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Does VANOC Own Our National Anthem?

canadaNot only am I not an economist, but I'm also not a lawyer. As a non-lawyer, I find myself confused by copyright law.

This story says the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee has trademarked the line "With glowing hearts". That's right, they've trademarked a line from "O Canada", our national anthem.

VANOC would only challenge the commercial use of the mottoes if a business began using them to create a specific, unauthorized commercial association with the 2010 Winter Games, said the statement.

O Canada is over 100 years old and, according to the Department of Canadian Heritage, is in the public domain so may be used without permission from the government.

How can they trademark something that's in the public domain? How can they trademark something they didn't create or invent?

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O Canada, Vegas Style

canadaVegas Geoff just sent this over.

I just came across this absolutely fantastic clip of our anthem being butchered during a Las Vegas Posse CFL game. Apparently, the story goes that this singer, Dennis "KC" Parks, had never heard the anthem before, so just tried to wing it. As you can tell, it didn't go so well.

This is "O Canada", Vegas style.

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Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s, Volume 3

canada flag I recently shared the track listing for "Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s, Volume 1" and "Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s, Volume 2". My bud has put together a third volume.

Here are the 24 tracks from volume three.

  1. (Make Me Do) Anything You Want - A Foot In Cold Water
  2. Give and Take - Mandala
  3. I Can Hear You Calling - Bush
  4. I Just Want To Make Music - Ken Tobias
  5. If There Ever Was A Time - Lighthouse
  6. Linda Put The Coffee On - Ray Materick
  7. Lonesome Mary - Chilliwack
  8. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
  9. One More Mountain To Climb - Dr. Music
  10. One Tin Soldier - The Original Caste
  11. Painted Ladies - Ian Thomas
  12. Passing Fancy - Bearfoot
  13. Something's Funny, Something's Wrong - Little Caesar & the Consuls
  14. The First Cut Is The Deepest - Keith Hampshire
  15. The Rain Came Down - Young
  16. The Tender Years - The Beau-Marks
  17. Think I Care - The Paupers
  18. Three Rows Over - Bobby Curtola
  19. Twilight Woman - The 49th Parallel
  20. Walk That Walk - David Clayton Thomas
  21. We All Need Love - Troiano
  22. You Can't Deny It - Edward Bear
  23. You Girl - Major Hoople's Boarding House
  24. Apricot Brandy - Rhinoceros

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Canada Turns 141

canadaHappy Birthday, Canada, you're 141 years young today.

Over the past 5.5 years I've written quite a bit about you. All of those posts can be found at https://www.torontomike.com/o_canada/. This is a great day to dive in and revisit those red and white entries.

O Canada

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Helping Fukuoka, Japan Celebrate Canada Day

CanadaThe Google universe effects us all in different ways. I feel a great responsibility to be an authority on subject matter I rank #1 for in Google. Tomorrow is Canada's 141st birthday, so many are Googling best Canadian songs and finding my Top 100 Canadian Songs List. That makes me a key ambassador of Canadian music, whether I like it or not.

Nick publishes a free paper in Fukuoka, Japan which he calls Fukuoka Now. He's been organizing Canada Day parties in Fukuoka City, which has a pop of 1.5 million, and is in southern Japan, for the last 6 years. Although Nick has been there for 18 years, he's originally from right here in Toronto.

So Nick did that search so he could play Canada's finest music at his Canada Day party in Fukuoka, Japan, and he came across my list and liked what he saw. I spent some time this weekend setting Fukuoka, Japan up with this supreme Canadian playlist so they have a super fantastic Canada Day.

If you're in Fukuoka tomorrow, drop by and say hi to Nick. He's got some great tunes for ya.


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The Battle To Be Our Other Anthem

CanadaAjax Mike wrote me a note today calling me out for referring to the Hockey Night in Canada theme as our second national anthem. The song, recently bought by CTV, was referred to as "our second national anthem" by yours truly in this recent entry.

Ajax Mike has a good memory, and he remembers this entry I wrote almost three years ago. In that entry I argued that Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" is our other national anthem, or our second national anthem, if you will.

On July 2nd of this year, Canada's Live 8 concert took place in Barrie, Ontario. Neil Young closed the show with three fantastic songs, ending with "Rockin' In The Free World". Joining him for this song were the other performers from the Barenaked Ladies to Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip. Here's a photo of Neil Young and Gord Downie singing this tune.

On September 19th of this year, Pearl Jam sang Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" during their second and final encore of that night in Toronto, Ontario. Joining him on stage was none other than Bono of U2, creating a moment for the ages. Here's a photo of Eddie Vedder and Bono singing this tune.

Something has to give. Which one of these tunes is our second national anthem? Is it "The Hockey Theme" or "Rockin' In The Free World"?

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Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s, Volume 2

canada flag I recently shared the track listing for "Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s". That homemade mix served as a crash course in early Canadian rock, and now my bud has put together a sequel.

Here are the 27 tracks from volume two.

  1. Big Time Operator - Keith Hampshire
  2. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
  3. Classmate - The Beau-Marks
  4. Cornflakes and Ice Cream - The Lords of London
  5. Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
  6. Fannie Mae - Robbie Lane & The Disciples
  7. Goin' To The Country - Young
  8. If You Don't Want My Love - Lack London & The Sparrows
  9. I'm Running After You - Major Hoople's Boarding House
  10. In My Heart - Diane Brooks
  11. In My Tenament - Jackie Shane
  12. Just As Bad As You - Shawne Jackson
  13. Keep On Runnin' - Grant Smith & The Power
  14. Laughing - The Guess Who
  15. Lovedrops - Barry Allen
  16. Loveitis - Mandala
  17. Me and You - The Regents With Dunc & Judy
  18. My Girl Sloopy - Little Caeser & The Consols
  19. Nothin' - Ugly Duckings
  20. One Fine Morning - Lighthouse
  21. Out Of The Sunshine - David Clayton Thomas
  22. Private Property - Shirley Matthews
  23. Signs - The Five Man Electric Band
  24. Sitting On A Poor Man's Thone - Copperpenny
  25. Sun Goes By - Dr. Music
  26. Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders
  27. You, Me And Mexico - Edward Bear

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Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s

canada flag I've got a bud who's been burying me in early Canadian rock these past few months. All good Canadians know "As Years Go By" by Mashmakan or "Oh What A Feeling" by Crowbar, but unless you remember the 60s, how would you know The Beau-Marks, The Ugly Ducklings or Motherlode?

I asked this friend to put together a mix of essential early Canadian rock listening for guys like me who need a crash course on everything before The Guess Who and Rush. He calls this volume one, with volume two to follow, and here are the 29 tunes on Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s.

  1. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds
  2. Clap Your Hands - The Beau-Marks
  3. Ain't Love a Funny Thing - Robbie Lane & The Disciples
  4. Any Other Way - Jackie Shane
  5. As Years Go By - Mashmakan
  6. Better Watch Out - McKenna Mendelson Mainline
  7. Big Town Boy - Shirley Matthews
  8. Boom Boom - David Clayton Thomas & The Shays
  9. Bring it Down Front - Jon-Lee & The Checkmates
  10. Charlene - Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights
  11. Daytime Night Time - Keith Hampshire
  12. Fortune Teller - Bobby Curtola
  13. Gaslight - The Ugly Ducklings
  14. Got To Get You Into My Life - The Stitch in Tyme
  15. Half Past Midnight - The Staccatos
  16. Heartaches - Jayson King
  17. Her Own Life - Grant Smith & The Power
  18. I Would Be The One - Kensington Market
  19. If I Call You By Some Name - The Paupers
  20. If - Little Caesar & The Consols
  21. It Was I - The Big Town Boys
  22. Oh What A Feeling - Crowbar
  23. Opportunity - Mandala
  24. Shakin' All Over - Guess Who
  25. The Stones That I Throw - Levon & The Hawks
  26. Turned 21 - Fludd
  27. Unless You Care - Terry Black
  28. Walk On By - Bobby Kris & The Imperials
  29. When I Die - Motherlode

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Jayde Nicole Ends Drought

canadaI see at Canadian Thinker that the drought is finally over.

26 years ago, Canadian Shannon Tween was named Playboy's Playmate of the Year. For the first time since, that title belongs to another Canadian. Jayde Nicole, 22, of Port Perry, Ontario, has been named Playboy's 2008 Playmate of the Year.

Here's her video data sheet. Meh... I've seen better.

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Passchendaele: The 10th Battalion, CEF

poppyWhen I saw No Country For Old Men recently, one of the coming attractions we saw was the trailer for Passchendaele, a Paul Gross film about the 10th Battalion, CEF in the First World War at the Battle of Passchendaele.

I thought the trailer was pretty good and I'm looking forward to seeing the film, the most expensive Canadian film project of all time, so I went searching for this trailer on YouTube and the other video sharing sites. I wanted to embed the video here and spread the love a little. After all, I've been looking for more films about Canadian success stories in WWI.

The only instance of this trailer I could find was the premiere as it aired on ET Canada. I figured I'd wait it out and post the Passchendaele trailer when a better version appeared on YouTube. I didn't want to share this trailer with an Entertainment Tonight intro, a tacky "Exclusive ET Canada" logo in the bottom left corner and a ridiculous curtain effect that fills the top and bottom of the screen.

I'm tired of waiting, so I'm just going to ask you to go here to watch the trailer on the official Passchendaele movie site. I'll still embed the ET Canada version, but you're not allowed to click play.

If this were an American film about an American sacrifice there would be trailers oozing out of every crevice of the web. I'm just sayin'...

The film comes out Remembrance Day 2008.

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