Vancouver musicians celebrate Canada Day with virtual odes to the national anthem

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      Vancouver orchestral musicians are out in force showing their national pride this week, releasing virtual renditions of the national anthem--which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

      Shown here, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra brass sextet blows out the song at Canada Place's Bon Voyage Plaza, beside the iconic sculpture 'The Drop'.

      VSO members Vince Vohradsky, Larry Knopp, Marcus Goddard, Peder MacLellan, Andrew Mee, and Brian Wendel socially distance themselves for the inspired outdoor effort.

      And stand at attention for the Surrey City Orchestra, the Lower Mainland's newest pro symphony, which brought together 28 members--many decked out in red and white--virtually for their recording of O Canada. Music Director Stuart Martin leads his invisible-to-him orchestra from the leafy surrounds of what looks like his back yard.

      Building the video must have been a task almost as big as building a country, as the members recorded their audio and video from separate locations and then stitched it all together ahead of Canada Day celebrations.


      Here's the rousing result: