--Montreal Band is First in Series of Canadian Artists to Re-record
Versions of Canada's Second National Anthem
--Simple Plan's The Hockey Theme debuts on TSN and RDS on Oct. 15 --
MONTREAL, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - CTV Inc. announced today that Montreal's Simple
Plan is the first in a series of Canadian artists who will re-record special
renditions of the iconic The Hockey Theme. Simple Plan will record their
rendition today in Montreal. The Juno Award-winning band's unique punk-pop
version of the theme will debut during the Boston @ Montreal NHL game on TSN
and RDS on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"Simple Plan is a great fit to be the first band to take the legendary
theme and introduce it to a whole new legion of hockey fans," said Mark
Milliere, Vice President of Production, TSN. "They are popular, hard-hitting
and extremely talented musicians - but most of all, they love the game of
Simple Plan turned heads with a jaw-dropping version of the song at this
year's MuchMusic Video Awards. The song was used to introduce MMVA presenter
and hockey superstar Jason Spezza. Simple Plan's rock version of The Hockey
Theme will be used in TSN and RDS broadcasts during intermissions at various
points throughout the NHL season.
"This is a very cool and a huge honour for a bunch of die-hard hockey
fans," said Chuck Comeau, Simple Plan drummer. "This song was a huge part of
our childhood and we are all stoked to have the chance to put our own 'Simple
Plan' twist on it and to record it for the millions of hockey fans tuning into
TSN and RDS."
TSN and RDS will use a classic version of The Hockey Theme to introduce
their slate of NHL games, beginning Tuesday, October 14. RDS will debut the
theme tonight to open their broadcast schedule of Montreal Canadiens games.
Last month, CTV Inc. carefully restored The Hockey Theme with a classic
rendition recorded by 54 members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Big,
brassy and bold, the new recording revisits the original 1968 version, written
by Vancouver's Dolores Claman, and protects the legacy of "Canada's second
national anthem" for years to come.
TSN will broadcast 81 NHL games this season - plus playoff games with 71
games featuring at least one Canadian team. RDS is the official broadcaster
for the Montreal Canadiens and will broadcast their full schedule of 82 games.
About Simple Plan
Following Simple Plan's quadruple platinum debut release of No Pads, No
Helmets...Just Balls in 2002, the band has released two subsequent albums, a
live album, a DVD, had a string of radio hits with "I'd Do Anything,"
"Addicted," "Perfect," and "Welcome To My Life," crossed five continents, and
played thousands of shows. Along the way, the band picked up a few hundred
thousand fans and sold more than seven million albums worldwide. The band has
been recognized with many awards in Canada over their career including
multiple "Favorite Canadian Band" awards at the MuchMusic Video Awards.
Simple Plan recently released their self-titled third album and it has
already surpassed platinum certification in Canada. The album is distributed
by Lava/Atlantic Records. More information about Simple Plan may be found on
the band's website at www.simpleplan.com.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.
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