Well, it's 00.00 NDT in Newfoundland, so it's Dominion Day in Canada! For the youngsters among you who don't remember the real name, Happy Canada Day! Here's some music to celebrate the 153rd birthday of the True North, Strong and Free!
First the Royal Anthem, in honour of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
O, Canada, in English, with the original lyrics, 'In all Thy sons command', not the bastardised ones Daddy's Little Boy wants people to sing.
O, Canada in French, with lyrics in French and English. I'm surprised Justin 'Bieber' Trudeau hasn't tried to Islamicise the lyrics to this version.
And, The Maple Leaf Forever, the 'unofficial national anthem' for decades before O, Canada was adopted.
Not music, but the 'I Am Canadian' rant from the Molson's beer commercial. A classic!
And no Dominion/Canada Day would be complete without a mention of THE Canadian, Stompin' Tom Connors. Here is the last letter he wrote to his fans, just before his death.
Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013)
It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.
I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.
I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.
Canada Day, Up Canada Way.
by Stompin' Tom Connors
Take Me Back to Old Alberta
I wasn't born in Alberta, but as I say, I'm a Kansan by birth, and an Albertan by choice.
Blue Berets, honouring Canada's
Believe in Your Country
So Long, Stompin' Tom
A song written by Mike Plume, a fan of Stompin' Tom's, on hearing of his death.