• The Hidden Racist History Of 'O Canada'

    7 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    “Allegretto con Bravura,” handwritten sheet music by Calixa Lavallée. (Courtesy: Library and Archives Canada e011163931)
    Every time I stand for the Canadian national anthem, I think about blackface. I wouldn't have it any other way.
    I thought about blackface during the anthem long before Justin Trudeau's appearances in blackface and brownface came to light last fall. The perpetrator I imagine was never photographed, and the risk of his reputation being ruined because this history resurfaces unexpectedly is negligible, since he's long dead. His name was Calixa Lavallée, and the tune he...
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