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5 Second-Generation Canadians Who Changed The Face Of Pop Culture In The 2010s


Throughout the 2010s, a generation of talented Canadians broke barriers in late-night TV, were cast in blockbuster Disney films, had movies screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and were Golden Globe nominees/winners/hosts.

Make that second-generation: they’re all children of immigrants, and they never shied away from talking about their backgrounds or how underrepresented people of colour have historically been in North American media.

Watch the video above to learn how these five driven Canadians brought verve and some much-needed colour to pop culture this decade.

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