VOICES RISING CONNECTING COMMUNITIES CONCERT

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Centennial Concert Hall
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Singers, music lovers, dwellers in the magical mystical place Leonard Cohen called the Tower of Song – it’s a pleasure to welcome you to this celebration of Canada’s gift to music.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

We’ve come together to continue a long tradition of bringing people together through music in this vast land.

When we talk of people coming together in harmony, it’s easy to forget that that isn’t just a cliché or reference to a soft drink jingle from 50 years ago.

The power of that metaphor is found in the meaning of the word harmony – something that happens in music when people are singing or playing different notes at the same time.

The great beauty and metaphorical power of harmony is just that – that something more wonderful happens in our ears and in our hearts when those differences come together.

Tonight’s line-up of choirs and soloists will remind us all of the emotional and artistic power of diversity.

They will help us to celebrate Canada and the Canadian song by leading us through 50 years of wonderful musical creations from our country.

Some of you will remember how 50 years ago, at the time of Canada’s centennial we sang, in Bobby Gimbey’s centennial song: “Now we are 20 million.”

This year, as we commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are 36 million.

The spirit of harmony and community nurtured by tonight’s performers and by the Manitoba Choral Association help to make possible that vision from the centennial song. “North, south, east, west – there’ll be happy times.”

Thank you and enjoy tonight’s performance. Merci. Meegwich.