CBC is asking Canadians to haul out their video cameras for a project that will provide a snapshot of the country on a single Saturday in April.

The 1 Day/1 Jour project is a cross-Canada initiative by CBC and Radio-Canada that will see every eligible video posted online and many incorporated into a two-hour documentary to air in August.

"We want Canadians to film moments from their day: everything from a kid losing a tooth, to proposing to your girlfriend, to baseball tryouts, gazing at the stars, working the night shift, walking your dog," said Leora Eisen, 1 Day supervising director.

Everyday life 'compelling'

Organizers are seeking everything from simple everyday moments to monumental events in an attempt to provide a picture of how Canadians live on April 30, 2011.

"We're used to glimpsing other people's lives on YouTube and it's compelling," Eisen added.

To encourage participation, there will be a contest for the best video, with a prize including a trip to the debut screening and an iPad 2.

CBC is planning the cross-platform project in celebration of its 75th anniversary. In addition to the video from Canadians, a crew of CBC and independent filmmakers will be following people as they go about their day.

Among those who will be featured:

  • A Vaughan, Ont., chef making meals for four wedding and communion celebrations.
  • A cop covering his beat in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
  • A farm family in the B.C. interior who breed horses and are expecting foals at that time of year.
  • A rock band in Montreal releasing a CD.
  • A scientist studying polar bears on the Beaufort Sea.
  • A Burmese-born woman in Winnipeg receiving her Canadian citizenship.

Shooting day for the 1 Day project is April 30. (CBC)

Every video shot on April 30 and entered for the project will be viewable on a website, which will also have a filmmakers' blog and a place where Canadians can comment on the process.

The two-hour documentary, slated for broadcast Aug. 21, will be a collaboration of the footage from CBC crews and amateur submissions.

Earlier projects, such as YouTube's Life in a Day and the CBC documentary Feeding New York, have been set in a 24-hour period. 

Eisen says she hopes the editing process will help draw out the things that Canadians share. For example, children in New Brunswick and children in Alberta might be in soccer tryouts on the same day.

"It really is all about catching a moment in time and flavour of the country and the CBC's in a unique position to do that," she said.