Finalists named in Hockey Anthem Challenge
Toronto teenager Robert Fraser Burke and Colin Oberst of Beaumont, Alta., were revealed Thursday as the two finalists in Canada's Hockey Anthem Challenge.
Canadians can cast their votes at CBCSports.ca/anthemchallenge, by phone and via SMS on their mobile phones until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday.
The winner will be announced Saturday on Hockey Night In Canada (6:30 p.m. ET), when Toronto hosts Montreal and Vancouver visits Calgary.
The contest to find new theme music for Hockey Night in Canada was launched June 19 by CBC Sports after it didn't renew the rights to The Hockey Theme, which were subsequently purchased by CTV Inc.
Burke, the 13-year-old son of a music teacher, is a pianist who sings in a choir and performs in the school band.
‘That a 13-year old boy is one of two finalists - this is usually the age when boys are interested in everything but the arts - simply blows my mind.’
Oberst is an elementary school teacher, and performs in an Edmonton-based band.
An expansive judging committee pored over 14,871 contest submissions, trimming the contenders to five semifinalists, including Burke's Sticks to the Ice and Oberst's Canadian Gold.
A nationwide vote then determined the finalists.
Each of the five semifinalists were profiled on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and later on the Hockey Night In Canada Anthem Challenge special, when their original compositions — produced by Bob Rock, a multiple Juno Award winner — were played in their entirety.
The winner of Canada's Hockey Anthem Challenge will receive $100,000 in cash and half of the ongoing royalties, with the other half invested in minor hockey.