Commander Chris Hadfield celebrated Canada’s birthday with a song – an original song called “In Canada,” which he performed with his brother Dave and uploaded to YouTube on Canada Day (July 1).
The brotherly duet seeks to educate the world on what it means to be Canadian. Lyrics include “our milk comes in a bag, mosquitos eat at leisure” and “Hockey Night in Canada, they’re on CBC (or Sportsnet now).”
And just how well-mannered are Canadians? Chris and Dave have an answer for that, too: “Pardon me; I’m sorry; excuse me; after you, in Canada/ Politely in Canada/ Line-up here in Canada/You don’t butt in, in Canada.”
Chris originally caught the world's attention in April 2013 when he uploaded a video covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” inside the International Space Station. It reached approximately 22 million views, but was taken down a year later after the song license had expired. On June 25 of this year, the 54-year-old tweeted, “Our Oddity will be back soon.”
That same year, the Canadian astronaut’s memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, made its way to the international best-seller list. The book chronicles his life as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, a position he served until his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency and Canadian Armed Forces.
And the accolades continue to roll in! This Monday (June 30), Chris was promoted within the Order of Canada’s ranks, moving up to its second-highest honour of ‘Officer.’ He accepted the title alongside Canadian director David Cronenberg, who was being promoted to ‘Companion,’ the highest level within the order.