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Help pick the greatest Hamilton song of all time

In conjunction with the upcoming Juno Awards, CBC Hamilton wants to know what you think is the best Hamilton song of all time, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, bracket-style online tournament.

We want you to vote for your favourite in advance of the Juno awards in March

Hamilton has an undeniable wealth of talent that has churned out some of the best songs Canada has ever seen - and now CBC Hamilton wants your help to pick the best song written by a Hamilton band or artist. (Shutterstock)

Picking the best song to ever come out of Hamilton is a bit like asking a parent to choose their favourite child – but we want you to do it anyway.

With Hamilton as host city for the 2015 Juno Awards, CBC Hamilton wants to know what you think is the best Hamilton song of all time, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, single elimination, bracket-style online tournament.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be asking you to vote for your favourite songs as they go head to head. Winners in each round will advance to the next round. In the early rounds, we'll have two new songs paired up each day. We'll whittle the list down over the coming weeks to a final two, and we'll have the winner the week before the awards.

We asked five people who know Hamilton’s music scene intimately to help us make our choices for a top 16 tunes: Sonic Unyon’s Tom Potocic, Lou Molinaro of This Ain’t Hollywood, Diana Weir from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Furukawa from Dr. Disc and Jamie Smith, the former program director at INDI 101.

We took their choices and made them into two conferences. Here’s the first:

The songs included are:

  • Teenage Head – Let’s Shake
  • Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye
  • Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers
  • Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
  • Crowbar – Oh What a Feeling
  • Caribou – Can’t do Without You
  • The Dirty Nil – F---ing Up Young
  • Jeremy Fisher – High School

And here’s the second conference:

The songs included are:

  • 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

The city has an undeniable wealth of talent that has churned out some of the best songs Canada has ever seen – so it was impossible to include every great song that’s been written by someone from the area.

That meant leaving out some great bands like Monster Truck, Simply Saucer, Harrison Kennedy, The Rest, Killjoys, and more. This is by no means an exhaustive list, or a scientific poll – rather, it’s a fun way to celebrate the city’s vibrant music scene as we gear up for the Juno Awards.

So watch for our first poll starting this Thursday, and vote for your favourite Hamilton song of all time.

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