National Song / Chanson nationale

$11,880 of $15k goal

Raised by 202 people in 3 months
Jeanette Arsenault  Belleville, ON

(photo by Norma Langrish ©2016)

(Pour texte français, SVP voir ci-dessous)

So many people have told me that they think "This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" should be our 2nd national anthem.  Well, we have a great national anthem so why not make it our national song!  

Here is a link to the original version sung by Young Singers along with my trio:  
Young Singers sing This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada

With "Your Help," it could easily happen and what better way to launch it nationally then in 2017 for Canada 150! 

(Logo by Barb Neri ™2016)


Re-record "This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada” with Canadian singers who have a combined 6 Grammy & 13 Juno Awards
4 musicians with combined projects including Great Big Sea, Corey Hart, Rita McNeil, Holly Cole, Alan Frew, Seals & Crofts, etc
Dynamic youth choir
Indigenous dancer

New music video directed by Canadian Randall Dark” (Willy Nelson, Lyle Lovett, etc)
Proceeds from the project will be donated to registered Canadian charities

"This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" represents everything Canadian and reflects our great sense of pride and the intensity of all that makes our nation great!  My performances of this song for the Canadian Olympic Team in Salt Lake City (2002) and Athens, Greece (2004), as VIA Rail's Artist on Board from Toronto to Vancouver and at multiple venues nationally, were inspiring and were passionately embraced by all of the audiences.

(Nia Vardalos, emcee/animatrice & I sang/J'ai chanté "This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" for/pour Canadian Olympic Team,/Equipe olympique canadienne,  Athens /Athènes 2004)

A team of multiple award-winning music industry professionals and session musicians have lined up to participate in a world-class recording of the song and to create a professional music video production, that will make this song all that it should be.  Including a soon-to-be-announced multi-Juno Award winner who will sing lead.

(Sir John A MacDonald statue unveiling/Dévoilement de la statue de L'Hon. John A. MacDonald, Picton, ON photo: ©2015 )

I am fortunate to have two key people come on board.  One is music industry consultant Don Coleman of  A/R Group International.  He is endorsed by Gordon Lightfoot, acknowledged by the Jeff Healey estate and recognized by AC/DC and will be coordinating many aspects of the project, including utilizing the expertise of his team on the production of the sound recording, as well as publicity and charitable elements of the campaign.

Also on board is Randall P. Dark — writer, director, producer, documentary filmmaker & pioneer of HDTV whose credits include “Fast From The Past", “Angels Sing” starring Harry Connick Jr. and “Makarios: A Rising Tide” documentary about a school in The Dominican Republic to name a few. He has also worked on music videos with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett & many others.

Any contribution, big or small, is welcomed and will help this project take flight. Everyone who contributes will receive a specially packaged limited-edition personally autographed CD single of the brand new bilingual version of "This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada".

(Canada Day/Jour du Canada à Picton ON
photo: Norma Langrish ©2010)

Please "Go Fund Me" and contribute to this project, so that all of us can be Dream Team Canada to make this dream become a reality and help the song shine, like it deserves.

(cartoon/bande dessinée:  Ray Stone ©1999)

Many of you have embraced my passion throughout this musical journey by sharing the song, singing the song and even sending me videos of your children performing the song!

(Olympic Torch Relay/Relais de la flamme olympique,  Picton ON  photo: Jessica Mulholland ©2009)

Now is the time to take the song to the next level!

Let's all share this patriotic energy with our friends, family and colleagues to create Canada's second anthem, in conjunction with the 2017 Canada 150 celebrations, throughout the year.

(HMCS Preserver:  adopted "This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" as their official ship's song when overseas/adopté  la chanson comme leur chanson officielle à l'étranger, 1992)

This song was written from the center of my heart for all Canadians.  Please join our team and let us each proudly proclaim “This Is My Canada”! 
(Whistler, BC/C.-B. Photo:   P. Chorney @2014)

In the spirit of Canada, proceeds from this song will be donated to multiple accredited local, regional and national charities.

Jeanette Arsenault


(photo by Imagine Photography Belleville ©2017)

Une chanson nationale pour célébrer le Canada 150 — Une initiative dont les recettes seront remises à des organismes de charité

À plusieurs reprises, beaucoup de gens m'ont dit que " This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" pourrait facilement devenir un second hymne du Canada.  Nous avons un bel hymne national alors pourquoi pas une chanson nationale!  Et quel meilleur moment que pour le lancer à l'échelle nationale en 2017 pour le Canada 150.

La toute nouvelle version va inclure des artistes canadiens qui ont gagné 6 prix Grammy & 13 prix Juno entre eux.

