Canadians Who Make Us Happy

We’ve been playing a fun little list-making game on the road(s) across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and our list is all about Canada.

Our trans-Canada game was inspired by Sarah at Pink of Perfection’s. Her July challenge was to make a Happiness List and you can check out Sarah’s challenge here.

We’ve been so wildly successful at compiling our list that I’ve chosen to divide the list into two parts. Part One stars our favourite Canadian people.

The Singers
Theresa Sokyrka
Ron Sexsmith
Bryan Adams
Jann Arden
Sarah McLachlan
Sarah Harmer
Matthew Good
Barenaked Ladies
Holly Cole
Diana Krall
Loreena McKennitt
Pascale Picard
Jeremy Fisher
Robbie Robertson
Blue Rodeo, especially Jim Cuddy
Kathleen Edwards
Martina Sorbara
Great Big Sea
Rufus Wainwright
Alanis Morissette
k.d. lang
Joni Mitchell
David Usher

The Actors
Ellen Page
Christopher Plummer
Gordon Pinsent
Michael J. Fox
Megan Follows
Rachel McAdams
Keanu Reeves
Paul Gross
Eric McCormack
Graham Greene
Carrie-Anne Moss
Mike Myers
Sandra Oh
Nia Vardalos
Kiefer and Donald Sutherland
Matthew Perry
Second City funny people: Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Ivan Reitman

The Writers
Margaret Atwood
Carol Shields
Margaret Laurence
Mordecai Richler
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Robertson Davies
Douglas Coupland
Jane Urquhart
Anne Michaels
Guy Vanderhaeghe
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Hugh MacLennan
Timothy Findley
Diane Schoemperlen
Karen Connelly
Robert Munsch

Politicians (It’s a short list)
Pierre Trudeau

Who are your favourite Canadian icons?


  1. Can I add Wayne Johnston to the list of writers? I loved the Colony of Unrequited Dreams! And it isn't surprising that your list of politicians is so short. Although, I think it should actually be SHORTER! Love the blog…

  2. @ MattIf William Shatner makes YOU happy then he should be listed here :-)Yup… Ellen Page rocks! @MeredithWayne Johnston is a great addition. Thanks!Clever shot about my short-ish politician's list. Ha ha! Alas, Trudeau is still on my list. Is my list.

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