MIAMI – Canadian pop singer Jocelyn Alice drew social media criticism for what sounded like a giggle during her rendition of O Canada before the 88th MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night.
The apparent giggle by the Calgary native known for the singles “Jackpot” and “Bound to You” came immediately after she sang the words “God keep our land.” After the sound she continued on to finish the verse.
Fox’s international feed carried the anthem and when Alice made the noise in question, the broadcast was showing Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, who changed direction and appeared to glance at the singer.
The Canadian national anthem at all-star games has at times been a minefield for Major League Baseball.
Last year, The Tenors member Remigio Pereira triggered controversy when he sang, “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great,” instead of, “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.”
The other members of The Tenors later said Pereira acted as a “lone wolf” in a statement posted to their social media accounts.
At the 2009 game in St. Louis, a canned version of O Canada was played at Busch Stadium before Sheryl Crow sang the U.S. anthem, angering Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau, who said, “I wasn’t very impressed with that to tell you the truth. You figure they could find somebody to come and sing the song. They have a hockey team here. The Canadian teams play here.”
The native of New Westminster, B.C., added, “If it happened the other way around, if they were playing in Toronto and they did that, it would have been a lot bigger deal. But nothing you can do about it.”
MLB official Pat Courtney told The Canadian Press at the time that a tight schedule that included U.S. President Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch led to the decision.