Les musiciens sur ce projet ont travaillé pour des artistes emblématiques canadiens comme Big Sugar, Ian Tyson, Great Big Sea, Corey Hart, Seals & Crofts, Holly Cole, Rita McNeil, Alan Frew & Billy Newton-Davis pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns.

"This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" évoque  tout ce qui est canadien et reflète la fierté intense que nous éprouvons pour notre grand pays. J’ai interprété cette chanson sur plusieurs scènes au pays, de même que dans le cadre d’événements internationaux, par exemple lors de spectacles pour les athlètes olympiques canadiens, aux Jeux de Salt Lake City (2002) et aux Jeux d’Athènes (2004). J’ai aussi fait connaître cette chanson en tant qu’invitée de VIA Rail’s Artist on Board, de Toronto à Vancouver. Chaque fois, "This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" a reçu un accueil vibrant et chaleureux.

(photo collage Salt Lake City, UT ©2002)

Mon projet est de produire un enregistrement de qualité professionnelle de cette chanson et , dans un esprit communautaire typiquement canadien,  toutes les recettes issues de cette initiative seront remises à des organismes de charité de niveau national.

Pour mener ce projet, j’ai la chance de compter sur la collaboration de deux personnes clés talentueuses :

L'un est un consultant de l'industrie de la musique, Don Coleman, d'A / R Group International. Il est approuvé par Gordon Lightfoot, reconnu par la succession de Jeff Healey et reconnu par AC / DC et coordonnera de nombreux aspects du projet, y compris l'utilisation de l'expertise de son équipe sur la production de l'enregistrement sonore, ainsi que la publicité.

Il est également à bord de Randall P. Dark - scénariste, réalisateur, producteur, documentariste et pionnier de la TVHD, dont les titres incluent "Fast From The Past", "Angels Sing" avec Harry Connick Jr. et "Makarios: A Rising Tide" (une école en République Dominicaine) pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns. Il a également travaillé sur des vidéos de musique avec Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett et beaucoup d'autres. Http://

Toute contribution, grande ou petite, est la bienvenue. Chaque contributeur recevra un CD autographié de l’auteure .

(photo Imagine Photography Belleville ©2017)

J’ai écrit "This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" avec mon cœur pour tous les Canadiens et les Canadiennes.  Plusieurs d’entre vous avez déjà ressenti la passion qui m’anime et qui émane de cette chanson.  Vous avez contribué à faire connaître la chanson, vous l’avez chantée, vous m’avez même transmis des vidéos de vos enfants interprétant "This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada"! 

Joignez-vous maintenant à notre « Équipe de rêve Canada » pour que cette chanson puisse rayonner comme elle le mérite!

Partageons cette énergie patriotique avec nos familles et nos amis afin de permettre à "This is My Canada/Mon cher Canada" de devenir un second hymne du Canada, à l’occasion des célébrations de Canada 150.

S’il-vous-plaît, donnez pour que ce projet prenne vie!

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Update 23
Posted by Jeanette Arsenault
3 days ago
Great event this morning - Belleville Mayor's Breakfast at the Travelodge Hotel organized by the Belleville Chamber of Commerce & sponsored by Bell Canada. In attendance were Neil Ellis, MP & Mike Bossio, MP along with over 140 Quinte region business people.
So much unfolding in Belleville! Very exciting developments and good for this community.
I am grateful to have been included in the program to sing "This Is My Canada / Mon cher Canada"!
We are just about ready to announce our launch date & details - DREAM TEAM CANADA -- you will be the FIRST to know! Stay tuned. We are finally close to fill you in. Please watch FB and Twitter (@thisismycanada) (also Linked In and Google Plus) for regular updates.
Thank you grassroots movement - we are 250 strong!
Stay in touch - love hearing from you XO
Pour mes ami(e)s francophones, j'ai besoin de l'aide pour traduire ces mises-à-jour. Je ne veux pas que ça tombe toujours sur les mêmes épaules - j'apprécie beaucoup les traductions jusqu'à jour.
Vous êtes invités de m'envoyer une traduction pour afficher ici! Merci, Jeanette XO
photo by Shelby Lisk @2017
with Mayor Taso Christopher, Belleville
With Neil Ellis, MP & Mike Bossio, MP
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Update 22
Posted by Jeanette Arsenault
8 days ago
Who hates waiting? Raise your hand. Me! Me! I hate waiting to have to tell you WHEN we will have the Great Canadian Reveal. Including which Canadian registered charity(ies) will be the receiving the proceeds.

Next month. Not much longer. As SOON as I have the launch date fixed, Dream Team Canada will be the FIRST to know in a private message. You know who you are….

In the meantime, please follow our adventures on Facebook @thisismycanada, on Twitter @thisismycanada, on Instagram @jeanette_arsenault, on LinkedIn & Google + (Jeanette Arsenault).

