Island Singers Win Lt. Gov. Song Contest with ‘Happy Birthday Canada’

Island Singers

Press Release

Tuesday, April 21 2015

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will visit Gabriola in May to present $1,000 and a trophy to director Gail Lund and the Gabriola Island Singers, for their winning contest submission of “Happy Birthday Canada.” Schools, community choirs and amateur musical groups were invited to write and sing an original song in the lead-up to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.

“We were so pleased to hear the audience response to “Happy Birthday Canada” that debuted at our spring concert this month,” states Lund.

The making of the song was a family affair. Choir member Eric Boulton made Lund aware of the contest. Lund wrote the music and collaborated with Marion Woodson on the lyrics. 

Choir manager Diana Moher produced the video submission that was filmed by her son Nathaniel. Hugh Brown was the overseer and the entire complement of the choir participated. 

The song was entered in the Open Category of “Sing Me a Song.”

The Stone Soup Singers of Salt Spring Island is the other winner in this category and Robertson Elementary School of Chilliwack won in the Under 18 category. Watch winning videos at www.ltgov.bc.ca under the “Sing Me a Song” tab.

The public will be invited to attend the May presentation ceremony; more details will follow.