Imagine hearing your name and your song played on Canada’s most iconic hockey show. Your music starts and graphics fill the television screen for thousands of hockey fans across Canada. Welcome to CBC’s Hockey Night and Canada. The only difference from their regular broadcast is that your song is featured in a prime-time montage to open the show.
Suddenly, the montage featuring your song is plastered all over social media – accompanied by hashtags like “Song Quest” and “Great Hockey Song.” For one musician this isn’t just a dream. This can be a reality.
The CBC Hockey Song Contest
It’s a unique opportunity for music and hockey lovers – a contest set up by CBC Music and Hockey Night in Canada – to find hockey’s next great song. Not only will the winning entry have their song produced in studio by Joel Plaskett, but the winner will be flown out to perform live at Scotiabank’s Hockey Day in Canada in the city of Lloydminster, Alberta.
The nation-wide competition, known as Song Quest, opens the door for musicians to be recognized by an entire community – or rather an entire country. The HNIC montages have received acclaim internationally from multiple other media outlets.
Song Quest will be judged by the East Coast rock musician Plaskett, along with Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and Chantal Kreviazuk. Former NHLers Theo Fleury and P.J. Stock will also be a part of the team picking the winner and delivering the thrill to one of the hidden talents whose submissions could lead to the exciting news of being named Canada’s next great hockey song.
Goal: To find a pop or rock song that celebrates what hockey is about.
Website: www.cbcmusic.ca/songquest or Rules and Regulations
Deadline to Enter: November 20, 2013
Voting Starts: November 23, 2013
Judges: Joel Plaskett, Sara Quin, Chantal Kreviazuk, Theo Fleury, P.J. Stock
Twitter: Mention these accounts: @cbcmusic @hockeynight along with the hashtag #SongQuest
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.