Are there two Canadians having a better year than Margaret Atwood and Drake? We don’t think so.
Atwood’s 1985 dystopian work of fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become the most talked about new series of 2017. Its focus on a future world where women are stripped of their rights and forced to bear children for the upper echelon of society arrived at an especially precarious time in the world, with new political movements making the fictional world of Gilead seem that much more plausible. The series stars Elizabeth Moss and Samira Wiley as handmaids living in the military dictatorship, with a second season already ordered.
Thanks to the success of the new series, Atwood’s 32 year-old Governor General Award-winning book found itself back on the top of the bestseller list this year.
Another Canadian who has been everywhere in 2017 is Drake. The Toronto native took home 13 Billboard Awards this year, beating Adele’s record for most wins in one night, and won two iHeartRadio MMVAs. The superstar recently surprised fans by playing Nathan Phillip’s Square in Toronto for Canada Day. Plus there was that whole JLo thing.
Now, thanks to author Junot Díaz, the two Canadians may be working together in the future. During an interview between Díaz and Atwood for the Boston Review, Díaz asked Atwood whether she had ever met the 6ix God.
“I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake,” said Atwood. “But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.”
Hoping to extend Canada’s 150 celebration, Díaz went on to say “I understand. I just think that, Canada—I’ll say this to the whole nation—you are missing a great opportunity to put these two folks together. Have you listened to his music? Do you have any opinions?”
Thankfully, Atwood has opinions. “Wouldn’t it be fun for him to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale?,” said Atwood. “There you have it. I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?”
As if we weren’t already excited for Season 2, now we’re reaching peak Canadian-levels of anticipation.