Posted by Kim Wheeler, SCENE Producer | Monday February 18, 2013
Louis Riel. (Canadian Press)
As holiday Mondays happen across the country, most provinces
celebrate Family Day. But over here in the middle of the country, Manitoba
celebrates Louis Riel Day, the third Monday of February.
A very brief history lesson - Louis Riel
was the founder of the postage stamp province, went on to lead the
North-West Rebellion and was hanged for treason. Although there have
been parliamentary attempts to clear Riel's name, nothing official has
SCENE and our friends at CBC Music chose five songs that commemorate the controversial yet celebrated figure in song.
1. Drawn Ship is a two-piece rock band from Vancouver. Their song "Execution" appears on the album Low Domestic. Listen to it at CBC Music.
2. British garage-punk artist Billy Childish took the music of the classic
sea shanty "Louie Louie" and wrote lyrics outlining the history of
3. Elliott Brood sings about Manitoba's Father of Confederation in their song "Acer Negundo," which is a species of maple tree.
4. Mike Ford from '80s Canadian pop band Moxy Fruvous performs "Louis Riel" for Manitoba school teachers at a conference.
5. The lyrics for "The Song of Louis Riel" were allegedly written by the
man himself. This is Cheryl and Joel Mowchenko performing it at the Old
Wives Lake Festival in Mossbank, Sask., in August 2008.
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