The hosers win one in Edmonton: The Bob and Doug McKenzie statue is now a reality.

Here’s some news that has absolutely nothing to do with COVID-19.

Canada, like other nations which erects statues to their great national heroes and historical figures, has a new monument to add to tourist guests: A statute of Bob and Doug McKenzie, sitting on a bench, drinking beer. From stubbies, of course.

After years of work by Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Vlethuis (and with input from Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas), the two life-sized bronze statues were unveiled at the corner of 103 Street and 103 Avenue this week. It’s just down the street from the Wayne Gretzky statue.

Why Edmonton? All SCTV fans know that Bob and Doug were born in the city in 1980 when production of the TV show moved from Toronto to Edmonton where costs were lower. The first skit was mostly an ad-libbed thing when the cast realized that an episode was running short. It soon became a regular feature.

And then they had a hit song with Rush’s Geddy Lee…

…and a movie.

Beauty, eh?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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