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Ottawa Citizen: Composer Laura Hawley’s #WelcomeToCanada

Ottawa Composer Laura Hawley’s new work has been dubbed the ‪#‎WelcomeToCanada‬ anthem by many as her piece has received over a MILLION views on YouTube and almost 700K views on MuslimFest’s page. Here’s a feature on her in the Ottawa Citizen!

I had been commissioned over a year ago (by Filion) to compose this piece for the children’s choir festival,” she says – long before the plight of Syrian refugees made headline news. The festival in the past had included music from Germany, Haiti and elsewhere and Filion asked her to incorporate something from the Muslim tradition as well as a French component.

Commission in hand, Hawley, whose resumé includes teaching music at Carleton University as well as composing Au champ d’honneur which is performed annually at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial and on the Peace Tower Carillon, set to work FULL FEATURE HERE.