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VIDEO: What's the Canada Lives Here Experience Really Like?

Wander into the Canada Lives Here Experience May 16 - 19 at the CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre, and you'll be bombarded with sounds and visions of Canada, as seen by the CBC.

But after immersing yourself in this sensory overload of radio and music and celebrity and a 360-degree film that will blast you from B.C. to Newfoundland to outer space, how will you feel when you come out the other side?

CBC Live got an early tour of the Canada Lives Here Experience, when the Expo-style exhibit opened to CBC staff Wednesday.

Q host Jian Ghomeshi was among the early visitors. "I actually thought it was spectacular," he told CBC Live after his walk-through. "It really feels like a museum of contemporary Canadian culture, and something that really ties Canada together. I really loved that," he said, adding the Hall of Conversation, Hall of Stars and the Canada Lives Here Movie were powerful, must-see highlights.

Michael Moser, CBC's Director, Business Strategy and Operations, would agree. The movie, which opens the exhibit, features footage of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and a thundering blast-off into space. "My whole body shook, it was great," Moser said of that moment.

But the exhibit goes beyond heart-stopping spectacle. "I think there's an opportunity here, people can actually see what we do [at the CBC]," Moser told CBC Live. "They know CBC as a part of their life, but this is a way they can get wrapped in it."

Get a sneak peek of the Canada Lives Here experience, plus here more reactions to it, in our video below:

(Produced by Craig Cooper, Leah Collins/CBC Live)

The Canada Lives Here Experience is open to the public May 16 - 19 at the CBC Toronto Broadcast Center. Visit to register for a spot on the free tour.


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