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happy 140th, you big ol’ country, you

radio3-snip.jpgIs it shallow to feel a tinge of national hipster-geek pride just because my country happens to be producing a lot of great indie music right now? Probably, but still, I’m listening to the CBC Radio 3 all-request Canada Day podcast, and frankly, we rock. My recent proudest moments as a Canadian were when I was travelling in Asia and talking to people from Australia and the US and the UK who knew Canada as home of The Arcade Fire and The New Pornographers. Plus, we can lay claim to You Say Party We Say Die!, Feist, Les Breastfeeders, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Emily Haines, Broken Social Scene, Buck 65, Wolf Parade, Stars and The Besnard Lakes.

All that, and we have multiculturalism, gay marriage, poutine, and William Shatner to be proud of, too.