An interactive bilingual show by youth and for youth celebrating our Canadian heritage!
Un spectacle interactif bilingue par les jeunes et pour les jeunes célébrant notre patrimoine canadien!
O Canada! is financially supported by the Canadian Heritage Youth Take Charge Program.
About The Project
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and Canadian Youth For French (CYF) – two national organizations dedicated to the promotion of French language opportunities – are excited to announce the launch of a bilingual youth-led musical and story-telling tour called: O Canada!
“We have high hopes O Canada! is going to be a memorable bilingual experience that will directly engage youth in some key nation-building moments. In doing so, we hope to help instil a sense of civic responsibility and hope for youth to be part of the next chapter in the Canadian enterprise,” said Justin Morrow, Founder Canadian Youth for French.
“This bilingual project is particularly exciting because we are using a form of youth-based crowdsourcing to generate content for the commissioned piece and the workshops accompanying it,” said Robert Rothon, Executive Director Canadian Parents for French.
O Canada! will visit 120 schools across four provinces (BC, AB, SK, ON) and one territory (YK), reaching 46,000 students, between January and March 2014.
French immersion, Core French, Intensive French, and Francophone students in Grades 5 – 12. The artists are trained to adapt the workshop-performance based on the demographic of the audience. If the performance takes place at a French immersion school, administrators are strongly encouraged to invite students from the local Francophone school. If the performance takes place at a Francophone school, administrators are strongly encouraged to invite students from the local French immersion school(s).
Confederation, the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Louis Riel, Migration West, Women’s Suffrage, and other key historical moments. The workshop-performances have been developed to complement the social studies curriculum across various provinces.
The Tour – What Is It?
One of the two sets of young (Francophone) performing artists will arrive at a school and meet with a senior class of French speaking students. The artists will work with the group of students (20 – 30) en français to be trained on three parts (scenes) of the performance piece. These students will then participate in the performance. This will take 45mins.
This is the workshop component.
Next, the students from the entire school will be invited to the school gymnasium / auditorium. The more students that can attend the performance, the merrier. The artists will perform the O Canada! performance piece through song, dance, theatre, and interactive games. The group of senior students will be invited on stage to participate and perform their piece – en français. This will take 50 – 55 mins.
This is the performance component.
Much like a troubadour the artists will then pack-up their production, thank the school, and travel on to the next exciting workshop-performance.
Music & Lyrics
By Léandré Bérubé & Paul Cournoyer
First Song: Je n’oublirais pas
2nd Song: D’un océan à l’autre
3rd Song: La bataille
Last Song: Quand j’etais petit (bilingual)
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Yukon (Paul Cournoyer, Léandre Bérubé)
Jan 6 – 11: Vancouver Island
Victoria: École Shoreline Middle School (Jan 6th, AM)
Salt Spring Island Middle School (Jan 7th, AM)
Ucluelet Secondary School (Jan 8th, PM)
Qualicum: École Ballenas Seconday (Jan 9th, AM)
Courtenay: Mark R Insfeld Seconday (Jan 9th, PM)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith: École Quarterway Elementary (Jan 10th, AM)
Jan 13 – 17: Metro Vancouver
New Westminster: Glenbrook Middle School (Jan 13th, PM)
Richmond: McRoberts Secondary (Jan 14th, AM)
Coquitlam: Banting Middle School (Jan 15th, PM)
Coquitlam: Mailard Middle School (Jan 16th, AM)
Port Coquitlam: Kwayhquitlam Middle School (Jan 16th, PM)
Port Coquitlam: Riverside Secondary School (Jan 17th, AM)
