Gunning sets sights on penning next great hockey song

Journal Pioneer staff
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HALIFAX, NS – Multi-award-winning East Coast musician, Dave Gunning is rallying his fans to vote for his song, “A Game Goin’ On” currently in the running to win the CBC Music and Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest competition.

Dave Gunning is among those performing in the Festival of Small Halls happening across P.E.I. June 13 to 23.

The song, co-written by fellow well-known musician, David Francey, had its origin at a songwriting workshop at the 2012 Celtic Colours Music Festival in Cape Breton.

“We finished writing the song during the lock-out last year with the desire to reflect the roots of where hockey all began for many players and to reflect the good old-fashioned love of the game,” said Gunning.

Now, with the song in the Top 10, Gunning is asking his friends and fans to vote.

The winner will be announced Jan. 1, 2014, during the “Hockey Night in Canada Winter Classic.”

The winner will record a studio version of the song with Canadian rocker Joel Plaskett. Then, the track will air in a prime-time montage at the beginning of a “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast.

To vote for Gunning, visit: 

Voters can vote once a day from any computer or mobile device through to Dec. 30 at 12:59 p.m.

A charismatic performer and world-class songwriter, Gunning has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and innovative musical arrangements.

He has 10 critically acclaimed albums to his credit. His recent album, “No More Pennies,” was honoured with the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Award for Folk Recording of the Year and his song, “These Hands” was awarded a Song of the Year at ECMA 2012. His previous CD, “...a tribute to John Allan Cameron” was honoured with a 2012 JUNO nomination and was the winner of two 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, including Traditional Singer of the Year and Best New Emerging Artist as well as two 2011 ECMA awards, including Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year all for the same album.

For more information on Gunning, visit:, on Facebook: /davegunning and on Twitter: /dave_gunning

Geographic location: Canada, Cape Breton

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  • spud
    December 24, 2013 - 11:22

    Heard the song no vote from me. it wouldn't make the top 100