Like many Americans, we had to look up the history behind Canada Day, which was celebrated by our neighbors to the north yesterday. Its sort of like their Fourth of July, in that it celebrates an anniversary — On July 1st, 1867 the first of the British North American Acts became the law of the land, establishing the Canadian government as it is known today.
Until 1982 it was known as Dominion Day. An act of parliament that year established Canadian sovereignty.
We are a day late, but it was because we had to find this record. Chris Beard’s 1967 musical Canada Observed is the perfect album for Canada Day. Heard here is “In the Beginning,” which sets the stage for the history of Canada is story and song. The album also includes a retelling of the story of War of 1812 heroine Laura Secord and “The First Hockey Game.”