Halloween means lots of things for lots of people, but for me, I can’t think of today without thinking about the classic Â song “C’est L’Halloween.” Â If you spent only day in a classroom learning french, you’ve heard of this song. Â Just hearing the song means it’ll be stuck in your head and while not scientifically proven, you’ll likely be humming it for at least a few days, if not longer.
Thanks to the power of the internet and a fun CBC Music interview with the song’s creator, Matt Maxwell, I’ve been able to dig up some fun facts about what I consider the greatest Canadian song ever. (Sorry, “Cuts like a knife.”)
-The song is 32-years old! It was written way back in 1981!
-While it’s a well known as a french-Canadian song, it was actually written in Halifax when Maxwell was a teacher.
-Maxwell actually quit his job after the success of the song and became a children’s performer!
-He has a Juno nomination for Best Children’s Album for Le Loup du Nord. He lost to Fred Penner (natch) and duo Connie Kaldor and Camen Campagne.
-Matt Maxwell also put out six albums! None of them celebrated a holiday like C’est L’Halloween.
-Even scary rockers think it’s cool.
-He wrote it the day before Halloween. “Oh, itâ€™s Halloween tomorrow. I have to write a song for my students.’ Thatâ€™s essentially what I did. And I tried it out the next day with my Grade 4, 5, and 6s.”
-You can find different versions of the song on iTunes.
-The song sold more than 40,000 copies, making it certified Gold!