Published Dec 30, 2008With Barack Obama's presidential inauguration just around the corner, now is the time for Canadians to let him know what we're all about up here north of the border. So to lend a hand, CBC Radio 2 has launched "49 Songs from North of the 49th Parallel," a fun little initiative to help define our country musically for the new leader of the free world.
Beginning January 5, the broadcaster is asking Canadians to help assemble a playlist of songs they think would best define this great nation of ours to the incoming president. The plan is to then present this package of Canadian musical content to Obama on his inauguration day, hopefully showing the ol' Hopemeister that we have more to offer than Celine Dion and Nickelback.
"We're excited about the new president and we want him to be excited about us, so we're asking our audience to help compile the list of definitive Canadian songs," said Denise Donlon, executive director of CBC Radio, in a statement.
Canadians have a week to make their song selection online at cbc.ca/obamasplaylist, by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 1-877-222-8166. On January 12, CBC Radio 2 will tally up all the entries and reveal a shortlist of 100 tracks. The public then has until January 16 to vote on their favourite tracks for Obama and help whittle them down to 49 at cbc.ca/obamasplaylist.
The winners will be revealed on Obama's inauguration day, January 20, and played throughout the day on CBC Radio 2.
For more details on how you can choose songs for Obama's Zune, you can visit the CBC website here.