Ontari-ar-ri-ar-ri-o’s Official Canada 150 Indie Rock Song is Out! Listen.

With Canada getting ready to celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017–learn to use the word “sesquicentennial” in a sentence–the various initiatives are starting to be unveiled.

For example, if you grew up in Canada, you’ll be familiar with the old “Ontarri-ar-ri-o” earworm which first appeared in 1967 in time for the country’s centennial


The Ontario 150 crew commissioned a modern version from a Toronto indie band called Ginger Ale & the Monowhales. The French bit is sung by Samantha Martel, frontperson for Pin Up. The updated version was revealed this week in Ottawa.

If you want to hear the full version, go here. Follow all plans for next year by searching for #Canada150 and #Ontario150.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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