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A Song To Sing/Chantons Ensemble, a song by and for Canadians celebrating what it means to be Canadian now availableDec 13 2017

OTTAWA, Dec. 13—Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, Bloc-Notes Music Publishing and the Canadian Music Publishers Association are proud to announce that A Song To Sing / Chantons Ensemble, a song by and for Canadians to celebrate Canada is now available to stream.

The song, written by award-winning Canadian musical talents Rob Wells and Shobha in May at a special event in Ottawa called Inside the Song, is a powerful salute to what being Canadian is all about. The song’s lyrics, “Oh, if you have a song to sing, we are listening. A place where many find a home and proudly call this land their own” perfectly sum up what Canada represents – openness, acceptance and generosity of spirit.

The JUNOs and the Canadian Music Publishers Association hosted Inside the Song, a gathering of the Canadian music industry, which went behind the scenes of songwriting and featured the creation of A Song to Sing, inspired by Canadians answering the question, “What does Canada mean to you?” through social media and in-person interviews.
Shobha, who also sings the song in English, said the lyrics came quickly and reflected the experience of her family after her parents migrated from India 37 years ago. “It means a lot to me personally. I got emotional writing this song,” she said.

Wells noted that after hearing input from Canadians and Members of Parliament, the lyrics came easily to Shobha. “It was first thought, best thought. I think we barely went back and changed any of the lyrics.”

Patrick Bouchard and Koraly Lauzon combined their skills to write a French version, Chantons Ensemble, that keeps the same spirit as Shobha’s lyrics. “Patrick and I were very honored to represent French Canadians working on this project,” said Koraly, who also sings the French version.

Bouchard, a Montreal-based songwriter and former member of platinum artist Marie Mai’s band, produces songs for other artists (Sophie Pelletier and Sally Folk and others) and recently worked on two songs for “La Voix” winner Ludovick Bourgeois (“Solo” and “Rêves en pause”). He also created a bilingual song, using Shobha and Koraly’s beautiful voices.

Gary Furniss, president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said Inside the Song provided a unique opportunity for Sony/ATV Music Publishing to showcase some of Canada’s finest songwriters in a live ‘behind the scenes’ spotlight on the creation of a song. “It was a privilege for Sony/ATV Music Publishing in partnership with our songwriters to share this very creative and special musical experience with many prominent Members of Parliament in attendance,” he said.

Diane Pinet, president of Bloc-Notes Music Publishing, echoed that sentiment. “This event was a very special opportunity to showcase talented English and French writers from across the country, in order to let Parliamentarians know that music is the signature of our country,” she said.

Canadian Music Publishers Association’s executive director Margaret McGuffin added: “Inside the Song showcased how songwriters play a large role in the creation of the music we hear on the radio and online, in movies and in TV shows and more. Music publishers invest significant time and resources, working with songwriters to get their original creations heard not only in Canada but around the world. The music publishing industry is a vital part of the Canadian economy and cultural sector. We are proud to have been a part of this special song.”

As Canadians reflect on what it means to be Canadian, and head into a new year, A Song to Sing / Chantons Ensemble is a reminder that “we are far and wide, strong and free… we are proud.” Listen to it here in English and French.


For licensing opportunities (other than performance), please contact: Janet Baker at or Mishelle Pack at for A Song to Sing or Caroline James at for Chantons Ensemble.

For media inquiries, please contact: Margaret McGuffin,

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