"O Canada" is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Th�odore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (National Holiday (Quebec)) ceremony; Calixa Lavall�e wrote the music as a setting of a patriotic poem composed by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French (French language) and translated into English (English language) in 1906.
Robert Stanley Weir wrote in 1908 another English version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weirs lyrics have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered. "O Canada" had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canadas national anthem in 1980, when the Act of Parliament making it so received Royal Assent and become effective on July 1 as part of that years Dominion Day (Canada Day) celebrations.
Title: O Canada
Alt Title: lang-fr� Canada
Alt Title 2: lang-iu''Uu Kanata''
Composer: Calixa Lavall�e
Music Date: 1880
Author: Adolphe-Basile Routhier (French, 1880) ,Robert Stanley Weir (English, 1908)
Sound: O Canada instrumental 1916.ogg
Sound Title: O Canada (Instrumental)