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Peter Kuitenbrouwer

Peter Kuitenbrouwer began his journalistic career at that venerable commie rag, The McGill Daily, and went on to work in Ottawa, New York, Mexico City and Montreal. A lover of adventure, he once crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Soviet container vessel; was kidnapped by Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, Mexico; and hiked Nelvada Salkantay en route to conquering the Inca trail. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and is a regular guest on Radio-Canada and TFO. Currently he resides in downtown Toronto with his wife, two children, dog and cat. He is the author of two books for children: 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Kids (Lobster Press, 2001 and 2006), which has been translated into Arabic, Thai and Indonesian, and the bestseller Our Song: The Story of O Canada (Lobster Press, 2004), which is available in paperback.

Our Song: The Story of O Canada

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Canada Rights–School Book Clubs, Scholastic Canada, 2015

Canada’s national anthem is an orphan: its birth parents abandoned the song, and its adopted family knows nothing of its origins. In the first ever history of O Canada, Peter Kuitenbrouwer traces its origins as a hymn composed in French for a celebration of the French fact in North America, and first performed in Quebec City on St. Jean Baptiste Day in 1880. The song takes 80 years to get official words in English; by that time it is discarded by the Quebecois, who prefer the Gilles Vigneault song, Gens du pays. One hundred years after O Canada’s birth, in the wake of a divisive referendum on Quebec independence, the House of Commons in 1980 adopts O Canada as the nation’s official national anthem.