Nenshi called on to update Calgary's official song
‘This is the year to right all the wrongs of the past,’ says Calgary Songs Project curator
Now that we've reminded all of Calgary that the city does, indeed, have an official song — and it's from 1986 — some local music enthusiasts have thrown down the gauntlet.
"We gotta get Nenshi on this one ... to get that updated," said Arif Ansari with the Calgary Cassette Preservation Society.
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The timing couldn't be more perfect for Ansari, who along with local musician Kenna Burima, has just unveiled the Calgary Songs Project at the High Performance Rodeo.
The 30-song playlist celebrates 30 years of Calgary music heritage, and Neighbours of the World did not make the cut.
"I've never heard this song before," said Burima, who agrees with Ansari — Calgary's anthem needs an update.
"If it's the Year of Music in Calgary, Mayor Nenshi, this is the year to fix this," said Ansari. "This is the year to right all of the wrongs of the past."
But some Calgarians think the song deserves another chance, and who better to breath life into that old chestnut — but Mayor Nenshi himself.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCEyeopener">@CBCEyeopener</a> Don't update <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeighboursOfTheWorld?src=hash">#NeighboursOfTheWorld</a>. Rearrange it and let's get <a href="https://twitter.com/nenshi">@nenshi</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hbjbs">@hbjbs</a> & friends singing in City Hall Chambers.—@Zarquil
<a href="https://twitter.com/ajcan36">@ajcan36</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCEyeopener">@CBCEyeopener</a> Totally outdated and cheesy. But what's the objective? A hip, modern song or having <a href="https://twitter.com/nenshi">@nenshi</a> proudly belting it out?—@Zarquil
<a href="https://twitter.com/Daorcey">@Daorcey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCnerman">@CBCnerman</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nenshi">@nenshi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCEyeopener">@CBCEyeopener</a> Fun! And imagine the potential for increased civic engagement if people tune in for entertainment—@wildrose76
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