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Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 — 8:19am PDT
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There are only five songs left in the search for the next Hockey Night in Canada theme song. John and I were going through them the other day and I believe we both have the same favourite. The semifinalists have all had their entries beefed up by producer Bob Rock but you can still view some of the original entries.

Anthem #1 is called “Ice Warriors” and was composed by Gerry Mosby from Toronto.

Anthem #2 is called “Sticks to the Ice” and was composed by Robert Fraser Burke – a thirteen year old from Toronto. This is his original submission but you can check out the Bob Rock-ified version here.

Anthem #3 is called “The Eleventh Hour” and was written by Graham McRae who is a Surrey school teacher (from Richmond).

Anthem #4 is called “Let the Game Begin” and is by Christian St-Roch and Jimmy Tanaka from Chateauguay and Verdun, Quebec.

Anthem #5 is “Canadian Gold” by another elementary school teacher, Colin Oberst, from Beaumont, Alberta.

Although semifinal voting ended last night, once the two finalists are revealed on October 9th you can vote up until the winner is announced on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, October 11th.

“The winner will receive “$100,000(CDN), and half of the royalties for public performance of the Theme will be paid to the Songwriter(s), and half will be donated by CBC to minor league hockey.”

I’d love to hear what you think, which one do you want to be our next hockey anthem?

Update October 11th: “Canadian Gold” by Colin Oberst is the winner!

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  1. rachael says:

    There is quite a controversy stirring up around the challenge.

    I did not enter the contest myself, so I don’t have a vested interest, I am just an outside observer.

    But even I was surprised at how swiftly this all happened.

    There are a lot of angry people out there, & since one of the 5 finalists appears to be closely affiliated with a head judge. It doesn’t seem to me like simply a case of ‘sour grapes’ on the part of the losing contetsants. There are some real questions that should be answered. You can read more here:

  2. Miss604 says:

    Well I suppose that can be expected seeing as how the entire thing began because of the original anthem’s mix ups and controversy.

  3. Tim Ayres says:

    I gotta say I would have to go with #1 above. However, I still think the CBC royally dropped the ball (puck?) on this one by letting the rights to Claman’s song slip away to CTV. This contest was kind of a neat idea, but I pity the poor guys at the CBC who had to listen to the submissions, as most were complete crap.

    I think my favourite submission was “Hockey Scores”

    Which, due to Internerd vote-spamming, was number one for quite a while and received coverage on the National, I think.

    One of the many reasons I love the Internet is when people get together to sh*t all over these public contests and submit and vote on phony, worthless submissions. Sometimes it works, like the 7th-inning Rick Roll the Internet voted on for the Mets home opener. It makes me laugh, but I’m sure it’s frustrating for the sponsors of these contests. But I guess that’s one of the risks they take in opening up the contest to a world of geeks on the Internet.

    I’m so looking forward to hockey season this year!

  4. PatZ says:

    any anthem produced by the guy who was in a large way responsible for St. Anger can’t be too promising.
    I think a lot of people are still jaded over the fact that the CBC screwed up and lost the original. Most people I ask about it don’t care that there’s an anthem contest, they’re just going to watch TSN now.

  5. Miss604 says:

    I love hearing the tune on the TEAM 1040 too (since they’re owned by CTV and can play it as well)

  6. Jeremy says:

    Upon first listen, I like #4 the best. But I really like the fact that #2 is a kid’s submission.

  7. Matt Simpson says:

    I voted for #4. It was a toss up between 4 and 2 for me, but I didn’t like how 2 ends.

  8. Adelaide says:

    There were parts of #4 that sounded like the old one. Although that may be good.

    I kind of like #1, although parts of THAT sounds similar to the theme song for one of those soap operas (I think it’s GUIDING LIGHT).

    #2 is cool, as I think that kid is so great.

    I wanted to cheer for #3, as he’s from BC, but it kind of sounded like it should be part of a ROCKY soundtrack.

    That’s MY opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. My vote is for either number 3 or 4. I have yet to decide.

    As for the kid, its great that he is in their, however the track reminds me too much of Star Trek, so I can’t vote for that.

  10. Chris says:

    If I had to pick, #2 gets my vote only because it seemed to go with the HNIC intro video better than the others. But I don’t want to pick… I want things to be the way they were before (although hearing the tune on 1040 is kinda cool).

  11. DaveO says:

    Well no matter who wins, i encourage all other entrants to submit their songs to The Crazy Canucks and Canucks Outsider to use in podcasts ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not quite HNIC but uhhh … close ;-).

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