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Great Canadian Song Contest – The Finalists

I’m one of the judges in Dave Pollard’s Great Canadian Song Contest. I’ve already discussed my original submissions and the 76 possible nominees. Along with three other judges, I listened to and ranked the 76 songs on a scale of 0 for lousy and 3 for great. Dave tabulated those rankings and came up with a list of 21 finalists, which we have to sort in order from most favourite to least favourite. At the risk of starting a massive, flaming debate, here are my rankings:

1. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The – Gordon Lightfoot
2. Real Canadian Girl, A – Stompin’ Tom Connors
3. Northwest Passage, The – Stan Rogers
4. Wheat Kings – Tragically Hip
5. Case of You, A – Joni Mitchell
6. Helpless – Neil Young
7. Log Driver’s Waltz – Wade Hemsworth
8. Four Strong Winds – Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia)
9. Acadian Driftwood – The Band
10. Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Gordon Lightfoot
11. C’est l’Hiver Demain – Robert Charlebois
12. Hillcrest Mine – James Keelaghan
13. Lukey’s Boat – Traditional (Great Big Sea)
14. Far Too Canadian – Spirit of the West
15. Bord de la Fontaine, Au – Traditional (Le Vent du Nord)
16. Crawl, The – Spirit of the West
17. It’s Hockey Night in Canada – Lynn Miles
18. Ziguezon, La – Traditional (La Bottine Souriante)
19. Barrett’s Privateers – Stan Rogers
20. Mon Pays (C’est l’Hiver) – Gilles Vigneault
21. Last Saskatchewan Pirate, The – Arrogant Worms

3 Responses to “Great Canadian Song Contest – The Finalists”

  1. Derek

    Needs more diversity, that list. Too much Lightfoot, Spirit of the West, and Rogers. No Blue Rodeo or Leonard Cohen? Oh well.

  2. Rog

    Lacking Leonard Cohen is a big loss IMHO. I really agree with Lukey’s Boat being up there, same with The Last Saskatchewan Pirate. I still prefer the Blackfly Song to the Log Driver’s Waltz but it’s hard to argue the difference in popularity.

    I’d like to see some Big Sugar, maybe Ian Thomas and oddly enough the Irish Rovers on the list.

  3. Rog

    Oh and I almost forgot, the strongest candidate I can think of overall:

    Take Off – Bob & Doug McKenzie (well, Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas).

    How more Canadian can you get than that? It even features Geddy Lee!

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