Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vote for Algonquin Park! Vote for Hawksley Workman!

On my scenic commute to and from Algonquin Outfitters, I listen to great music played on CBC Radio 2. If you haven't experienced Radio 2 yet, check it out at 106.9 FM in the Huntsville area, listen on-line or find your local station here.

Currently, Radio 2 is featuring the Great Canadian Song Quest, which has exposed listeners to both new and established Canadian singer-songwriters and many interesting places across our wonderful country. The description from the CBC web site sums it up best:

CBC Radio 2, Canada's national music network, brings Canadians the chance to share their passion, and nominate their favourite locations in the country to be celebrated in song through THE GREAT CANADIAN SONG QUEST. Whether it's a secret meeting place, a sensational signpost or a breathtaking wonder of nature, CBC Radio 2 wants to know! Canadians get the deciding vote on who writes and performs the songs from among Canada's finest musical icons and emerging stars. The end result is an incredible cross-country playlist, with 13 brand-new, original songs for Canada's playbook. Each artist will compose and record an original song, inspired by the locations chosen by Canadians from each province and territory.
So here is where fans of Algonquin Park come in. Algonquin Park has been nominated for Ontario and is in the top five. Only three days are left to vote, so get going and vote for Algonquin Park. If you want to get really carried away, you can upload photos, create a blog and support Algonquin Park in other ways.

While you're at it, I recommend voting for Huntsville native Hawksley Workman to be the Ontario songwriter. No disrespect to the other talented artists in the running but I'm a big fan of Hawksley's music and his songwriting skills would be up to the challenge. Hawksley's annual appearance at the Algonquin Theatre, as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, has been regularly sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters. Assuming that he performs in town next summer, what could be better than a successful musician from Huntsville singing his song about Algonquin Park, on stage at the Algonquin Theatre, at a show sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters!