Saturday, October 11, 2008

No. 5 wins Anthem Challenge



Canada, you have a new hockey anthem! Following an overwhelming response from Canadians coast-to-coast, Canadian Gold — composed by Colin Oberst — received the majority of votes in CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA Anthem Challenge final round of voting, and is Canada's new official hockey song. Don Cherry made the historic announcement tonight on CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, kicking off the first traditional Saturday night doubleheader of the 2008-09 season.

"It's been a phenomenal journey," said Scott Moore, Executive Director, CBC Sports. "We couldn't be more pleased with the amount of interest the country has shown in the Anthem Challenge. From the remarkable number of people who composed and submitted anthems, to all of the people who cast votes, Canadians really stepped up to the plate and demonstrated their passion for hockey and for Hockey Night in Canada."
>> press release
You can hear all of the finalists over at CBC's website. This one was the best choice in my mind.
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At 10:55 PM, October 11, 2008, Blogger Don Johnson said...

Actually, James, I would have been happy with any of the final five. I thought each one had elements that I really liked, and had a lot of trouble figuring out which one I preferred...

I was a little worried when they announced the contest that they would head off on some wild and weird new direction, but I liked the sound of each of those last five.

FWIW.

Don J

 
At 4:31 AM, October 12, 2008, Blogger DMFB said...

Great Big Sea and Captain Tractor aren't quite embarrassing enough: Canada definitely needs more Celtic-flavoured rock.

 
At 8:57 AM, October 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was my favourite part of the press release (key phrases bolded):

"Runner-up Robert Fraser Burke, composer of Sticks to the Ice, will receive a one-of-a-kind custom Patrick Roy Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar, one of only three existing in the world."

Three of a kind, then, surely? I don't mean to nitpick, but ...

 
At 11:56 AM, October 12, 2008, Blogger XsavagistX said...

that song is seriously garbage. the "HEY" is excessively white and corny and the rest sounds like a really bad song from a western (or the TV show Dallas) outside of the gimmick bag pipes.

the best song was #4, by Jimmy Tanaka, structurally. its percussive, the most memorable and had the most dynamics energy wise.

 
At 1:03 PM, October 12, 2008, Blogger Jeff said...

Sweet! That was my favorite of the five.

 
At 12:43 AM, October 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I liked Def Leppard - nine arms, no singer - but I was told they love football... like most Brits.

 
At 5:16 AM, October 13, 2008, Blogger Brett Gee said...

Actually, Canada's "hockey anthem" is on TSN now. I don't care how many bagpipes and modern rock guitars CBC can through together.

 
At 8:50 AM, October 13, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

Anonymous - Def Leppard failed the skill test question part of the competititon when they placed the Stanley Cup upside down.

 

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