Tenors spark controversy after changing O Canada

The Tenors with producer Bob EzrinA Canadian tenor sang a sour note yesterday — Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Canadian quartet The Tenors were invited to sing O Canada at the Major League Baseball all-star game in San Diego. In the middle of the anthem, tenor Remigio Pereira sang: “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great.” The correct lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”

The tenors have put out an apologetic tweet saying Pereira acted as a lone wolf. The tweet also says Pereira “will not be performing with the Tenors until further notice.”

Pereira, who held up an “All Lives Matter” sign while singing his altered anthem, tweeted: “I’ve been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life and I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together. ONE LOVE.”

The Tenors have won several Juno awards and their records have gone platinum in Canada.

Tell us your thoughts on #anthemgate in the comments below. ~Yanis Khamsi

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  1. E. Marie • July 13, 2016 @ 3:09 PM

    I didn’t hear about a vote in our government sanctioning a “social” statement to be used in our anthem…who the heck is he to make that decision? Obviously his fellow tenors wouldn’t have agreed or they would have prior knowledge! It po’d me even more to hear he was an American in our Canadian group! You insulted us Pereira!

  2. Kev • July 13, 2016 @ 3:40 PM

    Not a great place to make a political statement.

  3. Christine Schneider • July 13, 2016 @ 5:20 PM

    No one at any time should alter a country’s national anthem. Wrong wrong wrong!!! There are other times and ways to voice one’s opinion and make a stand in support of their personal views. Who does he think he is??

  4. Catrina • July 13, 2016 @ 8:36 PM

    What a doof.

  5. mike • July 14, 2016 @ 5:54 AM

    I didn’t hear anywhere near the same amount of outrage when that crippled MP caused a change in our anthem. Is that jackass dead yet?

  6. Anthony • July 14, 2016 @ 9:24 AM

    I hope he’s happy with his performance – it’s probably the last one he’ll give.

  7. Gwen Collins • July 14, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

    At no time have Canadians been given the choice to change the National Anthem in Parliament. Just because you have an MP in Parliament doesn’t mean that you voted for that person to speak for you. I was disgusted that Parliament considered themselves above all and changes our Anthem just because they want to appease one man. Having said all that, it is SO WRONG for anyone to change the Anthem to suit a particular cause. There are other ways to voice your opinion.

  8. Gloria Tretiak • July 14, 2016 @ 10:47 PM

    There is nothing wrong with our National Anthem. I don’t want anyone talking for me in parliament. Leave the anthem alone!!!

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