Thousands of students at more than two dozen Vancouver Island schools will sing along with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield Monday morning as the commander of the International Space Station beams in from space with a song he co-wrote for the occasion.
A webcast connecting Hadfield with hundreds of thousands of students from across the country will be broadcast on the Canadian Space Agency’s website beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.
The concert is being simulcast as part of Music Monday, a nationwide program that raises awareness of music education in Canadian schools.
Schools from Campbell River to Victoria are participating, including more than 2,200 students and staff from 14 schools in Greater Victoria. The students will sing along with Hadfield to the song I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), which he co-wrote with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.
Area schools involved include Campus View, Crystal View, David Cameron, École Marigold, École Poirier, Hans Helgesen, Savory and Sir James Douglas elementary schools, as well as Bayside and North Saanich middle schools and Stelly’s Secondary, Parkland Secondary, Oak Bay High School and Spectrum Community school.
The Yanik Giroux Performing Arts Studio will lead its students through a 45-minute concert at Uptown Plaza, including a performance of I.S.S.
The webcast begins at 9 a.m. and the cross-country student rendition of I.S.S. begins at 9:30.
> To watch the broadcast as it airs live, go to asc-csa.gc.ca/webcast
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