WATCH: Happy Canada Day Langley!

A pair of singers-songwriters from Langley share some of the insight behind their I Am Canadian song

It’s Canada Day, and it’s a day to celebrate, according to a pair of Langley singer-songwriters who – a few years back – penned a song paying homage to the fact that they’re Canadian.

Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain both have deep Canadian roots, and back in 2016 they collaborated on a song they believe shouts out about the country’s diversity, compassion, moral integrity, decency and unwavering pride.

“We are so proud to have the perfect song, I Am Canadian, to add to the festivities on Canada Day,” Thain said.

I Am Canadian arrived “smoothly and naturally” in the course of writing in the studio one day, explained the Willowbrook-area resident who burst onto the music scene by winning the first CBC National Search for Stars. She went on to write and rec ord four albums of original songs, and a few years back was inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame.

“We hope you this song makes you smile,” she said.

“In the fall of 2015, we were working on a simple ESL song for a client, a song for children to practise talking about nationality and telling about where they were from,” Thain previously explained to the Langley Advance Times.

“The federal election campaign was still fresh in our minds. You may recall that during that campaign there was a lot of heated, divisive talk about what it meant to be Canadian. Some politicians were differentiating between old-stock Canadians versus new-stock Canadians.”

The pair reject any notion that there are categories of Canadians, instead supporting the opinion that “A Canadian, is a Canadian, is a Canadian.”

The pair have also done a similarly patriotic song called BCing is Believing, a song speaking to the beauty and spirit of the province.

For more than 30 years, both Thain and Maxwell have written and produced music, while pursuing independent music careers. Then, more recently, they’ve been working as partners in Pure Pacific Music.

But I Am Canadian was the first of many musical collaboration under the banner of Maxwell & Thain.

“While writing, we started talking about and thinking more deeply about what it meant to be Canadian and that elusive quality that the world recognizes as the Canadian persona,” Thain elaborated. “We wanted to write the ultimate song, one that captured the essence of being Canadian.”

So, in spring of 2016, they were finishing the track in the studio, when they started hearing about Canada 150 and the national celebrations planned leading up to and including this weekend’s July 1 festivities.

“Perfect!” she said. “We had exactly what we needed to join in the celebration. To strengthen our message we decided to create a video.”

Melding in a lot of family photos to help round out their story on the video, they officially released I Am Canadian on YouTube, and Maxwell and Thain say that as singer-songwriters they wanted to give voice to that quietly proud feeling of being Canadian.

“We’re touched by the deeply emotional response people have to the song,” said Maxwell, who has toured with Ian Tyson’s concert trio as a bassist and harmony singer for the past 20 years. He’s also one of the Gords in a country pop group called The Gords, and is the bassist and a vocalist in the rock band, Chilliwack.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Thanksgiving Day crash in Langley sent a few to hospital

No one believed seriously injured in head-on accident at 232nd Street and Fraser Highway

ON COOKING: Embrace the experience, from beginning to end

A passion for cooking can easily be rekindled according to this chef and culinary instructor

Langley pioneers remember heritage buildings

Ahead of November’s Douglas Day banquet, Fred Pepin speaks to importance of preserving local history

Turkeys avoid dinner plate at Thanksgiving meal in Aldergrove

Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary planned a vegan potluck dinner Sunday

Soroptimists of the Langleys host women’s health forum

Topics covered include medical assistance in dying, accessing medical cannabis, and a healthy brain

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Most Read