By Tina Comeau
Another name has been added to the roster of the Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! national championships, The Redwood Cup, although this one involves toe tapping as opposed to the toe dragging of hockey players.
Canadian country music artist Dean Brody will be on hand during the women’s and men’s final games, which will take place on Lobster Rock Wharf on Saturday, Sept. 28 and are being televised on CBC.
Brody will perform his hit single Canadian Girls at the halftime of the women’s final (click here to watch the video) and he will perform one other single from his new album Crop Circles prior to the men’s final. He will also sing the national anthem at the top of the CBC broadcast.
Brody’s appearance, like all of the street hockey games, will be free to spectators.
Brody is a Nova Scotia-based, but British Columbia-bred, singer/songwriter.
He’s had several full-length album releases, including Dirt, Trail in Life and Crop Circles.
His albums have yielded top 10 singles and have seen him win several CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) awards in recent years, in the categories of album, songwriter, single and male artist of the year. He’s also been nominated for other CCMA awards and JUNO awards.
Meanwhile, another aspect of The Redwood Cup still being worked out is a celebrity hockey game.
Scott Hill, the national program director of Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! says there will be a welcome banquet for the teams on Wednesday evening, Aug. 25, although given travel arrangements not all teams will be here for the banquet, he says.
The hockey games are planned to run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27. On Sept. 28 games will continue on Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon, after that all of the finals action switches to the Lobster Rock Wharf.
The women’s and men’s final games, which will close out the tournament, are slated for 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Play On! organizers say the schedule of the event focuses on hockey during the day and doesn’t involve organized events in the evening.
“We try not to over program the event as we want the teams to be able to pursue their own interests and tour the region when they are not playing,” Hill says.