Sunday, July 01, 2012

Canada Day

Canadian Flag
July 1 is Canada Day. Warm wishes to all our Canadian readers on that day!

Canada Day marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867.  Happy 145th birthday, Canada!

Want to mark Canada Day with music?  Here are The Style Page's picks:
Classic Canadian Songs - folk music from Canada

Smithsonian Folkways describes Classic Canadian Songs in this way:

Canadian identity was once truly a mosaic—of disparate regions and small communities widely dispersed over a vast and inhospitable landscape. Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkways showcases the rich musical traditions from generations of European settlers and contrasts with that of Aboriginal peoples fiercely determined to preserve their ways of life in the wake of colonialism and its injustices.

Hymns of the 49th Parallel - k.d. lang covers songs by fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and others

Famous Blue Raincoat - Jennifer Warnes is best known for her overwrought duets with Bill Medley (Dirty Dancing) and Joe Cocker (Top Gun), but this is her heartfelt tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen (again!). Leonard Cohen himself appears as the voice of Fire that consumes Joan of Arc. Moody and melancholy, one friend said that this album was music to slit your wrists by.

Northern Songs: Canada's Best and Brightest - this Starbucks Hear Music CD features signature songs Constant Craving by k.d. lang, Angel by Sarah McLachlan, Cowboy Junkies's cover of Lou Reed's Sweet Jane, and more.


Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty said...

Thank you for a brief history lession, I didn't even know that much about Canada Day. I just know it's the day we have off, and everybody wears red and while lol

The Style Page said...

My favorite tribute to Canada was Kate Middleton's white dress and red fascinator adorned with maple leaves.