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Canadian Country

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My knowledge of Canadian country music is pretty much limited to Shania Twain, but there was a large and enthusiastic crowd last week on Granville Street in Vancouver for a free daytime performance by emerging and established Canadian country artists such as Jessie Farrell, Victoria Banks, Terri Clark and Doc Walker, all in town for Canadian Country Music Week. Among the standouts were Scottish-born, Toronto-bred Johnny Reid, who sang with a big, heartfelt voice that almost made you overlook his bleached tips. (Reid went on to win 5 awards at Sunday's Canadian Country Music Awards, including album of the year.) But it was 29-year old Jason Blaine who summed up what most in the crowd already knew: 

"Canadians are the best country fans in the world, and the best people in the world," he said. "But, there's nothing greater in the world than a Canadian girl." (Insert sound of 1,000 screaming girls here; more pics below.)

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Jessie Farrell (Vancouver, BC)

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Doc Walker (Manitoba)

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Jason Blaine (Pembroke, ON)

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Johnny Reid (Toronto, ON)
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Terri Clark (Montreal, QC)

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