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From a crowd-sourced installation of Lego structures to a representation of a brain sculpted with 5000 objects from everyday life, Douglas Coupland’s visual artistry is the subject of a new exhibition premiered by the Vancouver Art Gallery and launched online today by the Google Cultural Institute, as part of Google Art Project.

Drawing on ideas ranging from the rise of digital technologies and proliferation of information to the power of language and identity, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything – the first major museum solo exhibition of Douglas Coupland’s work – attracted more than 80,000 visitors to the Vancouver Art Gallery during its run in 2014. Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Google’s Cultural Institute have teamed up to make this acclaimed exhibition accessible to millions more online.
Explore the exhibition here
With Street View, you can now take a virtual stroll through the exhibition and experience the breadth of Coupland’s work, from sculpture to painting to assemblage, learning about each work and its significance through detailed descriptions provided by the Vancouver Art Gallery. You can explore some of Coupland’s most significant works, or take a close look at newer installations – like Secret Handshake – created specifically for this show.

Through the Cultural Institute, Google has partnered with more than 600 museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures – from artworks to landmarks – online and accessible to all. If you can’t make it to Toronto to add your own contribution to Gumhead as the exhibition travels to the Royal Ontario Museum, then be part of the global audience discovering the Vancouver Art Gallery and exploring one of Canada’s most iconic artists online.

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No toques, mittens or warming huts required!

Just in time for Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, Canadians and people from around the world can now take a virtual skate along the entire 7.8 kilometers of the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway

Last year, with the help of the NHL’s Cody Ceci, the Google Maps team laced up its skates and collected Street View imagery of the skateway -- the world’s largest skating rink which is managed and maintained by the National Capital Commission.


Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, there’s plenty to explore along the skateway in Google Maps. From Dow’s Lake all the way to the base of Parliament Hill, you’ll pass commuters skating to work and iconic ‘Beavertail’ stands selling fresh pastries.

Oh, and as you enjoy a leisurely glide down this frozen icon of Canadian culture, keep an eye out for a couple of furry oversized Ottawa locals, eager to cheer you on your way!

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Calling all Toronto, Montreal and Kitchener-Waterloo non-profits!  Google Canada is excited to announce that our 2015 Community Grant applications are open and ready for applicants. This year, we are looking for organizations who are moving the needle in the following areas:

  • Delivering or promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Computer Science (CS) Education for K-12 students, especially among underserved communities (at-risk youth, New Canadians, girls, Aboriginals and youth from low-socioeconomic households)
  • Closing the digital divide by helping to improve access to technology to those who do not have regular access.

Through our Community Grants program we have had the opportunity to support a range of organizations such as Ladies Learning Code, Let’s Talk Science, Pathways to Education and others.

Applications are due March 31st, 2015 and any registered Canadian charity is eligible to apply, so if your organization has a project or program underway in one of our focus areas please submit your application online through one of our three community programs depending on your location:


When Google evaluates proposals, we look at impact first.  We’re looking for projects which are at the community level but have scale and sustainability.  We don’t tend to fund applications for short-term employment positions or office overhead costs (rent, utilities, etc).

If you believe your organization fits these guidelines, please submit your proposal today using one of the links above.  For any further questions please contact Canada’s community affairs manager, Lauren Skelly lskelly@google.com


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2014 was the year Canadians searched for gold in Sochi. We searched for scores in Brazil. We searched for answers on Ebola. We searched for our favourite movies starring Robin Williams. In 2014 the world searched Google two trillion times. And Google’s 14th annual Year In Search offers a revealing look at the people, places and events that sent Canadians searching for answers this past year.



Top Trending Canadian Searches of 2014

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. iPhone 6
  4. Winter Olympics
  5. Ebola
  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  7. Jennifer Lawrence
  8. Joan Rivers
  9. Jian Ghomeshi
  10. ALS


Year-In-Search uses data from multiple sources while filtering out spam and repeat queries, to build top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more. And make sure to check out the interactive data visualization for Google’s global search trends - encompassing queries from over 70 countries!
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Global and Local Conversations
The World Cup was the top trending search on mobile devices by Canadians in 2014, while the sudden passing of iconic funnyman Robin Williams in August dominated the year’s celebrity and entertainment searches. Closer to home, a scandal swirling around Jian Ghomeshi made the former radio host the top trending Canadian. Our nation also went online to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and to mark the passing of a Habs legend. Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard’s incredible year on the professional tennis circuit made her the top searched Canadian athlete.


The Big Questions
What is ALS?’ Was Canada’s trending question of the year, proving that dumping cold water on a charity campaign can be a recipe for viral success. ‘How to Vote’ was the top trending ‘How to’ search in Canada, reflecting a number of provincial and municipal elections across the country. And – spoiler alert! – ‘Who killed Joffrey?’ was Canada’s top trending whodunnit, as Game of Thrones fans went online searching for answers. While the Polar Vortex dominated Canadian searches in January, searches for Frozen the Movie (the top trending film of 2014) suggest that Elsa the Snow Queen ruled the north in 2014.

Canada Went Mobile in 2014
Eight out of ten of the top trending technology searches in Canada were related to mobile devices or wearable technology. The larger format iPhone 6 and the Nexus 6 were one and two on the list, and the Moto 360 was a top trending gadget as Canadians went online to learn more about the next generation of wearable technologies.

As we set out to embark on another year of big global moments and national conversations, take a moment to pause and reflect back on 2014. From trending diets and recipes (Shepherd’s pie!) to the top musicians and federal politicians of 2014, enjoy a look back at the year that was through the lens of Google search.

Posted by Aaron Brindle, Google Canada

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A rap parody from a pair of Canadian YouTubers. Some displeased celebrities. Americans eating poutine for the first time. An alternate ending to one of the biggest movies ever.

