A few cultural references:
There are numerous references to poutine in Québec pop culture:
- Quebec band Mes aïeux interprets a song called Hommage en grain that speaks of the relationship between Quebeckers and poutine: « Si la décence invite à déguster lentement son bol, faut quand même faire ça vite avant qu’les frites d’viennent molles. » (“If decency invites you to enjoy your bowl slowly, you still have to be quick before your fries get soggy.”) And: « C’est comme manger une livre de beurre, mais Montignac nous fait pas peur.» (“It’s like eating a pound of butter, but Montignac does not scare us.”)
- Quebec singer Mononc’ Serge also refers to this popular dish in his song: Les Patates.
- The Montrealer comic duo Bowser and Blue wrote the tribute The Night They Invented Poutine.
- Ska band Alaska composed the song Monsieur Poutine.
- Quebec band Omnikrom raps about this famous dish in a song with TTC called Danse la poutine.
- Quebec singer Lynda Lemay explains the term to her French public in her cours de Québécois.
- Les Wampas sing “Poutine is sticking to my hands” in their song Seul en Gaspésie.
- In the La Belle Province comic book, Lucky Luke finds himself in bars where Quebecker are throwing poutine at each other.
- Normand Baillargeon translates Carl Sagan’s baloney detection kit by “kit de detection de poutine.”
- In a parody of Lucky Luke in an edition of the Quebec comic magazine Safarir, Lucky Luke is sent to Québec by president George W. Bush to kidnap Michael Moore. In the parody, Lucky Luke suffers the tarring and feathering torture twice, once for having hated the poutine that the barman served him in a saloon, and the second time for having hated even more the poutine served to him in a neighboring village.
- A Charles-Alexandre Théorêt novel, titled Maudite poutine! L’histoire approximative d’un plat populaire, discusses the success of this Québec mixture. Éditions Héliotrope, 2007
- The Drummondville Festival de la poutine was created as a tribute to this dish. It is organized by the members of the band Les Trois Accords.
- The Quebec board game editor "Le Scorpion masque" published in March 2009 a board game named Miss Poutine. The action goes on in a fictional fast food joint of the same name. Poutine is the most popular dish asked in the game and also the only one needing to combine two cards instead of two to be served.
- In the TV show Les Pieds dans la marge, the team throws a poutine at an altitude of 17 km. Baptized the Spoutine (Spoutnik), the poutine travels almost 100 km with the help of a sounding balloon.