The younger cousin of Uncle Sam and Britain’s John Bull, Johnny Canuck was a wholesome simple-minded lumberjack that would eventually help Canada fight the Nazis, and almost single handily defeat Adolf Hitler. He was a war Hero. And like many Canadian war heroes he ended up living in Montreal with dreams of grandeur. He soon took to the stage performing in – Johnny Canuck and the Last Burlesque – the “historico-comedico-musical burlesque extravaganza”.
Since then Johnny has been the star of many YouTube videos. Including one that promotes the 2011 Vancouver vs. Boston Stanley Cup Playoffs (Click here to watch “My name is Johnny Canuck”). I’m sure even he would be disappointed at the riots after the game.
Good old Johnny Canuck the war hero/burlesque star paved the way for dozens of fictional Canadians. From Miss Canada to Dudley Do-Right, many extremely creative animators have personified our great nation in cartoon.
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Johnny Canuck and the Last Burlesque - ”A lot of the inspiration came out of the story of Lily St-Cyr, who was a famous Montreal burlesque stripper of the time, who put one of her own suicide attempts onto the stage as a strip number.