Canada Reacts to New York Times ‘Hip’ List

Paper highlights "The Canadians Making the Nation Cool."

According to this weekend’s New York Times Styles section, among the 17 Canadians helping make the country hip these days are actress Rachel McAdams, who accepted several awards Sunday night at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and Samantha Bee, whose TBS talk show launches Feb. 8. The article is being heavily discussed north of the 49th parallel, with readers chiming in to reports by the CBC, CTV and other outlets.

Wedged in the middle of all this, per the sample playful tweet above, is article author Peter Stevenson. From a media personality perspective, Stevenson’s efforts have given Sarah Nicole Prickett, Shane Smith, Tyler Brûlé and another familiar name some additional bragging rights this U.S. holiday weekend:

Joey Zee: Editor in chief of Yahoo Style. Age 47. Born in Hong Kong, moved to Toronto at age 1. Cool hair. Makes fashion accessible through his tweets and television appearances. A regular on the fashion and lifestyle show “FABLife.”

The Styles piece is not just news in Canada. Today, the BBC is also evaluating the article’s merits, labeling Stevenson’s compilation a “back-handed compliment.” On the heels of Ryan Gosling’s opening monologue as SNL host this season, back-handed or not, New York is throwing a lot of love Canada’s way.