Great Canadian Songbook Part 2 (Period 7)

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Which song should represent Canada?
Scenario: The National Anthem has been recalled. Which song should now represent Canada?

– should represent “Canadian Values”; somewhat patriotic
– use some sort of “Canadian” instrument
– artist must be Canadian
– unbiased
– represent Canadian culture
– unoffensive
– no profanity
– not too long
– catchy, must be memorable
– must be about national treasures/culture
– Canadian produced
– must not be a comparison or negative and should be positive
– represents diversity
– should represent diverse Canadian values

Your task will be to answer the following in the comments section of your block’s Songbook. Listen to as many of the songs as you can and read their justification.
1. Vote for a song based on the criteria above and explain why.
2. Vote for another song, we’ll call this “personal fave”, may or may not be your original song but a song that you like and why.
3. Most importantly, INITIAL your comment.


Luba – “Let It Go”

I nominate this song as Canada’s song because its catchy and I was child of the 80s. 


K’NAAN- “Wavin’ Flag”


This song “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan contains many points that Canadians value. K’naan is a Canadian- Somali poet whose song lyrics can often be associated with political values. The title of this song “Wavin’ flag” displays patriotism and pride of the nation.

Freedom is a key theme stressed throughout the song. Compared to many countries, Canada does have more rights regarding freedom of speech, travel, and religion, etc. This is one of the many reasons immigrants come to Canada as they have more liberty of what they can do. It is also why many Canadians have “their head[s] lift’in”, taking pride of being from this country.

Not only can this song be applied to Canadian values, it can be applied to the power of our nation. Our country is only 150 years old and this youth can be depicted in the lyrics “when I get older I will be stronger” where “I” refers to Canada. Overtime, if we maintain and build upon our values, Canada will only grow stronger as a nation. This catchy song “Wavin’ Flag” promotes not only freedom and pride, it also brings together people, creating unity and “champions”. JT

Michael Buble – “The Maple Leaf Forever”

“The Maple Leaf Forever” is a song written by Michael Bublé, premiering at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Games hosted in Vancouver, Canada. The song represents our country in many different ways, from our scenery, to our ideology, to our national symbol, The Maple Leaf. There are many lines that depict Canada’s scenery, such as “land of blue unending skies, mountains strong and sparkling snow” and “blue skies and stormy weather”, among others. Our ideology is shown through “a scent of freedom in the wind” and “of courage, peace, and quiet strength”. The former quote exemplifies freedom, a trait that connects all Canadians. The latter quote shows many different Canadian ideals, courage, peace, and quiet strength.” The words “Maple Leaf” is repeated time and time again throughout the song, solidifying its significance as Canada’s national symbol. by FW

Michael Bublé ft. Bryan Adams – “After All”


“After all” is a duet written by Michael Bublé, a Canadian artist born in Burnaby, BC, and another Canadian artist, Bryan Adams, a vancouverite. Bublé had always thought of Adams as an idol from his home town and seize this chance to perform a duet with him.

In addition to being written and sung by two Canadian authors, “After all” represents Canada’s history and our current unity. Many people were “dreamin’” of coming to Canada to gain freedom of their own, and to achieve the “dreams” they had, since Canada was seen with a land of opportunity and profit. Yet, Canada has had our share of “shadows” that darken our light, we have wronged many groups in horrible ways. Such as the residential schools, Chinese immigration act and the mistreatment of the Japanese during WWII. Now we’ve come so much further in terms of reconciliation and equality, we “believe that” we can right those wrongs we’ve committed. Canada has “untied” many people and culture, we  “catch [others] when [fall]” and create a nation that will “[stand] tall” above others in equality and justice.SF


Celine Dion – “I’m Alive”

“I’m Alive” is a song by a famous Canadian singer-songwriter, Celine Dion. This song describes Canadian values because it has several topics that represent Canada, such as freedom, how “[people] get wings to fly”. They let their citizens have a great amount of freedom and rights compared to other countries, which benefits all citizens of Canada. It also has gender equality topics as well, how “Women [are] on clouds above”, how they are not treated like slaves or possessions, but as themselves, without the patriarchal, stereotypical treatment. “ I just drift away, All my worries die, I’m glad that I’m alive”, describes how Canada made people drift away from their home countries, how their worries die as they’re glad that they’re alive to live in this safe, wonderful, country.
I think that this song should be included into the class’s Canadian Songbook because it represents and describes many features that Canadian government and society has today, such as fair treatment and freedom. This song is also by a well known Canadian artist, who represents Canada in a positive way and leads us to a better image, therefore I think that this song should be included in the class’s Canadian Songbook. JW


K’naan – “Wavin’ Flag”

I think this song should be in the great Canadian songbook because this song expresses attributes that are true to Canada like, fighting through hard times and having success, freedom, and the love and support that we all provide for each other. Some lines that show these characteristics are, “When I get older, I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin flag,” and, “But out of the darkness, I came the farthest, among the hardest survival” these lyrics show how Canadians haven’t always been perfect and had to fight in order to get where we are today. These lyrics also show how a symbol of living in Canada is freedom, and with the freedom, we all get stronger as a country which leads to our success as Canadians. When the song says, “I heard them say, love is the way, love is the answer, that’s what they say” they’re talking about how when times are tough, to make it through, we all have to stick together and by doing that, we grow to love each other and when we love each other, we can all work and cooperate together as a team and country. Overall, I think this song shows a lot of Canadian pride and would be a good song to be in the great Canadian songbook. SG

The Tragically Hip – “Looking for a Place to Happen”

In this song, the “Tragically Hip” sing about the discovery and nature of Canada. They depict Canada as a “masterpiece with it’s galley of gods,” and as a place in which it’d be a “shame to leave.” However, the song takes turn, when negative connotations like the “garbage-bag tree” is mentioned, and how they’ll “paint a scene, from memory, so [they’d] know who murdered [them].” This represents how Canada, a beautiful and peaceful country, changed when Europeans took over the land, and deprived the Aboriginals of their rights and culture. The Tragically Hip also mention “Jacques Cartier,” who was the first explorer to discover modern-day, Canada. The Tragically Hip roughly mentions, “No [Cartier is] not the first to show, we’ve all been here since, God, who knows?” The song was written in 1993, and the last residential school was closed in 1996, showing that the band had wrote this song, when they were witnessing the hardships themselves, making it that much more meaningful. This song should be in the Canadian songbook, as it mentions the first people who lived on Canada, and how it was their land, not the Europeans. It briefly shows Canada’s history and how it came to be – the roots- and how the Aboriginals were treated later on, even when it is their land. This song represents Canada, as it shows the beauty of it, but also, the suffering it had to go through to get to where it is today.