These were the moments that captured Canadians’ attention this year. As 2014 draws to a close, YouTube Canada is sharing the videos that shaped our year with the release of our annual Rewind list of the top trending videos that captured the spirit of the year.

This year's Canadian top trending list includes a fun spectrum of video hits that set the cultural trends from some of the most popular channels. To determine the top videos of the year, YouTube Rewind looked at the many ways people interact, share and like videos, to identify the ones that everybody was talking about in 2014.
Canada's own UnboxTherapy #4 with iPhone 6 Bend Test
Top Trending Videos in Canada

Top Trending Music Videos in Canada


Four years ago, YouTube introduced the skip button to let consumers choose whether to watch ads… or not. Now, all ads are skippable. From thankful ATMs to puppy love, today we’re also releasing the list of ads that resonated the most with Canadians in 2014, See more of the year’s top ads on Think With Google.

Check back later today when we update the blog to include the top trending global list once its released, but in the meantime other fun trending videos in Canada are:

TOP TRENDING EDUCATION/FAMILY VIDEOS

TOP 5 TRENDING PRANK VIDEOS

TOP 10 FROZEN "LET IT GO"  COVERS

Update showcasing Global top trending videos from www.youtube.ca/rewind
Here is the list of top trending global videos - congratulations to Canada's own UnboxTherapy who took the #5 spot for his video testing the physical boundaries of the iPhone 6. 




Posted by Dave Brown, YouTube Canada Team, Favourite Video of the year Jimmy Fallon feat. will.i.am - Ew! (Official Music Video)

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Canada. You rock. It's been less than a year since we brought Google Play Music to Canada and already it’s one of our top performing markets. As a bit of a thank you, this holiday season, the Google Play Music team will be bringing some of our favourite Canadian musicians ‘home for the holidays’ across three cities: City and Colour in Toronto December 4th, New Pornographers in Vancouver on December 11th and Coeur de Pirate in Montreal on December 18th.

Look for special invites and updates from the bands and local partners to learn how you can be one of the few lucky music fans to attend these exclusive shows.
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We will update the blog with highlights and images from each of the shows in the coming weeks. Additionally, throughout the month of December we will be featuring great music and bands from each of the three cities in Google Play.  Starting with Toronto, you can find special discount offers for select local artists and curated playlists, and check back for Vancouver and Montreal.

In a recent survey by Google Canada, nearly half of Canadians (46%) told us that streaming music has helped them discover more new artists, and over 30% cited that what they love most about streaming music is the an extensive library. So... if you are not familiar with Google Play Music yet, enjoy 60 days of unlimited music streaming as a limited time offer during the weeks of our 'home for the holidays' events. Google Play Music is also the only platform with a locker feature that allows you to store your own collection of music for free along side our library of over 30 million songs.

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#PlayMusicCanada Update - December 5th, 2014


Thanks City and Colour fans, for joining us at the Great Hall last night for his acoustic performance and for helping to make our first home for the holidays concert a really memorable event.  If you haven't heard City and Colour's music before, take a listen at Google Play Music or take advantage of limited time discounted prices on albums from tons of great Toronto artists.

Vancouver, you're up next! We can't wait to bring The New Pornographers home for the holidays on December 11th!

 


#PlayMusicCanada - Update - December 16

A big thanks to the fans of The New Pornographers for hanging with us last week during their special performance at The Wise Hall and Lounge in Vancouver.  The show is over, but keep the party goign with The New Pornographers' music on Google Play Music.  You can stream or download your favourites today and stay tuned for updates and exclusive content from the show.



We are gearing up for Montreal later this week and we cannot wait to groove to Quebec's own Coeur de pirate.

#PlayMusicCanada - Montreal Update - December 19

Wow!  Merci, Montreal.  What a way to end our home for the holiday, Google Play Music campaign. The venue, the music, the fans could not have made for a more beautiful and festive conclusion.  Looking forward to celebrating with you all again some time in the near future.  

 

Don't forget, we were recording the live shows, and hope to have a special treat for you all at the Google Play Music store in 2015.  Stay tuned.
recently listened to "Hometown Toronto" Playlist

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Heading into Grey Cup weekend, Canadian searches on Google for the Stamps and Ticats are in a virtual dead-heat across Canada. Online searches for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are highest in Ontario and the Yukon, while searches for the Calgary Stampeders are highest in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Battle of the Bellies
And geography doesn’t just define allegiances... It may also hint at what food you might see at Grey Cup parties this weekend. Because if there’s meatloaf on your plate this Sunday, there’s a good chance you’re cheering on the Ticats! Searches for Chili recipes are on the rise in Alberta, while searches for meatloaf recipes are spiking in Ontario.

The Players
This week searches for Tiger-Cats semifinals hero Brandon Banks are outpacing his quarterback Zach Collaros by a margin of 3:1. And Canadians are searching 66 percent more frequently for Stampeders’ starting running back Jon Cornish than QB Bo Levi Mitchell.
Grey Cup ... Caribbean Edition
Internationally, searches for the Grey Cup are historically highest in the UK and the US. However, over the past seven days the largest international search volume for the Grey Cup is in Caribbean, with searches highest in the Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands and Cuba - perhaps Canadians vacationing, or maybe scouting locations for an all-star game!?

Parade route planning?
Top trending terms associated with the Grey Cup include tickets, halftime show, pools and “Grey Cup weekend”. Despite this year’s Grey Cup taking place in climate-controlled BC Place, searches for “coldest Grey Cup” are also on the rise. Finally, it looks like some Canadian football fans are getting a little ahead of themselves: there’s an uptick in Grey Cup Parade searches.