O Canada!

In honour of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games coming to Vancouver, I thought I should do a blog post somewhat dedicated to the event. I’m getting pretty amped for the Games to start in February, and I thought this might help some of those people who maybe aren’t that excited about the Olympics (yet).

I have had this version of O Canada by Classified running through my head for the past month – I blame my brother Wes, because he posted the link to it on twitter. I downloaded it too, so I hear it on my iPod every once in awhile while I am commuting to and from work on the bus. Nothing gets me pumped up more than hearing O Canada. I’ve always liked it; it gives you a feeling of pride, or even a bit of a chill when you hear it, especially before a hockey game.

I have another version of O Canada in my iTunes by Big Sugar, an instrumental version. This got me thinking, “I wonder how many versions of O Canada I can find.. just on YouTube?” Well, there are a ton, but these are the ones I narrowed down to being the coolest, and most share-worthy.

First things first, here is the one by Classified. I bet it’s going to be stuck in your head, too.

The instrumental version by Big Sugar (the only one with good sound quality I could find):

O Canada – a rock version by the DuBay Band

Sung ‘a cappella’ by a group of boys called the Hojas:

Sarah McLachlan at a Montreal Expo’s game in 1996:

Deborah Cox at the NBA All-Star game in 2008:

Canadian Idol Eva Avila at the Grey Cup in 2006:

We need at least one French/English version, so the obvious choice is Celine Dion (she screws it up at the end!), but there’s no real video, just a bunch of pictures. Boo. It’s all I could find.

And just for fun – Stompin Tom Connors’ Hockey Song, because I’m in that kind of mood:

There you have it folks. Some pretty awesome versions of our National Anthem! Get ready to sing it, and sing it proud in the next couple of weeks, because I’m guessing you might hear it a few times.

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7 thoughts on “O Canada!

  1. Listened to them all Janis, My favs…Classified, Sarah Mclachlan and Eva Avila, and of course Stompin Tom is a Classic.Thanks for the entertainment…

  2. listened to everyone…awesome Janis
    Love the stompin’ Tom song alaways have and oh yea it sticks in your mind …thanks for sharing….”Oh Canada” please win some medals ….
    and please snow….

  3. I read your intriguing entry and would like to thank you for posting the various videos.

    Do you think it would be a fair assessment to state that the song stirls a national pride amongst its listeners and that it increases awareness of our country to those outside Canada?

    Do you think that this song is more effective than the marketing scheme created by Molson Canadian when they launched the I.Am. Canadian with Joe?

    I would love to hear your thoughts.

  4. @Amanda, Are you talking about the National anthem, the song by Classified, or the Stompin’ Tom Hockey Song?

    I definitely think that the national anthem stirs a national pride. Being in Vancouver over the 2010 Olympics, I have never heard it sung so many times, and so spontaneously! You could be riding the skytrain and someone would bust out singing it and everyone would join in.

    As for the Classified song, I had hoped that we would hear it become almost an anthem during the Olympics, but it wasn’t as popular as I thought it would be. So.. more effective than Molson’s marketing? Probably not.

  5. Thank you very much for your insight. I greatly appreciate it. You are a great help : )

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