The Battle To Be Our Other Anthem

CanadaAjax Mike wrote me a note today calling me out for referring to the Hockey Night in Canada theme as our second national anthem. The song, recently bought by CTV, was referred to as "our second national anthem" by yours truly in this recent entry.

Ajax Mike has a good memory, and he remembers this entry I wrote almost three years ago. In that entry I argued that Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" is our other national anthem, or our second national anthem, if you will.

On July 2nd of this year, Canada's Live 8 concert took place in Barrie, Ontario. Neil Young closed the show with three fantastic songs, ending with "Rockin' In The Free World". Joining him for this song were the other performers from the Barenaked Ladies to Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip. Here's a photo of Neil Young and Gord Downie singing this tune.

On September 19th of this year, Pearl Jam sang Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" during their second and final encore of that night in Toronto, Ontario. Joining him on stage was none other than Bono of U2, creating a moment for the ages. Here's a photo of Eddie Vedder and Bono singing this tune.

Something has to give. Which one of these tunes is our second national anthem? Is it "The Hockey Theme" or "Rockin' In The Free World"?

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Ajax Mike

I personally have to go with 'Rockin', but then I've never been a hockey fan so I'm biased.

June 14, 2008 @ 9:24 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

I personally, think its Tom Sawyer. I have always had this Holy Trinity of Canada,
Hockey, Beer and Rush, Why can't Rush have the 2nd National Anthem.
Of course there is Anthem which is also a song by Rush.

June 14, 2008 @ 9:41 PM

Stephanie Wilkinson

Someone from Ajax and someone from Buffalo...

The second anthem is Hockey Night in Canada.

Play, Name that Tune with five people and 4 or 5 will recognize the Hockey Night in Canada and a couple will know Rocking in the Free World, but wouldn't associate it or place in 'anthem' status.

June 14, 2008 @ 10:06 PM

Ajax Mike

Hey, what's Ajax got to do with anything? :)

June 15, 2008 @ 9:41 AM


Happy Fathers Day Mike!!! Enjoy the game!!!

I have many fond memories of going to see the Jays at Exhibition Stadium with my Dad, we had seasons seats from the first year and it was always a special treat to go to a game with my the time Skydome opened I was a "grown up" and old enough to go with friends/boyfriends etc but those games with my Dad were the best!


PS. Can't believe you alluded to your best story ever in the Pearl Jam post and didn't share...that's just cruel and unusual punishment!!!!!!

June 15, 2008 @ 11:56 AM

Toronto Mike

No word of a lie, that PJ entry I'll never publish would blow away every other entry on this blog.

A small handful of people know the story, including my brothers and my wife, but I can never share it in this space.

But damn it's good.

June 15, 2008 @ 7:10 PM


Wow, the cruel taunting just never ends....

Hope I'm not kept awake all night wondering just what could be so awesome yet not allowed on the blog..,

Things that make you go hmmm...

June 15, 2008 @ 8:27 PM

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