Archive for category: It Came from Canada

Pop Shoppe Memories

Growing up in Ontario, weekends in the 80s were highlighted by a trip to the Pop Shoppe– a store full of pop (or soda) in stubby glass bottles, aisle upon aisle of flavors. You couldn’t dream of a place like this nowadays, which is likely why the Pop Shoppe wasn’t around much in the 90s and early 2000s. NHL player...

Clearly Canadian Returns!

Clearly Canadian was a summertime staple for me. Between Wild Cherry Clearly Canadian, Cracked Magazine, and hanging out on Lake Erie, summers were pretty great in the 90s. After my family’s regular vacations ceased, I never gave much thought to Clearly Canadian. I rarely bought it back home (although, I did purchase one and dub it my “germ bottle,” much...

It Came From Canada: Bumper Stumpers, SRSLY?!

You know those luxury cars that speed past you on the highway?  The vanity license plate reads something like “ALLY MNY” or “2FAST4U”.  Or when the cruddiest car you’ve ever seen cruises by at speeds up to 14mph with a plate that reads “FSTLNE”?  It’s enough to make your eyes roll, but did you know it was enough to keep...

It Came From Canada: Genesis StoryTime

We all have those pop culture ghosts– those moments of barely remembering something obscure, sometimes even misremembering it, not being able to find anything about it online, and not finding any other human who remembers said thing. Sometimes you might even think you’re going crazy when, for years, every person you talk to says they don’t remember what you’re trying...

It Came From Canada: Zellers Rock City

There is arguably nothing more Canadian than Zellers, a now defunct department store in Canada. Zellers enjoyed a long tenure of providing discount merchandise to Canadians before being bought out and turned into Targets from 2011-2013. This was originally going to be an article on a series of advertisements Zellers put out in 1995 that used Donna Summers’ “She Works...

It Came from Canada: Unisys ICON Computer

I’ve wanted to write about the ICON computer for some time now and I always wanted to wait until I owned one. Spoiler: I do not. But I always hoped one would make its way to a thrift store (and therefore into my home and my heart) or a shady buddy of mine would happen to have one in their...

It Came from Canada: Murphy the Molar

One of my favorite parts of nostalgia is that nostalgia that sneaks up on you– those things that you’ve completely forgotten about, but when you see or hear something very specific it all comes rushing back. For me, that was finding this beat-up button in a box last week. What’s the deal with that smiling tooth? Oh yes, it’s Murphy...

It Came From Canada: Jumbo Video

When you utter the words “Jumbo Video” to a Canadian, the first response it elicits is a fond memory of free popcorn—its slogan from 1990-1998 was “Home of Free Popcorn”, after all. The second? A chill runs down their spine as they remember the Jumbo Video horror dungeon. The original Jumbo Video logo. Jumbo Videos began popping up in 1987...

Recreating Hostess Fruit-Flavored Potato Chips

A few months ago, I wrote an “It Came From Canada” post about Hostess potato chips and came up with a shocking discovery—although Hostess was known for some revolutionary and out-of-the-ordinary potato chip flavors, they once tried to out-do themselves and market fruit-flavored chips. Not dehydrated fruit sliced into chip-like shapes, they weren’t pretending these things were healthy, far from...

It Came From Canada: Camp Cariboo

In the long line of Canadian shows I grew up on, one major show was Camp Cariboo. This seems like a fine show for any kid, but the thing is, I’ve never been camping, like, ever. When asked to go camping, I simply laugh and smugly let people know that hotels have been invented so there’s no need for camping....