Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2016!

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This page is now the archive of all the O Canada blogathon recaps and links. Come back anytime to enjoy all the writing (& podcasting).


Feb 1 recap

Feb 2 recap

Feb 3 recap

Feb 4 recap

Feb 5 recap

Wrap-up post

The original announcement:

Canada contributes so much to film history and pop culture, and so with glowing hearts, we announce the second O Canada blogathon, to occur FEB 1-5, 2016, a time to celebrate how much Canadians, Canadian subjects and settings have shaped cinema. Your co-hosts are:

Ruth of Silver Screenings   

Kristina of Speakeasy   

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Many iconic stars came from Up North, people like:

  • Norma Shearer
  • Mary Pickford
  • Raymond Burr
  • Rod Cameron
  • Jack Carson
  • Hume Cronyn
  • Glenn Ford
  • Yvonne de Carlo
  • Marie Dressler
  • Douglas Dumbrille
  • Deanna Durbin
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Jonathan Frid
  • Lorne Greene
  • June Havoc
  • Walter Huston
  • John Ireland
  • Ruby Keeler
  • Margot Kidder
  • Gene Lockhart
  • Raymond Massey
  • Leslie Nielsen
  • Walter Pidgeon
  • Christopher Plummer
  • John Qualen
  • Ann Rutherford
  • Alexis Smith
  • Jay Silverheels
  • William Shatner
  • Ned Sparks
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Fay Wray

Click here for more suggestions, or see a list of silent stars both male and female. You can write a bio or choose a movie (or more than one) that features their talent. Note: if someone is doing a bio, you are still welcome to focus on a specific movie by that same person.

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Many moviemakers and behind the scenes figures include:

  • Douglas Shearer
  • Mack Sennett
  • Louis B. Mayer
  • Jack Warner
  • Sidney Olcott
  • David Cronenberg
  • Norman Jewison
  • Arthur Hiller
  • Atom Egoyan

and more like the ones listed here.

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Canadian films/productions, any movie with a story/topic relating to Canada, movies prominently set or even shot here are all fair game for this blogathon, including :

  • I Confess
  • River of no Return
  • Canadians
  • Niagara
  • Hudson’s Bay
  • The Devil’s Brigade
  • The Immortal Battalion
  • Corvette K225 (and many other war movies involving Canadian military)
  • Island in the Sky
  • Rose Marie
  • Face-Off
  • A Bullet for Joey
  • The Brood
  • The Fly
  • The Changeling
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  • Atlantic City
  • Scanners
  • Northwest Trail
  • Zero Hour
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Mounted Police (plus any of the myriad of Mountie movies)

and that’s just for starters…

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You may want to write about some aspect of Canada’s impact on the movies, such as an author, host, source material or something unique to the Canadian movie fan’s experience, such as a theater, filming location or organization.

Browse through these helpful pages to see more:

notable Canadians in Early Hollywood

films set in Canada

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Some rules to remember:

  • No duplicates please, so that we can cover as many eras and products of this vast land as possible
  • we encourage classic movies but certainly won’t exclude modern choices
  • you don’t need to choose a specific date to post

Now please look at the roster at the end of this post to see which topics are already taken, and then use this form to sign up (or click here to open this form in a new window). (the form is closed)

Here’s some text to paste into your post:

This post is part of the O Canada Blogathon hosted by Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy.

Help yourself to any of the gorgeous banners in this post, put it on your blog, and link back to this post. Thanks for joining us, and see you FEB 1-5, 2016!


In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Johnny Belinda (1948) 

Serendipitous Anachronisms hangs out with that crazy Canadian troupe Kids in the Hall.

Love Letters to Old Hollywood has a ball with Canadian Deanna Durbin in It Started with Eve (1941).

Film Music Central celebrates Canadian composer Howard Shore, who scored over 80 films in his career, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbittrilogies.

Parallax View looks at the career and memorable performances of Canadian John Ireland.

Movie Movie Blog Blog knocks back a cold one with Bob and Doug MacKenzie in Strange Brew (1983)

The James Bond Social Media Project spies on a real-life tale of espionage in the Canadian capital in The Iron Curtain (1948).

The Stop Button recommends a drinking game if watching the Canadian thriller Black Christmas (1974).

