I.S.S. Is Somebody Singing

Part of the “Pub­lic Engage­ment Suc­cess Sto­ries” series

If you were going to live in a space sta­tion for six months, what would you bring with you? Astro­naut Chris Had­field chose to bring his gui­tar. And while he was at it, he chose to cham­pi­on ama­teur music-mak­ing. Had­field part­nered with Bare­naked Ladies lead singer and song-writer Ed Robert­son to co-write the song ‘I.S.S. — Is Some­body Singing’ for Music Mon­day, a Cana­da-wide annu­al event that pro­motes the val­ue of music edu­ca­tion. On Mon­day, May 6, 2013, peo­ple across Cana­da and even around the world sang this song in events of all kinds, from ele­men­tary school assem­blies to adult con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion sing-alongs. How you view this song as fit­ting (or not fit­ting) under the umbrel­la of New Music is your call — the fact remains that the expe­ri­ence of singing a song writ­ten by two Cana­di­ans, one ama­teur and one pro­fes­sion­al, will stay in the minds and imag­i­na­tions of peo­ple for years to come.

- Louise Camp­bell, head of CNMN’s Pub­lic Engage­ment Committee

To see a spe­cial invi­ta­tion to the Music Mon­day event from Chris Had­field, vis­it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTOaXrwatmI

More infor­ma­tion about Music Monday


Read more suc­cess stories:

Toron­to’s New Music 101 – also in this Bulletin!
Youth/Music Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee Reports (p. 5–6) — 13th edi­tion (pdf)


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