Sunday, 28 February 2016

Fave Five: Canadian Sports Broadcast Theme Music

Not every piece of production music can be as iconic as the Fox football theme, but sometimes Canada comes through.

1) Canadian Gold - Hockey Night in Canada []
Chosen by viewers as the replacement for the iconic "Hockey Theme" that was stolen away by TSN, Canadian Gold captures the old-timely and distinctive Canadian atmosphere that makes Hockey Canada's favorite past-time. ...Or at least it did until Rogers took over the broadcast and remixed it into something unrecognizable, a perfect anagram for Hockey Night in general these days. But hey, at least it's better than Sportnet's actual hockey theme.

2) The CTV Basketball theme []
No other theme in this country captured the drama on the court than CTV's basketball theme, and no other theme did. Sadly, TSN only sporadically uses this theme, like in promos for non-Raptors coverage. One might ask, why not use this theme more often?

3) The TSN Raptors theme []
...Because the music used for TSN's coverage of the Toronto Raptors is just as awesome. For as long as I can remember, Basketball has been entrenched in rap culture, and TSN current theme is perfect mix of the two. It's not obnoxiously loud and overly dramatic like the others themes I've heard. Instead, it's laid back yet edgy and very easy on the ears.

4) The TSN Baseball theme []
The hot summer sun glows and tensions are high as the long contest on the field rolls on. That's the moment encompassed by TSN's Blue Jays theme, which might as well be the theme to Canadian baseball in general. If you miss hearing this theme, you can once again blame Rogers. But at least they have a good excuse.

5) The Sportsnet Baseball theme, Fueled by Fans []
Aside from the above mentioned Canadian Gold remix, Sportnet's baseball theme introduced after the rebrand is hands down the best theme music you will hear watching the network. One second it's smooth and peaceful, like the green grass and outdoor field the game is played, next thing you know it gets dramatic, like when the batter is about to hit it out of the park or trying to make it to home plate. Stephan Moccio's name gets thrown around a lot because of theme, and deservedly so.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Because I haven't posted anything in a while.

I don't hate what MuchMusic is doing, I hate the fact the once proud music station is playing second fiddle to American imports. Otherwise, I'd say "Much at Night" is nine times better than Teletoon at Night. I feel as though Much should be getting into the animation game. They already snatched the new season of American Dad from Adult Swim (Canada), who still lags behind the American version when it comes to airing new shit. I think it would be great if Much picked up the rest of FXX's Animation Domination lineup, because Lord knows the Canadian FXX won't be airing those shows anytime soon.If not Much, maybe Aux could dip their toes into some animation. Some alternative programming would help soften their image in ways Brickleberry never could.

I believe the secret to surviving a pick-and-pay world is to go in a different direction then the competition. That means less derivative dramas and reality shows, and more innovative original programming. Instead of cutting jobs, we should be shutting down channels that nobody cares about, otherwise, we need to give those worthless channels shows that people will care about and, unlike M3, make them exclusive to those channels. We need to stop recycling shit, because no is going to subscribe to multiple channels just to watch that one show. Even more so with Canadian shows, because rehashing the same shit (Just for Laughs Gags) is just lazy.