In the wake of a tragedy, Canadians are showing their support through music. The Nova Scotia shooting left the country reeling, but people are coming together to show their love. That includes sending out numerous versions of a famous Nova Scotia anthem.
On April 20, Heather Jean Jordan, who plays the bells at St. George in the Pines Anglican Church in Banff, Alberta, played songs as a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the shooting that occurred from April 18 to April 19.
"So much love going to all those hurting in Nova Scotia, Canada," Jordan wrote on YouTube. "A special selection of Nova Scotia songs played on the carillon bells at St. George in the Pines, Banff, AB."
These included "I Love This Town" by Nova Scotia native musician Joel Plaskett, "Working Man" by Rita MacNeil, and the classic folk song "Farewell To Nova Scotia."
Jordan's rendition of the tune began trending on Twitter, with people sharing a video taken from outside the church. Commenters called Jordan's musical tribute "heartbreakingly beautiful," and a "haunting tribute."
Other renditions of the song followed. Twitter users shared both their own versions of the songs, and some performed by other artists, including Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, and the Irish Rovers.
"'Farewell to Nova Scotia' ~ All of 🇨🇦 are with you during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the fallen, their families and the community ♥️ #NovaScotiaStrong" wrote @JovDoviz, who shared a video of himself playing the song.
"My heart goes out to all the victims and their families, especially during this time of suffering and hardship. #NovaScotiaStrong #novascotiaproud" wrote @FenrirWing, who shared Lightfoot's take on the folk tune.
A haunting tribute: "Farewell, Nova Scotia" played on Church Bells in Banff, Alberta. Canada mourns. https://t.co/CMHLz7V9ID— Sabine Nölke (@Sabine Nölke)1587467388.0
'Farewell to Nova Scotia' ~ All of 🇨🇦 are with you during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the fallen, th… https://t.co/fsbxrNkMsf— Jeff Davis (@Jeff Davis)1587465607.0
My neighbour playing Farewell to Nova Scotia to honour the people of Nova Scotia #NovaScotiaStrong https://t.co/cSXiSUv5ba— lynncote (@lynncote)1587426889.0
Thinking of my home province with heartbreak. Farewell to Nova Scotia https://t.co/nNb55tTFYP #NovaScotiaStrong— S.M. Croucher (@S.M. Croucher)1587469359.0
#NovaScotia is my home, and always in my heart even though I'm currently across the ocean. I was fortunate enough t… https://t.co/tcZ712gX4V— Ally Fiola (@Ally Fiola)1587468563.0
Farewell to Nova Scotia https://t.co/MJ1tkU9qMp via @YouTube in memory of the 19 lives lost 😇🦋 you will be remembered 💞🇨🇦— Leah (@Leah)1587428180.0
I've been absolutely gutted with the news from Nova Scotia, a jewel province in our great country full of amazing p… https://t.co/quKElRNISe— Liam Maguire (@Liam Maguire)1587399489.0
❤️ https://t.co/VDUS6apTwr— Paul MacGillivray (@Paul MacGillivray)1587427481.0
@gracepetrie https://t.co/wVbVMKtnSe— Vanzetti Books (@Vanzetti Books)1587352534.0
Farewell To Nova Scotia https://t.co/bSD89X4Se4 via @YouTube— Everything-Canadian (@Everything-Canadian)1587474143.0
Farewell to Nova Scotia Song - Barbershop Quartet https://t.co/JnaI1bPtQu via @YouTube— Erin McLeod (@Erin McLeod)1587471058.0
The folk song was adapted from an old Scottish tune known as "The Soldier's Adieu," which was written in 1803.
The Nova Scotia version was first heard by Helen Creighton in the 1930s, although its actual origin remains unknown.
The province's premier has announced that a crisis line is available 24/7 for anyone in need of support at 1-888-429-8167.