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100 Innovations from Urban Canada

From Toronto Street Captures to Drake Virals

— June 22, 2012 — Pop Culture
Although the country is often thought of as a vast, frozen tundra populated solely by moose and snowmen, there is, in fact, an urban Canada.

With a metropolitan population of 6 million, Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America. After Paris, France and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Montreal is the largest French-speaking urban center in the world. Although Vancouver is fairly small, it has consistently been rated as one of the most livable cities on Earth by the Economic Intelligence Report and Mercer.

Aside from Canada's three largest cities, places like Halifax, Calgary and Quebec city have their charms as well. And in the case of Calgary, they also have lots of money.

Just as the country once exported beaver pelts to fashion-savvy aristocrats long ago, urban Canada has been exporting popular culture en mass today -- just think: Deadmau5, Drake, Carly Rae Jepse and, of course, The Biebs.
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Activity
Freshness
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Whimsical Workplace Musicals
Whimsical Workplace Musicals
Little Lunchtime Office Concerts is an Uplifting Way to Spend Lunch
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98
Terrifying Thunderstorm Timelapses
Terrifying Thunderstorm Timelapses
The Jon Simonassi 'Lightning TO' Video is Striking
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97
Artistic Indie Clips
Artistic Indie Clips
Vinvent Moon and La Blogotheque Make Real Music Videos
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96
Royal Family DJ Videos
Royal Family DJ Videos
Prince Charles' Canadian Visit Has Him Hitting the Turntables
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95
Passionate Percussionists
Passionate Percussionists
The Moosehead Journey Crew Links up with Sabian Cymbals
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94
Celebrity Pop Song Duets
Celebrity Pop Song Duets
The Jimmy Fallon Call Me Maybe Music Video is an Ensemble of Joy
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93
Cat-Cradling Prime Ministers
Cat-Cradling Prime Ministers
Stephen Harper Gets Feline Friendly at Ottawa's New Humane Society
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92
Artsy Rapper Freestyles
Artsy Rapper Freestyles
The Drake 'A Little Favour' Video Shows an Intimate Side of the Rapper
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91
Street Youth Enterprises
Street Youth Enterprises
SYJA Helps Vancouver's Young Homeless People Find Jobs
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90
Animal-Filled Music Clips
Animal-Filled Music Clips
The Drake 'Take Care' Video is Sultry
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89
Advertising Academia Memes
Advertising Academia Memes
The Sh#t Cabbies Say Video is for Students of Advertising
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88
Metropolis Time-Lapse Shorts
Metropolis Time-Lapse Shorts
Toronto Tempo by Ryan Emond Speeds up the City
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87
Kind Community Catering
Kind Community Catering
Potluck Cafe Offers Employment in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
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86
Melody-Making Walls
Melody-Making Walls
The Ste Justine Musical Wall Brings Some Color to the Hospital
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85
Meat-Free Partying
Meat-Free Partying
Sink Your Teeth into Ethical Fun with the Ottawa Veg Ball
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84
Sky-High Tower Tours
Sky-High Tower Tours
The CN Tower EdgeWalk Lets You Hang Out at 1,168 Feet
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83
Social Purpose Gardens
Social Purpose Gardens
'Landscaping With Heart' Employs People with Mental Illnesses in Vancouver
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82
Downsized Newspaper Boxes
Downsized Newspaper Boxes
Rethink Goes Tiny with Metro Campaign Design
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81
Celebs Cheesy Spreads
Celebs Cheesy Spreads
The Faye Halliday Celebrity Portraits Celebrates Cheese With Style
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80
Savvy Leaf-Shaped Seating
Savvy Leaf-Shaped Seating
The Ottawa Chair by Karim Rashid Brings Nature Inside the House
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79
Unlikely Athlete Pop Covers
Unlikely Athlete Pop Covers
The Harvard Athletes ‘Call Me Maybe' Clip is Hilarious
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78
Purple Pop Star Accessories
Purple Pop Star Accessories
The Justin Bieber 3D Glasses are in His Favorite Color
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77
Job-Creating Bike Shops
Job-Creating Bike Shops
Cycle Salvation Trains and Employs the Economically Disadvantaged
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76
Urban Capital Comparisons
Urban Capital Comparisons
The Business Hotspots Infographic Details Competitive Global Cities
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75
Puppy Pop Singalongs
Puppy Pop Singalongs
The Adorable ‘Call Me Maybe’ Dog Cover is Truly Talented
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74
Internet-Supplying Streetlights
Internet-Supplying Streetlights
The V-Pole Will Bring Wi-Fi and More to Vancouver Neighborhoods
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73
Dejected Biebified Guidos
Dejected Biebified Guidos
The 'Never Say Never' Pauly D Commercial Gets a Happy Ending
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72
Nationalistic Furniture
Nationalistic Furniture
The Canadian Flag-Inspired Ligne Roset + Livingspace Vancouver 'Ottoman'
