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The Canadian Encyclopedia Video

To celebrate our new promo video, we’re asking you to name every Canadian, event, work of art, animal, and structure in the video for a chance to win a quintessential Canadian t-shirt!

Music
Braids Band

Calgary's Braids are shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Could they be 2011's winner?

The Polaris Music Prize is a celebration of Canada’s new & emerging artists. Introduced in 2006, Canada’s music industry has quickly embraced the prize as something to write home about. It is essentially your cool music friend’s top 10 mixtape of acts spanning different genres & compiled based on artistic merit rather than music sales or chart position. Next Monday the $30,000 grand prize will be awarded to one of the ten short list nominees. In celebration, we’ll give away a free download of the winning album to five lucky contestants. To enter, tell us about your best Canadian music experience in the comments below. Move us, make us laugh, make us cry! We’ll announce our five winners next Monday after the official Polaris Prize winner is crowned. For now, enjoy our roundup of the ten short list nominees.

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Music

This past week, we gave away ten Polaris Music Prize long list CDs to our Facebook and Twitter users to celebrate the launch of our blog. The challenges varied from trivia (Q: Who was the Canadian woman billed as ‘the girl who made vaudeville famous’? A: Eva Tanguay) to personal anecdotes about wild and raucous concerts. We were delighted with the responses, and we’ve collected the best of the week for your viewing pleasure. This Canada Day, we give a toast to great Canadian music, to our country that makes it possible, and to all our Facebook fans and Twitter followers who took part in our contest. Enjoy!

From winner, Mark Gillis from Ontario, comes this exciting tale:

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