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The province is freshening up its unofficial anthem in time for its 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.
On Friday, Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand for a live performance of an updated version of “A Place To Stand, A Place To Grow”.
The song, with its familiar “Ontairy-airy-airy-o” theme, was originally written for a short film that was screened as part of Canada’s, and Ontario’s, 100th birthday at Expo 67 in Montreal. The short film also won the 1967 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.
Wynne describes the song as “joyous” and says it conveys the message that anything is possible.
The Premier also announced funding for year-long celebrations across Ontario for the 150th birthday, including $25-million to renovate and retrofit community centres and cultural infrastructure and $7-million for actual events.