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71
Canada's Green Commitment
Canada's Green Commitment
Earth Hour 2008
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70
DJ-Themed Speakers
DJ-Themed Speakers
The Deadmau5 Mini iPod Thingie Speaker is a Fan's Dream
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69
Tween Star Toys
Tween Star Toys
The Justin Bieber Doll Does Justice to His Signature 'Do with Real Hair
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68
Porcelain Pedestrian Ads
Porcelain Pedestrian Ads
The City of Vancouver People are Fragile Campaign Promotes Safe Crossings
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67
Popstar Sweetheart Shrines
Popstar Sweetheart Shrines
This Sam Tomlins Justin Bieber Art is Eerily Endearing
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66
Coiling Towers
Coiling Towers
'Howe + Beach' by Big Architects Makes Twisted Residential Homes
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65
Eastern-Themed Speakeasies
Eastern-Themed Speakeasies
'Big in Japan' is Andre Nguyen's Montreal Watering Hole
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64
City Culture-Parodying Blogs
City Culture-Parodying Blogs
The Toronto Strife Tumblr is So Accurate and Relevant
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63
Electro Fake Singing
Electro Fake Singing
Rock it Up With Crystal Castles 'Crimewave'
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62
Web-Controlled Christmas Lights
Web-Controlled Christmas Lights
Canadian Invention Controls & Programs Decorations
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61
Grassy Cylinders
Grassy Cylinders
The 'Parkwheel' by David Gallaugher Will Have Your Head Spinning Right Round
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60
Modernized Classic Shades
Modernized Classic Shades
The Crooks and Castles Summer 2011 Line is Vintage and Contemporary
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59
Viral Pop Star Parodies
Viral Pop Star Parodies
WinterSpringPro Justin Beiber Farmville Spoof Pokes Fun at Facebook
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58
Pop Song Credentials
Pop Song Credentials
The David Coppini 'Call Me Maybe' Business Card is Hilarious
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57
Crowdsourced Light Shows
Crowdsourced Light Shows
Vectorial Elevation Vancouver Lights Up the Winter Olympics
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56
Fashion to End Violence
Fashion to End Violence
My Sister's Closet in Vancouver Sells Vintage Clothes for Good
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55
Candid City Shoots
Candid City Shoots
The 'Streets Canada' Series by Bartosz Matenko is Unassuming
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54
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Winnipeg Free Press Cafe Invites Interaction With Publication
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53
Neon Nightclub Cover Art
Neon Nightclub Cover Art
These Aviv Studio Designs are Hectic and Energetic
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52
Electro DJ Sportswear Ads
Electro DJ Sportswear Ads
The Deadmau5 x PUMA Capsule Collection Gives a Sneak Peek to New Kicks
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51
Breakfast in the Sky
Breakfast in the Sky
Summerlicious Meals 35 Metres Above Toronto
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50
Childbearing-Inspired Staircases
Childbearing-Inspired Staircases
The Umbilical Rebirth Stairs is Inspired by Woodward's Revamp
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49
Boxed Furniture Campaigns
Boxed Furniture Campaigns
The Urban Farm 'No Assembly Required' Stunt Takes a Jab at IKEA
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48
Tailor-Made Spa Experiences
Tailor-Made Spa Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton Premieres the ‘Spa My Blend’ by Clarins
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47
Panoramic View Lairs
Panoramic View Lairs
Mu Architecture Creates a Home Surrounded Jaw-Dropping Nature Scenes
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46
Diamond Seat Rocks
Diamond Seat Rocks
Libeskind Chair for the Royal Ontario Museum
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45
Stationary Street Bikes
Stationary Street Bikes
Street Legal Cardio Machinery Hits the Road
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44
Toothpick Moose Sculptures
Toothpick Moose Sculptures
Jay Wilson Creates Stunning Art Out of Humble Materials
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43
Ceramic Cultural Architecture
Ceramic Cultural Architecture
The Gardiner Museum Reflects Toronto's Contemporary Identity
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42
Musical Cities
Musical Cities
The National Music Center Creates a New Music District in Alberta
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41
Electro Artist Flash Drives
Electro Artist Flash Drives
Deadmau5 USB Stick Makes the Perfect Accessory for Fans of the Artist
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40
Living Photo Apps
Living Photo Apps
Cinemagraph-Creating Company Flixel is Like Instagram on Steroids
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39
Deserted City Depictions
Deserted City Depictions
Roland Shainidze Captures Still Frames of Toronto Devoid of People
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38
Oval Architecture
Oval Architecture
Richmond Olympic Oval to Host Numerous 2010 Olympic Events
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37
Dubious Doll Difficulties
Dubious Doll Difficulties
The Hilarious Misadventures of Deadmau5 in Wisconsin
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36
Cultural Style Revivals
Cultural Style Revivals
From Fur Trading to the Vancouver Olympics, Retro Canadian Fashion Rocks
