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The Top 100 Canadian Singles by Bob Mersereau

In Authors, Business, Canada, East Coast, Entertainment, Media, Music, People that Matter, The CBC, Writers on September 30, 2010 at 08:37

Bob Mersereau also wrote The Top 100 Canadian Albums in 2007.

You can purchase either book

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Regis & Kelly Live did P.E.I. ~ Was it worth it?

In Business, Canada, Celeb, Customer Service, East Coast, Media, PEI, YouTube on July 15, 2010 at 14:38

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In a word… Yes!  One Million dollars is a drop in the bucket for us here in Toronto.  I mean come on, we spent 1.2+ billion dollars on our tourism boosting event for 48 hours and all we got for it was 900 people in jail and bunch of crazy photos with burning cop cars.  Give it to the people and the island of PEI to showcase all the goodness that Canada is.  Alberta are you watching this, because you’re in a whole shit load of trouble, but thats for tomorrow’s blog post.  PEI gets to bask in it’s Kelly Ripa glow!  Is Oprah next?


You can read Amber MacArthur full article and video at The Globe and Mail here

PEI’s (million dollar) Google Juice

On day one of Regis & Kelly in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island skyrocketed to the number two spot on Google search in the UnitedStates. The hosts raved about the province’s seafood, scenery, and people. They also tweeted their every move, sharing PEI pics with their thousands of online followers.

You can read the full article at here

On Monday, Canada’s smallest province cracked the Top 10 Google searches in the United States.

It re-emerged there yesterday.

Tourism Minister Robert Vessey says the spotlight the show put on his province is priceless.

Don Cudmore of the Tourism Industry Association of P-E-I says the province will reap benefits from the visit and that it should build on that momentum.

You can read the full article in the Globe and Mail here

Regis and Kelly wrap up PEI broadcasts

Throughout the visit, the morning duo gushed over the island’s lush scenery and fresh seafood, with Ms. Ripa saying on Thursday’s episode that she was already planning a return.

Guests for the final broadcast included “Sex and the City” hunk John Corbett, whose girlfriend Bo Derek was sitting in the front row.

“24” star Elisha Cuthbert also brought NHL boyfriend Dion Phaneuf, and the pop band OneRepublic performed.

Tourism officials are hoping publicity from the shows — which aired Monday through Thursday on CTV — will lead to a boost in tourism. Earlier in the week, the province cracked the Top 10 Google searches inthe United States.

The popular U.S. morning-show stars were to resume broadcasts from the show’s home in New York on Friday.

Before leaving, Mr. Philbin said he was grateful for the warm welcome they received in Canada’s smallest province.

“Honest to God we really are taken by Prince Edward Island, and all of you for being so hospitable,” Mr. Philbin said to hoots from the audience.

“It’s one of those places where Mark and I are planning our return trip before we leave,” Ms. Ripa added, referring to her husband.”

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Canadian Music has a new outlet. Meet the Wiki!

In Canada, East Coast, French Kiss, Me Myself & I, Music, The Social, West Coast, YouTube on June 17, 2010 at 09:13

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Surfing through the net on this morning, I came across a project that CBC Radio3 freelancer writer Amanda Ash helped create.  The beta version of the Canadian Music Wiki is up and is looking for contributors.

From the site…

“This project is dedicated to using collaborative and social media to enrich Canada’s music scene by creating a comprehensive guide to Canadian music. We welcome your contributions.

The Canadian Music Wiki is a wiki, meaning you can edit nearly any page at any time. This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource. We hope it will serve as Canada’s hub for everything music-related.”

From Amanda…

“This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource,”

I’ve signed myself up under “myonlinelifenow” at will adding reviews, pictures and additional information write ups to the site.  If you create, cover, enjoy or sell Canadian Music start plotting keystrokes to the Let us show why Canadian Music is so important to Canadians and the rest of the world.


Some highlights of what Canadian Music has to offer

A single dream. A world of hope. This is Terry Fox

In Canada, East Coast, Loss of Life, Medical, Sports, The World, West Coast on April 12, 2010 at 13:58

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A man that truly brought life to word “Hope”.  Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28th, 1958.  After a car accident in 1976, Terry complained only of only a sore knee.  By 1977 that pain had intensified and after going to the hospital, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  His leg was amputated soon after… and thats when Terry Fox’s live really got interested.  He was athlete before loosing his leg and after the amputation it didn’t seem to stop him.  Winning three national championships with Canada’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, Terry set his sites on competing in his first marathon in Prince George, BC.  Of course this was just his way of testing out his body and leg for his true aim.  To run across Canada and raise money for Cancer research.  Here was his letter to the Canadian Cancer Society

“My name is Terry Fox. I am 21 years old, and I am an amputee. I lost my right leg two-and-a-half years ago due to cancer. The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

But I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop….and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.

From the beginning the going was extremely difficult, and I was facing chronic ailments foreign to runners with two legs in addition to the common physical strains felt by all dedicated athletes.

But these problems are now behind me, as I have either out-persisted or learned to deal with them. I feel strong not only physically, but more important, emotionally. Soon I will be adding one full mile a week, and coupled with weight training I have been doing, by next April I will be ready to achieve something that for me was once only a distant dream reserved for the world of miracles – to run across Canada to raise money for the fight against cancer.

The running I can do, even if I have to crawl every last mile.

We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles.

I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to.

Terry Fox, October 1979″

An amazing Canadian.  A truly inspiring human.  On this 30th Anniversary of  the launch of the Marathon of Hope please visit The Terry Fox Foundation’s web site for more information on how you can help.  A single dream.  A world of hope.


Advocate Sook-Yin Lee argues Terry Fox’s place as The Greatest Canadian You link to it here at the CBC

Haiti’s struggle is K’naan musical mission

In Canada, East Coast, French Kiss, Loss of Life, Media, Money, Music, The Social, The World, Them Kids, West Coast on March 12, 2010 at 09:29

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K’naan keeps on waving.   A reworking of Wavin’ Flag was released this morning to support Haitian earthquake relief efforts.  You can purchase the song on iTunes here.  Free the Children, War Child Canada and World Vision will all benefit from the sales of this digital single.  Along with K’naan, 57 contributing artists lent their voices to this project.  They include
Avril Lavigne
Sam Roberts
Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan)
Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman)
Kardinal Offishall
Jully Black
Josh Ramsay (Marianas Trench)
Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash)
Chin Injeti
Jacob Hoggard (Hedley)
Red 1
Derek Whibley (Sum 41)
Serena Ryder
Emily Haines (Metric)
James Shaw (Metric)
Hawksley Workman
Pierre Lapointe
Corb Lund
Fefe Dobson
Jim Creegan (Barenaked Ladies)
Tom Cochrane
Kevin Parent
Lamar Ashe
Colin James
Nikki Yanofsky
Suzie McNeil
Stephan Moccio
Aoin Clarke
Kathleen Edwards
Jim Cuddy
Stacey McKitrick
Jessie Farrell
Colin MacDonald
Justin Nozuka
Hayley Sales
Matt Mays
City & Colour
Pat Kordyback (Stereos)
Dave Faber
Brandon Lehti
The Canadian Tenors
Justin Bieber
Torquil Campbell (Stars)
Broken Social Scene


You can make your donation through the Young Artists For Haiti Facebook Page.