Tonight, Dave Gunning's winning Song Quest tune took centre ice on CBC-TV's Hockey Night in Canada.
The national television debut of "A Game Goin' On" rounds out the hat trick of Song Quest prizes. First, Gunning (along with co-writer David Francey) re-recorded the song with Juno Award-winning producer Joel Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard Studio. Second, Gunning performed "A Game Goin' On" live at the Stolen from a Hockey Card Concert in Lloydminster, Alta. And now, his song has been immortalized in a highlights video montage. It opened tonight's Montreal/Toronto game.
In case you missed it, you can check it out here:
And here's the full final version of "A Game Goin' On", as produced by Joel Plaskett and heard on Hockey Night in Canada:
"A Game Goin' On"
by Dave Gunning and David Francey
produced by Joel Plaskett
We have a winner! Click here for Canada's next great hockey song!
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The winner will record a studio version of their song with Canadian rocker Joel Plaskett, plus they'll join an exclusive club of artists like the Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band and Neil Young by having their track featured in a prime-time montage on Hockey Night in Canada (check out the montage featuring Sam Roberts Band here). They’ll cap off the experience with a trip to Lloydminster, Alta., where they’ll perform live at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada concert.
For full contest rules click here. For entrant tips and FAQs click here.
Nine-hundred-plus. That’s how many songs got written about hockey for Song Quest! There are now 900 more hockey songs in the world than there were back in July.
To help you navigate the arena-sized submissions list, here are some Song Quest standouts. They've caught our attention with their online popularity and unique stories.
THE WILD CARDS
These entrants definitely coloured outside the blue lines. Hear some of the most unique takes on Canada's next great hockey song.
From James Keelaghan to Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo to Mat Joly of the Juno Award-winning band Mobile, check out some of the highest-profile acts to enter Song Quest.
They might be the youngest Song Quest entrants, but there's nothing minor league about these major talents.
MONTREAL VS. OTTAWA
The drama between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on the ice is nothing compared to the rivalry brewing between Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest entrants from the two cities.
THE BATTLE OF ALBERTA
In the '80s, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames four times in seven years, en route to two of their five Stanley Cups. The rivalry continues to this day, and not only in the rink. Musicians are getting in on the act and you can hear the heat between these Albertan entrants.
From first-time dads raising tommorow's hockey stars to granddads remembering life on the ice: songs by singing—and skating—dads.