Recording the Music Monday special theme song for Canada’s 150th birthday, *Sing It Together*

Recording the Music Monday special theme song for Canada’s 150th birthday, *Sing It Together*
Photo Credit: Music Monday

Song for Canada’s 150th birthday year

“Music is the landscape of CanadaMarc Jordan 

It’s called “Music Monday” and it started twelve years ago as a way to promote the value of music education for children and young people in schools and communities.

Every year on the first Monday in May, communities, schools, groups, and anyone who wants to, can join in the national event to sing.

This year, 2017, is a special year, it’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and that requires a special song.

Recording of this year’s special 150th anniversary version of the Music Monday theme with traditional instruments, various choral groups, and styles from across Canada.
Recording of this year’s special 150th anniversary version of the Music Monday theme with traditional instruments, various choral groups, and styles from across Canada. © Music Monday

For that two great Canadian singers and songwriters got together, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Jordan’s songs have been on 35 million CD’s and is collaborating with  Rod Stewart for Stewart’s next album.  Thomas has many top 20 records, has composed for 22 feature films and won many awards.

Their anthem they created for this anniversary year is called “Sing It Together”, and features Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages.

Marc Jordan says of the piece, “We hope it will be a song that illuminates the mosaic of music and cultures that thrive in every corner of the country”.

The 2017 Music Monday sing-along (May 1st this year)  will be led by a live-streamed national showcase concert from our nation’s capital in Ottawa, in recognition of the sesquicentennial year.  It will also continue last year’s #MMC2C2C initiative with a day-long webcast of videos from music programs.  This year, the webcast includes the northern coast-line that is home to many indigenous people.

Those wishing to participate in Music Monday 2017 are invited to visit www.musicmonday.ca for more information and to find ways to get involved, such as learning “Sing It Together” to join in the nationwide sing-along, creating a school or community event, or submitting a video to be included in the nationwide #MMC2C2C webcast on Music Monday. Videos must be from within Canada and relate to Canadian schools, music groups, businesses or community programs.  Preference will be given to performances of Canadian music.

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6 comments on “Song for Canada’s 150th birthday year
  1. Here is my video of my song Happy Birthday Canada

  2. Paula Kriwoy says:

    What happened to the video?!

  3. Tom Craddock says:

    I along with my 2 brothers and sister were the original kids who did the 45 with Bobby Gimby in 67 for the Centennial Commission called CA-NA-DA and it would of been nice to of been asked to participate if only for memorial purposes.

  4. Ann Laur says:

    Wonderful….Just what this country is about… Beauty
    from a proud Canadian. Why is this not being picked up by radio ect…This whole 150 celebration is very low key compared to the 1967 celebrations. Too Bad because I still have very fond memories fro the Centennial celebrations.

  5. Margo says:

    OMG, BEAUTIFUL, I would be so proud to hear this song. I don’t understand why it isn’t being played, I had to go looking for it. I was 17 in 1967 and I still remember the children’s voices singing the 100th anniversary song loud and proud. I want to here this played on the radio.

  6. Clark says:

    The lyrics do not once mention Canada. In the 100th song they actually said Canada in the song. It’s melody is lovely and somewhat haunting. Perhaps one could identify this song in 50 years if it associated the name Canada in its lyrics. Just an opinion from some past little girl who can still remember singing the 100th aniversary song 50 years ago. Thank you.