Jan 20 – 24: Central Interior
Delta: Burnsview Secondary (Jan 20th, AM)
Delta: South Delta Secondary (Jan 20th, PM)
Kamloops: École Llyod George (Jan 21st, AM)
Penticton: (Jan 22nd, AM)
Golden: (Jan 24th, PM)
Golden: (Jan 25th, AM)
Jan 27 – 31: Calgary and area
High River, AB – Notre Dame Collegiate (Jan 27th, PM) – Alberta Media Launch
Cochrane, AB – Manashaban Middle (Jan 28th, PM)
Calgary, AB – École St. Martha (Jan 29th, AM)
Okotos, AB – Collège John Paul II (Jan 31st, AM)
Feb 3 – 7: Regina Saskatchewan and area
Moose Jaw, SK – Palliser Heights (Feb 3rd, PM)
Regina, SK – Archbishop MC O’Neill (Feb 4th, PM)
Wawota, SK – Parkland School Wawota (Feb 5th, PM)
Gravelbourg, SK – Gravelbourg High School (Feb 6th, PM)
Feb 10 – 14: Saskatoon Saskatchewan and area
North Battleford, SK – Monseigneur Blaise Morand (Feb 10th, PM)
Debden, SK – Debden School (Feb 11th, PM)
Saskatoon, SK – St. Gerard School (Feb 12th, AM)
Saskatoon, SK – St. Gerard School (Feb 12th, PM)
Prince Albert, SK – Holy Cross (Feb 13th, AM)
Prince Albert, SK – Vickers Public School (Feb 13th, PM)
Feb 17 – 28: Alberta
Calgary, AB – Bishop McNally (February 20th, AM)
Calgary, AB – Our Lady Queen of Peace (February 20th, PM)
Calgary, AB – École francophone d’Aldrie (February 21st, AM)
Edmonton, AB – St. Ceilia (February 24th, AM)
St. Albert, AB – École Alexandre-Taché – Francophone school (February 24th, PM)
Stony Plain, AB – École Meridian Heights (February 25th, AM)
Edmonton, AB – JH Picard (February 26th, AM)
Edmonton, AB – JH Picard (February 26th, PM)
Peace River, AB – École Quatra Vents (February 27th, AM)
Falher, AB – École Héritage (February 27th, PM)
Grand Prairie, AB – St. Joseph High School (February 28th, PM)
Mar 3 – 7: BC – YK
Fort St. John, BC
Dawson Creek, BC
Williams Lake, BC
Mar 10 – 14: BC – YK
Whitehorse, YK – Jack Hulland Elementary 10:45am-11:45am (March 10th)
Dawson City, YK – Robert Service Elementary 1:00pm –2:00pm (March 11th)
Whitehorse, YK – Vanier Catholic Secondary School 11:00am –12:00pm (March 13th)
Mar 17 – 31: Alberta
Ontario (Renée-Claude Thériault, Justine Lewis)
January 6-24: Eastern Ontario Region
Belleville: Harry J. Clarke School (Jan 16th, AM)
Stratford: St. Michael’s Catholic School (Jan 17th, AM)
Belleville: Bayside Public School (Jan 22nd, AM & PM)
London: St. Thomas Catholic School (Jan 23rd, AM)
Toronto: St. John’s Catholic School (Jan 24th, PM)
January 27-February 7: Northern Ontario Region
Sudbury: Carl Nesbitt School (Feb 3rd, AM)
North Bay: Chippewa ISS (Feb 4th, AM)
Sudbury: Landsdowne PS (Feb 5th, AM)
Halton: St. Dominic Elementary School (Feb 10th, AM)
February 10-February 21: Central Ontario Region
Bracebridge: Bracebridge Public School & Monck school (Feb 11, AM)
Burk’s Falls: Land of Lakes (Feb 12, AM)
Parry Sound: William Beatty School (Feb 13th, AM)
Richmond Hill: Holy Trinity (Feb 18th, AM & PM)
Bobcagyeon: Bobcagyeon Public School (Feb 21, AM)
February 24- March 7: Southwestern Ontario Region
Mississauga: St. Joseph Secondary School (Feb 25, AM)
Sarnia: Cathcart Boulevard School (Feb 26, AM)
Sarnia: Gregory Hogan (Feb 27th, PM)
Cambridge: Hillcrest School (Feb 28th, AM)
Hanover: Hanover Heights (March 3rd, AM)
Flesherton: Grey Highlands (March, 3rd, PM)
Haliburton, ON: JD Hodgson (March 4th, AM)
Brantford: Dufferin Public (March 5th, AM)
Toronto: Jean Vanier Catholic School (March 5th, PM)
Harwick: Harwick Raleigh Public School (March 6th, PM)
March 17-25: Southern Ontario/GTA
Acton: Mackenzie Smith Bennett (March 17th, PM)
Stratford: St. Michael Catholic School (March 18th, AM)
Burlington: Maplehurt Public School (March 20th, AM)
Hamilton: St. Peter and Paul (March 21st, AM)
Carol Merkosky (Western Tour): [email protected] tel. 780.433.7311
Tanzila Mila (Ontario Tour): [email protected] tel. 905.366.1012 ext.4
Feedback From The Road
Our students and staff loved this presentation. A quote from one of my students in our discussion after the presentation was “It was a WOW presentation- and I felt excited about being a Canadian”. (Kind of neat coming from a grade 7 student).
