It’s likely one of the first songs every Canadian child learns, which is why when our nation’s anthem, "O Canada," is altered, it catches many off guard and usually incites anger, bemusement or both.
When a member of the Canadian singing group, The Tenors, unexpectedly changed the lyrics of “O Canada” to include the phrase “all lives matter,” ahead of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the usually innocuous tradition of singing the national anthem became the game’s greatest controversy.
Never mind that it’s frowned upon to change the lyrics to a country’s anthem, but the group member, identified as “lone wolf" Remigio Pereira, altered the usual lyric of "With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free" to instead sing, "We're all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great."
The change immediately caused intense backlash and embarrassment on the part of Canadians, seeing as how the phrase “all lives matter” is seen as a rejection of the Black LivesRead More »from From forgetting lyrics to changing the melody, five other Canadian anthem mishaps