Music Monday Anthem
Inspired by Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Coalition for Music Education is commemorating Canada’s musical heritage with a new Music Monday anthem that celebrates the unifying power of music. Commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education, the new anthem is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Entitled Sing It Together, the new anthem is available in various languages and arrangements to be used in this year’s Music Monday celebration.
Focusing on the power of voices, Sing It Together asks us to sing for joy, for truth, for healing and for freedom. The recording and video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages. Creating Sing It Together was a journey of discovery and the songwriters encourage music makers to continue this discovery where music lives in their schools and communities.
Sing It Together was recorded at Canterbury Music and includes highly-respected, experienced Canadian musicians. It also features Youth4Music musicians and advocates who are part of a national network of youth leaders.
Marc was born in Brooklyn NY, son of singer Charles Jordan and grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978, he was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz, and signed as a staff writer for Irving Almo Publishing, Geffen Publishing and Warner Chappell Music in Hollywood.
Marc spent 16 years in LA writing songs for, and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshall, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisin, Canadian Tenors, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton John, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart (including the #1 hit “Rhythm Of My Heart”).
Marc has won numerous ASCAP, JUNO, SOCAN and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. He made his acting debut in “Hockey the Musical” with Olivia Newton John.
His songs have been on 35 million CDs and he has recorded 14 CDs of his own material on various labels, including Warner Bros., Atlantic, RCA, and Blue Note.
Marc has numerous film credits. He is on the Board of Humber College. He is Songwriter Chair at the Slaight Family Music Lab, Canadian Film Centre.
Currently, Marc is writing with Rod Stewart for Stewart’s upcoming CD.
Marc spends his time between Toronto, Nashville and LA.
It has been said that Ian Thomas’ songs are part of the soundtrack of many Canadian lives. His impact on Canadian Culture was honoured with the 2014 SOCAN National Achievement Award for excellence in songwriting. That same year, Ian’s archives were acquired by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ian Thomas first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies”. Over the years ,he has acquired a JUNO award, four SOCAN classic awards for “Painted Ladies”, “Right Before Your Eyes”, “Hold On” and “Pilot”, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, both JUNO and Gemini nominations and 17 albums that contained quite a few top twenty records.
Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks, while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Mann, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray.
When he isn’t performing as a solo artist, Ian also records and tours the country regularly with friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church under the banner “Lunch At Allen’s”, named after the restaurant where the four friends met with some regularity.
He has also published two novels: Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008) with an autobiography slated for 2017.
Over the years, Ian’s love of orchestral music has served him well as the film composer of 22 feature films. His most recent album” A Life In Song”(Alma/Universal 2016) combines his songwriting skills with a rich symphonic canvas. “A Life In Song” was beautifully recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and released to rave reviews in the spring of 2016.
Taqralik Partridge is a spoken word performer, throat singer and writer originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik in northern Quebec. She has performed on stages from Toronto to Iqaluit to the UK and Norway.
Kathy Kettler is a throat singer whose heritage is from Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, also in northern Quebec. Kathy has performed in various locations around the world often with her sister in a group called Nukariik .
From St. John’s NL, where he once was a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Romano now lives in New York City. He is currently playing percussion in Broadway bound, “Come From Away”. He has been the drummer for the “WICKED” national tour, and previously percussionist with the Canadian Opera Company.
Grammy®Award nominated musician Ron Korb has been travelling and collecting indigenous woodwinds from Europe, Asia, and South America for years. His compositions are steeped in the diverse cultural traditions and experiences of his travels and his upbringing in Canada! Originally from Toronto, where he studied at the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory, he has also lived and studied in Tokyo Japan .
One of Canada’s leading drummers, Rick is a performer, studio musician, teacher and author (Rick’s Licks). Throughout his career, he has performed and taught in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has recorded with Patti Labelle, Michelle Wright, Terri Clark and performed on numerous jingles for major companies.
Peter has been involved in the music industry for almost fifty years as a bass player, arranger, composer and producer. He started Alma Records, an independent “music first” label, and its publishing arm, Cardster Music Co. in 1991, and has had success with many well known artists. His long list of credits include Anne Murray and Ray Charles, and his years of work with the Motown record label produced many hits and earned him the widespread recognition of his peers. Currently, he is also a Director on the Canadian Independent Music Association.
It has been said that Ian Thomas’ songs are part of the soundtrack of many Canadian lives. His impact on Canadian Culture was honored with the 2014 SOCAN National Achievement Award for excellence in songwriting. That same year, Ian’s archives were acquired by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario… [see full bio above]
A graduate of Metalworks Institute’s Music Performance and Technology Program with a full-ride scholarship, Julian is a talented composer and performer. He has been surrounded by music his entire life starting with his Uncle, Canadian Music Hall of Famer Domenic Troiano. Julian recently released his newest single, Try. He makes a living in the music industry by performing at corporate and private events, teaching study groups and proctoring exams at Metalworks Institute, engineering and producing artists, and leading product demos on behalf of Roland Canada’s Street Tribe.