Tom Cochrane and performed by Rascal Flatts – “Life is a Highway”


  “Life is a Highway,” is well known for being the song used in the animated movie, “Cars”. It was written by a Canadian artist name Rascal Flatts. The song might indirectly describe Canada, however the lyrics can somewhat summarise the country.

  In “Life is a Highway”, the lyrics describe Canada in many different ways. The main line of this song is “life is like a highway”, and Canada is like a highway in many ways. Highways are filled with different cars, all going at different rates. Most of them however are at a fast paste. Highways lead to many other roads and paths.Canada is a fast developing country with many different types of people; different people with different dreams, culture, and many more. While driving down the highway, people can see the change in scenery. Just like Canada, there are many different regions. If a person drives down the highway of Canada, they can see a vast of different views. These land regions include the Western Cordillera Region, Interior Plains, Canadian Shield, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands, Appalachian Region, Arctic Lowlands, and the Innuitian Mountains. Many people depend on the highway, like Canada many other countries also depend on Canada. Canada helped out in many wars. Some basketball(was invented by Canadians) players depend on playing ball to live, many cars depend on the highway to get to their destiny.  “Through all these cities through all these towns”; Canada has many cities and many towns.

  All songs have a meaning and some songs’ meanings can be interpreted in many ways. “Life is a Highway”, is a song that describes what is like to be on the highway. I used the image of the highway, to describe Canada. After all, Canada is much like a highway, a place with different cars at different rates, a world with a variety of different people with different dreams and goals to be achieved. AS

The song “Life is a Highway” is a great example of representing Canada. The first line, “Life’s like a road that you travel on” is like living in Canada. We have so many different “roads” that we can go on that will open more opportunities to everyone. The lyric “Where the brave are free and loves soar” represents all of our rights as citizens. We are lucky to have the freedom to go anywhere we want as many countries aren’t as fortunate. “Through all these cities and all these towns” represents all of the different cultures that are represented in Canada. The line “A misunderstanding once, but now we look in the eye” represents the mistakes Canada has made in the past. The horrible things done to people that are now being fixed. Even though the artist isn’t Canadian, I think the lyrics have great metaphors about Canada. WC

Rest of My Life- Sloan

This song expresses how people think about where they are going to settle down when they planned to immigrate to other countries. Furthermore, the lyric “One thing I know about, The rest of my life: I know that I’ll be living it in Canada,” directly shows that Canada is a well developed country, that a lot of people would like to settle in. The song also demonstrated the author’s strong opinion on how Canada is his best country to live in, with the equally between people and number of freedoms. LL

Michael Mitchell – “Canada Is”

Canada Is has a great representation of what most Canadians would view their country as. The Rocky Mountains, one of the most iconic locations in Canada, is apart of the first line of the chorus. Prince Edward Island, a location often referred to the “Birthplace of Confederation” symbolizes how Canada was able to unite and form the country we now know. In the fourth line of the chorus, “la belle provence” translating to a beautiful province, often used to describe Quebec, displays another side of Canada. Throughout the song there are many lines that describe how Canada welcomes people to this great land. This portrays the merging of different religions and cultures to form Canada. Another commonly occurring theme was love and peace. Canada is often considered one of the most peaceful countries in the world almost never involved in wars for themselves. The song Canada Is should definitely be apart of the Canadian Songbook, as it exactly showcases how Canada is viewed by other countries around the globe. KW

I think “Canada Is…” by Michael Mitchell belongs in the Canadian song book for various reasons. Sung by a Canadian singer, the song shows an educational and humorous side, about the land and values of Canada. Michael sings about Canada being a peaceful and free country with no chains on our boarders. In my opinion these are very relevant to our beliefs and somethings that Canada stands for. MR

Michael Mitchell – “Canada in My Pocket”

“Canada in My Pocket” by Michael Mitchell is a timeless classic song of our childhood elementary years. This song is significant because it depicts our Canadian coins as national emblems. The first chorus “I’ve got Canada in my pocket. A little bit of history. A penny, and a nickel. And a quarter and a dime. Mean a lot to you and me. It’s more than pocket money. They’re the symbols of our land. They’re pictures of important things. For which this country stands.” says it all. I nominate this song to be in the “Canada Songbook” because it talks about something very important and special to Canada, the coin, which is separate from other countries with its individuality, uniqueness, and meaning. This song definitely deserves more recognition than many other Canada related songs due to its deep and insightful meaning. VZ

I think the song “Canada In My Pocket”, by Canadian artist, Michael Mitchell, should be featured in the class songbook because it features information behind the meaning of the symbols on our currency, a part of our everyday life. This includes the beaver(nickel), the maple leaf(penny), the schooner(dime), and the cariboo(quarter). As the chorus goes, “I’ve got Canada in my pocket, a little bit of history. A penny, and a nickel, and a quarter, and a dime, mean a lot to you and me. It’s more than pocket money, they’re the symbols of our land. They’re pictures of important things, for which this country stands.” MW

This song is very important to Canadian culture because it’s talking about how great Canada is. The song expresses how Canada started and why it’s so great to live here. The song explains why our money is a symbol to our country too. It’s talking about important animals like the beaver and moose that are the heart of our country. This song also talks about the past and kind of explains Canada’s history in a few sentence. It’s very important to me because I love learning about history and I think history in a song is even better. DU

