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It's looking promising for Stratford musician Dan Stacey's submission to the CBC's Song Quest competition to find the next great anthem for Hockey Night in Canada.
Stacey said he recently received a message from organizers of the competition notifying him his song, "Hockey Night is Here," is among the Top 100 in online voting. And, based on online listens (1,542 as of Monday morning), Stacey believes he has a real shot at making the Top 50 when they are announced this Saturday.
"I'm quite proud of it," said Stacey about his song, which was originally penned in 2008 and was re-worked for the competition. "I've been a little surprised by the response, but I honestly believed it had potential."
According to the CBC, approximately 1,000 people entered a song into the competition, which will award one artist with a studio session with Canadian producer/songwriter Joel Plaskett. The re-recorded song will air alongside a prime-time montage at the beginning of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
The winner will also receive a trip to Lloydminster, Alberta, where they will perform live at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada concert.
Stacey, a local fiddler play who has toured extensively for the last 15 years, credits his song's rise in popularity to the people in the Stratford area. He said the song has been "gaining a lot of traction" both on the competition's site and his Facebook page ever since stories appeared in local media. He's also gotten a big boost from the Stratford Cullitons. The club has been playing the song during intermissions at home games and even given Stacey some time on the PA system to plug the competition.
"It feels fantastic," said Stacey about cracking the Top 100. "I couldn't have done it without the support of this community."
Stacey, of course, isn't the only Stratford musician to enter the competition. Andy Dalton's song, "HNIC Theme Song," pays homage to the history of the great game, and includes the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme used by CBC for 40 years.
Voting to dwindle down entries to the Top 10 will run from Dec. 15-19, while the last round of voting will be held Dec. 21-30. The winner will be announced during CBC's broadcast of the NHL Winter Classic game on New Year's Day.
Voting takes place at http://music.cbc.ca/#/Hockey-Night-in-Canada-Song-Quest. You can vote once per day per entry region.