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I was going to add that - I understand Canadian celebs making the U.S. their second home in order to further their careers, but I think it's sad that they don't have the same opportunities here at home.

I agree with you. I suppose it's the price you pay when you share the world's largest undefended border with the super powers of the universe.

What always irks me is how we judge our talent, usually musical acts, by their success south of the border. It's always about how huge Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne become in the US market that is celebrated here at home. Our nation has a serious inferiority complex. We see ourselves as the United States sees us and we need that validation.

How often do I need to hear how The Tragically Hip were unable to crack the US market. Each time I see the Hip live, I'm surrounded by at least 15,000 others...sometimes a whole whack more. They can sell out every concert they play in my corner of the globe, without a problem. In the states, however, it's a completely different story. Does it really matter that The Hip are far more successful at home than down south? Does that in any way make them less gifted as musicians or inferior to Sum 41 or other Canadian acts who have found success in America? Sadly, in the eyes of many a Canadian, it does.


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