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Web comic, solar e-bike and drum studio top crowdfunding list

Kickstarter, the most popular donation-based crowdfunding site in the country, gives creative people the opportunity to fund their projects via online donations or pre-purchasing of products or experiences. Every few weeks, The Report on Small Business will provide a snapshot of the top 10 Canadian entrepreneurial crowdfunding campaigns of the moment. The figures are accurate as of Aug. 27, 2014.

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1. Ménage à 3 , the webcomic at Ma3comic.com, is a HBO-style romantic comedy that follows the lives of Gary, a shy 29-year-old comic-book geek, and his roommates — adventurous, flat-broke bisexual Zii and DiDi, a sweet, naïve amazon with an unusual problem. And once Zii becomes Gary’s “wing-girl,” all three of them are set to have wild adventures with a lot of sex appeal, a lot of laughs, and a little bit of heart. Pixie Trix Comix, the Moncton-based studio behind the project, has raised $149,890 of its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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2. Daymak Beast is an eco-friendly solar-powered on road/off road e-bike that goes anywhere and charges continuously. Daymak, Inc., the Toronto-based company behind the project, has raised $136,378 of its $99,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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3. Drumeo headquarters renovation project. The company has just purchased a new building and planning to move in the beginning of September. They've secured most of the financing for basic renovations, but need help renovating the drum studio so that they can make the best drum lessons in the world. Jared Falk, the Abbotsford-based founder of Drumeo, has raised $100,617 of its $25,000 goal.

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4. VENQUE Smart DSLR Pro Bag is a smart way to carry your camera, convertible and functional, ultimate protection for your camera and gear for 10 years. VENQUE, the Toronto-based company behind the project, has raised $149,890 of its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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5. Jotun is an action-exploration game for PC, Mac and Linux that takes you on an epic journey through Viking purgatory. William Dubé, the brains behind the project, has raised $64,265 of his $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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6. The Switch is the first transgender comedy to air on television and the first television show to put a trans actor in the lead role. So far, the Vancouver-based project has raised $62,790 of its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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7. Joshua Mills' new Christmas album. The conceptual idea for the project began eight years ago when Mr. Mills began dreaming about making a brand new Christmas album, but late last year he was approached by producer about finally bringing all of these ideas to life. So far, the London, Ont.-based musician has raised $42,498 of his $33,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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8. The Mythicals are Monster Factory’s new line of plush toys launched exclusively through Kickstarter. They are approximately 10 inches tall (except for 15 inch Giant Cthulhu) and made of a soft, high quality micro polar fleece. These collectible plush toys will be made in Canada. So far, the Toronto-based toy company has raised $40,483 of its $12,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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9. Glory and Triumph is a limited edition, high quality NHL photobook that features never before seen images of the greatest hockey players of all time. The book provides an exclusive look at some of the most important moments in hockey, moments that the world almost missed out on. Toronto-based Andrew McCall has raised $39,886 of his $39,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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10. Heisenberg Tiles is complete set of periodic table of element fridge magnets (118 acrylic tiles with rare Earth magnets). AJB Designs, the New Westminster-based company has raised $33,853 of its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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