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Best Hamilton Song: Crowbar versus Caribou

It’s time for the next head to head battle in CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song competition, and it’s a big one – the classic rock titan that is Crowbar versus the sleek electronic sounds of Dundas’ Caribou.
Both Crowbar and Caribou have created some of the best music to ever come out of Hamilton. But if you had to pick one, which would it be? Vote now in our poll to help decide Hamilton's greatest song. (D. Griffin/Criticsatlarge.ca/Caribou)

It’s time for the next head to head battle in CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song competition, and it’s a big one – the classic rock titan that is Crowbar versus the sleek electronic sounds of Dundas’ Caribou.

With Hamilton as host city for the 2015 Juno Awards, we’re looking for the best song by a Hamilton artist, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, single elimination, bracket-style online tournament.

Rita Chiarelli beat out Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in Friday’s voting, and is moving on to the next round.

Here are our next two contestants in the first round, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Voting for this match up closes at midnight Saturday.

Crowbar: Oh What a Feeling

Oh What a Feeling is a full on Canadian anthem. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone over the age of 25 in the country who doesn’t know this track.

It’s considered the first real CanCon hit, and you’ll still hear this thing all over classic rock radio today. Not bad for a band who was fired by Ronnie Hawkins for being too crazy, huh?

Caribou: Can’t do Without You

Dan Snaith can seemingly do no wrong as Caribou, as he keeps hitting it out of the park album after album. Can’t do Without You is a clear standout on Our Love, his newest release.

This is rich, undulating music that shifts and moves like an underwater creature while dragging in elements of house, jazz and ambient music.

Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Is it Crowbar’s classic rock staple, or Caribou’s contemporary electronica? Vote in our poll:

On mobile and can't see the poll? Vote here.

Here are the other great Hamilton acts who are in the first round of our competition, who will go head to head in the coming weeks:

  • Teenage Head – Let's Shake
  • Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye [Eliminated]
  • Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
  • Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers [Eliminated]
  • The Dirty Nil – F---ing Up Young
  • Jeremy Fisher – High School
  • Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies
  • Warsaw Pack – Poorboy Blues
  • Arkells – Whistleblower
  • Stan Rogers – Barrett’s Privateers
  • Junkhouse – Shine
  • Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee
  • Daniel Lanois – The Maker
  • The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin’ on Heroin

And you can read all about the rest of our competition right here.

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