Song of the day: “O Canada” by Roger Doucet

Just to see if anyone’s paying attention, here’s a National Film Board of Canada vignette from the 1970s featuring Roger Doucet, who sang “O Canada” at Canadiens, Expos and Alouettes home games. Living in the Detroit area, I watched a lot of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights on the CBC, and there are as many audio as visual memories of those evenings. Two of the fondest memories are M. Doucet’s wonderful baritone rendition of Canada’s national anthem (starting in French and ending in English, as seen in this video), and Paul Morris, who was the public address announcer at Maple Leaf Gardens for 38 years until the team moved to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.

Author: Tom Kephart

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  1. I am paying attention. They should have national anthem singing like that at all sporting events. Loud and proud. And STRONG, like a good athlete. This is very athletic singing, unlike a lot of the “I’ll sing it a capella because I have no idea what key I’m singing in” style of national anthem singing.

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