The List: The 10 best things to originate in Canada

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

With Canada Keck nearing the end of her run as our Sketch in the City artist (check out strip five of six this week!), we thought we'd take a look at some of our favorite imports from our northern neighbor. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the best things to originate from Canada.

Canada Dry

If you think there's a better mass-market ginger ale, you're wrong.

Will Arnett

"It's the final countdown!"


What's not to love about this greasy, hot, smothered mass of French fries, gravy and cheese curds? (The Sycamore is currently dishing up a more refined version of the dish, fwiw.)

The Band

The Band-mates might've looked like off-duty Civil War re-enactors on the cover of their eponymous sophomore album, from 1969, but four of the group's primary members, including Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson have roots in Canada. The lone holdout? Drummer and singer extraordinaire Levon Helm, who was born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas.

Peanut butter

PB&J might be a lunchtime staple in elementary schools across the States, but the spread was actually patented by Montreal-based chemist Marcellus Edson in 1884.

Neil Young (The Monsanto Years excepted)

Neil Young is a music legend with a nearly unassailable discography (my personal fave:Tonight's the Night, from 1975), but, man, Young's activist urges can't make up for the lack of worthwhile tunes on last year'sThe Monsanto Years.

Rick Moranis

The gawky comic-actor could've landed on this list for his early work on "SCTV" alone, but a filmography filled with modern classics like "Strange Brew," "Ghostbusters" and "Spaceballs" certainly doesn't hurt.

Neil Peart's in-concert drum solo on "Working Man"

Sure, we could've just slotted Rush on this list, but why not highlight a track that evolved into a live showcase for Peart's precise, powerful and uniquely dexterous drum skills?

Trivial Pursuit

This board game is a holiday staple with my family - even surviving the year my uncle flipped the board across the room and accused the kids of cheating. I think I was 13 at the time.

Phil Hartman

Trumps even Darrell Hammond in the "Saturday Night Live" rankings of sneaky-good glue guys. Plus he provided the voice of the great Troy McClure on "The Simpsons," who you might recognize from such films as…