Witchitaw looking to 'Go Big Or Go Home' in hockey Night in Canada Song Quest

Kirk Starratt
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Valley band Witchitaw hopes their song “Go Big Or Go Home” will get enough online votes to progress to the “second period” of the CBC Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest contest.

For Valley band Witchitaw, it’s time to “Go Big Or Go Home.” Their song of that title is one of 1,000 in the “first period” of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest contest. Witchitaw’s Jason Spinney said that although the song wasn’t specifically written to serve as the Hockey Night in Canada theme, it’s certainly a fitting sports anthem.

“They asked for a sports anthem,” Spinney said. “I feel ours is like that.”

The voting had been going for about a week as of Dec. 4. Spinney said he received an email from the CBC the previous day letting him know their song was only 200 votes away from making it into the top 50 and the “second period” of the competition. Naturally, the winner will be determined after the “third period.”

He said he has a good feeling having received the email from the competition committee asking about their community and their song. Spinney, an Aylesford resident, said the wider community has jumped on board, with a number of businesses in Berwick asking people to vote for Witchitaw on their signs. He said the level of community support could be one reason why CBC seems to be taking such a strong interest.

“We’re so thankful for the support we’ve already seen,” Spinney said. “I’m humbled by the support of the community.”

Spinney describes the song as a country-rock song and Witchitaw as a southern country-rock band, although it’s hard to box-in or label their genre. The band has been together for about five years and features members from across the Valley. They include Spinney on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; brother Jamie Spinney on drums, Terry Salsman on bass, Dohn Kendall on keyboards, guitar and background vocals and Chris Connell on lead guitar. Spinney said his brother’s voice is featured in “Go Big Or Go Home.”

The band recorded the song in Nashville in March as part of their CD “Tearin’ It Up.” If you’d like to vote for their song to progress in the song quest, visit www.witchitaw.com and follow the link to the contest site. Or, visit the voting page directly at http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Witchitaw. “First period” voting closes on Dec. 11 and you can vote once a day from multiple devices.

Organizations: CBC, Go Big

Geographic location: Canada, Aylesford, Berwick Nashville

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