We don’t often play favourites, but it’s clear that among our favourite people named Ryan – is Reynolds who, this weekend was one of 6 Canadians to receive a prestigious Governer’s General Award.
In the company of other established Canucks, like actors Tantoo Cardinal and Catherine O’Hara, Reynolds has been recognized several times over the years for his many performances both on-screen and off – but now he has a medal to show for it.
For those unaware, Governer’s General Awards are given to those who have made significant contributions to the performing arts. Sadly though, the 2021 ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic, with the GG opting for the awards to be given during a TV special that aired Friday night instead.
Last night, Canada honoured me with a Governor General’s Award and this video. I’m not crying. It’s just maple syrup. @stevenpage is a friend and legend for wasting this amazing song on me. Thank you to Her Excellency, @GGCanada, Mary Simon. #GGAwards @CanadasNAC I’m a wreck. pic.twitter.com/0ALteFw2QN
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 27, 2021
During this special, not only was Reynolds given the award itself, but he was also surprised by his very own song, written and recorded by music legend Steven Page from the Barenaked Ladies – one that despite being lighthearted, brought the notorious funny man to tears.
“I’m not crying. That’s maple syrup,” he said in a post reacting to the video.
In the diddy that Page claims was meant to be written by Nickleback, Drake and Bryan Adams, the singer calls him a juicy icon and pokes fun at his ‘American gin’ but also mentions his ongoing charity work and the impact he made during the pandemic through social work and his many donations; and If we’re being honest, our faces leaked a little too, so definitely check out the video above.
After all, there’s nothing like kicking off your Monday morning with a little feel-good Reynolds content.
If one thing was made clear – it’s that Canada really does love Reynolds back – so congrats to him. Now, go get yourselves some tissues, you’ve got the rest of your day ahead of you and it’s not going to tackle itself.