Does Quebec actually have a national anthem, or do we just sing the French version of O'Canada?

As it turns out, we do have our very own Quebec national anthem. Only very few people actually know about it. 

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It's called Les Gens du Pays otherwise known as l'Hymne du Quebec.

This song was written by the poet Gilles Vigneault in collaboration Gaston Rochon in 1975. It was originally written as part of a contest to write the best alternative to the "Happy Birthday" song.

In fact, the song contains the famous line:

"Gens du pays, c'est votre tour de vous laisser parler d'amour"

You've no doubt heard this passage (slightly altered) being sung during birthdays:

"Mon cher ______, c'est a ton tour de te laisser parler d'amour"

They sang it for the first time on June 24th 1975 for the Saint-Jean Baptise and it regularly gets played during Fete Nationale celebrations

The song has since become associated with the sovereignist movement in Quebec

Now, I know you're eager to hear it, so here's a version of the song with English subtitles.

Enjoy!



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