OTTAWA - Chris Hadfield is used to people admiring him from thousands of kilometres away.
So does the idea of performing in front of thousands during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill get the butterflies going?
"It doesn't make me nervous at all," said the now-retired Canadian astronaut, only six weeks removed from being the first Canadian in command of the International Space Station.
Hadfield has fronted bands before so while he's not nervous about performing the song, which he co-wrote and sang with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson from space, he couldn't be more excited.
"It's perfect, what could be nicer?" he told QMI Agency during a stroll on Parliament Hill Sunday morning. "I'm beyond delighted."
The song, I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), captivated the country from the moment Hadfield and Robertson first sang it from their respective places in orbit and on Earth. The crowning moment, Hadfield said, was singing the song live from space along with a million students across the country.
"To be able to bring that now and play it here on Canada Day, a song that is about being Canadian, about our country, about exploration, about opportunity, to me it couldn't be more perfect and natural," he said.