Artistic liberty or cultural dissonance?
by Tiffy Leeson
Walk off The Earth performed ‘O Canada’ at The World Cup of Hockey Finals in Toronto last Thursday. The internet sensation indie group from Burlington, Ontario, integrated their signature island upbeat vibe to the Country’s Anthem – causing (apparently) some viewers to feel quite uncomfortable.
WOTE is known for having their own off-the-wall, interpretive style leaving some viewers with a less than enthusiastic impression their rendition.
Thankfully, Pete Blackburn from Fox News decided that it was important to comment from an American’s standpoint on the situation:
Hey Canada, what the hell is this? pic.twitter.com/x65C2RoAT3
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) September 30, 2016
WOTE also caused grief with their choice of using the new all inclusive gender neutral version of the phrase “in all of us command” from “in all thy sons command” – a change made this June 2016, in Bill C-210.
— Walk off the Earth (@WalkOffTheEarth) September 30, 2016
And then we had Bruce Arthur, sports columnist at the Toronto Star, who thought it would be appropriate to align his protest with Colin Kaepernick’s ‘taking a knee’ against racial profiling and inequality.
I'm not saying the version of O Canada before the World Cup final game was absurd, but I will say I considered taking a knee
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 30, 2016
Well Bruce, not saying that you’re absurd, but we are considering it.
Aside from these keyboard warriors, what is your take on the rendition?