All inducted songs
“It became popular before there were even English lyrics, and it was insinuating itself into the national consciousness before it became officially adopted,” - Dr. Robin Elliott
O Canada
  • Year Inducted: 2005
  • Written In: 1880
Songwriters
Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir (1908) Lyricist
Calixa Lavallée Composer
© Photo Credit Library & Archives Canada
Artists
John McDermott

While first sung on June 24, 1880, during the Congrès National des Canadiens-Français in Quebec City, O Canada was not proclaimed Canada’s national anthem until July 1, 1980. Calixa Lavallée, a well-known composer and music teacher from Quebec, composed the music based on a poem written by Sir Adolphe-Basile. Following its debut in 1880, the song was largely known only in Quebec. But in 1901, it was performed to honour the visit of the future King George V and Queen Mary to Canada. The lyrics by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir were published in 1908. By 1914, O Canada was the best-known patriotic song in Canada. In 1927, the government authorized an official version for schools and for use at public functions. For decades, O Canada and God Save the Queen were given similar recognition as national anthems. Finally in 1966, as Canada’s centenary loomed, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson led the move to install O Canada as the country’s anthem. O Canada became an official symbol of the nation in 1980. The Canadian government owns the rights to the English lyrics.

/
O Canada - performed by Corneliu Montano
"O Canada" was performed by Canadian opera singer Corneliu Montano at the 2005 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
Related News
October 24, 2018

The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Media Releases
October 22, 2018

“Québécois” by La Révolution Française inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Media Releases
Our Partners