Sunday is Canada Day, the country’s 145th “birthday”. It’s always a big party on Parliament Hill here in Ottawa and is also marked with innumerable home-town events across the land.
Here’s the NCC’s rundown for their big show. It’s not all saved for Sunday either. There will be outdoor screenings of two well-received Canadian films on Saturday at Jacques-Cartier Park: Monsieur Lazhar and Breakaway. With a repeat of L’échappée (the French version of Breakaway) Sunday, July 1st.
Speaking of music, a British study that purports to rank how easy or hard it is to sing national anthems puts “O Canada” just slightly ahead of “The Star Spangled Banner”. According to a Toronto Star article on the topic:
At the top of the order: France’s national anthem “La Marseillaise”, with a score of 50.98 per cent, followed by the anthems from Wales, (41.81 per cent), Australia (36.03 per cent) and Germany (31.71 per cent). Then comes Canada at 31.53 per cent, just ahead of the U.S. national anthem (30.35 per cent), Great Britain (30.22 per cent) with Scotland bringing up the rear at 25.84 per cent.
Are the two anthems really that hard? (Or are some studies that silly?)
One in five of those surveyed said they would consider getting a tattoo of a Canadian flag somewhere on their body.
They didn’t say where.
Americans are just about ready to wave Old Glory on Wednesday, which is always a nice mark of patriot love and the sweetness of summer.
I’ll close with a personal observation.
In all the War of 1812 hoopla going on (at least on this side of the border) isn’t it nice that these two nations can (mostly) get along so well? And have managed that feat for so very long?
Happy Canada Day – and a glorious Fourth – to one and all.