Peterborough native Phil Davies is on a quest, a Song Quest to be exact. The St. Peter's Secondary School grad has entered his latest tune "Rise Up" into CBC's Song Quest for the chance to record a studio version with Joel Plaskett to be aired in prime time during one of the iconic montages that precede Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. If Davies wins, he'll also be flown out to Lloydminster, Alberta where he will get to play his tune live during the Scotiabank Hockey Night in Canada concert (the same event that Peterborough had the honour of hosting last February).
Paul Pengelly of The Vanishers provides vocals on his track while Davies plays guitar, bass and percussions. "Rise Up" is about "living life to the fullest, no matter the cards that you have been dealt" and was inspired by the last conversation Davies had with his dad George before he passed away last year. Davies currently lives in Guelph but still has strong ties to the city; his brother Mike Davies is a sports writer for Peterborough Examiner.
Contestants have until November 20th to submit their songs and then the first round of voting will begin on the 23rd.
The winning song will be selected in part by the fans and also by celebrity judges that include Joel Plaskett, Theo Fleury, P.J. Stock, Chantal Kreviazuk and Sara Quin—all of whom have been recent guests in Davies' hometown of Peterborough:
• Plaskett opened up this year's Peterborough Folk Festival at Market Hall in August.
• Fleury strolled through Peterborough in May with his courageous Victor Walk.
• P.J. was here in February as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities.
• Kreviazuk has played Peterborough several times and was here last March when her husband Raine Maida hit The Venue's stage with Our Lady Peace—the first time the band had played Peterborough in 18 years.
• Sara Quin has not played Peterborough lately but fun fact: the twin sister duo Tegan and Sara did play The Trasheteria about 10 years ago (November 2nd, 2003).
You can check out Phil Davies' entry "Rise Up" here, and don't forget that voting begins November 23rd!
—PTBOCanada's Scott Arnold