The Young Canada Singers
Happy Canada Day, everyone! I hope all the Canucks out there are enjoying the summer weather and luxuriating in the knowledge that they have tomorrow off. To mark the 140th anniversary of our country's birth, I'm posting a couple of songs that marked our centennial 40 years ago. Well, one song, actually, in both of Canada's official languages; English and French. "Canada," by The Young Canada Singers, was a cheerful celebration of our great land written by "the pied piper of Canada", trumpeter and orchestra leader Bobby Gimby (who was later awarded The Order of Canada for his efforts). The song was even a hit, "the only centennial project that will make money for the government," as one official noted.
As a bonus, I'm re-posting "I Wouldn't Take A Million Dollars For A Single Maple Leaf," by Roy Payne. If we ever change the national anthem, my vote would go to this tune, which reminds us that we live in a "rare and precious pearl" of a country.
Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada.