Music

"The Navy's sturdy arm"

This jaunty song paid tribute to the sailors of the Royal Navy, whose constant protection meant that "Canada has never had to fear war's alarm."

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Allies united in song

This arrangement expressed the unity of the Allied nations by combining the national songs of Ireland, France, Scotland, Russia, Italy, Wales, Belgium, Canada, and Britain

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O Canada!

This booklet commemorates the composition of "Oh Canada!" and its new importance during the Second World War.

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Canada's Great Marching Song

This patriotic tune, available in arrangements for orchestra, military band, and male or mixed voice choir, lauded the British heritage of justice and peace.

Cheering Johnny Canuck

Perhaps the most successful of Canada's early war songs, Manley's lyrics paid tribute to all Allied soldiers but had special praise for Johnny Canuck.

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"Step into Khaki and defeat German hate"

Described as "the most catchy and prettiest of all war songs," Foley's lyrics asked Canadians to remember the fate of Belgium as they thought about the war.

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"No cruel Hun could make them run"

Imperial unity in a common cause was the theme of this patriotic song, which mixed animal metaphors and referred to "the bulldog breed" hearing "the lion's roar."

A melody from the trenches

Perhaps the most famous of Canada's soldier songwriters, Rice claimed to have come up with this tune while on guard duty at Ypres. A sales manager from Montreal, Rice had enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery at the beginning of the war.

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A Canadian nurse looks homeward

Only the illustration of the nurse set this composition, billed as "one of the biggest Hits on the market," apart as a war song.

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Singing of Canada

Another piece sung by Mildred Manley, "Canada's greatest child vocalist," this was a typical patriotic song that contained only a hint of the reality of war.

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The only colour that matters

According to this song, khaki (the colour of Canadian soldiers' uniforms) was the most stylish colour in the fashion season of 1915.

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Pulling the Kaiser's moustache

The composer dedicated this piece to his "life long chum" Frederic Langstone, who joined the 5th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery at the beginning of the war. A graduate of Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Langstone was killed in action in April 1918.

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A Petawawa camp song

Dennis Bryan was a mechanic in Medford, Massachusetts, who came to Canada to enlist in the Canadian Field Artillery in May 1917. A month later, he wrote this song, to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," in honour of the camp at Petawawa, Ontario. Bryan survived the First World War, but his son Roland was killed at Dieppe during the Second World War.

National anthems of the Allies

This medley of national songs was introduced at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition in 1915.

The Soldiers Comic March Song

Written by one of Canada's most successful composers of popular music, this sing was first sung by Little Mildred Manley, "Phenomenal Child Vocalist" - and the composer's daughter.

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Soldiers far from home

Adorned with an image of a smiling soldier from the 21st Battalion, this song reflected on the homesickness of the soldier serving overseas.

To the horsemen of Mississauga

This song, with lyrics by the noted poet Jean Blewett, was dedicated to the 9th Mississauga Horse, a Toronto-area militia unit.

A waltz by a soldier

Toronto shoemaker Henry Hancock enlisted with the 83rd Battalion in 1915, was wounded in the Somme offensive in 1916 while serving with the 2nd Battalion, and turned to musical composition after the war.

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From returned soldiers to prospective soldiers

This song was intended to be sold by returned soldiers, both as a source of income and to encourage other young men to follow in their footsetps.

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The Empire's bond

Dedicated to the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the piece was privately published before Canadian troops left for the battlefields of Europe.

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