Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Day: Musicians Reflect on National Pride, Politics and Partying

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Day: Musicians Reflect on National Pride, Politics and Partying

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Celebrities reflect on Canada Day moments

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TORONTO - As the country celebrates its 149th birthday on Friday, there are many different ways Canadians will mark the occasion.

The Canadian Press asked some of the nation's artists to reflect on the holiday and what Canada means to them:

Metric's lead singer Emily Haines on being Canadian:

"It's just a matter of personal history and the history of my friends. We have conversations and realize that everybody one or two generations ago came (to Canada). Without that we wouldn't be here. People don't have a lot choices about where they get to (live). For me, being born in New Delhi, India and being able to come here and grow up here, it's incredible."

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Great Big Sea guitarist Sean McCann on national unity:

"We're in a very divisive time: our neighbours are polarized. Scary things are happening on our borders and overseas. As a father, it's concerning for me because we don't seem to be pulling together as a planet.... Isolation is not the answer, more guns is not the answer. More love is the answer. With the Fort McMurray fire, our response was with love and that's a lesson for the world."

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Sarah McLachlan on her ideal Canada Day:

"As long as I'm on the ocean I'm happy. There's been a number of Canada Days where I'm performing. (This year my family is) just going to be at the beach, have a barbecue and hopefully have a house full of people. If I'm not working it's definitely a family event."

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Peter Dreimanis, member of rock band July Talk, on July 1 celebrations:

"We love playing shows on Canada Day, if we can. The vibe is never better the rest of the year. You connect Canada Day with bands like the Tragically Hip ... we're hoping to see them a few times over the summer and catch that tour."

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k.d. lang on appreciating the Canadian music scene:

"There's something to being Canadian. …

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