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Best Hamilton Song: The Dirty Nil versus Crowbar

It’s time for the next bout in the second round of CBC Hamilton’s Best Hamilton song competition, and this time it’s The Dirty Nil’s energetic punk rock facing off against a classic rock staple from Crowbar.

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Both Crowbar and The Dirty Nil 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/Adam Carter/CBC)

It’s time for the next bout in the second round of CBC Hamilton’s Best Hamilton song competition, and this time it’s The Dirty Nil’s energetic punk rock facing off against a classic rock staple from Crowbar.

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.

Blues singer Rita Chiarelli pulled off a massive upset on Tuesday, as she toppled fan favourite Teenage Head’s Let’s Shake by a single vote. Rita’s fans have really come out to vote and show their support in this competition.

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

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

The Dirty Nil: F---in’ Up Young

Dundas’ Dirty Nil play rock and roll with the kind of energy that’s solely reserved for people who truly love rock and roll. The band is fun, fast, and undeniably catchy. They beat out pop songwriter Jeremy Fisher to advance to the second round.

The trio is poised to do big things in 2015. Fresh off tours through the U.S. and a main stage spot at last year’s Supercrawl, they’ll be joining the Vans Warped tour this summer to give a bunch of kids a live show they likely won’t forget.

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?

Crowbar beat out acclaimed electronic artist Caribou to move on to the second round.

Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Is it The Dirty Nil’s frenetic punk rock or Crowbar’s big hit? Vote in our poll at the top of the story to decide.

Here are the other great Hamilton acts that were in the first round of our competition and have gone head to head so far:

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

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

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