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Canada is famous for many things, some more well-known than others, but still quite synonymouswith the country. There is maple syrup, Niagara Falls and ice hockey. Furthermore, the actual people are very polite and associate themselves with either the Irish or the British. This goes some way in probably explaining why drinking and gambling are enjoyed so much in the country. Hence the reason why St Patrick’s day is celebrated so much and casino sites like Party Casino are so popular with many Canadians. And whilst we are talking about the lovely residents, it must be stated that Canada has produced brilliant actors, musicians and has even provided locations for some iconic movies. Check out our top four here.

John Candy

Regarded as one of the funniest ever Canadians, John Candy was a comedy actorfamous in the 1980s and 1990s until his untimely death in 1994. He is famous for appearances in Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.He also had a brief memorable appearance in the first Home Alone movie, where he is in a band travelling across America who offers to take Kevin McAllister’s mother home to be reunited with her son back in Chicago. In 1991, he purchased the Toronto Argonauts with Wayne Gretzky. This was an immediate success, and in his first season they won the Grey Cup, making him a legend to sports fans.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion became famous when she was very young due to her fantastic voice. She was scouted by RenĂ© AngĂ©lil, who was so confident in her that he re-mortgaged his first home to help pay for her first record release. This proved very successful, and RenĂ© ended up getting married to her. Dion became famous across North America with songs such asIt’s All Coming Back to Me Now, Because You Loved Me and The Power of Love. But it was the ballad from the 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic, My Heart Will Go On that made Dion a superstar worldwide. She continued to be successful throughout the 2000s and had a residency in Las Vegas, which is seen as one of the top gambling locations, next to Macau.

Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore is the story of a failing hockey player trying to help his grandma who has had her home repossessed. Played by Adam Sandler Happy discovers he has an unusual talent of being able to hit a golf ball over 400 yards, which immediately attracts attention and earns him a spot on the Pro Tour. The Tour favourite, Shooter McGavin, is jealous of Happy’s fame and can’t stand how he was able to become a professional golfer by chance when he himself has worked for it his whole life. Most of the golf scenes were filmed at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club in Pitt Meadows.

The Notebook

This iconic romantic movie is the story of two young lovers, played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Gosling’s character, Noah, almost immediately falls in love with Allie. She takes a little bit of time to fall for his charm but not after long they are deeply in love. Allie’s family is rich plantation owners and they clash with Noah’s poor background. Allie’s family move her away and the two are separated. Noah and his friend go to war, and the famous battlefield scene here was filmed outside of Montreal.

These are four icons in their own right that have done Canada proud, and their association with Canada is not immediately obvious.

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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