Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Hockey Show - Episode Seventy-Two

The Hockey Show has a big show lined up tonight! It's award season across North America as Hollywood starts handing out awards like they're Halloween candy, but the music industry is gearing up as well! The Grammy Awards will be handed out in the USofA shortly, and the Canadian music industry will follow suit with the Juno Awards! And with the Juno Awards comes an annual tradition of a hockey game in the host city featuring a team of music talent against a team of former NHL talent! This year see the city of Winnipeg play host to the Juno Awards and to this awesome hockey game!

Tonight, The Hockey Show is proud and honoured to welcome the three men pictured above to the show! These three men will be participating in the Juno Cup hockey game here in Winnipeg, so let's meet these three participants!

The man on the left is the lead singer of the Juno award-winning band Eagle & Hawk! Jay Bodnar joined the band in 1998, and has led the band with powerhouse vocals and songwriting as the band became Canada's most-decorated First Nations rock group since his joining the band! Jay will join us tonight to talk about the Juno Cup, the band, the music, and the Juno Awards!

The man pictured in the middle also is part of Eagle & Hawk, but is one of the founders of the band! Vince Fontaine founded Eagle & Hawk in 1994 with former Bombers placekicker Troy Westwood, and has been the lead guitarist and principle song writer since the band's founding. Mr. Fontaine is from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, and we'll speak with him about the Juno Cup, his band's success, his influences, and the Juno Awards!

As an aside, it should be noted that we're extremely proud to have Mr. Bodnar and Mr. Fontaine on the show tonight. While we rarely focus on music on The Hockey Show, Eagle & Hawk are one of Winnipeg's and Canada's most-decorated rock bands ever, having won 30 music awards including a Juno Award in 2002 for Best Canadian Aboriginal Recording for their album On and On, a Western Canadian Music Award and numerous Native American Music Awards, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and Indian Summer Music Awards! WOW!

The man on the right is a well-known face to hockey fans in Manitoba. Carey Wilson is a former NHL player, having played with the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers, and New York Rangers, before coming home to play a few games for the 1996-97 edition of the IHL's Manitoba Moose. The Winnipeg-born Wilson was a member of the first Canadian World Junior team to win gold in 1982, and represented Canada at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics! We'll talk with Carey about the Juno Cup, his hockey path, being a part of this annual tradition, and what he's doing today!

Needless to say, today's show is going to be a big one. I encourage you to tune into The Hockey Show on 101.5 UMFM or listen live online to hear the details of the Juno Cup! It's going to be an exciting game where there will certainly be a few laughs, so we'll try and get details about you can attend the game. As always, you can tweet questions to me at @TeebzHBIC, and we'll get them on the air as well!

PODCAST: JANUARY 23, 2014: Episode 72

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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