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31 Awesome Things You Absolutely Must Do in Vancouver, BC — Sep 26, 2018

31 Awesome Things You Absolutely Must Do in Vancouver, BC

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A city surrounded by water and mountains, Vancouver really is beautiful. As you drive around, it’s hard not to fall in love with the giant trees and green spaces, the awesome cafes and restaurants and the unique buzz of energy in the air. Giant street art murals and hipster spots are nestled next to historic buildings on cobblestone streets in Gastown and in North Vancouver, suspension bridges wrapped around ancient trees make for the perfect big-kid playground. It’s a fascinating mix of new-age culture and old-world beauty, offering visitors a whole world of fun and food to explore. To help you plan an amazing trip, here are our tips on 31 awesome things you absolutely must do in Vancouver, BC!

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Celebrating Canada’s 151st — Jul 1, 2018

Celebrating Canada’s 151st

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Vancouver Burnaby, Victoria Johnson, Ottawa Carleton, Toronto Lester & Regina Bethune

Last year was Canada’s 150th year of independence, a huge milestone in its life. While this year is a little more muted, there will nevertheless be a patriotic, shining sea of red and white washing across the country as it celebrates its 151st birthday.

Following a similar theme to last year, I again used some of the main characters of Canadian Boys in this proud display of Canadianness. To be more precise – from left to right – Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto and Regina.

Everyone is attached to the Canadian flag in some way or another – most are carrying the flag, but Regina is wearing something slightly different from her usual garb. She’s dressed out in the colours of the flag, complete with white maple leaves (since if they were red, they would blend in and not be easily noticeable). Since Toronto is a singer, I made it appear as if he is singing the national anthem, with his hand – and flag – on his heart.

You may have noticed that the characters look slightly different to how I’ve drawn them in the past, with altered designs and differing skin tones. This is part of an initiative to diversify my characters and art more, in order to not make them all look samey and look like they were drawn by a conveyor belt rather than by a human. It’s also a great way to show off Canada’s wonderful diversity that makes it a great country to visit and live in.

Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦

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I Still Love Canada — Jun 9, 2018

I Still Love Canada

I don’t usually write about politics, but this is one exception.

After Doug Ford’s victory in the Ontario provincial election yesterday, I’m just going to reassure you all who might be worried, upset or angry about the result:

I still love Canada.

Ontario is only one province out of ten, plus three territories. Doug Ford voters do not represent the whole of Ontario or the whole of Canada, just like how Cheeto Man voters do not represent the whole of America, or Brexit voters do not represent the whole of Britain.

Ontarians and Canadians (and pretty much everybody else) have survived pretty dark political times in the past, and they will survive Ford. Love for a country shouldn’t be diminished by its politics or by its people.

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Another Double IAMP/PC Christmas Helping! (2017) — Dec 11, 2017

Another Double IAMP/PC Christmas Helping! (2017)

Having served up a double Christmas helping of Project Canada a couple of Christmases ago, it’s time for another one – just in time for the festive season!

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Sherry Lai’s Canada – The Santa Hat Get-Together

First up is the obligatory Santa hat gathering, but with a little twist. Instead of the traditional red or green (as per vintage festive Coca-Cola adverts), all the provinces and territories’ hats are in a different colour, which corresponds somewhat with the colour of their outfits. Some of their outfits have been slightly modified to fit the wild wintry weather better, like adding boots and undershirts.

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Matthew Williams & His Provinces & Territories

The second details a traditional family Christmas gathering – in front of the TV. In a somewhat occasional appearance in these kinds of drawings, Canada stands back in the corner with Labrador – who for some reason is separated from Newfoundland – as his kids gather around the set to watch a festive movie. Since the TV has its back to the viewer, it’s left to their imagination as to which movie they’re watching. For a Canadian Christmas, possibly One Magic Christmas – which was filmed around Ontario, or the myriad festive films which the Hallmark Channel churns out every year, which are mostly filmed in various locations around Canada, despite usually trying to put on an American facade?

This also marks the second time that a room in Canada’s house has appeared in a drawing, the first time being in the New Year’s Eve party from 2015:

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Sherry Lai’s Canada – New Year’s Party
A Mare Usqua Mare: Part 2 (2014) — Sep 5, 2017

A Mare Usqua Mare: Part 2 (2014)

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Continuing from last week, after designing the characters for A Mare Usqua Mare in jelly-baby form, I left some time for myself to visualize how they would look as actual humans. Using the outfits I’d designed for their jelly-baby forms as a reference, and basing their physical appearances and personalities on several other versions of the Canadian provinces and territories I’d seen around the Internet (including those from Project Canada), I began to bring the A Mare Usqua Mare provinces into human life, and the result is what you see above.

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