Kincardine musician creates theme for Hockey Night in Canada

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Jeff MacDonald
Jeff MacDonald

The original Hockey Night in Canada theme is a great piece of music, says Kincardine native Jeff MacDonald.
When the CBC decided to replace it, he wanted to “write a great theme that is a testament to the love the fans show for what Hockey Night in Canada means to them.”

The CBC has received more than 650 entries to its contest and hockey fans can listen and vote on them by going to http://anthemchallenge.cbc.ca/. Click on anthem gallery, says MacDonald, and then in the search box type Jeff MacDonald Slap Shot. If you like his theme, give it high vote, he asks.

MacDonald, the son of Malcolm and Annette of Kincardine, is now a music composer and producer who works in Canada and Hollywood, California. He has contributed music to such TV productions as CSI: NY (CBS),Will & Grace (NBC), Entourage (HBO), and Rob & Big (MTV). He has also written music for a number of movies and commercials for Audi, Honda, Land Rover, Nokia and Toshiba.

Music has been a big part of his life. He started playing the piano at age three and picked up the saxophone at age 10. He attended the University of Western Ontario and the University of Miami. He started writing music for TV shows while in university and after graduating from Miami he moved to Hollywood. He has been going back and forth between there and Kincardine ever since.

“Kincardine provided an incredible musical foundation,” says MacDonald. When he grew up, the schools had outstanding musical programs and then the community had such institutions as the Pipe Band, the Lighthouse Swing Band, community bands and choirs.

So does MacDonald think he can write a theme for a national institution like Hockey Night in Canada?
Well, he’s a hockey fan. When he was growing up, his friends from Kincardine, such as Jordan Willis and Cyril Rees, were fine hockey players. At the pro level, it was Gretzky and Felix Potvin, when he played for the Leafs, who he most cheered for.
When he was writing Slap Shot, “I wanted it to be a piece of music that captured the love of the game, and do it in a way that presented the feeling and sound experience of being at a great hockey game.”

So the theme has been created, he says, with sounds you would hear as you’re watching - body checks, crowd cheers, hockey buzzers, slap shots, ref whistles, skate stops, a crowd chant along with a hockey organ and other things.
MacDonald is hoping that Kincardine and area people will go to the web and listen to his theme.

If you enjoy it, he hopes you’ll vote and give him a high score, preferably a five out of five.

The higher the song ranking, the better the chance the judges will choose his theme as one of the 20 semi-finalist entries.
Listen and vote. It would be great to have a Kincardine connection to the new Hockey Night in Canada theme.