Winners abound, eh?
Everyone who has ever donned a backpack and taken to exploring the globe already knows that one surefire way to earn respect and friendliness the world over is to sew a wee Canadian flag on your pack, or your coat, or your hat, or whatever. Canadians always want to make sure they’re not mistaken for Americans. We go to great lengths to ensure that we’re not.
On Sunday evening we discovered yet another way to differentiate ourselves from our neighbours to the south. Just take a look at how we do awards shows. We took a little time to tune in to the Juno Awards on TV on Sunday night, and couldn’t help but smile to ourselves, marvelling at just how different our national music awards show was from, well, say the Grammys, or even the Oscars. We know the Junos aren’t quite as A-level as the Academy Awards, but in Canada, they’re a pretty big deal, eh? And we do big deals in a very Canadian way.
For example: we don’t rent out lavish theatres or roll out miles of red carpet. No, we hire an arena named after – you got it – a beer! Budweiser Gardens! Budweiser Gardens in the medium-sized city of London, Ontario. Nice! Spread that tourism wealth around!
Another difference – the attendees at the show didn’t seem to give a hoot about who or what they were wearing. Jeans, sweatshirts – normal running-to-Tim Hortons attire is good enough for us, anytime, anywhere. Our personal favourite – winner Jessie Reyez. No designer dress frou-frou there, that’s for certain.
The whole show was so very Canadian. Beautifully, unabashedly, authentically Canadian. Everyone who is that genuine is a winner.
Speaking of winners (we’re smooth, eh?), we’d like to give out a couple of congratulatory notes here. First, to Arthur Field and his Nexus Coffee Company, which was recently awarded a Bicycle-Friendly Business Award (see page 3). It’s small recognitions like this that will put Uxbridge on the map for being a fabulous destination spot.
Secondly, congratulations to Angela Horne for (finally!) winning the Catch the Ace lottery. More importantly, congratulations to the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Royal Canadian Legion Uxbridge Branch 170 for the fabulous work they did running the inaugural lottery. Everybody learned lots and earned lots! We’re looking forward to learning where the proceeds from this lottery will go, exactly, and to what changes will be in store for the next Catch the Ace, which begins next Wednesday. Stay tuned to the Cosmos for details!
Just a reminder that the Cosmos was in earnest last week when it asked readers for any and all suggestions regarding “visions” for what the property in the middle of town could possibly become once the culvert project is finished. We know that’s a long way off (we haven’t been given a start-up date yet, but expect things to pick up sometime in April, right where they left off) but if we start thinking, brainstorming, and keeping the conversation going, then we will be ready to go when the machines finally pull out of town. The possibilities really are endless – let’s make them real. Then we’ll be winners too!