I was talking to Doug Ross about not being
able to find any Canadian songs to sing and as a result he sent me in
these two emails which I thougt I'd simply include here and especially
for all those Canadians in Kimberly who didn't know any Canadian songs
when Billy and David were singing Scottish ones :-)
Hi, Alastair :)
It is impossible for me
to translate my C64 disk of songs (music & words) to these new-fangled
machines, so I went to the internet and searched for a site that had
most of them. Many of these songs have been included in Canadian song
books used in the classrooms of Ontario. The website is
http://members.shaw.ca/tunebook/index.htm, which includes words and
The first two songs on any list would be ...
- O Canada
- The Maple Leaf Forever
The latter was written by a Toronto teacher
and principal of Leslieville Public School in Toronto's East end. He was
Alexander Muir (1830 - 1906). The words aren't very popular in Quebec
... but many consider it Canada's Unofficial Anthem.
Songs from Quebec, which pupils learn in
French classes are ...
- Vive la Canadienne
- En roulant ma boule
Auprès de ma blonde
À la claire fontaine
. . . . . and quite a few others.
Songs from Newfoundland include ...
- I's The B'y
- We'll Rant and We'll Roar
and Labrador would claim ...
- Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor
The Maritimes, particularly Nova Scotia,
would own ...
- Farewell To Nova Scotia
- The Squid Jiggin' Ground
A song sung where canals were built along
the seaway ...
- Donkey Riding (A donkey
is an engine used to pull ships along the canal.)
Here are a few from Ontari-ari-ari-o ...
- The Log Driver's Waltz
- Land of The Silver Birch
- The Huron Carol
- Canadian Boat Song (the
one by Irish poet Thomas Moore after a visit to Canada ... not the one
with Scottish-Canadian roots and written by an anonymous poet.)
Then there is Manitoba ...
- Red River Valley
and Alberta ...
- The Alberta Homesteader
not to forget my favourite Yukon poet,
Robert Service ...
- When The Ice-worms Nest Again
Other individuals might add a few more songs
from the list.
I have at least twenty more songs, but
it would be best if I can locate some music as well. Some of them have
copyright laws still in effect. I'll return with the titles ... even if
nothing more is available.
One of the most famous of the Canadian
service songs after WWII is The North Atlantic Squadron,
probably attributed to the 10th Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron which
kept the shipping lanes open. I used to know about ten verses. I doubt
if you will include it in your list ... even though it was popular. I'll
be leaving that to you ... in case you decide to use a search engine
such as http://www.google.ca .
Hi, Alastair :)
You have undoubtedly concluded (as I have
long ago) that there is a strong fervour for "all things Scottish"
amongst the living Canadian descendants of those survivors from the
various forms of the clearances in the Highlands. I was not
surprised on September 6th, 2003, to find the former Pipe Major of the
Toronto Police Pipe Band helping to organize the parade for the Long's
Point Scottish/Irish Festival in Estes, Colorado. Naturally, I am
prejudiced since he was wearing the Dress Ross Tartan worn by Pipe
Major Thomas Ross when the TPPB was formed in 1912.
Most of us, who now call Canada home, have
learned to participate in a country filled with those who have been
subjected to "Clearances" and "Ethnic Cleansings" around the world.
Our national icons are still a "work in progress", our culture has a
very "unique quality" in North America, and our preference for
"peacekeeping over support of unilateral peacemaking" has earned
respect around the world (beginning with Lester Bowles Pearson, I
might add). [Our overt display of patriotism and nationalism is very
much subdued in comparison with many other countries, and all credit
is due to the diplomatic character of Lester Bowles Pearson.]
However, we Canadians are properly proud of the artistic
accomplishments of our fellow citizens.
The picture of Canada's most famous racing
boat is featured on the Canadian dime. The song was written and
published by David A. Martins in 1963, and the words and music may be
found at the same site.
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