Regardless of where you are in Canada right now, it’s cold. Like, sooooo cold. A winter storm is currently being tracked for Atlantic Canada and the Maritimes, Toronto is set to be hit with another cold snap, and a severe weather warning has been issued for Quebec. It’s likely not lost on the people of Quebec that today is the 20th anniversary of the devastating ice storm that hit the province on January 4, 1998.
Oh, and that thing called a ‘weather bomb,’ which has already dropped on the US? Yeah, that’s an actual term that meteorologists are using for this brutal weather and it’s heading to Canada next.
So, like we said, it’s cold. But you already knew that.
Someone else who knows how cold it is in Canada right now is Manitoba resident Rob Thiessen. The occupational therapist and part-time musician, who is in the band Prairie Joe, has found something positive about the cold weather. It turns out that complaining about the freezing temperatures fits nicely with the tune of Toto’s “Africa.” Plus, thinking about Africa makes us feel a bit warmer. Or that’s just frostbite setting in.
Teaming up with his brother-in-law Joe Kaonga, who is originally from the much warmer Zambia, the two bemoan the freezing temperatures, singing about frozen pipes, boring days spent indoors, and facing the long trek to Tim Hortons for a Double Double. The famous Timmies cup even appears as an instrument in the song, with Kaonga using it as a drum while Thiessen takes lead vocals and plays the guitar. It’s a pretty impressive arrangement for people who “froze their brains down in Canada.”
With not much else to do in the freezing temperatures, the pair even shot a music video for their parody, which includes shirtless volleyball in the snow, sticking their tongues on metal poles, and of course, a lot of Timmies cups. The feel-good track is already lifting the spirits of the duo’s fellow Canadians, with almost 50,000 views on YouTube and dozens of positive comments. One YouTuber writes “Thanks for the laugh on another freezing cold night here in Ontario! And a reminder of one of the best things about being Canadian…we can laugh at ourselves!”
That’s right, the key to staying warm in Canada is laughing. Plus, lots of layers and not leaving the house for a few months.