Oh, Canada: Saskatchewan Singer Proud Despite Flak Over Anthem At NBA Final

A Saskatchewan-born country singer says she has no regrets about putting her own spin on “O Canada” before Game 3 of the NBA finals last night.

Tenille Arts says she heard from a lot of people who loved her rendition of the national anthem.The 25-year-old who is originally from Weyburn admits there were negative online comments about some flourishes she added to the melody

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She says her goal as a Canadian was to sing the anthem with pride, and that’s exactly what she did.

Arts says she found out a week ago that she would be performing “O Canada” and that she was nervous and excited.

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Members of Metallica performed an instrumental version of U.S. anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Speaking to ET Canada, Arts spoke of the hectic period since singing the national anthem, “I originally thought I was just going to do the anthem the way I always do and I had a few people around me who told me to make it my moment.”

“I was just thinking of the lyrics and how they make me feel and how I am as an artist,” she explained of how she came up with her version.

It was “about 5 minutes” after Arts finished singing that she started to see the “pretty hateful things” on a previous post. “It’s really heartbreaking when you see people say things like that.”

“I’ve been really careful not to respond to anything and it has been great seeing all the people defend me,” Arts added. It really has been “only a few people who decided to be negative. I just want to keep my social media positive.”

The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Oakland to take a 2-1 lead in the championship series.


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