Tragically Hip – Wheat Kings

I nominate the song, “Wheat Kings” by The Tragically Hip, because it directly describes a theme in Canadian history. It tells the story of a dark moment where a 17 year old was wrongly accused of rape and murder of 21 year old Gail Miller. He had to serve 23 years in prison until he was released in 1992, and in 1997, he was cleared of the wrong accusation. This relates to a Canadian theme of injustice because a mistake was made by the Supreme Court of Canada who chose an innocent person and put him in jail. The Supreme Court is now a lot more methodical in the process of accusing people to make sure that things like this do not happen again. In verse four it says, “You can’t be fond of living in the past”. I agree with this lyric line because I believe that you cannot change some parts of the past, but you can affect the future of others. Therefore, I think that this should go in the songbook because this is one of many wrong accusations to look back upon, and hope that this event does not repeat itself in the future. JLa

Anne Murray – “Wintery Feeling”

In this song, “Wintery Feeling”, it follows the “letter” from Anne Murray, the artist of this song, to her friend back in California. Throughout the song, it’s a description of the weather in Canada to her friend and how it feels whenever there’s a snowfall. She starts out with describing Montreal with its silver skies during the night and how cozy it feels to watch the snowflakes falling. This feeling makes sense with Canada’s constant snow falls and how everything just feels even more calmer and mellow in the night. I believe that when people think about what season of the year BEST represents Canada, it has got to be winter. So with this song that talks about how Canada does its beautiful snowfalls has to mean something about Canada in someway. JMC

Michael Buble – “I Believe in You”

“I Believe in You” is written by Canadian artist born in Vancouver, Michael Bublé. The main themes of the song are devotion and trust. The lyrics go “I believe in starting over, I can see that your heart is true, I believe in good things coming back to you.” Canadians value second chances and giving people another opportunity to change their life. This is seen in our legal system, as some corrupt countries do not have a stable government and fair punishment. It could also represent the injustices done during the time of the residential school, and how the Canadian government is now trying, and believe in “starting over.” and making things right. They have formed the truth and reconciliation commission in an effort to fix the atrocities done not so long ago.

Stompin Tom Conors – “The Good Old Hockey Game”

The song I chose for the songbook is “Good Old Hockey Game” by Stompin’ Tom Connors. I believe that it relates to Canada because the song is all about Hockey, which is one of our national sports. In the song, it expresses how Hockey can bring communities together, and how it is a fun sport for both the players and the audience. In one part of the song, the lyrics are “Someone roars, “Bobby Scores!”. Those lyrics relate to Canada because I assume that by Bobby they mean Bobby Orr who is a famous Canadian hockey player.

Sam Roberts – “The Canadian Dream”

“The Canadian Dream,” by Canadian Artist Sam Roberts, is a song that represents Canada as seen by someone that’s not from Canada. This song should be in the Canadian songbook for the accurate description of what Canada looks like to the world. One line in the song defines the stereotypical view of the cold land known as Canada. “Frozen land, Frozen minds. Frozen hands and Frozen time”, all shows how the world views Canada as a “Frozen” place. How Canadians are “Cold” when in reality they’re warm and lively, clearly defined by a fine and lively tune in the song. There’s another line in the song that’s very true as well. “I went out on the street today. The Canadian dream was as far as it’s ever been”. This line shows that despite Canada always trying to be a country that’s accepting and free, the reality is that the “Dream” is still much farther away. Not everyone in Canada is treated with respect and receives freedom. The Québécoise is often seen as a rogue province, always trying to split up with Canada. In reality, they’re only trying to make sure their culture does not get stamped out. This song takes several jabs at the “Canada” from outside views, while trying to send the message that Canada is in fact very different.

Classified – “Oh Canada”

I think “Oh… Canada” by Classified, a Canadian artist, belongs in the Great Canadian Songbook because the artist depicts all of Canada’s greatest characteristics like the Rocky Mountains and the very nice scenery.
He also points out how Canada has invented Yahtzee, the lightbulb, hockey (and how Canada made the best hockey players) and of course, Canada’s love for poutine and beavers.

John Lennon – “Imagine”

I picked the song “Imagine” by John Lennon because I think it represents how Canada is special. The song is about unity and coming together as one. I related it to Canada because of our openness to accept others, like the Syrian refugees.

Tragically Hip – “Fifty Mission Cap”

One of the most well known bands that originated from Canada was the 6 person group “Tragically Hip”. Out of their huge range of 10+ albums one song in specific stood out to me. It was the on the 1992 album titled “Fully completely”. The song is called “Fifty Mission Cap” and oh lord it’s the most Canadian thing I’ve heard in a long time. First of all, it’s about hockey. A hockey card to be exact. The song starts with a story about a hockey player who got lost on a fishing trip, who scored his last goal in Toronto which made them (Maple Leafs) win the Stanley Cup. We then figure out that he comes back in 96. And all that was read on the back of a hockey card. I don’t know how you can listen to that and think about the US, or Mongolia for all I care. This song is literally every Canadian kid growing up in Canada…ever. This song keeps on going and repeating itself but with a few ad-libs here and there, nothing too complex. But come on; it has hockey, hockey cards, even fishing in it. The only thing it’s missing is a hot plate of freshly made poutine. DK

Earth Rare – “In Canada”

“In Canada” by Earth Rare was posted on youtube 3 years ago, sung by Chris Hadfield and David Hadfield. This is a song that mostly describes great Canadian nature and Canadian’s daily lives. The Early part of the song explains that Canada has big cities, but still have great nature such as lakes, trees and wild animals that live in the country. In the middle of the part, the song explains how everyone has different culture and perspectives, but then Canadian culture keeps them together. Middle part also explains a little bit about Canadian lives. After the middle part ends, this song describes Canadian lives very informatively, such as what we do on weekends or what we watch at night. Playing hockey, going to hiking, camping with friends, going to the beach, and having a barbeque party was in the lyrics and in the music video. PK

Great Canadian Songbook – Part 1 (Period 6)

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Which song should represent Canada?