I am pleased to have been asked to sing “This Is My Canada” at the City of Belleville Mayor’s Breakfast next Wednesday. I am pleased to have the support of so many people who are stepping up as partners.

Still hoping to bring more members onto the Dream Team Canada train -they are still signing up - and still looking for corporate sponsorship for the distribution & promotional phase.

In the meantime, let us all enjoy this Easter weekend with family, friends, loved ones and not TOO much chocolate. XO
Attendre patiemment ? …ce n’est pas trop mon style!  J’ai des nouvelles à dévoiler mais je dois attendre encore un peu pour le Grand dévoilement canadien, incluant quel(s) organisme(s) de bienfaisance recevrons les recettes. 
Le mois prochain au plus tard, j’espère pouvoir annoncer la date du lancement de la chanson et vous êtes les premiers sur ma liste, chers membres de l’Équipe de rêve Canada, …vous recevrez un message privé.

En attendant, vous pouvez suivre notre aventure sur Facebook @thisismycanada, Twitter @thisismycanada, Instagram @jeanette_arsenault, LinkedIN et Google + (Jeanette Arsenault)

Mercredi prochain, je suis très heureuse d’avoir l’occasion de chanter notre chanson « This Is My Canada / mon cher Canada ! » lors du Petit déjeuner du maire de la ville de Belleville. Quelle belle invitation !  Je suis encouragée par l’appui de tant de personnes voulant créer des partenariats.

Continuons à recruter pour augmenter les membres de notre Équipe de rêve Canada!
Nous sommes encore à la recherche de commandites corporatives pour la distribution et la promotion de la chanson au niveau national.

J’espère que vous passez de belles fêtes de Pâques avec votre famille, vos amis, vos proches et ne mangez pas TROP de chocolat! XO
Whistler ©2014 VIA Rail Artist ON Board
Photo by Norma Langrish ©2017
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Update 21
Posted by Jeanette Arsenault
12 days ago
Hello Dream Team Canada --

So - what do I have to report?

Well, This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada is still on the move.

I have sung it with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir for 2 shows in the Quinte area; sang it live at an arena as the Prince Edward Skating Club skated a routine for their Oh Canada carnival; for Vimy Ridge commemoration ceremonies in Belleville; rehearsed it with the A Cappella Quinte men's barbershop chorus for our upcoming show at the end of April; received requests from seniors' choirs and children school choirs from BC, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick.

That was all within a week!

I was interviewed on Ici Acadie (Radio-Canada/CBC Radio) and they played a clip from the French version which aired in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

We are still looking for new Dream Team Canada members to help with the national promotion & distribution campaign as well as the medium we will be using to present the song (CD or download cards, etc). We are also looking for businesses who would be interested in having their name associated with our project as sponsors.

We are also in touch with Canada 150 contacts — we have some excellent leads and it’s a matter of staying with it and being diligent.

We couldn’t have come this far without YOU, I have listed the “Executive Producer” as Jeanette Arsenault & Dream Team Canada. We did this together. our grassroots, home-spun Canadian team with passion, spirit and dogged determination.

Back in touch AS SOON as I have more news to report!
Canadian Orpheus Male Choir,Belleville
PEC Skating Club, Wellington ON
Vimy Ridge ceremony April 2017
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Update 20
Posted by Jeanette Arsenault
25 days ago

That is the sound of me finally catching my breath. It’s been a wild but wondrous ride as I reflect on what we have been able to accomplish in such a short time.

I think a quick collective pat-on-the-back is in order!

In just over 2 months & we now have over 250 Dream Team Canada members and have raised $11,570 to help launch This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada as our national song.

The song was recorded in Toronto by Canadian Lead Singers with 6 Grammy & 13 Juno Awards between them along with some of Canada’s top session musicians, a 30-member youth choir. And we shot footage of the performers to include in the video. I drove to Moncton, NB to sit in on the editing sessions and we now have a powerful uplifting bilingual song as well as music video.

To be clear — this is not just ‘my’ dream anymore.

This is a grassroots collective of Canadians expressing their pride in country and home from their hearts through a song to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

What now? We are continuing our behind the scenes work planning the national launch and the best way to present the song & the video.

I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Our plan is to have it ready within the month so please be patient just a little bit longer.

Thank you for your donations, encouragement and kind words. I gave this project my all and want to make you all proud. XO
Photo by Imagine Photography Belleville
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$11,880 of $15k goal

Raised by 202 people in 3 months
Created January 21, 2017
Beth Weatherbee
2 days ago

Thank you Jeanette, for all of your support to our music program at Port Elgin Regional School.

Wendy Macpherson
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Walter & Irene McGee
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Nicola Toomath
16 days ago

Thanks for the joyful songs!

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Susan & Brian Kay
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With much love and support!!

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