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Montreal artists surprised Gilles Vigneault-inspired carpet makes it to London's Canada House

02/26/2015 09:32 EST | Updated 04/28/2015 05:59 EDT
Karen elaine spencer and Nadia Myre say they're proud their carpet design based on Gilles Vigneault's iconic "Mon Pays" song made it to Canada House in London. 

The carpet is one small part of a multimillion-dollar investment in the upgraded High Commissioner's office in London that includes a focus on contemporary Canadian art. 

"I kind of felt like a little sneaky messenger bringing his word to this place," says spencer. 

Vigneault's words border the carpet, "Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver" — My country is not a country, it's winter.

His song became the anthem for Quebec's independence movement. But for the artists, it goes beyond that. 

"I feel like I occupy a double space because I'm Algonquin and French," says Myre. 

"It's almost like he's destroying the boundaries of how we make countries. I felt it was really beautiful and opened up this absolute hospitality towards the other," says spencer.

The artists say they hope people visiting Canada House are inspired by their piece.

"I think the directive should be that they all have to sit on the floor and hash it out powwow style," says Myre. 

A spokesperson for Vigneault says the singer gave the artists his permission to use the lyrics in their design and thinks the carpet is "beautiful."

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