Music Monday with Chris Hadfield

Music Monday, a program run by The Coalition for Music Education, designed to use the power of music to highlight the role of music in children’s education, and to create a sense of community and unity in Canada. This year, Music Monday was held on 6 May 2013 and harnessed the celebrity nature of Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian Astronaut who is currently orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station (he is slated to de-orbit 14 May 2013). Apart from being a very accomplished academic, pilot, and astronaut, Hadfield is ALSO an accomplished and gifted musician. Before heading to orbit in December 2012, Hadfield co-wrote a song with Ed Robertson (of the Bare Naked Ladies). The song was called I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing); check out the youtube video. In that video, the song is actually recorded WHILE Hadfield is in space. Amazing.

For Music Monday, schools and science centres across Canada learned the lyrics to I.S.S. in preparation for a country-wide Earth to Space sing-along. The event was hosted by the Ontario Science Centre, where a live link to the International Space Station was set up. From there the event was also webcast for the rest of Canada (and the world) to participate. Here is an image from the Great Hall at the Ontario Science Centre.

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Near to 1000 people packed the room to see presentations from local schools, glee clubs, and of course the nation-wide sing-along. At 12:30pm EDT Chris Hadfield himself joined the festivities, seen here on the big screen (with his floating guitar).

2013-05-06 12.31.24Then for a brief 4 minutes just after 12:30pmEDT on 6 May 2013, Canada sang in unison (sorry about the bad video):

So much fun.

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