Sid Williams Theatre

Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee!

Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee!

Starring Leisa Way
Also starring Fred Smith, Bobby Prochaska & Nathan Smith
And The Wayward Wind Band (Sam Cino & Bruce Ley)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with this rockin’ journey through the greatest music in the history of our great country!

Internationally acclaimed Canadian songbird Leisa Way has created magic with her newest concert, Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee! With over 80 performances booked from coast to coast in 2017, there is no finer way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Oh, Canada takes you on an exciting musical journey across this spectacular country with a cavalcade of hits from our greatest stars. Sing-along to Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Buffy Ste. Marie, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Ian & Sylvia, Neil Young, Don Messer, Bryan Adams, BTO and many more. The superb musicianship, and incredible storytelling make us all proud to be Canadian!

The appeal of this show is patriotic, yes, but that alone wouldn’t be enough to capture audiences so completely. It’s the music that inspires them - terrific music. From Canada’s influence on early rock ‘n' roll music with the 50’s songs, "Little Darlin "’, and the boisterous "Sh’Boom", to the breathtaking modern duet of Celine Dion and David Foster’s "The Prayer", this concert showcases an extraordinary range of music. Toes tap to classic fiddle tunes and modern French-Canadian chansons, while hands clap to a heavy metal rock medley that includes "Takin’ Care of Business" and "Born to Be Wild". A highlight is the singers’ beautiful rendition of the late Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah".

Along the way the artists share anecdotes and side stories with the audience about the artists and the music they wrote, pointing out, “music is the most popular language in the world.” Quick comic asides throughout the show (“Canada is the only nation where you can wear shorts and a parka at the same time!”) and Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ever popular "The Hockey Song" continually reminded the crowd that yes, Canadians do have a great sense of humour along with their gift of music.

The show’s creator, Leisa Way, and her company Way-To-Go Productions have enjoyed great success with their other concerts, including Sweet Dreams (Patsy Cline), Country Jukebox (duets), Rhinestone Cowgirl (Dolly Parton), Wichita Lineman (Glenn Campbell), Across the Pond (British Invasion) and You Give Me Fever (Peggy Lee). In Oh, Canada, Ms. Way shares her versatility, able to country swing in Shania Twain’s comic "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?", move us with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s "Up Where We Belong", and cheerily channel both Anne Murray and Joni Mitchell. A highlight of the concert happens when Way teams up with her band to sing Rita MacNeil and The Men of the Deeps’ mining anthem "Working Man".
    
The Wayward Wind Band and singers joining Way for this production are outstandingly talented multi-instrumentalists. Fred Smith has performed with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Supremes, The Drifters, and The Mamas & The Papas; Bobby Prochaska is a Broadway veteran (Buddy Holly & original production of Crazy For You (Royal Alex); Nathan Smith is just as at home playing a Don Messer tune as he is playing with the Ottawa Symphony; musical arranger Bruce Ley was Tommy Hunter’s pianist, and is the composer of an Academy Award nominated film; and drummer Sam Cino, is a versatile percussionist of Metis descent, who also plays with popular rock group Fiddlestyx.

There is something for everyone in this thrilling concert, as Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind take audiences on a musical journey that instills in every audience member a great sense of pride in being Canadian. It’s hard not to sing along at this concert for audiences of ALL ages!