Though the subjects are wildly diverse, Pevere and Dymond believe that the purest manifestations of Canuck junk-culture have much in common. For instance, they write that the "blithe indifference to trend and fashion" of fabled power-trio Rush makes it distinctly Canadian. Furthermore, the band's "refusal to pack up and go away even though it's constantly criticized for not being 'Canadian' enough" is evidence of "the same sheer Northern stubbornness" possessed by figures like filmmaker David Cronenberg and television innovator Moses Znaimer. Mondo Canuck also ridicules the most inane varieties of Canada's cultural output (e.g., the countless ice-skating spectaculars, the Rene Simard specials, the Celine Dion ballads). The authors describe the disastrous movies spawned by the tax-shelter film boom of the late '70s as what happens "when Canadians attempt to be just like the Americans, except without the history, money, population, promotional savvy or market base." Rigorously researched and frequently hilarious, Mondo Canuck illustrates that Canadians are no slouches when it comes to schlock. But at least it's our schlock. --Jason Anderson
The phenomenal success of Mondo Canuck has finally put to rest any doubts about Canadian pop culture consciousness. Canadians love this irreverent celebration of Canuck attitude and the book has assumed its own place in the pop culture pantheon. A best seller from coast to coast, the book is in its fourth printing and it's considered the essential reference for all would-be Canuck hipsters.
"Not to put too fine a point on it, Mondo Canuck is simply Mondo Mondo."
Mary Walsh, actor, This Hour Has 22 Minutes