definitely all Canadian here - though I don't seem to have the 'Canadian' accent. Kinda sad about that one.

Went to Colorado a few weeks back and kept getting shocked into realising it really is a different country down there. I like my country better. Much better. :D
*notifies the border guards*

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-31-2011, 06:20 AM
Sea Witch, where did you live in the states? Obviously, as my quote says, I'm a Texan originally. My hubby's from Wabamun, so that's how we ended up here in Alberta.

He did 10 years purgatory down there by marrying me, but we decided that was enough and headed north. We're staying put now (I'd really like to be in another province, but I'm kind of stuck here due to his family connections).

Bushrat
12-31-2011, 08:51 AM
For the novelists among you - do you write your manuscripts in Canadian or American English?

Xelebes
12-31-2011, 09:21 AM
Canadian here. Can't stand typing in American.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-31-2011, 09:33 AM
I'm American, and I'm probably going to have the best chance with an American agent/publisher, so American for me (the little u's everywhere give me hives, y'all :tongue)

Xelebes
12-31-2011, 10:57 AM
What about those extra s's?

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-31-2011, 06:32 PM
What about those extra s's?

That's a substitution, which isn't as much of a problem. It's the u's that freak me out.

Charles Farley
01-01-2012, 01:18 PM
Sorry to interrupt . .

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DbCuJrJNAsqk&sa=U&ei=ZiQAT6GrAsuXtwf23IDQBg&ved=0CBEQtgIwBA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNE_i0dryWrWa9rV1sudcR7TT_4bqA

Just because ..

Sea Witch
01-01-2012, 01:38 PM
Sea Witch, where did you live in the states? Obviously, as my quote says, I'm a Texan originally. My hubby's from Wabamun, so that's how we ended up here in Alberta.

He did 10 years purgatory down there by marrying me, but we decided that was enough and headed north. We're staying put now (I'd really like to be in another province, but I'm kind of stuck here due to his family connections).

Hey Hip-Hop-a-potamus I was born and raised in Louisiana. Lived also a few years in FL, went to univ. in Nashville, a few years in NYC, a few years in northern NJ....etc. etc. etc. ;o) Did 20 years in Calgary and now 2 years on the Island. I write in American English. Never did take to the Can spellings.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-01-2012, 09:05 PM
Hey Hip-Hop-a-potamus I was born and raised in Louisiana. Lived also a few years in FL, went to univ. in Nashville, a few years in NYC, a few years in northern NJ....etc. etc. etc. ;o) Did 20 years in Calgary and now 2 years on the Island. I write in American English. Never did take to the Can spellings.

Awesome. We'll have to have a beer sometime. I was actually born in Tennessee, but don't remember it. From there, we went to Virginia (I was only 4), and then to Texas.

The hubby and I spent 2 years in Milwaukee before we moved up here. I really like Calgary. He lived there for quite a few years before we met and was living there when we were a'courtin' (via the internet and long distance and visits back and forth).

We're gonna be on the island for a week or so this summer to visit with all my 3rd cousins (I'm working on a genealogy of my dad's side of the family). :)

Sea Witch
01-01-2012, 09:20 PM
Absolutely Hip-Hop-a-potamus. Send me a PM or an email when your trip is getting close. Don't know where you'll be but I'm in the Comox Valley near the Air Force Base.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-01-2012, 10:42 PM
Absolutely Hip-Hop-a-potamus. Send me a PM or an email when your trip is getting close. Don't know where you'll be but I'm in the Comox Valley near the Air Force Base.

May have time on the 16th or 17th of July. We want to squeeze in lots of sightseeing (my first trip there! Yay!), plus I need time at the archives and almost a whole day for our gathering with the cousins. We're going to be in Victoria the whole time, so not sure if that works for you. But it would be nice to meet some AWers in person for a change!

sailor
01-01-2012, 11:30 PM
... We want to squeeze in lots of sightseeing (my first trip there! Yay!), plus I need time at the archives and almost a whole day for our gathering with the cousins. ...

There is lots to see. Butchart Gardens, the buskers around the inner harbour, Royal BC Museum amongst others. There is always 'tea at the Empress'. Vibrant Victoria (http://vibrantvictoria.ca/) has a forum that has lots of info on entertainment, restaurants, etc. Also, a section of photos including some from the 20's, 30's and up, as well as aerial views of the city and surrounding area.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-02-2012, 01:29 AM
There is lots to see. Butchart Gardens, the buskers around the inner harbour, Royal BC Museum amongst others. There is always 'tea at the Empress'. Vibrant Victoria (http://vibrantvictoria.ca/) has a forum that has lots of info on entertainment, restaurants, etc. Also, a section of photos including some from the 20's, 30's and up, as well as aerial views of the city and surrounding area.

Oh, don't worry. They're all on the agenda. I start planning my trips over a year in advance, and have booklets from the visitors bureau too, in addition to oodles of research I've done online. I treat it like a research opportunity too. Never can tell when I might want to set a book someplace, so I get as many sources as I can to compare. :D

sailor
01-02-2012, 03:36 AM
When I was in the navy there was an expression sometimes referred to as the 5 P's:

Preparation & Planning Preclude Poor Performance

Enjoy your visit and I hope that you have a great time.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-02-2012, 05:09 AM
When I was in the navy there was an expression sometimes referred to as the 5 P's:

Preparation & Planning Preclude Poor Performance

Enjoy your visit and I hope that you have a great time.

