Call of the wild a trademark for northern Ontario curling fans
It's loud, it's annoying, it's 'the greatest sound in the whole entire world'
It's not what you would call a pleasant sound.
But for northern Ontario curling fans, nothing delights the ears more than a chorus of loud, guttural, grunting moose calls echoing from the stands, signalling success for the home team.
The moose call is a northern Ontario curling tradition. Fans are known for coming to games with the handmade noise-makers, made from coffee-cans and shoelaces, that, despite their simplicity, emit a surprisingly powerful sound.
"I've never heard a moose before, but supposedly this is what a moose sounds like," said curling fan Tricia Sampson, who's volunteering this week at the Pinty's Grand Slam Tour Challenge stop in Thunder Bay, Ont.
The noise, she admits, is somewhat "annoying."
But, "after a great shot, it's the greatest sound in the whole entire world."
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In preparation for the event, Sampson and some friends made a batch of the noise-makers to cheer on Thunder Bay curler Krista McCarville and her rink.
While she's not sure of the origin of the tradition, she said the connotations make sense.
"I'm just assuming northern Ontario, hunting, moose, you know, it seems like this is an easy thing [to be] recognizable."
"And whenever anybody's supporting ... they know what they have to bring in order to make sure that they're recognized that they're here to show their support" for northern Ontario.