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Sing Gently

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The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music through the use of technology. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre created the very first Virtual Choir in 2009. I’ve participated in a few of his choirs, including Sing Gently in 2020.

The video’s visual metaphor is inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece if the object’s history, which adds to its beauty. This stunning work of art features 17,572 singers from 129 countries bonding together in song and spirit. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 21 iNational Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to honour and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, visual artist, educator and social activist. In 1983, she became the first indigenous person to win an Academy Award for co-writing the beautiful song Up Where We Belong.

Earth Day

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Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. It was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and now more than 1 billion people from 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities! The theme for the worldwide event this year is Invest In Our Planet. As individuals, we have the simple yet effective power to make our voices heard through our choices and our actions. What each of us does, and how we do it, has a huge ripple effect on our ecosystems.

The song This Pretty Planet, composed by Tom Chapin and John Forster, was used to wake up astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. It is sung first in unison and then in a round.

I Have A Voice

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“This song and video is an opportunity for child performers from Broadway and beyond to express their voice and to let other children know they have a voice as well. Everyone is valued and we hope this song will inspire others to be more inclusive and tolerant. Differences are beautiful and should be celebrated.” The music for I Have A Voice is by Frank Wildhorn and the lyrics are by Robin Lerner.

Oscar Peterson

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Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s legendary career is celebrated in this Heritage Minute. The minute-long video chronicles the seven-time Grammy winner’s rise from a working-class Montreal family to becoming a world-renowned piano virtuoso. It touches on his encounters with greatness, such as being dubbed “the man with four hands,” and acknowledges the racism he faced at jazz gigs in the 1940s.

The Planets – Jupiter

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The Planets is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. In 2016, a flashmob from the Berklee Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra assembled to perform Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. 

Avlaia Group

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Enjoy the precision of the Avlaia body percussion group from Greece. The orchestral music, In the Hall of the Mountain King, was composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875.

I Lived

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Members of One Voice International, from dozens of countries around the world, join One Voice Children’s Choir in their latest music video. The song I Lived by OneRepublic inspires us to seize the day, enjoy life, and embrace opportunity.

Pu’tliskiej – Blackbird

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In 2019 Emma Stevens from Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded this beautiful rendition of Blackbird by The Beatles in her native Mi’kmaq language.