Thanks sailor! You can tell from that that my dad was in the (admittedly American) Air Force. :)

J.S.F.
01-05-2012, 03:33 PM
Canadian expat checking in. I moved to Japan many years back and never left. Married a very charming native and have been in love for almost eighteen years. Two children whom I love dearly. I write at night when my schedule allows and managed to get two e-books out into cyberspace last year. This year, my target is to go mainstream as well as do the cyber route.

Elki
01-10-2012, 04:32 AM
just want to say G'Day. I'm married to a Canuk. Just adore him. hoping to visit Canada sometime this year :)

batgirl
01-20-2012, 09:39 PM
Hey, just found this thread. Another Vancouver Islander, born in Vancouver, lived up and down BC mostly.
I write with old-fashioned British spelling, having trained myself into it while working on a Regency vampire story.

I've never said 'eh', and don't say 'aboot' - aren't those Eastern traits? I do sometimes say 'yea big' or 'yea long', though.

-Barbara

M.Charles
01-21-2012, 02:13 AM
Another Candian checking in!

Born in 'Tarrana', currently living in the Land of Frozen Eyelashes, aka Edmonton, AB

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-21-2012, 02:21 AM
Another Candian checking in!

Born in 'Tarrana', currently living in the Land of Frozen Eyelashes, aka Edmonton, AB

Hey Dom. Edmonton here too.

We have an awesome writers' group here in town that meets at Capilano Mall the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

:)

SaraP
01-21-2012, 02:28 AM
*haz a jealous*

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-21-2012, 02:29 AM
*haz a jealous*

We're not as sparkly though. :P

SaraP
01-21-2012, 02:29 AM
:)

M.Charles
01-21-2012, 07:38 AM
Hey Dom. Edmonton here too.

We have an awesome writers' group here in town that meets at Capilano Mall the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

:)
Just call me 'Imp', LOL! Dom...I start craving leather Wonder Woman boots, a whip, and...yeah, best to stop there. LOL!

Capilano mall...Would help if I'm not so geographically challenged...*goes off to ask dh where that is*

Ugh, I was hoping it was near me. I'm in the North End, so unfortunately not...and I don't drive.:cry:

L M Ashton
01-21-2012, 09:27 AM
Capilano Mall? I used to work there in the early 1990s at Blacks Photography. Back then, Capilano Mall was a hole. Old, unrenovated, definitely not The Place to go shopping, if you know what I mean. Has it been improved since then?

I'm so excited for you that you have a writer's group there. DomesticImp, so sad it's too far for you. :(

ETA: Just realized I'm so severely aging myself. :D

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-21-2012, 05:46 PM
Capilano Mall? I used to work there in the early 1990s at Blacks Photography. Back then, Capilano Mall was a hole. Old, unrenovated, definitely not The Place to go shopping, if you know what I mean. Has it been improved since then?

I'm so excited for you that you have a writer's group there. DomesticImp, so sad it's too far for you. :(

ETA: Just realized I'm so severely aging myself. :D

I haven't really seen much of the rest of the mall (just the little wing where we meet), but it's definitely still a hole. Was there a library when you were there?

There's massive Wal-Mart on the north side now, and a Keg in the parking lot, along with a Timmy's and a Quizno's (so those would be some of the newer additions), but I'm a little nervous about exploring too much. It is definitely still iffy around there.

Sorry, Imp. We've got some super nice people in the group. :(

Xelebes
01-22-2012, 12:34 AM
Just call me 'Imp', LOL! Dom...I start craving leather Wonder Woman boots, a whip, and...yeah, best to stop there. LOL!

Capilano mall...Would help if I'm not so geographically challenged...*goes off to ask dh where that is*

Ugh, I was hoping it was near me. I'm in the North End, so unfortunately not...and I don't drive.:cry:

Bus Routes: Connect to downtown and take the 1 by the Milner (downtown) Library. If you live in the Eaux Claire area, walk to catch the 9 on 97th Street to downtown. If you live in the Clareview area, walk to catch the train at Clareview Station. If you live in the Castledowns area, walk to the Castledowns station and catch the 16, 151 or the 162 to downtown.

jjdebenedictis
01-22-2012, 03:53 AM
May have time on the 16th or 17th of July. We want to squeeze in lots of sightseeing (my first trip there! Yay!), plus I need time at the archives and almost a whole day for our gathering with the cousins. We're going to be in Victoria the whole time...Another suggestion: The butterfly park. It's inexpensive and really quite lovely. It's an indoor tropical garden with, yes, a lot of butterflies, but also many tropical birds.

At the exit, they have a big mirror so you can check yourself over for hitchhiking butterflies.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
01-22-2012, 04:42 AM
Another suggestion: The butterfly park. It's inexpensive and really quite lovely. It's an indoor tropical garden with, yes, a lot of butterflies, but also many tropical birds.

At the exit, they have a big mirror so you can check yourself over for hitchhiking butterflies.

Have to see how much we can squeeze in! Hoping I get a job soon, since we already have the B & B in Victoria booked...
:/