When the Vancouver crowd sings the Canadian national anthem in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, think “Lowell” because the man who composed “O Canada” lived in Lowell and married a Lowell woman. Distinguished musician Calixa Lavallee (1842-1891) was born in Montreal, but lived for years in the US. Wikipedia tells us that he settled in Rhode Island in 1857, joined the militia, and was wounded in the Civil War. By 1867 he was in Lowell, where he married Josephine Gentilly. He wrote the music for “O Canada” as a commission from the Province of Quebec in 1880. The words are from a French-Canadian poem. Read more about Calixa Lavallee here. There’s a plaque recognizing his achievements as an outstanding Lowellian in the lower level of the Pollard Memorial Library.