8:38 pm - 07/01/2013

There are Canadian K-pop idols? Yes indeed! Happy Canada Day!

Canadian K-pop Idol Round-Up

It's been 50 years since Canada and South Korea established a diplomatic relationship. Our Prime Minister recently declared 2013 as the “Year of Korea in Canada” and the South Korean Prime Minister in turn declared 2013 as the “Year of Canada in Korea.”

To celebrate Canada Day, I've written a round-up post of Canadian K-pop idols.

Henry


Henry from Super Junior-M, and now soloist as well, was born in Toronto, Ontario. He recently released his first mini-album, making his debut as a solo artist. He went to several different high schools in Toronto and spent a semester at the University of Toronto studying Music Performance before auditioning and being accepted into SMEntertainment. His family continues to live in Toronto. He was recently featured in The Toronto Star, one of Canada's biggest newspapers: Henry Lau goes from Willowdale to K-Pop superstar.


Kris


Kris, the leader of EXO-M, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. [OP edit: a source in the comments has Kris saying he was born in Guangzhou. I claim him for Canada anyway!] In February 2013, he spent some time visiting his family, inciting rumours he might have quit the group - his entertainment company SMEntertainment is not well known for giving their artists lengthy vacations. The third Monday in February is the Family Day holiday in Canada, which was most likely the reason for his visit. There were also rumours about a death in the family. Luckily, his trip was a short one and he was with the rest of EXO for their most recent release, Wolf.


Sera


Sera from Nine Muses was born in Toronto, Ontario. After living in South Korea during middle school, she returned to Vancouver, British Columbia for high school. In interviews she often talks about her time studying in Canada as being stressful.



G.NA
G.NA, a soloist, was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She also lived in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. To celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea, G.NA has been chosen as an honorary celebrity ambassador. She was invited to and attended an exclusive Celebration 2013 launch event at the Embassy of Canada. To celebrate Canada Day, this year she performed at the Canada Festival in Cheonggye South Korea.


Source: NotExactlySocial.com

Happy Canada Day, Omona! Maybe one day we'll be recognized by the K-pop industry, and then we'll get ALL THE CONCERTS.

I know left out a few non-idol K-pop stars who lived in Canada, like Alex from Clazziquai and Tablo from Epik High, but I thought I'd stick to traditional idols for this round-up.
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setsuna16 2nd-Jul-2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I hope Canada gets concerts, too. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to have attended all 3 SMTown concerts in America, but there's no reason Canadian's should be denied.
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Wonder Girls came, and last year we had a concert for Canadian Music Week with A-Pink, Brian Joo and Teen Top, but I missed it. It was LITERALLY on the day after I left for Japan. Why does fate hate me.
ryuugazaki 2nd-Jul-2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day to all!

OP: Kris was actually born in Guangzhou, China and not Vancouver - he's a naturalized Canadian citizen! Looks like it was the source blog that made the error, though :)

Edited at 2013-07-02 02:04 am (UTC)
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:06 am (UTC)
I remembered reading an interview in a magazine, possibly CeCi, that said he was born in Canada. I wonder if Kris has said anything directly?
charlieu 2nd-Jul-2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I don't know any one of them.
jeit91 2nd-Jul-2013 03:40 am (UTC)
expand your horizons?
jeit91 2nd-Jul-2013 02:08 am (UTC)
here for sera.

tbh i thought this post would forget about her, but luckily not!
plantbottle 2nd-Jul-2013 02:15 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day omona! Did anyone attend any of the festivities today? I didn't get to, sadly.

And I still find it so hard to believe that G.NA's high school was in the same school district as mine. It's not that much of a thing to be excited about but afjahfsdl

And my friend's boyfriend's friend's friend knew Kris. It took me a while to process that when my friend told me that haha. Another thing to not be excited about, but...whoooaaa.

