The clock to 2010 is ticking 

We're just over 365 days to the big show (in case you're a bit out of the loop, the winter Olympics kick-off right here in our own backyard on Feb. 12, 2010.)

And to get fully stoked for the one-year countdown, VANOC is calling on all Canadians to make a little noise. At precisely 6 p.m. local time, in times zones across the country, people are invited to honk car horns, ring bells, sing - basically do anything to show your sense of pride.

They've also created an online toolkit as a quick, easy inspirational tool for communities that are trying to plan their own Olympic events, complete with more than 20 practical and affordable ideas, info on booking Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and even event production checklists. For more information, visit

Calling all early birds
To mark the one-year countdown media outlets are coming to town to capture the celebrations.

CBC Radio will be broadcasting The Early Edition live from La Bocca Restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., and they're hoping early birds will come out to hear host Rick Cluff chat with some of the key players of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Wednesday morning, the show will discuss what it's going to take to deliver the best winter Olympics ever, touching on issues of security and venues with VANOC officials. On Thursday morning, the topic shifts to ensuring Canadian athletes bring home medals, with 2010 contendors like Slyvia Kerfoot and Tyler Mosher appearing on air.

To entice people to roll out of bed early, CBC is offering free pastries and coffee, plus live music with The Hairfarmers on Thursday morning, and prize draws for CBC merchandise.

Global Television and CTV will also be in town next week.

Turn Up Winter, Part III
Can you be Canadian and not be a Neil Young fan?  Hell, can you enjoy music and not be a fan of north Ontario's prodigal son?

In 2005, facing a future that might not have included any future at all - a brain aneurysm threatened to make him the late, great - Neil Young took to the stage in Nashville for a couple of nights of new music and old music.  The concerts, captured with a filmmaker's eye by Jonathan Demme and released in 2006 as "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," are stunning tributes to the man's music and to his power to dominate a stage and capture an audience's heart.

Presented as week three of the Turn Up Winter concert film series, "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," will screen at MY Millennium Place on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at MY Place or $8 for Club Shred members.

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