Best Hamilton Song: Junkhouse versus Warsawpack

We’re down to the final four in CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song competition, and it’s time to pick our last band before the finals – It’s rock titans Junkhouse versus hip-hop fusion act Warsawpack.

Should 'Shine' or 'Poorboy Blues' move on?

Both Warsawpack and Junkhouse 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. (Radbee Photography/Tom Wilson)

We’re down to the final four in CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song competition, and it’s time to pick our last band before the finals – and it’s rock titans Junkhouse versus hip-hop fusion act Warsawpack.

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 advanced to the finals Tuesday night, as she edged out Crowbar’s Oh What A Feeling with just over 53.28 per cent of the vote. Rita has toppled some heavy competition to get this far, beating out both Blackie and Rodeo Kings and Teenage Head.

Here are our last two contestants in the final four, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Now that we've reached the final four, voting time for each matchup is extended to two days instead of just the one. Voting on this matchup closes at midnight Thursday.

Can’t see the poll? Vote here.

Junkhouse: Shine

Shine is a true 90s alternative hit. This tune perfectly encapsulates the sound and feel of an era, and remains one of the most well known of Tom Wilson's songs.

As Shine was the last track on the band's final studio album, it serves as a fitting bookend for one of Ontario's biggest bands of the 90s.

This tune beat out both Jessy Lanza and The Forgotten Rebels in two hotly contested bouts to move on to this round. Now it’s up to you – should it move on to the finals?

Warsawpack: Poorboy Blues

Warsawpack’s hip-hop jazz-fusion sound still resonates today. Vocalist Lee Reed raps with true conviction, and his delivery is spot on. Slide those vocals over slinky saxophone lines, and you have a real winner.

Reed’s scathing political commentary continues on with his solo records, but this band is still sorely missed in the decade since they broke up. The band toppled classic songs from both Ian Thomas and Stan Rogers to get this far.

Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Vote now in the poll at the top of this story.

Here’s a look at our final four, alongside the great songs that have been eliminated in our competition:

  • Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
  • Junkhouse – Shine
  • Warsawpack – Poorboy Blues
  • Crowbar – Oh What A Feeling [Eliminated]
  • Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye [Eliminated]
  • Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers [Eliminated]
  • The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin' on Heroin [Eliminated]
  • Caribou – Can't Do Without You [Eliminated]
  • Teenage Head – Let's Shake [Eliminated]
  • Jeremy Fisher – High School [Eliminated]
  • Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies [Eliminated]
  • Arkells – Whistleblower [Eliminated]
  • The Dirty Nil – F---in' Up Young [Eliminated]
  • Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee [Eliminated]
  • Daniel Lanois – The Maker [Eliminated]
  • Stan Rogers – Barrett's Privateers [Eliminated]

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


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