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This Week in Blogs for April 12 – The Exclaim Cup Round Up

Posted by Scott / April 12, 2007

judges-use-scientific-method.jpgThis Week in Blogs I’m pulling in some posts from across the country to talk about Montreal’s independent music and hockey community.

This past weekend, 32 teams of musicians and arty-types descended on Toronto for the 9th Annual Exclaim Cup hockey tournament. This 4-day event has become a truly nation-wide tournament, with teams coming in from as far west as Vancouver and Edmonton, and as far east as Halifax, and everywhere in between. The tourney features “good-times hockey” during the day (ie: non-contact, strict rules about penalties), and each evening, teams are required to provide 20-minute musical performances at the nightly Hootenanny, or risk being tossed from the tournament. These performances are judged via the scientific method, with the best performance taking home the coveted Dominion Cup. This year’s winner was selected by my own team, the Humiliation, and competition was fierce!

Montreal was represented in the tournament by the Ninja Tune Wicked Deadly Karate Chops (participating in their third Exclaim Cup) and CBC-Bandeapart (in their first tour of duty). Both teams competed in the lower-than-the-lowest-possible-tier, the ferocious Zed Division. I know it’s ferocious, because I’ve played in it for 8 years...

As Jeremy already posted earlier CBC-Bandeapart were able fight through tight games against The Parkdale Hockey Lads, Halifax Dartmouth Ferries and squeak out a tie in the dying seconds against the Vancouver Flying Vees to advance to the playoffs, where they beat the Fruit and the Gas Station Islanders for the Zed Division title. Congrats! Fellow CBC-er and Flying Vees goalie Grant Lawrence was giving a blow-by-blow on the Radio3 blog as the tourney went by.

Unfortunately, Les Ninjas didn’t fair as well, going one loss and two ties (with a couple of penalty-free games). However, both teams attended the Hootenannies at Lee’s Palace and were entertained by the eventual Dominion Cup winners, The Peterborough Pneumonia, who played bluegrass versions of traditional rink rock anthems, dressed as hillbillies, and had dancers dressed as chickens. Good times!

The tournament as a whole raised thousands of dollars, and lots of non-perishable food items, for the Daily Bread Food Bank. It also served to give a much-needed cash infusion to our nation’s struggling Beer Industry.

For those of you interested in participating in the Montreal Exclaim mini-league should start picking up second-hand gear now. The Habs may be done for the season, but the Puck Quebecois tournament is only a few short months away. Begin your dry-land training now, and make sure it includes a strict regime of grain alcohol, chips, poutine and other contraband!



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