Salute To Canada

Published On June 28, 2017 | By Carrie Buchanan |

This is fun to watch.  Canada celebrates 150 this July 1 and the tributes are everywhere.  Tim Horton’s has a special roll up to win Canada 150 edition, Lambton County has fun free activities everywhere this weekend and Canadian artists write special songs to celebrate.

Canadians love our country.  There is a lot to be proud of and a lot to be thankful for.  From the big stuff, like our freedom, to the music and the sports.

A local connection to this song/ video — Emm Gryner is from the Forest area ( we actually shared a year in high school).  Yes, I am name-dropping.  LOL.

Emm has had an incredibly successful solo career which has seen her create her own record label Dead Daisy Records, two albums nominated for Juno Awards.  She worked with the late David Bowie, singing and playing keyboards in his band.  She worked with astronaut Chris Hadfield on a cover version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, which was recorded partly on-board The International Space Station.

She has received attention from other big names in the music business too.

Nelly Furtado named Gryner’s album Science Fair one of her desert island discs in a VH1 interview.

David Bowie named Gryner and Godspeed You! Black Emperor his two favourite Canadian acts during a promotional interview for his Reality album.

In the November 2006 issue of Q, celebrating the magazine’s 20th anniversary, U2 frontman Bono recognized the track “Almighty Love” from Gryner’s album The Summer of High Hopes as one of six songs that he wished he had written from the last twenty years of music.

These days, she’s has branched out again. You will hear her beautiful voice in a trio – Trent Severn. Trent Severn are a two time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated group. Together with Dayna Manning and Lindsay Schindler they have a very simple approach to music.

Just in time for Canada’s 150th celebrations, they bring the new song “Eh Canada” which comes from their album “Portage”.

“With love and appreciation for our vast geography, the arts, the culture and the incredible people, Eh Canada is an ode to Canada’s 150th. Traditional instruments were used to create this Canadiana soundscape in which we feature many family members, friends and folks from our community.”

If you’re interested in seeing them perform live – they are in St. Mary’s for Canada Day and in Grand Bend on Monday.

Find them on Facebook for more info about them and the shows.

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