Music has always been a big part of Canada Day in Bath from the marching bands to the concerts in the Park after the Parade. There is no Park performance or Parade this year so we are going virtual!
The virtual concert will be available on Youtube as of June 30 so you can watch when it suits you
It will feature a marvelous introduction by Ted Custance, hometown favourites Bon Evans and the Monarchs.
Invited guests include Emily Bashall, Mauricio Montecinos, as well as the Odessa Children’s Choir and aspiring musician Xavier Gomez
Meet our performers
THE MONARCHS https://www.facebook.com/waynesweetthemonarchs
The Monarchs are
THE ODESSA CHILDREN’S CHOIR: https://www.facebook.com/OdessaChildrensChoirProgram
The award-winning Odessa Children’s Choir is a small, inclusive, non-auditioned choir, with singers ranging from 6-13. Members meet weekly for rehearsals and music education lessons. The choir regularly shares their music with the community through semi-annual concerts, performing the national anthem at Kingston Frontenacs games, and holiday music at the Amherstview Santa Claus Parade. This year’s choristers include Eleni Attas, Josué Attas, Charlotte Hill, Clara Jolicoeur, Léonie Jolicoeur, Alyssa Smith, and Kyle Reagan. The choir is directed by Molly Luhta and assisted by Rachel Burger.
Xavier Gomez is a young Metis man who has had an interest in the arts from a young age. Xavier started with dance, then piano and vocal lessons when he was 11. At age 15 Xavier picked up the guitar for the first time and taught himself how to play. First learning songs like “Livin’ and Livin’ Well” by George Strait, “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”, and “Take it Easy” by Eagles. “Take it Easy” is Xavier’s all time favorite song to play. Xavier then made his first Demo CD with Conlin Delbrae-Sawchuck. Xavier’s Demo consists of three cover songs; “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Let it Be” by Beatles, and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. Xavier just recently started to take up more professional classes to better his musical skill. Xavier’s favorite music styles to learn and play are Rock and Country. Xavier hopes to keep making headway in his music career.
On another note:
This song was recently composed by Ellis Craig, an 83-year-old resident of a retirement home in Perth, Ontario. Even though he had never before written a song he decided to write one when he discovered that Canada has not really had a singalong patriotic song for public events since Bobby Gimby’s “Ca-na-da!” in our 1967 centennial year. He believes that at this point in our history Canada needs a song capable of inspiring a modern Canada Day crowd to sing along with the chorus, wave small Canadian flags and openly celebrate being Canadian. Australia Day has “I Am Australian!” – Canada Day should have “We Are Canadian!”
According to the composer, the reactions of those who have been exposed to the lyrics or the video to date have been “over the top”, including a “pretty darn good!” from Anne Murray. The song seems to awaken a latent patriotism that we all possess but were reluctant to express until now, with the exception of the patriotic fervor recently generated by the success of the Toronto Raptors! He is actively endeavoring to bring the song to the attention of an established Canadian performer or group well enough known to attract an invitation from Heritage Canada to perform it on the national stage on Canada Day 2020 and/or beyond. Dream big or go home!
With its emphasis on unity, diversity and individual pride in being Canadian its time could be now!
The music for “We Are Canadian!” was composed by Carey Blackwell. On the video, the music tracks and the vocal are by Alan Sandeman.