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35
City Kid Living Portraits
City Kid Living Portraits
Stephanie Mill Captures the Canadian Youth Culture
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34
65-Story Condo Buildings
65-Story Condo Buildings
The Hariri Pontarini One Bloor East Project Takes the TDot to New Heights
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33
Patriotic Metropolitan Decals
Patriotic Metropolitan Decals
Rock Your City's Skyline on Your Mac with BengalWorks
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32
Lo-Fi Celeb Sketches
Lo-Fi Celeb Sketches
These Microsoft Paint Celebrity Portraits by Manmalade are Amazing
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31
Patriotic iPhone Covers
Patriotic iPhone Covers
These Incase Maple Leaf Slider Cases Help Show Your Pride
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30
Alphabet Architecture
Alphabet Architecture
The ‘L Tower' in Toronto & Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
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29
Vancouver Olympic Architecture
Vancouver Olympic Architecture
Ecotecture to Offer Strong Foundations for 2010 Olympics
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28
Reinvented Victorian Abodes
Reinvented Victorian Abodes
The Echo House by Kariouk Associate was Once a Victorian Home
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27
Retro Duo Fashion Films
Retro Duo Fashion Films
The 'Living is a Gamble' Video by Graham Dunn is Carefree
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26
Weather-Sensitive Chocolate Billboards
Weather-Sensitive Chocolate Billboards
Cadbury's Interactive Marketing Campaign Lets the Goo
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25
Bloodied Teen Star Shoots
Bloodied Teen Star Shoots
Complex Magazine Tenth Anniversary Special Features a Feisty Heartthrob
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24
Haunted Hotels
Haunted Hotels
Spooky Stays in Canada
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23
High Fashion Heartthrob Shoots
High Fashion Heartthrob Shoots
The Justin Bieber V Magazine Editorial is Unexpected Yet Alluring
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22
Bejeweled Billboards
Bejeweled Billboards
The 'Treasure!' Exhibition Advertises with Real Gold and Diamond Signage
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21
Geometric Residences
Geometric Residences
Toronto Design Firm LineBox Studio Creates the Contemporary Fold House
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20
Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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19
Warped Everyday Objects
Warped Everyday Objects
Michel de Broin Challenges People's Expectations and Accepted Norms
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18
Landmark Rings
Landmark Rings
Tourism Trinkets Include Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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17
Ethereal Pastel Portraits
Ethereal Pastel Portraits
The 'Soft Times' Elle Canada Editorial is Ready for Summer
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16
Mystery Billboards
Mystery Billboards
Bell "er" Campaign
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15
Color-Flooding Street Art
Color-Flooding Street Art
Ryan Dineen Renders Striking Graffiti Portraits and Murals
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14
Rapper Embrace Photoblogs
Rapper Embrace Photoblogs
The Hugs From Drake Tumblr is Heartwarming
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13
Glass-Encased Buildings
Glass-Encased Buildings
The 'Quartier Des Spectacles' is Visually Stunning and Eco-Friendly
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12
Laser-Cut Luminous Vans
Laser-Cut Luminous Vans
Kim Adams' Auto Lamp is an Illuminating Vehicle
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11
Touchscreen Storefronts
Touchscreen Storefronts
The Starbucks Interactive Window Display Turns Heads
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10
Mid-Traffic Marriage Shots
Mid-Traffic Marriage Shots
Yonge and Dundas Wedding Photo Shoot Interrupts Intersection
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9
Fantastically Folded Architecture
Fantastically Folded Architecture
The Jameson House Mixes the Old with the New
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8
Olympiad Timepieces
Olympiad Timepieces
The Swatch 2010 Vancouver Olympics Watches Have Cartoon Mascots
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7
Unorthodox Urban Condos
Unorthodox Urban Condos
The Kariouk Associates 'Redeveloper Apartment' is Space-Efficient
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6
Altered Celeb Sniffer Blogs
Altered Celeb Sniffer Blogs
The 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses' Tumblr is Epic Olfactory Alteration
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5
Knitted Bridge Art
Knitted Bridge Art
'KNIT camBRIDGE' Project Covers Heritage Bridge in Colour
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4
Skate Park Fashion Shoots
Skate Park Fashion Shoots
Keke Lindgard Vogue Germany July 2010 Editorial Fuses Couture & Skaters
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3
Pop Star Face Tattoos
Pop Star Face Tattoos
'Rap Face Tats Go Indie' Comically Transfers Hip-Hop Ink to Other Musicians
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2
Marine Invertebrate Installations
Marine Invertebrate Installations
Jelly Swarm by Tangible Interaction Teaches About the Sea
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1
Portraits of Crack Addicts
Portraits of Crack Addicts
USER by Tony Fouhse Finds Compassion for the Fallen
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