January 27, 2005
Province Ready to Sing Saskatchewan's
A bright melody, inspiring words and an
upbeat chorus are just three of the many reasons why
Saskatchewan, We Love this Place! has been named
Saskatchewan's official centennial song.
The song, written by Stan Garchinski of
Saskatoon, is sure to get hands clapping and feet
tapping with a veteran performer and Saskatchewan
favourite Brad Johner singing vocals.
"Our centennial song captures the
essence of Saskatchewan," Premier Lorne Calvert said.
"The lyrics speak to our province's strengths - our
land, our people, our spirit, and the song will be heard
throughout our year-long, province wide celebration."
Song judges Colin James, Victor Sawa and
Andrea Menard, all from varied musical backgrounds,
selected the winning song from 250 entries from every
corner of the province. A selection of songs submitted
to the competition will be published in a free
commemorative songbook available by spring.
"We thank everyone who submitted an
entry. Our province is filled with talented songwriters
of all ages that took up our challenge to find a song
that will get the province singing," Centennial Chair
and Moose Jaw North MLA Glenn Hagel said. "This song is
not owned by a single person, it's owned by our entire
To hear the song, visit the Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 website at www.sask2005.ca/song. In
addition to the song, sheet music for choir and
instrument arrangements with solo and group versions are
all available to interested performers to add their own
style to it.
"This is such a great time to be in
Saskatchewan," Johner said. "I'm thrilled to be a part
of our province's centennial celebrations and honoured
to help get Saskatchewan singing the many praises of our
Musical versions available online
include the official arrangement by Brad Johner, a group
version by Saskatchewan Express and an instrumental
version with and without back-up vocals.
"When writing the song, I could hear
many different voices singing it," Garchinski said.
"Saskatchewan musicians will all have a slightly
different way to perform the song and it will be great
to hear them all."
The song was recorded in CBC
Saskatchewan's recording studio in Regina. Provincial
musical touring troupe Saskatchewan Express administered
the contest sponsored by SaskEnergy.
"I am confident the people of
Saskatchewan will take this song to their hearts,"
Saskatchewan Express Artistic Director Carol Gay Bell
said. "There are many ways to share Saskatchewan's
message with the rest of Canada and the world, and this
song will help do just that."
"We couldn't imagine a centennial year
without providing Saskatchewan an opportunity to
celebrate through song," SaskEnergy's Community
Relations Manager Leslie Gosselin said. "It's our hope
this song will become an important part of this year's
festivities, and will live on in the hearts of our
province's residents as a lasting memory of this special
Additional information on Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 is available online at
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Saskatchewan Centennial 2005