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.
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.
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.
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.