Scenario: The National Anthem has been recalled. Which song should now represent Canada?

  • should represent “Canadian Values”; somewhat patriotic
  • use some sort of “Canadian” instrument
  • artist must be Canadian
  • unbiased
  • represent Canadian culture
  • unoffensive
  • no profanity
  • not too long
  • catchy, must be memorable
  • must be about national treasures/culture
  • Canadian produced
  • must not be a comparison or negative and should be positive
  • represents diversity
  • should represent diverse Canadian values

Your task will be to answer the following in the comments section of your block’s Songbook. Listen to as many of the songs as you can and read their justification.

  1. Vote for a song based on the criteria above and explain why.
  2. Vote for another song, we’ll call this “personal fave”, may or may not be your original song but a song that you like and why.
  3. Most importantly, INITIAL your comment.

Stompin Tom Connors – “The Hockey Song”

I think this represents Canada because hockey, eh?

The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors represents Canadian values. The central theme of this song is about the sport hockey. Hockey is a Canadian sport that shows passion and excitement. This song captures exactly that; it shows us Canadians are an enthusiastic bunch that will never give up until the “third period”. In the last verse when “the home team wins”, the mood is relief and excitement. Hockey is a sport where every moment is full of tension. When the home team scores the game-winner the crowd is relieved and at the same time, wild. DW  

Next Song…
Tragically Hip – “Wheat Kings”

“Wheat Kings” by Tragically Hip should be included in our classes Canadian because this song is a song of faith. David Milgaard was a Canadian man who served 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was convicted of raping and killing a woman when he was just 16 years old and sentenced to life in prison. His family fought for him and stood by his side throughout all of this. Milgaard never let his hope die that he would eventually be free from the crime he did not commit.  The title of this song is referring to the farmers in Saskatchewan where this crime took place. They were known as the “wheat kings” after developing a strain of wheat that fuelled the economy.  

Blue Rodeo – “Western Skies”

I think “Western Skies” by the Canadian band Blue Rodeo, is one that is worthy of being
in our Canadian Song Book. This song is one that is perfect for all of us on the western side of Canada, as it doesn’t fail to remind us of the natural beauty that comes when living here. It describes the fulfilling feeling that you get when you take the time to absorb nature’s beauty in its full potential, which is an accurate representation of how many Canadians feel. While it may be more geared towards those either in Alberta, or farther out from the city, it still shows how this part of Canada is even better than the east. It’s almost like our own anthem against those in Ontario! Even though this song may not be fit towards us in the Lower Mainland, it still capture’s the feelings of so many people living in the western side of Canada, which is why the class’ Canadian Song Book deserves to include it.

Great Big Sea – “Ordinary Day”

I think that the lyrics from “Ordinary Day” by Great Big sea shows the persevering nature of Canadians. For example, the lyrics mentions of that “[we’ll] win now but sometimes [we’ll lose]” and that we “might fall, but [we’ll] never lie down.” Moreover, the song talks about how the narrator has a smile on their face which is what stereotypical Canadians are like. Additionally, the line of “the water surrounds me” represents the beautiful lakes and streams of Canada while the line of “sun in the sky” shows how in Canada, we always have the sun and it is rarely invisible. Also, the “four walls around [us]” could represent of how Canadians are strong nevertheless despite how ordinary we look during each “Ordinary Day.” Lynette C.

The Tragically Hip -“The Darkest One”

I believe that “The Darkest One” by The Tragically Hip, is a song worthy of being in our Canadian Song Book because of its profound lyrics that can relate to all Canadians. An example of this is the line What you believe you say without shame” which implies every Canadian’s right to freedom of speech. There’s also the reoccurring line  “Where the wild are strong” which repeats the message that Canadians are potent and tenacious people. This song all around has great depth to its lyrics which gives it such significance in its discussion of the diverse Canadian experience. There are far more examples of the diverse Canadian life in the lyrics of this song which is what makes it so imperative and a classic in Canadian music. -Y.J.

David Hadfield – “In Canada”

I chose this song for the Canadian song book because it’s literally a song all about Canada and it’s made by a Canadian artist. The lyrics are all about what makes Canada a great country and why Canada is an enjoyable place to live in. The lyrics really bring out how people in Canada are different than people anywhere else in the world. -Lititia C.


“In Canada” by Chris and Dave Hadfield should be in our Canadian songbook because, the Hadfield family is very well known and popular in Canada. Furthermore Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space. In this song, they talk about Canada’s natural environment, landscapes, popular traditions, foods and sports. This song is about how people live, and what they do in Canada. This song really shows how great of a country Canada is. – S.S.


I chose this Canadian song because it is created by a famous Canadian astronaut named Chris Hadfield and his brother, and in this video it talks about many details in this country which makes it different and separates it from others. There are many aspects in this music video they mention including the lakes and cities, the daily life of Canadian citizens, the games and sports they play, and the food they eat.-Andy.L

K’naan – Wavin’ Flag

The song “Wavin’ Flag” is a great, hit pop song written by a successful, Canadian artist: K’naan. This song represents many great Canadian values.
The song begins with the repeated lines: “When I get older, I will be stronger, They’ll call me ‘Freedom’, Just like a wavin’ flag”. These lines imply that Canadians are strong and free. Canadians have the right of freedom, as stated in the “CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS”, section 2. Another example of proof of Canadians having strength and freedom is in the iconic song, the Canadian Anthem, as stated in the song “The True North strong and free!”
The song “Wavin’ Flag” goes on, in one of the following verses, stating, “Out of the darkness, I came the farthest, Among the hardest survival. Learn from these streets, It can be bleak, Accept no defeat, Surrender retreat. So we strugglin’, Fightin’ to eat, And we wonderin’ When we’ll be free. So we patiently wait For that fateful day, It’s not far away, But for now we say,” This part of the song shows an excellent Canadian value: perseverance. Canadians persevere to success. A great example of a Canadian that persevered and succeeded is K’naan, as he has many hit songs, such as “Wavin’ Flag”.
In one of the following verses the song goes on and states, “I heard them say, Love is the way Love is the answer, That’s what they say”. This verse shows one of the most important Canadian values: Love. Canadians are portrayed as polite, caring people who love one another.
In conclusion, this song shows many Canadian values through the very powerful words of the artist; hence this song should be included in the Canadian Songbook. -J.L.


