Before everyone in Canada and the US starts setting fireworks a-blazin’ and singing anthems & ‘Happy Birthday’ to their respective nations – I wanted to poke my head in to wish you a fantastic & safe summer, from imedge communications voiceovers in Toronto.
This Sunday, July 1st, marks Canada’s 145th birthday. Long ago someone gave the day the clever title of Canada Day. (FYI – for my US friends & associates – on this special day it’s mandatory for all Canadian citizens to emerge from their igloos to play hockey, drink beer & chant “eh” in unison).
Next Wednesday, July 4th, is America’s 236th birthday marking the anniversary of a bunch of rebels & freedom-seekers basically flipping the bird to the “Old World” once and for all. Tea was also involved. “The 4th” is commemorated as Independence Day – or as some know it: a cool movie from a few years ago with Will Smith kicking alien a**!
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Speaking of outer space & science fiction (blatant segue) – Cool random-spotting moment while taking the kids to local toy store, MASTERMIND. They recognized a toy on the shelves for which I supplied the voice: ‘Mr. Robot’.
Someone asked me how you become the voice of a toy? Well, you either have to be able to pull off weird voices as part of your vocation – or, like me, simply be immature.
* * * * * Alright – and now onto some other voice over highlights in keeping with this edition’s loosely based yet patriotic Can-Am theme:
Cross-Border Weapons Check This year marks the bicentennial of The War of 1812 (which lasted 3½ years). It was a defining period for Canada eventually becoming its own nation. British infantry, Canadian militia & native warriors successfully resisted and, for all intents and purposes, defeated the Americans & their aboriginal soldiers in arms. In a polite fashion of course.
The 200 years of peace has been nice, neighbour (neighbor, stateside). No hard feelings about torching the White House during the spat. We love what you’ve done with it though.
This radio commercial was part of the commemorative media campaign in which I was involved.
(Ed note: No war re-enactors were injured during the recording of this voice over).
Getting my Kicks in the Studio
While hockey is Canada’s national sport & baseball is as American as apple pie “the beautiful game” of soccer has really caught on in both countries over the past couple of decades. Its global popularity has swept through North America.
With EURO 2012 excitement combined with the pride of Canada Day – I recorded a patriotic piece for UMBRO.
A simple breakdown of Canada’s provinces & territories