You know the words, but do you know the history of Canada's national anthem?
Probably not, because if you did, you'd know that "O Canada" is far more than a simple song created to be emblematic of Canada.
In so many ways, "O Canada" is a living symbol of English-French tension, dating back from June 23, 1636, the first Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec, to now.
Actually, long before "O Canada" became the country's official anthem in 1980 (which is surprisingly recent) the song was more of Quebec's "national" anthem.
How could a composition emblematic of Quebecois culture become the anthem of a Commonwealth country? What ties does "O Canada" have to St. Jean Baptiste Day? And what does a riot in Montreal where protesters threw rocks at Pierre Elliott Trudeau have to do with it?
All your questions (and some you probably don't even have) will be answered in the video below, fittingly titled "The Bizarre History of O Canada."
One part of the new, ongoing webseries Canadiana, the video basically proves that English Canada pretty much stole Quebec's national anthem.
This is Canadiana's first video, but head to their YouTube page for new content as it comes.