Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy Canada Day! After some searching for the ideal performance to showcase on this post, I finally decided on an excerpt of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic gold medal hockey game between Canada and the US, featuring "O Canada" sung by the rabid Canadian fans during the dying seconds of the game*:
*Final score: Canada 5, USA 2. The Canadian goals were scored by Joe Sakic (2), Jarome Iginla (2), and Paul Kariya. Tony Amonte and Brian Rafalski scored for the USA. I missed the entire game, since I was in rehearsal for Modern Baroque Opera's 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade in the Strathcona neighborhood of Vancouver's Downtown East Side. We broke for lunch minutes before the game ended, and en route to the cast's favorite neighborhood sushi takeout, we could hear people all over the neighborhood singing along with the fans on TV. From the spontaneous outpouring of song we surmised that Canada had indeed won the game.