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Canadian Appreciation Month: O Canada


All this month, Toons is celebrating Canada Appreciation Month! Each day of December, Jack and Brian will present to you one little factoid, one celebrity or one thing that our little brother to the north is responsible for. 

We, at Toons, are hockey fans so it is fitting that the first entry into our Canada Appreciation Month list is something that just screams "hockey" as soon as it comes to mind.


O Canada

O Canada, the national anthem of our neighbor to the north, is one of the most recognizable anthems outside of The Star Spangled Banner to the average American, whether a fan of hockey or not. It's hard to believe that it's only been the "official" national anthem of the Land of Beavers since 1980.

1980 marks the last time it's lyrics were amended as well. Until that point, the anthem had been sung in its French form whose lyrics were written by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier back in 1880. The first English translation took place in 1906 and, as a result, the anthem was reworked two years later by Robert Stanley Weir in the form we know today:

Perhaps the best part of O Canada is that both the melody and the lyrics are in the public domain and as such can be played anywhere, at any time, in any medium. As they should be.

As a service to our Loonies, here are the lyrics and the song. So belt it loud. Belt it proud. We are all Canadian!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Have something about Canada that you appreciate? Let us know by using the comment box below or use the hashtag #iToons on twitter. You may just see your item featured throughout December during Canada Appreciation Month!
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