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Good day, eh? The Great White North is turning 137 this year, and on July 1 hosers from Signal Hill, Newfoundland to Tofino will be kicking back, cracking a few cold ones, and frying up some back bacon sandwiches.

Good day, eh? The Great White North is turning 137 this year, and on July 1 hosers from Signal Hill, Newfoundland to Tofino will be kicking back, cracking a few cold ones, and frying up some back bacon sandwiches. Beauty!

To help you get the most out of this day I’ve put together a list of 100 per cent hoser-friendly websites. So take off, eh!

Canadian Music

Nobody rocks like a Canuck. In their prime bands like Rush ( ) and the Guess Who (still too mad at each other to have an official site) were among the biggest supergroups in the world. Even Geddy Lee’s guest appearance ("Take off to the Great White North") on the Bob and Doug McKenzie album hit the top 10 on the American Billboard charts.

A short list of awesome and proudly Canadian bands of today, in terms of Canadian content, would have to include The Tragically Hip ( ), The Weakerthans ( ), Sam Roberts Band ( ), Rheostatics ( ), Sloan ( ), Barkenaked Ladies ( ), Neil Young ( ) and the entire new music movements that includes Hot Hot Heat (, Metric (, Broken Social Scene and Stars ( www.arts-crafts ), Arcade Fire (, etc. I’d also like to give a few shameless plugs to a few of my friends’ bands – FiftyWattHead ( ) and the Creaking Tree String Quartet ( ).

Staying on top of the Canadian music scene is tough, with artists like K-OS, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Simple Plan, and Sum 41 (the list is endless) going on to international fame. One way to stay current is by visiting sites like Jam! at , Chart Attack ( ), ( ), CBC3 (, and ( ).

Canadian Culture

No, Canadian Culture is not an oxymoron, we just don’t take ourselves as seriously as some countries. Hence the fact that Canada’s three biggest cultural exports in recent years are Trailer Park Boys (, FUBAR ( ), and Tom Green ( ). Low class, but completely understandable when you consider that these cultural exports are following in the footsteps of Bob and Doug McKenzie and SCTV ( ), the Kids In The Hall ( ), and Porky’s ( ) – I believe the first Porky’s is still the top grossing Canadian movie of all time.

But there’s more to Canadian Culture than Hinterland Who’s Who, The Sweater (check out , Back Bacon), Anne of Green Gables, and humping a dead moose on the shoulder of the Trans-Canada Highway.

For real art, every good Canadian should learn about the Group of Seven ( ), Emily Carr ( ), and dozens of other artists by visit the National Gallery of Canada at .

For literature, Canada boasts some of the top authors in the world today like Carol Shields, Jane Urquhart, Yann Martel, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood ( I grew up reading Farley Mowatt and Gordon Korman. For humour, few can top Stephen Leacock’s stories.

One of the best resources for Canadian writers is at Collections Canada ( ), our national library and archives.

Canada’s contributions to the big screen is a little less inspiring (see Porky’s). I couldn’t even find one current site listing all-Canadian movies on the web, but you can find some information at Telefilm Canada at in the Catalogues section.

Canadian History

Canadian history is not as dull as you remember from high school. We’ve had our share of wars, political scandals, visionaries and defining moments over the years, all worthy of some remembrance on Canada’s birthday. Visit Canada History at , Canadian History at and the Canadian National History Society at to brush up.


Did you know that the famous Canadian flag, which adorns backpacks around the world, wasn’t adopted until 1965? There was a contest to pick the best design (see some of the runners up at

Want to know the words to the Cremation of Sam McGee? Visit and look for a link on the right hand side of the page.

From zippers to walkie talkies, Canadian inventors have over a million patents to their credit. Visit for a partial list.

Why is the Bluenose a big enough deal to be remembered on the dime? Visit .

You probably knew that Canada is the second largest country in the world, but have no idea what that means. For more on Canada’s geography, visit , , and Canadian Geographic Magazine at .

Who are the Canadians on Canada’s Walk of Fame? Visit .

Who are the athletes in the Hall of Fame? Visit .

Have a good Canada Day, eh?