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30 years ago was this an approved version of O Canada?

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04-05-2013, 03:37 AM
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30 years ago was this an approved version of O Canada?

The Blackhawks thought so.

O Canada! Our home, notre pays!
La feuille d'érable: One flag from sea to sea.
Sol de liberté, sol d'égalité,
Where freedom's banner flies.
Chantons tous la gloire d'une riche histoire,
Our home 'neath northern skies.
O Canada! O ma patrie!
Hold high the Maple leaf o'er land and sea.
O Canada, my country, mon pays.

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04-05-2013, 05:28 AM
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I assume you are criticizing it because an American has taken artistic license. Well, around the same time and likely before Roget Doucet took artistic license with our national anthem at Montreal Canadien games. I believe he added in near the end when he began to sing in English, "for rights and liberty." Nothing new.

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04-05-2013, 08:46 AM
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Not a bad rendition, though I thought the name of my country was Canada, not "Cawnataw"

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Originally Posted by Buck Aki Berg View Post
Not a bad rendition, though I thought the name of my country was Canada, not "Cawnataw"
Ya thats amusing. But sure, overall, no problem at all with whomever taking a bit of artistic license, provided its done respectfully, as is the case here. Its the ones who incompetently mangle the anthems that I cant handle. A list, top 10, 25 or 50 including videos more punishment than Id wish to inflict on anyone quite frankly. Some just breathtakingly deranged performances available for your viewing displeasure, and once stuck in your head..... well, not pretty.

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In both languages at the same time yet!

It could have been worse: he might have opened with the song from Cabaret, wherein the strange little man sings greetings in German, French and English.

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That's pretty damn creative...

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That's an interesting take on it. It almost seems that they mixed in some of the non-sung verses' (O Canada actually has 4 verses but the middle two have been omitted) messages and added his own flair. Also, if this was 1979, O Canada wasn't officially proclaimed the national anthem of Canada until 1980, so this might actually be a rendition that was being considered at the time.

Here's the Wiki article about O Canada:


Edit: Did some digging and apparently this is a legitimate version of the song (whether or not recognized by the government).


This forum says it was written by Jo Ouellett and Rex Le Lacheur and recorded by Rex on some collection of the versions.

Edit2: I found this article from the Ottawa Citizen in 1980 that says this was chosen as the "official" version in 1967 by a Commons-Senate committee seeking to make the anthem official.


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