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William Shatner Sings O Canada

William Shatner Sings O Canada

| 5 min

When William Shatner gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General, he shows appreciation as only Shatner can. In this short film, the most famous space cadet in showbiz takes helm of our heritage and treats us to a memorable rendition of Canada's national anthem.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

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  • recipient
    William Shatner
  • writer
    Jacob Medjuck
  • director
    Jacob Medjuck
  • producer
    Paul McNeill
  • production manager
    Isaac Feder
  • director of photography
    Jeffery Waldron
  • editor
    David Willinsky
  • sound recordist
    Brian Sorbo
  • sound editor
    Peter Eliuk
  • camera operator
    Chris Chambers
  • gaffer
    Jeff Powers
  • first assistant camera trainee
    David Lassiter
    Alex Disenhof
  • hairstylist
    Patricia Rocha
  • makeup artist
    Jennifer Donnish
  • teleprompter operator
    Mike Ramirez
  • production assistant
    Rance Russo
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
  • stills photographer
    Jordan Ancel
  • transcription services
    Heetesh Patel
  • translation services
    Michel Tremblay
  • music - arrangement
    Darren Fung
  • music - performance
    Darren Fung
  • post-production coordinator
    France Couture
  • title design
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • graphics
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • re-recording mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • administration
    John William Lutz
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din


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Ages 9 to 15

Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
English Language Arts - CanLit
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

Before viewing, discuss: What is an anthem, and why is it important? Name and explore other symbols of “national identity.” Have students study the text of “O Canada.” How does our anthem portray Canada? Do they agree or disagree with that portrayal? After viewing, discuss the satirical elements of Shatner’s interpretation; how does it characterize the nation compared to the original? Compare/contrast this film with Congratulations, Mr. Levy.

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