Thank you for such a great presentation.
Julie Cornett – Ching, Penticton BC Middle School Principal, Jan 22nd, 2014
On behalf of CPF, Oceanside, wow! Thank you so much for such a fantastic production. Not only was it high quality and engaging but the message was very important. I I only wish we could show it to all ages. It epitomizes what CPF is all about and the pride all students should have in their second language. I look forward to the opportunity of more shows in the future.
Thanks again and it was a pleasure meeting you. Good luck with the rest of the tour.
All the best,
President, CPF Oceanside BC, Jan 9th, 2014
We only have positive feedback from everyone. It was so cute, some little girls stayed after the show to hug us. One of them said, “OMG YOUR SHINNY MICS ARE SO AWESOME.”
Renée-Claude Theriault, O Canada! Ontario Performer, Jan 23rd, 2014
I just wanted to share that I was very impressed by today’s presentation. I became just recently a Canadian citizen in December so the two presenters made me feel touched and proud with the fact that I belong to this Canadian francophonie family as mine is very far!
I say that every year to my students at the end of the school year: I am so proud of their effort and I feel privileged because thanks to them I am able to teach in my mother tongue.
Thank you again for organizing this event, it was worth it on so may levels.
Sophie T. Preston, Parksville BC French Immersion Teacher, Jan 9th 2014
Not only did we learn a lot about the country’s history and the sacrifices of so many soldiers who died in wars, we also had a lot of fun learning new singing and dancing routines as part of the show.
Cassandra Timmins, Grade 7 Student at Quarterway School in Nanaimo BC, Jan 11th, 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation the three young men put on for us. The kids were into it, participated and we also invited the grade 4s from our neighbouring school.
We would love to continue with these types of opportunities for our French immersion students.
Thomas Elbel, Principal, Manachaban Middle School (Alberta), Jan 29th, 2014
I had the opportunity to attend the performance “O Canada” this morning at Ecole St. Martha here in Calgary, What a wonderful show!
Great energy!! Great interaction of the actors with their audience all the while engaging the student’s via using clever drama excerpts – the French game show! Gauging the audience approval rating as High, as throngs of young female students surrounded the “boys” at completion of their performance.
Truly a pleasure to watch.
I highly recommend the “show” to all French immersion programs. Material is pertinent, builds patriotism and enhances the Canadiana experience for all!!
Noreen Kendall, CPF Alberta Board Director, Jan 29th, 2014
I would like to highlight an excellent initiative that actively promotes and creates French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians across the country. Canadian Parents for French, who I signed a memorandum of understanding with this past October, has created and launched O Canada!, an interactive bilingual show performed by musicians aged 18 to 20.
I salute the phenomenal work that this organisation does in general to reinforce language learning, but they have knocked it out of the park with their O Canada! production. Hats off to all involved!
Mr. François Boileau, Ontario Commissioner of French Language Services, February 21st, 2014
What a great show! Paul and Léandre (and their sound guy, didn’t catch his name) are superb performers and excellent ambassadors of the reason why we should be bilingual. Our 200 French Immersion and French Second Language students really had fun. They were engaged, answering questions, dancing and singing. The story writing and the music composed was great too.
