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.

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