What makes a great hockey song? CBC Music and Hockey Night in Canada want to find out and have put out the call for a cross-Canada contest to find the next great hockey song.
Entries have been pouring in, but Kimberley residents will want to turn their attention to two different British Columbia entries.
The Pursuits, featuring the Armstrong family and the Bison Brothers with Tim Ross are representing Kimberley in the contest.
In fact Armstrong also sings backup vocals on the Bison Brothers song. Ross is a teammate on Armstrong’s Ice Agers hockey team.
“I used to play with Tim with a band called Buffalo Head. I played with Timmy for 12 years. I do background vocals for Tim on his song. We have a little rivalry going on. I told him his song sucks but it has one positive — the backup vocals.”
Kidding aside both entries are available online http://music.cbc.ca/#/Hockey-Night-in-Canada-Song-Quest
Make sure you choose British Columbia and then search The Pursuits or Bison Brothers, then vote. You get one vote per day until December 11. Then the list will be taken down to the top 50 and another round of voting ensues.
The Pursuits are a family band, made up of Fraser, Patti, Connor, Marlo and Declan. When Fraser heard of the CBC contest, they got together and wrote the song in a couple of days, then recorded it.
A video was not required for the contest but Armstrong decided to go ahead with one.
“Ray Gareau said hockey sounds would make the song more powerful and he gave me a small camera to record them. I started recording sounds while shooting Declan’s hockey practices, and I thought why not make a video? It wasn’t required but I thought the video would help drive people to the song.
The Pursuit’s video is available at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+pursuits+all+directions&sm=3
The winner of the contest will record a studio version of their song with Canadian rocker Joel Plaskett. Then, their track will air in a prime-time montage at the beginning of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.