Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2018!

Time once again for the wonderful annual event that celebrates Canada’s contributions to film history and pop culture! The O Canada blogathon 2017, to occur FEB 9-11, 2018, will look at the many ways Canadian people, subjects and settings have shaped cinema and TV.

Your co-hosts are: Ruth of Silver Screenings  and Kristina of Speakeasy

Do you need ideas? Read on…

Bios and/or film(s) of anyone from Up North, 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
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Lorne Greene
  • June Havoc
  • Walter Huston
  • John Ireland
  • Ruby Keeler
  • Margot Kidder
  • Gene Lockhart
  • Raymond Massey
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Leslie Nielsen
  • Walter Pidgeon
  • Christopher Plummer
  • John Qualen
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Ann Rutherford
  • Alexis Smith
  • Jay Silverheels
  • William Shatner
  • Ned Sparks
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Fay Wray
  • more names
  • silent stars, male and female

Talent behind the camera:

Canadian films/TV series/productions, subjects relating to Canada, anything prominently set or shot here, or adapted from a Canadian writer:

  • I Confess
  • River of No Return
  • 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
  • Room
  • Life of Pi
  • The English Patient
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Atlantic City
  • Scanners
  • Northwest Trail
  • Owning Mahoney
  • Zero Hour
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Mounted Police (plus MANY more Mountie movies)
  • more films set in Canada

…or anything special and unique to the Canadian movie/TV experience.


  • No exact duplicate topics please, but if, for example, a person is being profiled with a bio, you can still cover a specific movie by/with them
  • post any day during the blogathon
  • help promote the event via #OCanadaBlogathon

Please check the roster below to see which topics are already taken, and use this signup form: (or click here to open form in new window)

…then help yourself to any of the lovely banners seen on this page. Thanks for joining us eh, and see you FEB 9-11, 2018!

relive the great 2014, 2016 and 2017 events.

The roster so far:  (or click here to open roster in new window)


24 thoughts on “Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2018!”

  1. Hi there, Just added my request for “3 Reactions to movies with Ryan Gosling”, funnily enough finished my post on this yesterday then thought perfect for your O Canada blogathon so saving it’s publishing for your big day!

  2. Alright, I’m in again! “God’s Country and the Cinema – James Oliver Curwood on Screen”… particularly “Back to God’s Country” (1919) and “Nomads of the North” (1920). I’m looking forward to being a part again this year!

  3. Hi Kristina,
    I was very interested to see June Havoc was Canadian.
    I have not seen many of her films;but as I’m on a Crane Wilbur
    kick at the moment I managed to get hold of
    It’s a women’s prison picture with a strong Feminist vibe and I thought
    June was a total knockout.
    I’ve included it in a “Discoveries of 2017” thing that will appear soon over
    at Brian’s.
    Best wishes and look forward to see what is chosen for your blogathon.

    1. That sounds like a good one! Yes I’m loving the topics chosen so far and sure to be more, lots of good reading to come, I hope to pick something fun and classic myself 🙂 thanks!

  4. Were you aware that although First Blood takes place supposedly in Washington state, it was actually filmed in BC?

  5. I can at least cover two of the three that count in the loosely-linked series. May seeks some assistance on the middle one as I may have missed my chance, or at least have to get creative.

      1. You’re welcome! It allowed me to get movies I’ve gone too long without rewatching & I discovered the original has an illustrated screenplay published. Looking forward to those. It’s the middle film of the three that’s elusive DVDs are scarce & costly and I think the producers used to offer their own proprietary streaming service but now it’s only available through iTunes Canada, once I get started in earnest I’ll look around for means of trying to see it.


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