Comedian Jonathan Torrens went out in search of a new way to celebrate Canada and came back with a TV special.
In “Your Special Canada” Torrens travels back to his hometown of Charlottetown, PEI, the birthplace of Confederation, for Canada’s 150th birthday to find out the best way to celebrate the Canada we all love.
“We thought it would be great to set it in the place that both the country was born, and also that I was born,” Torrens told CBC News.
“For me it was a thrill to come home, and the storyline that we came up with was I was trying to do the most Canadian thing ever,” Torrens said. “A Sir John A. Macdonald reenactor, played by local legend Patrick Ledwell, challenges me to come up with something new, because in his experience it’s all been done.”
The special is a combination of Torrens’ online skits from around the country, and new bits filmed in Charlottetown, with the comedian becoming Jonathan of Green Gables, and creating a diorama with potatoes dressed as the Fathers of Confederation.
Torrens also puts on his best singing voice for “Thank U Canada”, a heartfelt cover of the Alanis Morissette song.
For the show’s grand finale, Torrens jumps into a giant butter tart. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that.
“Your Special Canada” airs at 9 p.m. on Canada Day on CBC.