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It’s Canada Day! Happy 147th Birthday To A Glorious Nation
July 1, 2014
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Margaret Atwood

One hundred and forty-seven years ago today, the British Parliament enacted the British North America Act, combining three colonies into a brand-new, glorious nation called Canada (bonus Canuck points if you can name all three). And each year we celebrate our country's birthday by taking the day off and partying down. Over the last couple of seasons of the show, we asked some of our guests just what Canada meant to them — and had them write the answer out on a dry-erase board. Check out those answers in the gallery above.

This year, CBC News is launching a similar initiative, asking people across the country to complete the thought "My Canada is_______," and share out the answer on social media using the hashtag #MyCanadaIs. Here's the response from a friend of the show, Chris Hadfield:

If you're hosting a Canada Day party this year and looking for some top-notch tunes to get things started, check out our Pure Canadiana playlist, featuring everything from the staples (Stompin' Tom, Sloan) to some more out-there selections (like Godspeed You! Black Emperor).

And if you're looking for some particularly Canadian moves to bust out on the Canada Day dancefloor, you can take inspiration from these oh-so-Canuck ice dancing shapes, courtesy of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir:

Finally, one of our favourite segments on the show in recent years has been Something You Might Not Know About Canada, in which we asked some friends to tell us unusual, unexpected and occasionally offbeat stories about our home and native land. As a special Canada Day treat, we've pulled them all together into one giant playlist for you:


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