Thanks CPF!, always a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to the next show that CPF offers. It was FANTASTIQUE! :)
École St. Cecilia Junior High, Alberta – February 24th, 2014
On behalf of the students and staff of J.H. Picard (Alberta), we want to extend our sincere thanks for your support in sponsoring of “O CANADA” at our school. With both shows, we had more than 700 students who benefited from this experience! The performance was educational, engaging, and the students responded very positively by their enjoyment with the show.
We are blessed to have Canadian Parents for French support the educational goals of our students. Please know your commitment and work are much appreciated.
As well, a sincere acknowledgement to Carol Merkosky for her excellence in organizing and making this great opportunity possible!!
Directrice / Principal
École J. H. Picard
French Immersion K – 12 School
Dear Justine, Rene, Mike and the community of Canadian Parents for French,
Today’s performance was everything I hoped for and more. The students were engaged and enthusiastic, and had a great time. It is a really well put together program. I appreciated the mix of humour, history, songs, games,- and who doesn’t love a good disco dance en francais!!!
I would like to dress up like Rene and Justine for every class, and you all sing so well. Tomorrow I will speak with all of my classes and go through the afternoon’s experiences again- because “EH” is a word!!
As a French teacher who loves to be enthusiastic and incorporate as much Drama as possible- this day had all the elements. Thank you for a great day.
All the best,
FSL Core Teacher, Holy Trinity Guelph – Ontario March 21st, 2014
I attended the presentation at École Muriel Martin yesterday afternoon. This is an excellent project which was very well received by the immersion children.
This was also my first visit to École Muriel Martin and my first opportunity to meet the principle, Mr. Kirchner – – it is a wonderful school with a very proud and dedicated school principle, very enthusiastic teachers and very eager and engaged young students.
Thanks again Michael for providing me with the dates of this week’s performances.
Commissioner’s Representative / Représentant du Commissaire
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Western Tour (BC/YK/AB/SK)
Paul Cournoyer – An upright and electric bass player, Paul is an emerging talent on Edmonton’s music scene. Paul has recieved awards for his performances and song writing (Mercury Prize and People’s Choice Award-Chant’Ouest 2012) as well as his bass playing (Bob Miller Award-Grant MacEwan University). He is currently studying with John Taylor (ESO) as he works towards his B.Mus at Grant MacEwan University. You can see Paul perform with PostScript (Bilingual Folk Duet), Love Supreme (Jazz Quartet), Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and under his own name.
Léandre Bérubé – An electro dubstep DJ from Edmonton.
Renée-Claude Thériault – Originally from Grand Falls New Brunswick, Renée-Claude moved to Toronto to pursue her dream of being a comedian. She recently graduated with honors from the Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance program and is now doing her stand up routine in various comedy shows all around the city. Proud Acadian, it is important for her to perform in French; she is part of the improv troupe Les Improbables and recently played the role of Charlotte in the French play “Cuisine et Dépendances” produced by Les Indisciplinés and Scuderia presented last May.
Justine Lewis – Also known as “Tene” is a bilingual Triple Threat performer living & working in Toronto, ON. She is a recent graduate of the triple threat program at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She also holds a degree in Professional Theatre from John Abbott College in Montreal, QC.
O Canada! Performance Author: Roger Dallaire
Tour Blog (Bilingual)
Renée-Claude Thériault: http://ohcanadatour.blogspot.ca/
Glyn Lewis (CPF BC & Yukon Executive Director) [email protected] tel. 778.329.9115 ext. 316
Betty Gormley (CPF Ontario Executive Director) [email protected] or 905-366-1012 x2
Michael Tryon (CPF Alberta Executive Director) [email protected] or (780) 433-7311
The four young Francophone performers – Paul Cournoyer, Léandre Bérubé, Renée-Claude Thériault, Justine Lewis – met Nov 25 – 29 at an idyllic farm outside St. Paul, Alberta to record the soundtrack for the tour and train on the new performance piece.
The performers will then head off in two sets to bring the O Canada! experience to 120 middle and high schools, reaching an estimated 46,000 students, across four provinces (ON, SK, AB, BC) and one territory (YK).
St. Vincent, Alberta – O Canada! recording and training location.
O Canada! is financially supported by the Canadian Heritage Youth Take Charge Program.