Canada in my Pocket by Micheal Mitchell

I believe “Canada in my Pocket” By Michael Mitchell should be in the Canadian Songbook because it represents Canada in many ways. When I was younger I learned about Canada through this song, as it shows symbols, animals, and our currency. “Canada in my Pocket” discusses all of the images on the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, such as the beaver, caribou, boat, and the Canadian maple leaf. Of course the name of the song also screams Canada. I find this song so great because it teaches young Canadian children about our country and about our currency, although it does include the penny, which may seem a little outdated, but it’s still worth knowing about! It has a catchy tune and is equally fun and educational. A.N.

Stronger Beer by Tim Hicks

In his song “Stronger Beer”, Tim Hicks describes differences between Canada and its southern neighbor, the States. These include differences in entertainment, food, sports, and most importantly, alcohol. Although they may seem superficial at first, the lyrics of the song are worthwhile to examine. First, the song creates a sense of freedom among Canadians. This is represented, albeit jokingly, by the fact Canada has a lower drinking age. Second, the fact that Tim Hicks can make fun of stereotypes shows the peaceful relations Canada maintains with the United States as well as other countries. Every nation holds their own goals and values, but as Canadians, we respect this and maintain healthy diplomatic relations around the world. This is why we are a role-leader in terms of foreign affairs. In conclusion, I feel like this song is a great representation of freedom and peace, which are two mainstay values of Canada. TG

Heart of Gold by Neil Young

This song is by the artist Neil Young, who is one of 49 Canadians in the rock and roll hall of fame. Neil Young’s music has changed drastically since his old Harvest album days. To me this song really feels like a song fitting a scene of new immigrants coming to Canada. starting a new life and searching for a heart of gold, traveling from across the sea. I think this really relates to old canadian history and tradition where there really were no big cities and people simply lived in homes built by themselves. It was a time where Canada and Canadians were stilling discovering their own identity or in the a song, a Heart of Gold. DT

O Siem By Susan Aglukark

The song I chose to recommend for our class Canadian Songbook is “O Siem” by Susan Aglukark. In this song, it talks about love and equality, which are both important things that Canadians value. Love and equality are qualities that shape people’s opinion on Canada. The chorus of the song is “O Siem We are all family. O Siem We’re all the same O Siem the fires of freedom, Dance in the burning flame”. Family represents love, and by saying that “we are all family”, it is suggesting that we should all love each other, which is an important Canadian value. In the lyrics, “we’re all the same” further sends a message of equality – another Canadian value – where we make every effort to treat everyone fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, race, religion, etc. Overall, I believe “O Siem” is a meaningful song that perfectly represents our Canadian values of love and equality. Not to mention that the artist, Susan Aglukark, is an Inuk musician, which adds an indigenous aspect of our culture to this music. This song definitely deserves a spot in our class Canadian Songbook. JQ

The Canadian Dream by Sam Roberts

The song I chose for the songbook is “ The Canadian Dream” by Sam Roberts. In this song, the artist: Sam Roberts criticizes the often misconception of Canada being a frozen land. While this is partly true for northern territories and provinces, the song is trying to put forward the idea that Canada has its own complete, state-of-the-art culture. With this in mind, the song was written with sarcasm in mind and while criticizing the uninformed international stereotype about Canada. For example, the fourth and fifth stanza of this song wrote: “frozen land,frozen minds,frozen hands and frozen time.” and “Cause everything moves real slow when it’s forty below Everything moves real slow when it’s forty below Yeah, everything moves real slow when it’s forty below. When it’s forty below”. These two stanzas showed the distorted illusion of Canadian civilization, and often resulted overlooked Canadian culture and values. I think this song fits into the Canadian song book well because of its effort to speak up for Canadian culture and let Canada be seen and not heard. OZ

Stompin Tom Connors – “My Old Canadian Home”

The song I selected to be in the Canadian song book was, “my old Canadian home”- by Stompin’ Tom Connors. This song provides strong evidence of Canadian values such as “when the stars shine brighter and the snow, snows whiter than my old Canadian home.” This line in the song provides one of many Canadian aspects. Secondly, the title “my old Canadian home,” also shows evidence of Canada and how we appreciate our country and everything in it. Lastly, the song also proves how Canada is unlike any other place in this world.

In conclusion, the song “my old Canadian home,” provides many attributes that Canadians are known for being, and what Canada is known for. Which is why I believe that this song must be included into the Canadian Song Book. JW

Nikki Yanofsky – “I Believe”

The song “I Believe” by Nikki Yanofsky, is a canadian inspired song; that inspires canadian olympians and fans to believe in themselves, and others and to have a passion for sports. This should be included in the class’s canadian Song Book because it captures the essence of canadian culture, beliefs and values. One of the things Canada is most known for is winter sports, especially hockey. We are famous for our snowy mountains that people from around the world come to visit just to go skiing and snowboarding. In the music video of “I Believe” the song includes many scenes of Canada’s winter sports and competition, bring together people from all over the world to watch.CE

Paul Brandt – “Alberta Bound”

The song “Alberta bound” by Canadian artist Paul Brandt deserves to be in the “Great Canadian songbook” because it reminds us how lucky we are to be living in Canada. It also makes people feel proud about Canada’s natural beauty. Its lyrics makes us feel patriotic about Canada as the song describes the things that make Canada great: Independence, culture and majesty. The phrases “Doesn’t matter where I go this place will always be my home, yeah I’ve been Alberta Bound for all my life, and I’ll be Alberta Bound until I die” will make all Canadians proud to call Canada home.JG

Pauline Johnson – “The Land of the Silver Birch”

I choose this song because this song is a traditional Canadian folk song. The lyrics were based on the librettist Pauline Johnson’s poem. Pauline Johnson wrote lots of aboriginal Canadian songs and poem. The Land of the Silver Birch is one of her masterpiece. This song is about the love with nature and land. The tempo of the piece is slow; the last two tones of each line are stretched longer, and the lyric of the last line for each stanza is repeated, which represents the echo in the mountain. The instrumentation used traditional Canadian instruments, for example: flute and drum. Its subject matter is a romanticized vision of nature and the land from the perspective of an Aboriginal person. This song got popular since 1940. It got transfer into solo piano pieces, solo singing etc. too. EC

Ps: This paragraph is based on the original song, but the original song is not published in YouTube, I heard the instrumentation in my music class.

The Tragically Hip – “Ahead by a Century”

The Canadian Band I chose was Tragically Hip with their most popular song of all time, Ahead by a Century. This is the band which Gord Downie was in who was the same musician that made Justin Trudeau cry in public in acknowledgement of his death. Many of the lyrics represent Canadian values in a sense that embodies many Canadians during their immigration to North America. I want to mainly explain the lyrics in the main chorus, “You are ahead by a century.” This idea took me a while to figure out what the text truly meant. This idea represents your family members when immigrating to Canada. Although life was extremely hard, saying that people have to make a new life in an entire new country, they did for you. Your generations above you thought about you and your life even if you were not even close to being born. This means that they were thinking a century ahead of everyone else in terms of having life in a “better place” for the later generations. This song deserves to be in the class’s Canadian Song Book because it shows the virtues of your generations above you and their sacrifices they made for you and the generations after you. AW

Terry Kelly “A Pittance of Time”

An iconic Canadian song, A Pittance of Time is a representative work of remembrance. Though often played during Remembrance Day observances, the song is more than that; it is a song of profound depth, resulting from the songwriter’s own experience with remembrance.
I remember first hearing this song in elementary school, where it was shown to us as part of our Remembrance Day activities. I remember that, though during the song they were quiet, many of my classmates went back to indifferently joking around as soon as the song ended. I, however, was deeply struck. Though I am an immigrant, something about the song resonated with me. Unlike the boring proceedings and whatnot, A Pittance of Time, through music, really hit home with the emotions and meaning it was trying to convey. I remember quietly contemplating for long after, suddenly not knowing what to say or what to do. This is no coincidence, however; the song itself was inspired by a moving event in the writer’s own life.
On November 11th, 1999, the singer-songwriter, Terry Kelly, was in a drugstore; at 10:55 AM there was an announcement requesting customers to give two minutes of silence as an observation of remembrance. At 11:00 AM, an announcement was again made to commence the two minutes of silence. All customers showed their respect, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his child, who attempted to speak to the store clerk. Channeling his anger into a work of music, A Pittance of Time was created.
Alongside remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, A Pittance of Time also raises the issue of apathy towards remembrance commonly seen today. Symbolized by the father who is either oblivious or indifferent to the observances, many young and unaffected people fail to recognize the importance of remembrance. Through contributing such a powerful song to our Canadian Songbook, I hope to address and amend these issues in our society today.

Great Big Sea “Rant and Roar”


The song titled,Rant and Roar by Great Big Sea, is a song that represents Canadas past. Throughout the song, there are multiple references to boating, and the vocalist also entisizes the fact that he is a Newfoundlander. I believe that the boating references are a reference toles voyageurs and when they settled into what we call Canada today. AC


Murray Porter “Is Sorry Enough”

I picked the song “Is sorry enough” by Murray Porter. This song is about residential schools and what the government has said about it. Canadian values are equity, safety, inclusion, fairness,law and order etc.. In this song, the singer is apologetic about what happened with the residential schools and shows forgiveness to the government because he is also aboriginal. Furthermore it shows the equity giving the chance to start over with the first nation people. The lyrics tells us what it was like in the residential schools. How it affected the aboriginal people and how they deal with what had happened. This song should be included in the class “Canadian Songbook” because it represents inclusion and holds a big part of history in the Canadian history. While it represents Canadian values it encourages people to pay attention to residential schools. KL

Paul Brandt “Alberta Bound”

The song “Alberta bound” by Canadian artist Paul Brandt deserves to be in the “Great Canadian songbook” because it reminds us how lucky we are to be living in Canada. It also makes people feel proud about Canada’s natural beauty. Its lyrics makes us feel patriotic about Canada as the song describes the things that make Canada great: Independence, culture and majesty. The phrases “Doesn’t matter where I go this place will always be my home, yeah I’ve been Alberta Bound for all my life, and I’ll be Alberta Bound until I die” will make all Canadians proud to call Canada home. JG

Roland Majeau – “Soldier’s Cry”

The song I chose was “Soldier’s Cry” by Roland Majeau. The song, written in 2002, is a solemn one of remembrance that commemorates the efforts and sacrifices the fallen men who fought for our nation’s freedom. I think this song encapsulates the thoughts and feelings of the young men and women who risked and gave their lives for their country. Every year on November 11, Canadians gather for a moment of silence to mourn and remember the brave. Much of Roland Majeau’s music tells a story. “Soldier’s Cry” is no exception; in the lyrics are the stories of warriors who have willingly paid the ultimate price. This song should be included in the songbook because it represents one of the core values of a Canadian: to always remember and celebrate the courage of the people who fought to protect our nation, from our inception to even today. Even in the midst of politics, or other matters, there will always be a time when we tip our hats to the resolve and courage of brave young men and women who fought and gave their lives to protect Canada and its people. CW

Great Canadian Songbook Part 3 (Period 4)

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Which song should represent Canada?

