After the semi-finalists were revealed last week on The Hour, viewers got to hear the finished anthems Saturday night on a CBC Sports special. Co-hosted by Ron McLean, George Stroumboulopoulos and Bob Rock, the special showcased how the five anthems came together in a Toronto music studio under the supervision of music producer Bob Rock. Special guest musicians like Kim Mitchell and Tyler Patrick from the Barenaked Ladies came in to play on some of the semi-finalist's tracks.
Voting opened after the special aired on Saturday night, and traffic was so heavy on the site that it promptly crashed! Everything is fixed now, so make sure you check out all five of the semi-finalist anthems and go the Hockey Anthem Challenge website to vote!
Anthem #1 by Gerry Mosby
Anthem #2 by Robert Fraser Burke
"Sticks on the Ice"
Anthem #3 by Graham McRae
Anthem #4 by Christian St. Roch & Jimmy Tanaka
"Let the Game Begin"
Anthem #5 by Colin Oberst
You can vote online (you have to become a member of cbc.ca, so make sure you register if you haven't already), by text ($.50 per text) or by phone ($1.00 per call). Specific voting details for each semi-finalist is on their page. Voting for the semi-finalists ends Tuesday at Midnight ET, so make sure you get your vote in now!
The two finalists will be announced on October 9th, during opening night of the 2008-09 NHL season. After that, voters will have the chance to vote for their choice for the next Hockey Night in Canada anthem from 10:oopm ET on October 9th to Midnight ET on October 10th.
The new Hockey Night in Canada theme will be revealed during the premiere episode of Hockey Night in Canada on October 11th.