(Halifax, NS) – Multi award-winning Pictou County-based musician, Dave Gunning has won CBC Music and Hockey Night in Canada’s Song Quest competition with his song, “A Game Goin’ On”.
Throughout this hockey season, CBC ‘s “Hockey Night in Canada” and CBCMusic.ca have been searching for inspirational, energetic songs to excite hockey fans from coast to coast.
“The original idea for this song came from David Francey and he asked me to co-write it with him. We worked on it some during a Celtic Colours Festival songwriting retreat but never had time to finish it,” says Gunning. “Last year during the NHL lockout we finished the song. I was certainly frustrated along with so many other hockey fans and felt it was good timing to release a song that encapsulated the old fashioned love of the game the real reason why so many of us play hockey either professionally or for fun.”
Gunning was announced as winner of this year’s Song Quest competition during yesterday’s broadcast of the 2014 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic® on CBC-TV.
Juno Award winner, Joel Plaskett will produce a new version of the song and it will be featured in a video montage for an opening sequence of a future “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast. Gunning will also travel to Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan to perform his song during the Stolen from a Hockey Card concert presented by Scotiabank on Jan. 16, 2014 as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities.
Close to 1000 original compositions were submitted with representation from each Province and Territory and over 300,000 votes were cast throughout the competition. With the help of fans and Song Quest judges, Sara Quin, Theo Fleury, Joel Plaskett, Chantal Kreviazuk and P.J. Stock, songs were narrowed down to the Top 50, then to the Top 10, and finally determining Gunning as the winner.
A charismatic performer and world-class songwriter, Gunning has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and innovative musical arrangements.
He has ten critically acclaimed albums to his credit. His recent album, No More Pennies, was honoured with the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Award for Folk Recording of the Year and his song; “These Hands” was awarded a Song of the Year at ECMA 2013. His previous CD, …a tribute to John Allan Cameron was honored with a 2012 JUNO nomination and was the winner of two 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, including Traditional Singer of the Year and Best New Emerging Artist as well as two 2011 ECMA awards, including Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year all for the same album.