Scenario: The Olympics are coming and the Canadian government has tasked you with finding a song that will represent Canada at the next Olympics

Use the following criteria:
·      Genre with Canadian origin
·      Powerful lyrics
·      Not discriminatory or negative to anyone/anything
·      Describes Canada
·      Describe Canadian values / patriotic
·      Imagery or symbolism related to Canada
·      Age appropriate
·      Older-sounding
·      Diversity/Equality
·      Heart-warming
·      Catchy and Upbeat
·      Portrays Canada in a positive way
·      Brings out cultural values
·      Unifying lyrics

Your task will be to answer the following in the comments section of your block’s Songbook. Listen to as many of the songs as you can and read their justification.

  1. Vote for a song based on the criteria above and explain why.
  2. Vote for another song, we’ll call this “personal fave”, may or may not be your original song but a song that you like and why.
  3. Most importantly, INITIAL your comment.

Tribe Called Red  “Electric Pow Wow”

This song belongs in the Great Canadian Songbook because it blends Indigenous and contemporary music into something catchy and distinctly Canadian.

Tragically Hip – “50 Mission Cap”

I think that “50 mission cap” by the tragically hip should be in the great Canadian song book because,the tragically hip is one of the most iconic Canadian bands. “50 mission cap” should be in the song book because they sing about Bill Barilko scoring the Stanley cup finals winning goal for the “Toronto Maple Leafs” then going on a fishing trip that summer and disappearing and when the “Toronto Maple Leafs” won the Stanley cup 11 years later Bill Barilko’s body washed up on the shore. This is why I think the song should be in the Great Canadian Song Book.



“Running Back To Saskatoon” – The Guess Who

 Winnipeg’s The Guess Who are one of Canada’s greatest musical exports, but that never stopped them from writing about the country they came from. “Running Back To Saskatoon” showed their love of Canada in full force, including a laundry list of small towns and references to grain elevators, prairie tunes and Moosomin. You don’t get much more Canadian than Moosomin.



Gordon Lightfoot-“The Canadian Railroad Trilogy”

I think “The Canadian Railroad Trilogy”, by Gordon Lightfoot, should be in the Canadian Songbook because it talks about one of the things that helped create this country that we live in now: The Canadian Railroad. The beginning of the song talks of how the land used to be before the railroad was built “[l]ong before the white man and long before the wheel”. It then goes on about how the railroad was built, during the long days in the blazing sun, and how they only lived on energy from stew and whiskey. The song highlights many of the hardships that had to be faced in order for the railroad to be built. Many people died in the making of the national railway, and that was not unmentioned, so the song doesn’t try to glaze over the bad parts. It speaks true about the situations of the railway construction and is a part of Canadian history, which is why it should be in the Canadian Songbook.

Ryan K.


Ron Angel “The Chemical Workers”


The Chemical Workers Song by Ron Angel is a song about the sombre times and terrible work conditions Canadians had to face. It represents a sad time in Canada’s history that is important to be remembered dearly, and to be used as a learning opportunity of one of the challenges Canada as a country has overcome. These dangerous conditions led to constant injuries, pain and often, fatality. 


Drake – “Weston Road Flows”
Note: There is no youtube clip for this song. Go to to hear the song.

This song deserves to be in the Canadian song book because the song was made by Drake, a Canadian artist. Drake was born in Toronto. It also deserves to be in the song book because it used to be in the top 10 of the Canada top 50 playlist on Spotify. Drake also uses the line “You was ridin’ TTC Metro” in this song. He uses many Toronto references and he also raps about the big apple and the Toronto nightclub called Fluid. In “Weston Road Flows”, Drake mentions a former Toronto Raptors player named Vince Carter, and his famous dunk in 2000. Also the album views is basically based in Toronto. All in all, this song should be in the Canadian song book because it is by a Canadian artist, and it refers to Toronto. KM 


Ralph Chaplin – “Solidarity Forever”

I think “Solidarity Forever” by Ralph Chaplin, should be included in the Great Canadian Songbook because the lyrics are about the workers who built the country. The lyrics of the song talks about the difference between the working class and the employing class as well as how the people who built the country were treated. This can be related to how the people who build the Canadian Pacific railroad were treated. This song was also sang at multiple union rallies in Canada and has inspired other songs. These are the reasons why I believe that this song should be included in the Great Canadian Songbook.HT

City and Colour – “Coming Home”

The song “Coming Home”, by City and Colour highlights Dallas Green’s (he’s the lead singer) history in Canada. Dallas Green, one of Canada’s more popular singer and songwriters was born and raised in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. I think one of City and Colours songs should be in the Canadian Songbook because most of their members are Canadian, they identify proudly as a Canadian band (, and incorporate some Canadian scenery in their music videos. They have done a lot of work with Spencer Burton and Gord Downie (if you’re familiar with him, he passed away just recently) who are also both renowned Canadian singers and songwriters.

I think that the song should be in the Canadian Songbook because not only does it incorporate Canadian scenery, it promotes it. For example, in the lines “I’ve been through the Rockies, I’ve seen Saskatoon I’ve driven down the highway 1 just hopin’ that I’d see you soon”, he sort of exemplifies Canada’s great terrain and vastness. This however, is embedded within the main focus of the song which is about a girl. Finally, City and Colour follow the genre melodic acoustic folk music and indie rock which makes them apart of Canada’s newer sound. JE

K’naan – “Wavin’ Flag”

This song should be apart of our Canadian songbook as it makes references to the waving flag. Describing how when he is older he will be stronger, just like the waving flag. The flag resembles freedom and strength, standing tall in the sky inspiring those acting beneath it. As Canadians we are united by the maple leaf representing our country by the actions we decide daily. In order to portray the best of our potential as a nation we must inspire our youth to make good choices as they are the future leaders to this glorious country. The song also mentions how when he gets back from a tough time “they” (referring to Canadians) will be there to encourage him. This Canadian author rose to success with this song being chosen as Coca-Cola’s promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. K’NAAN’s background as Somalian makes this song especially more meaningful as he feels proud to be called Canadian and excepted. It is important to support Canadian singers for they represent us in the music industry, making an impact on the world’s view of Canada.PB