BNoirDetour becomes immersed in bilingual film noir in the Canadian film Whispering City (1947).

The Last Drive In channels one of the scariest ghost stories ever filmed in Canada or anywhere, The Changeling (1980).

Laini Giles looks at the career and remarkable life of Canadian-born actress Marie Prevost.

Cinematic Scribblings delves into the intriguing true story of a young woman in self-exile in Halifax in The Story of Adèle H. (1975)

Phantom Empires reviews the “supremely fulfilling” heroic Mountie flick Northwest Rangers (1942).

Moon in Gemini presents a film that examines culture and racial stereotyping: Double Happiness (1994).

Now Voyaging brings us Canada’s most successful silent film, Back to God’s Country (1919)

Thoughts All Sorts pays tribute to the prolific and versatile Canadian actor, Donald Sutherland.

Twenty Four Frames covers the controversial film set on a Canadian farm, The Fox (1967)

Classic Movie Man is charmed by Canadian Deanna Durbin and her make-believe father in Mad About Music (1938).

Niagara (1953) romance and murder plots by the glorious Falls

Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) the story of youth in a Quebec mining town

Susannah of the Mounties (1939) Shirley Temple visits Alberta

Anne of Green Gables (1934), the spunky P.E.I redhead

Douglass Dumbrille, familiar character actor from Ontario

The Trap (1966), shot in British Columbia

Fiend Without a Face (1958) Manitoba is featured in this movie with brains

Make Mine Criterion guides us through the mind-bending The Forbidden Room(2015).

Caftan Woman discusses the career of the handsome Canadian actor, David Manners, with Jalna (1935).

Noirish scrutinizes a deadly cat-and-mouse game in the French Canadian thriller Le Collectionneur (2002).

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings delves into Canada’s epic nation-building story in Canadian Pacific (1949).

Blogferatu champions the underrated 1970s horror flick, Rituals (1977).

Voyages Extraordinaires gives us the fascinating behind-the-scenes history of Hudson’s Bay (1941).

Back to Golden Days will turn you into a patriotic Canadian with Captains of the Clouds (1942).

Flights, Tights & Movie Nights gives the side-eye to Heavy Metal 2000 (2000).

The Movie Rat takes a fresh look at Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996).

Criterion Close-Up podcast presents a special episode dedicated to the Great White North with Videodrome (1983) and My Winnipeg (2008).

Wide Screen World pays tribute to the ultra fabulous John Candy. (We still miss him!)

Silver Screenings looks at 49th Parallel (1941): Britain’s Love Letter to Canada

Movies, Silently sees the Mountie get his man in Where the North Holds Sway (1927) 

The Wonderful World of Cinema spends A Day in Glenn Ford’s Hometown

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies talks about the career of Jack Carson

Critica Retro brings you Nanook of the North (1922)

It’s a double shot of Cronenberg with…

A Shroud of Thoughts: Shivers (1975)

The Cinematic Frontier: Scanners (1981)

Wolffian Classic Digest: Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938)

The Frisco Kid has horror-sci-fi classic Cube (1997)

Sister Celluloid: Beatrice Lillie in Clive Brook’s On Approval

Defiant Success looks at the impressive work of director Xavier Dolan

The Movie Rat digs into a Nova Scotia mine, and an unusual friendship, with Pit Pony (1997).

Cinematic Catharsis unearths kid-friendly, stop-motion horror in The Gate (1987).

The Joy and Agony of Movies reviews the only Canadian film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Atlantic City (1980).

Film Critique shares the body-modification experience that is David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988).

Film Shrug pays tribute to prolific Canadian filmmaker Seth Rogen.

Silver Scenes tells us what it took for pioneers to endure a harsh Canadian

environment with Mrs. Mike (1949).

Portraits by Jenni appraises Canadian Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet(1956).


103 thoughts on “Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2016!”

  1. Well, dang, and I’ve just been writing about Le Collectionnaire . . . but I’ll have posted that piece at Noirish long before February!

      1. On second thoughts, what I’d like to do is hold back posting Le Collectioneur (2002) until February, so might I be put down for that one, please?

  2. So many more topic opportunities than I could have imagined, but this is a good opportunity for Videodrome. Kudos again for hosting what looks to be a superb ‘thon!

