06/24/2013 09:27 EDT | Updated 06/26/2013 09:33 EDT

New Capital Of Canada Deathmatch (VOTE)

It began with a hypothetical question: If you had to choose a new capital for Canada, what would it be and why? Readers responded in the hundreds: Many people suggested Toronto; Halifax had lots of support; Vancouver and Calgary were cited several times, along with some less obvious choices such as Kingston, St. John's and Winnipeg.

Last week we published your top choices and supporting arguments into a gallery and asked you to vote for your favourites. The top eight picks of the bunch — our finalists — will now be put to the ultimate test,

Here's how the Deathmatch voting will go down:

Round 1 voting opens June 24 — vote right now!

Round 2 opens Wednesday, June 26 at 12 a.m. ET

Round 3 opens Thursday, June 28 at 12 a.m. ET

Deathmatch End: Canada Day, July 1, 2013 12 a.m. ET

Round 1:

Round 2:

The first four have fallen! Can Ottawa fend off fierce competition from west coast upstart Vancouver? Can east coast charm and history fend off the big city glitz of Toronto? VOTE!

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