Stompin’ Tom Conors – “The Hockey Game”

I think “The Hockey Song” by “Stompin’ Tom” Connors is one of the most iconic songs of Canada and deserves to be in the “Canadian songbook”. Tom Conners was born in February 9, 1936 and died on March 6, 2013. He was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter. Focusing his career on his native home, Canada. His songs have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape. Three of his best-known songs are Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song; which is played at various games throughout the National Hockey League; including at every Toronto Maple Leafs home game. This is an iconic Canadian song, about a hockey game, because what Canadian doesn’t love hockey? This influenced Canadian culture and the stereotype that all Canadians play and love hockey. Canadians weren’t the only ones who loved “Stompin’ Tom” Connors. His influence went well beyond our borders. The popularity of Connors’ “The Hockey Song” was in both Canada and the U.S. NR

This song should be in the Canadian songbook because it represents what Canada is all about winning, being with friends, and hockey. this song is insanely patriotic and portrays Canada in a way of fun, sport and unitedness. it is in no way discriminatory or negative it clearly brings out lots of cultures while at the same time being older sounding, catchy and upbeat. this is the perfect song for the songbook because it fits perfectly into the criteria and clearly screams out its Canadian roots. by Jordan

Tragically Hip – “50 Mission Cap”

The song, “Fifty-Mission Cap”, by The Tragically Hip was created as a tribute to the late Bill Barilko. Bill Barilko was a famous hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs who scored the winning goal for the Stanley Cup in 1951. The summer of 1951, described as “that summer” in the song, Bill went on a “fishing trip” with a friend and “disappeared” when the plane he took home crashed. The loss of Bill and the lack of remains was thought of as a curse on the Leafs as they faced an eleven year losing streak. When they Leafs finally won the cup again after those 11 years, Bill’s remains were found a short while later. Bill’s disappearance is summarized in the opening lines of the song “Bill Barilko disappeared that summer, he was on a fishing trip, the last goal he ever scored won the Leafs the cup, they didn’t win another ‘til nineteen-sixty two, the year he was discovered”. This song should be in the Canadian Song Book because not only is hockey something that all Canadians hold close as the song states- “I stole this from a hockey card, I keep tucked under” , this song, created by a Canadian band, honours a legendary, Canadian hockey player, whose number 5 remains retired to this day showing that Canada appreciates all those that make a difference. DM

Gordon Lightfoot – “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”

I think this song Canadian railroad trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot should be included in the great Canadian songbook because it tells the story about the building of the railroad in the early 1800s and speaks of the beautiful outdoors, two things that Canada is known for. The chorus talks about the railroad built to connect the rest of Canada and how many folks looked forward to what this railroad brought to Canada. It also talks about how many forgotten navvies whose manual labour built this great railroad. Perhaps one of the greatest songs written about this period time, it reflects beautifully on one of the greatest accomplishments and optimism Canadians have felt.AC

Michael Buble – Maple Leaf Forever

My choice for Canada’s new anthem is Michael Bublé’s “The Maple Leaf Forever”. With its upbeat tempo, imagery depicting Canada’s scenery, and lyrics pertaining to Canadian ideologies and national symbols, it would be a perfect choice for an anthem.
Examples of the imagery in this tune include the opening line “Oh land of blue unending skies, / Mountains strong and sparkling snow, / A scent of freedom in the wind, / O’er emerald fields below.” The title of the song itself, “O Maple Leaf Forever”, quite obviously references one of Canada’s national symbols, the Maple Leaf. Many lines song pay homage to Canadian ideologies, including, but not limited to: “To thee we brought our hopes, our dreams / For thee we stand together” and “Of courage, peace, and quiet strength, / Of the Canada that I love.” BH

Michael Mitchel – “Canada in my Pocket”

The song that I chose is called “ Canada in my pocket” by Michael Mitchell. I chose this song because it explains a simplified version of some of the things that Canada represents. In this song you can hear Michael explaining some of our currency as in the penny, nickel, quarter and a dime in the chorus of the song. Michael explains how the maple leaf is something significant to us as well as the beaver. This song shows Canada as a beautiful country filled with all these symbols, while it also explains the history of our country. I think this song should be in the Canadian Songbook because the song shows people that we live in a great country filled with lots of important animals and symbols, as well as being a beautiful sight to see. – AM

The Great Canadian Songbook

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Attention all Social Studies 10 students:

As we will be looking at Canadian Identity this unit, your task is to find a Canadian song, (preferably) by a Canadian artist, and that refers to Canadian themes. You will need to prepare this on a computer and/or be able to access digitally to be able to add to our Canadian songbook. For next class, be sure to bring a song and prepare a written response (paragraph is enough) discussing why this song should be included in our Canadian songbook.

AP Psych – Big Five Personality Test…and a few others

You should have just finished talking a bit about the Big Five Personality Test… well, here’s your chance to take it! Follow the link and complete the test as honestly as you can.

Big Five Project

When done, write a few sentences describing your personality according to Big Five. Do you agree with the quiz? why or why not? You can share your result with a friend for added input. This should be a few sentences long.

Now take any one of the following tests listed on the following site (other than Big Five).

Personality Testing

When done this quiz, in your written work, name and compare the two quizzes. What were these results like? Were they similar to the “Big Five” or completely different. Which did you prefer and why?

Hand in your responses at the end of class.

Have time left? Take a few more tests!

Introduction to Population Growth

Go to the World Population Clock at to answer the following questions.

  1. What is the world’s population now?

  2. Compare the birth’s today versus the deaths today. What inferences can you make?

  3. Refer to the “Top 20 Largest Countries by Population (Live)”. What similarities can you find amongst these countries? Also, are there any surprises?

  4. What is Canada’s population as of today and where does it rank amongst the world countries? What does its yearly and net change tell us about growth compared to other countries?

  5. What do the past, present, and future tell us about how population changed and what will happen in the future? Be sure to explain why. 
  6. Give 10 more interesting facts about world populations from this site.

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