Songs dedicated to Lotta

“56 Sparks Street”

Thanks to her heart-felt TV and radio PSAs in the 1950s through to the 1970s, Lotta single-handedly made 56 Sparks Street in Ottawa the most famous address in Canada.
Words and music: David Rain. Sung by Quartetto al Volo.

“Lotta’s song” (Charity begins at home)

Words: Lotta Hitschmanova.  Music: David Rain.  Singer: Salima Rain.

“Lotta’s song” attempts to channel:

  • the unsettled feeling and terrible pain that Lotta carried with her throughout her life (she lost both her parents in the Holocaust);
  • the feeling of being uprooted and having no home;
  • and yet discovering and creating for herself a new, second home here in Canada;
  • and indeed a third home, around the world, through her work helping the disadvantaged in the four corners of the globe.

“When I first came to this land, I was so exhausted. I had a feeling of absolute solitude in an entirely strange country…”

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