Tuesday, May 17, 2022

I am Canadian

May 2022 - Toronto ON

The Juno Awards, more popularly known as the JUNOS, are awards presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.

The Juno Awards of 2022 were held on May 15, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. The awards were presented at the Budweiser Stage, an outdoor venue, and was hosted by actor Simu Liu.

Simu Liu is one proud Canadian.
Liu gushed about his hometown in his opening monologue, which was a new and improved version of the much-loved “I Am Canadian” Molson commercial, seemingly referencing that infamous Will Smith Oscars slap, his fellow Canadian artists, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and more.

The star began, “Some crazy energy Toronto. It’s almost as if you guys have been cooped up at home for two years straight or something. Now we are broadcasting live nationwide at Budweiser Stage so if anyone has ever wanted to go viral like around the world now’s your chance. Come on, the floor is open. Have at ‘er.

“No one? Avril? Shawn? Any takers? Front row? Nobody wants to slap me? Okay, hey sure. Suit yourselves.”

Liu continued, “We’re here to celebrate artists like Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne, and Arcade Fire who like me have all fulfilled the ultimate Canadian dream of making it in America.

“Yes, but… but… to our credit we always come back… we do… because we love this country. I love this country.”

Giving a shout-out to Tim Hortons and his love of hockey, Liu went on: “I proudly fill my days with Canadian inventions like basketball, Timbiebs, or insulin, and hey not a lot of people know this but Canada also invented the pacemaker, which we all desperately need because the Leafs keep giving us heart attacks. Better luck next year, boys.”

He added, “In Canada you can truly have anything except for affordable housing. That one’s a tough one. And whether you call it a cabin, a camp or a cottage, we spell weekend without the third e,” referencing the Canadian hitmaker.

 Simu Liu is a Canadian actor and stuntman known for portraying Shang-Chi in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

He also played Jung Kim in the CBC Television sitcom Kim's Convenience and received nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for his work in Blood and Water.

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