Born in Winnipeg with proud Métis roots, siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas, and Danton perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders, while drawing on their diverse backgrounds in classical music, jazz and beyond.
Alyssa is the eldest of the siblings. She started violin in the Suzuki method at the age of three. Growing up in Toronto, Alyssa attended the Royal Conservatory. She pursued her studies abroad, earning a bachelor and a master’s degree in viola performance from the Conservatoire de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Inspired by her Métis heritage, Alyssa collaborated with Métis-Ojibwa elders Teddy Boy Houle and James Flett to produce Oméigwessi: A Tribute to Walter Flett, which won an award for ‘Best Fiddle Album’ at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Viola performance at the Université de Montreal.
Nicholas began his musical studies from a very young age and has grown to show an incredible gift for playing the fiddle. As the lead fiddler for the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Nicholas has been instrumental in generating musical ideas, guiding the group’s arrangements, and delighting audiences with his dynamic enthusiasm.
The eldest of the three brothers, he cultivated his love of music from an early age. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, majoring in classical singing performance. Conlin’s university experience included playing electric bass in the U of O Jazz orchestra, audio recording and multimedia projects, a performance of Schubert’s song cycle: Die Schöne Müllerin, as well as lead roles in Mozart operas. He has always been deeply passionate about Métis culture and history, and is currently working on a series of music adapting traditional Métis Folk songs.
Thanks to Youth4Music Ambassadors for their support during recording sessions.
Audio Valley Recording Studio
Pursuing a double degree in classical voice performance and biology, Galen Boulanger is a second year student at the University of Ottawa and 2015 Loran Scholar . Recognized both provincially and nationally for his trumpet and vocals, Galen believes in the capacity that music has to empower youth leadership and bring a community together.
Originally from the rural, musical community of Nelson, British Columbia, Galen has been involved with a number of youth based community initiatives which combine the power of youth leadership and music to promote awareness for humanitarian initiatives including Keep the Beat Music Festival which raised over $40 000 in the last three years for War Child Canada.
Galen’s passion for music continues in Ottawa with involvement in Youth4Music Ottawa executive, and as a student liaison between the University of Ottawa Music School and the National Arts Centre.
You can catch Galen’s performance as El Dancairo in the University of Ottawa’s Production of Carmen in January 2017.
Toronto and Dundas recording sites
The Canterbury Music Company / St. James Anglican Church
A motivated and engaging leader from Toronto, Sasha attended Oakwood Collegiate music program where he played acoustic bass and clarinet. Sasha followed the hockey dream, playing his younger years through elite hockey levels to Junior A and Junior teams. All along, he achieved his advanced skill level on the guitar through self-study and dedicated hard work. Sasha is lead guitarist in Return for Refund, an active Toronto-based hard rock trio. They release their 2nd CD, titled “Lift You Up” in Spring 2017 and then head out on tour.
In 2016, Sasha performed in the Youth4Music Toronto music ensemble to close the National Music Monday Showcase Concert. During the Showcase concert, he was one of the ambassadors who announced the Youth4Music Manifesto for “learning, creating, making and valuing music in Canada.” Many will recognize Sasha from performing in Music Monday Anthem – We Are One (Official Video).
Sasha has supported many Youth4Music activities, specifically the popular Creative Jam Space at the 2015 and 2016 Youth4Music Leadership Symposiums. He was a Group Facilitator at the 2016 Symposium, helping to develop action plans for the Manifesto. Sasha is working on the “Hockey and Music” project. He recently represented Youth4Music at “Resonate 2016”, annual OMEA conference. He is a member of Youth4Music Toronto hub.
Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas
Toronto, ON – The Canterbury Music Company
Jeremy Darby, owner
Julian Decorte, recording engineer
Ottawa, ON – Audio Valley Recording Studio
Dundas, ON – St. James Anglican Church
Kathy Kettler and Taqralik Partridge, throat singers
Romano Di Nillo, bodhran
Ron Korb, flutes
Rick Gratton, drums
Peter Cardinali, bass and accordion
Ian Thomas, guitar and mandolin
Julian Troiano, piano
Members of the Métis Fiddler Quartet
Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, violin and viola
Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk, violin
Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk, guitar
Hamilton Children’s Choir
Artistic Director, Conductor
We’ve prepared arrangements that will enable music makers of all ages and backgrounds to engage in Music Monday. Click here
We want to encourage as many communities across Canada as possible to participate in the sing along celebrations of Sing it Together, so we are providing the song’s lyrics in several languages.
Audio/Video Learning Tools
Audio recordings and videos are available as tools to help with learning the music for Sing It Together. Audio files include instrumentals, translated demos, as well as the final mixed version of the song.