  3. The Canadian lady I am like that :). And that’s a good idea to announce this event just after the elections. 😉 For some reason, probably because I’m on my ipod, I can’t see the subjects in the roster. Anyway, I’m sure quite sure my subject wasn’t taken yet (and that’s the reason also why I only gave ONE subject option). I’m going to write about my visit in Glenn Ford’s hometown, Ste. Christine d’Auvergne (smallest village I’ve seen!) last winter. I wanted to write a post about that since a long time, but never did, so that will be a good occasion to. 🙂

    1. Yes your entry appeared there right away, what a wonderful subject to contribute for this! Thanks for joining up and I really look forward to reading your post on that. Best!

    2. You’ve been there! I have family living in this small village and it is near where I live Québec city! I’m looking forward to read this post Virginie!

  4. I love that you are doing this again and hope it will be an annual event. The last one — and even the above post — really helped me focus more on the contributions of our northern neighbors. There are so many good options the only hard part is narrowing down what to write about!

    Best wishes,

    1. Thanks, and thank you for joining us. You’re right there are so many possible topics and that’ll make for a great event, already seeing a huge range of things covered 🙂 best!

  5. is The Changeling you’ve listed the wonderful ghost story with George C. Scott? If so I might be drawn to that as a choice… there’s another filmmaker from Canada that made a very disturbing all male ensemble film with Hal Holbrook.. The film is called RITUALS (1977) takes place in the Canadian wilderness, sort of a rare thriller!

    1. Both cool possibilities, yes the Changeling is the Scott movie, and Rituals sounds good, I’m not familiar with that one. Happy to have you join whichever topic you choose! Thanks for checking it out 🙂

      1. Should I just take on both! You know I love a good double feature!!! Rituals is quite a disturbing film… and it does showcase the wilderness woods of Canada in a very creepy way! Thanks so much for the invite!!! PS I can’t wait for your HUGE Critierion bash!!!!

      2. PS I love liken RITUALS to a strange indie version of Deliverance without the tighty whities, (UGH that scene will forever give me nightmares)

  6. Chiming back in to say that the choices of Strange Brew and Kids in the Hall are particularly inspired. My wife might as well be Canadian and she loves both.

    Can’t wait for the ‘Thon!

  7. Wow, that’s pretty far in advance. I know there’s at least a couple Canadian made superhero movies, Sidekick and I believe Crying Freeman, I’ll look into it and come back.

    1. Niagara was picked yesterday, but you are always free to switch to something else if you think of another, just let us know anytime!

      1. Ahhh ok. Could I take “Rose Marie” ( 1936 )? Hoping that one is still available, as I can’t really think of any other Canadian films.

        Also, I sent you a message on your blog yesterday. I was wondering if you wanted to participate in the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon?

        1. OK, I’ll put you down for Rose Marie then, thanks! and yes I did get that message, I’m very likely to join, just haven’t decided what to write about yet, but thanks!!

  8. Reblogged this on The Movie Rat and commented:
    I had a blast on this one last year, as I scrambled to complete an epic series on Léolo. This coming year I will tackle two films: Pit Pony the feature version of the book that lead to the TV series, and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy.

  9. Has anybody claimed “The Fly” series? “The Fly”, “The Return of The Fly” & “The Curse of The Fly” all take place in Montreal (or nearby) if memory serves. Ordinarily I ask for two movies to fit my theme of a drive-in double feature, but it seems blasphemous to just two of the three. So if all three are open, can I claim them?

  10. Hi Kristina. Just letting you know that I’m working on my article. I’m almost finished but it will be a bit late. It will definitely be in tomorrow though. This is the first blog article I’ve written in over two months as I’ve been away with family so I’m just getting back into the blogging groove. So I thought I would let you know that mine is coming but will be a little late.

  11. Hi there! Will you guys be hosting the O Canada blogathon again in 2017, around the same weekend? I wasn’t able to participate last year because I was busy with the Buster Keaton blogathon. (I also want to get Buster Blogathon 2017 figured out so it doesn’t conflict with other ‘thons.) Let me know!

    1. Boy do you have great timing! We are announcing another one in the next few days, so stay tuned right here for all the details and date for that. Thanks so much for asking!

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