Cross Canada Music Celebration
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British Columbia (Div. 23 + 25)
Kindergarten classes (Desjardin + Arora) perform the actions for Brent Holmes’ song, “Can’t Wait to Hibernate.” British Columbia is home to over 160,000 bears – that’s a quarter of Canada’s bear population.
Alberta (Div. 9 + 11)
The Grade 3 classes (Sofiak + Gard) showcase a line dance to Paul Brandt’s, “Alberta Bound.” They learned the history of cowboys taking care of their cattle on the prairies, a tradition that is continued at the Calgary Stampede every year.
Alberta (Div. 5)
Mr. Keranen teaches his own Music. Here, his Grade 4 class is performing the traditional North American folk song “Rocky Mountain” on the ukulele. The Rocky Mountain Range stretches from northern BC all the way to the state of New Mexico.
Saskatchewan (Div. 17 + 21)
The Grade 1 classes (Sutherland + Paradis) choreographed a ribbon dance to “We Are Circling.” Cree artist Buffy Sainte-Marie is from Piapot, SK. She has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry.
Manitoba (Div. 13 + 16)
Here the Gr. 2 classes (O’Mahony + Gaudreault) wrote a rhythm play-along to “Life gets better” by Don Amero. Cree and Métis artist Don Amero is a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ontario (Div. 20 + 18)
“Les Raftsmen” by Michael Mitchell is performed with instruments by Gr. 1 classes (Poirier + Friesen). This French song is about logging and the instrument sounds are supposed to mimic the many sounds you would hear in a logging camp.
Quebec (Div. 26)
The kindergartens (McLeod) learned about tempo using the song “Scie le bois” by Denise Gagne. Here they are practicing sawing wood in a normal, fast, and slow tempo. They also learned the French words for “up high” and “down low.”
Newfoundland and Labrador (Div. 10 + 12)
Basketballs in Music??? Watch the Grade 3 classes (Cooper + Connolly) as they bounce the balls on the beat to “I’se the by’” by Great Big Sea. This song is a traditional Newfoundland folk song that is part of the Canadian Song Hall of Fame.
Prince Edward Island (Div. 1 + 4)
Grade 5 classes (Makaroff + Arthurs) show us their ability to use their feet to create percussion. The Acadians are the descendants of the French who settled in Acadia during the 17th and 18th centuries. Some are also descended from the Indigenous peoples of the region. Acadia was located in what is now Eastern Canada’s Maritime provinces. Our Acadian Chair Dance was choreographed by Pastelle LeBlanc.
Nova Scotia (Div. 22 + 24)
The kindergartens (Simoes + Alsop) watched the MacMaster Leahy children and learned how to do Cape Breton step dancing. This style of dance was brought to Canada by Scottish immigrants. Their dance is performed to “Fingal’s Cave” by the Chieftans.
New Brunswick (Div. 14 +15)
Sea Shanties are all the rage in Canada right now, but these songs have been a part of the Canadian experience for a long time. “Donkey Riding” is song from 1857 that helped workers to use a steam engine called a “donkey.” Watch the Grade 2 classes (Barr + Read) as they perform a cup song by Denise Gagne.
Nunavut (Div. 3 + 2)
Susan Aglukark is Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. She is from Arviat, NVT. Her song, “O’Siem” is performed here by the Grade 5 classes (Rattan + Kondo). The song went to number one on both the Canadian RPM country and adult contemporary charts in 1995, and peaked at number three on the pop charts.
Northwest Territories (Div. 7 +6)
“We are marching to the beat of one drum” is the message of Leela Gilday’s song, “One Drum.” Performed by the Grade 4 classes (Jensen + Walker), this song showcases Leela’s ability to sing from the heart.
Yukon Territory (Div. 19)
The Grade 1 class (Gillion) choreographed their own ribbon dance to “Kid’s Song” by Dena Zagi. The duo performs music in their traditional Kaska language and the lyrics are about the land, spirits, ancestors and traditions. “All our songs are written in the Kaska language, which I was not allowed to speak in residential school,” said Dennis Shorty.
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