This is my Canada/Mon cher Canada

Post was created on February 10th, 2010

Photo by Phil Norton, CD Cover design by Kathy Daw, Logo design by Barb Neri @2009

I had the honour of singing this song for HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her “walkabout” at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa/Hull in 1992 with a 9-piece RCMP band.  That same year over the Christmas Holidays, I received a call from the Captain of HMCS Preserver – they were playing This Is My Canada over the ship’s sound system off the coast of Somalia.

I sang the song for our Canadian Olympic team in Salt Lake City, 2002 and in Athens, Greece in 2004.  On December 15th 2009, I sang it with the Spirit of the Olympics Choir at the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in my hometown, Picton ON.

I wrote this title track song back in 1992 & released it on my first album, “From The Heart” in 1994.  It was an album of uplifting songs about Canada, everyday heroes, Acadian heritage, friendships, God and other subjects close to my heart.

I always thought I should produce a full “Canadiana” album and the time has finally come.  This CD is really a “specialty” album for school children and organizations who want to celebrate this great country of ours.   It includes 4 versions of This Is My Canada and our national anthem:  bilingual, English, French & instrumental as well as songs that are of the humourous kind like “I’m A Canadian, Eh”; “I Love Canada – It’s Winter That I Hate”; “Canada’s REALLY Big” as well as a heartfelt tribute, “Canadian Olympian’.

Have a look at a slideshow that was produced by Phil Norton (philnorton.net) that was played at the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Picton On where I co-emceed & performed:

http://philnorton.net/this_is_my_canada/

Phil’s fabulous visuals gives the song new life!!

To hear a music clip and/or purchase my new CD, click  on “Buy My Music” under Pages.

THIS IS MY CANADA/MON CHER CANADA

Rocks and plains and visions of trains from sea to sea
Lakes & streams & passionate dreams
Of a true north strong & free
Mountains of snow, the forest below, hopes and fears
Frozen lands and the rugged hands of Canadian pioneers

CHORUS:
This is my Canada, this is my home, my nation
From St. John’s to Victoria, this is my, this is my Canada
This is my Canada, Canada   O Canada

Torrents d’eau fraîche, dunes de sable, villages côtiers
Gens de cœur, gens d’espoir et ancêtres dévoués
Les voyageurs, coureurs de bois et casques bleus
Nos écrivains, nos poètes, nos enfants merveilleux

CHORUS – FRENCH:
C’est mon cher Canada, mon pays, c’est ma patrie
De St. John’s à Victoria, c’est mon cher, mon cher Canada
Mon cher Canada, Canada  O Canada

Look to the future, learn from the past
Build today and make it last
So much to offer, so much to gain
It takes more than one link to make a chain
Pays d’beauté, pays d’merveille, tous ces gens sans pareil
C’est un monde à partager, ensemble dans l’amitié

CHORUS – BILINGUAL

This Is My Canada, this is my home, my nation

De St. John’s à Victoria, c’est mon cher, mon cher Canada

Mon cher Canada, Canada, O Canada

TAG :  This is my Canada, Canada, O Canada

This is my Canada, Canada, O Canada

Jeanette Arsenault: This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada

6 Responses to "This is my Canada/Mon cher Canada"

  1. Elizabeth Jenner says:

    I am SO proud of you, I too am proud to be a Canadian – even if it was 27 years into my life!!

  2. Janet Scott says:

    Thanks for the CD. From now until the end of the school year we’ll be using your version of O Canada for the Opening Exercises and I hope to get them all singing This Is My Canada. Way to Go, Jeanette EH !

  3. Thank YOU, Janet! let me know if you want me to do a show at the school again sometime in future.

    Great to spend some time with you again. Really enjoyed our dinner together.

  4. Andri Effendi says:

    Hi Jeanette.
    My name is Andri. I am still at high school with one year left until I get my HSC, high school certificate.
    I am an Australian and I hadn’t realised how much canada has actually been part of my life.
    I have only just realised that alot of my favourite television from Rolie polie olly when I was a little child and Stargate from my high school years and lot more others are all canadian. I always thought they were american until recently.
    I am going to say that your songs are so inspirational and have made me wonder why there aren’t that many people who care about the same things both you as a canadian and me as and Australian do like they should. I mean freedom and having wonderful places to go to see and live that others more unfortunate can not with no choice to.

    I had this song going round and round in my head after the 2nd time of hearing it.
    I heard this song on Spotify.

    Could you please if you have time, email me the french version of this song. Thank you So much.

  5. Thank you! I’m happy to hear that you feel the same sense of pride in your country as I do here in mine. I can certainly send you the French lyrics to the song! Nice to meet you here – thanks for connecting. Sorry you can’t get the song out of your head though…!

  6. Beth Weatherbee says:

    Hello Jeanette:

    I am a music teacher in NB. No doubt, just about every Canadian music teacher is preparing for the June concert to celebrate the 150th of our country.

    I would like to include this song in my program. Do you have sheet music that can be purchased? Would I be able to purchase the backing trax?

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Beth Weatherbee

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