Over the weekend, Toronto filmmaker Gary Samson released "Of Toronto," a six-minute ode to the Big Smoke set to "Lover's Spit" by Broken Social Scene. The video features a bearded skateboarder who spends a day riding past iconic buildings, busy sidewalks and, this being Toronto, construction sites. The video got us thinking of other clips that celebrate the spirit of cities across Canada. We've rounded some of them up below — let us know about your favourites in the comments or on Twitter @Strombo @Strombodotcom, and we'll add some of them to the post.
This aerial tour of Whitehorse, shot on a clear July day, does a good job showing off the natural beauty that surrounds the Yukon capital.
Back in 2011, George flew over to Vancouver to record a week of episodes. Here's the special opening we put together for the shows.
This video by Twisted Pair Productions celebrates the spirit of the people of Regina. "We don't just exist in Regina — we live," says the narrator. "We live a life to envied and admired."
Yes, we had to go there: the Shit Girls Say phenomenon spawned countless spin-offs and parodies, including this one, "Shit Edmontonians Say."
The Weakerthans sang "I hate Winnipeg" in the chorus of the melancholy ballad "One Great City." This cover, by a couple of tourists, switches around the lyrics to "I love Winnipeg."
In 1986, the jazz fusion group Shuffle Demons had a surprise hit with their transit-themed single "Spadina Bus." (The Demons' Richard Underhill is now running for mayor of the city.)
Da Gryptions, a Montreal hip-hop group that includes members moonlighting from Stars and Young Galaxy, put together this homage to the city's bikeshare system called "The Bixi Anthem."
The Halifax sketch troupe Picnicface made a loving tribute to their hometown called "All About Halifax." (Warning: contains mostly made-up facts.)
Finally, here's a compilation of all the picturesque scenes of St. John's from Republic of Doyle, set to the song "St. John's" by The Fables.