Edited at 2013-07-02 02:16 am (UTC)
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:19 am (UTC)
I am ASTOUNDED I live next to one of the high schools Henry attended. It's the little things in life that make fangirl hearts fill with glee. :)
dapo322 2nd-Jul-2013 02:18 am (UTC)
I believe e.den from lc9 is also Canadian
aleash1989 2nd-Jul-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
He is! He's from Toronto.
iznanassi 2nd-Jul-2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Eden, Miryo...lots of people LOL

Happy Canada Day!!!
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Miryo is Canadian?? This is brand new information!

Alas, I know next to nothing about LC9. I mean, I know they exist, but that's about it.

I may need to do Canadians Part #2 in the future.
xalexandriam 2nd-Jul-2013 02:24 am (UTC)
here for my queen sera. :')
jia_zhang 2nd-Jul-2013 02:33 am (UTC)
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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks out there!

Hopefully sometime in the future Korea will realize we actually exist and maybe hold a few concerts in the Great White North that is NOT VANCOUVER. (ie. Toronto) If they can make it to New York they can make it to Toronto!

Edited at 2013-07-02 02:35 am (UTC)
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
Best gif in the history of the universe. Bravo.
lightframes 2nd-Jul-2013 02:34 am (UTC)
Canada has been so good to us.
lobotronic 2nd-Jul-2013 02:34 am (UTC)
CANADA REPRESENT!
jaeji 2nd-Jul-2013 02:35 am (UTC)
wasn't kris born in guangzhou, and then moved to vancouver for school? or am i wrong...
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Different sources say different things. I will grasp at the smallest straw when it comes to Kris and Canada. :D
pikapika217 2nd-Jul-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I had no idea about Sera!
scubajr 2nd-Jul-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Me either!
shanny_w 2nd-Jul-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day fellow Omona Canadians! :D
jacky_snoopy 2nd-Jul-2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day! \o/
almightykuzon 2nd-Jul-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Wish I could live in Canada. lol Happy Canada day, though!

Alex from Clazziquai is also from there, but they aren't really kpop idols.

Edited at 2013-07-02 02:44 am (UTC)
charisma2 2nd-Jul-2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day!
momomoing 2nd-Jul-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Kris was actually born in Guangzhou and moved to Canada when he was 10, but it's great that he was included!
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 03:03 am (UTC)
There's been multiple sources saying different things, but I am making an executive decision and claiming Kris for Canada. :D
kelseyum 2nd-Jul-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
ahhh i love my country, i just wish kpop companies did too and brought more artists here. you'd think SM would seeing as they have henry AND kris to remind them about canada lol

g.na's lucky she got to perform here. she was so happy about it when i saw her in toronto.

happy canada day everyone █♥█
airyclouds 2nd-Jul-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Happy Canada day fellow Canadians! I'm just happy we technically claim Kris and he's from Van (yeah!).

Edited at 2013-07-02 03:24 am (UTC)
carmine_pink 2nd-Jul-2013 03:37 am (UTC)
Congrats Canadians! OP, Henry also has his own tag.
magenta_story 2nd-Jul-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
Good to know, thanks!
maffinoyobiai 2nd-Jul-2013 03:38 am (UTC)
Wow, nice to see a Canada post :D I love my country! I hope they bring more k-pop here soon!
45s 2nd-Jul-2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Yessss happy canada day and bless this post
scubajr 2nd-Jul-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day everyone! \o/
Clarification, Kris was born in China but he does have Canadian citizenship!

I wish SM would hold a concert in Canada. But the sad truth for people not on the west coast is that if there ever was a Canadian venue, it would most likely be in Vancouver and not Toronto :(
If there was ever a SM Town Toronto, I would sell an arm and a leg to attend.

Edited at 2013-07-02 04:05 am (UTC)
cagallisakura 2nd-Jul-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
lol it's funny that you say that. i live in vancouver and my friends and i always say canadian concerts would be in Toronto rather than here because organizers can expect Vancouver people to go down to LA or San Fran lol
allegsiseu 2nd-Jul-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
Please don't forget Eden from future top idol group LC9. Who is also the cutie in my icon.
the_erotomanic 2nd-Jul-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
is he a canadian citizen? i thought he was one of those koreans who just lived abroad to learn english. but yes, he's a cutie.
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