Men With Brooms

A week ago, my son got invited to go curling with a classmate of his (it was Bring A Friend Day). They had a blast, to the point where my boy came in from the sheet about halfway through and said “Dad, can I sign up to do this every week?”

Of course, we signed him up. They’re already halfway through the season, so it wasn’t much to get him in, and they’re always looking for new members. We went again this weekend, and again he had so much fun. I can see his brain working, as they teach him the basics. He’s learning the rules, mastering a new task. Already he’s got great balance on the ice (the lady running it said he has ‘excellent agility’) and, knowing my son, no doubt he’ll be pretty damn good at it before long. It’s what he does in everything he tries.

So. Looking for distraction and a reason to finally sit and rest for a bit last night, my lovely wife and I re-watched Men With Brooms. For those of you who have seen this film, you’ll know it has a lot of heart, and it’s funny as hell. So many great lines, so many little moments that are pitch perfect, and I won’t lie, Molly Parker looked mighty damn fine throughout, yes indeed. The whole cast is perfect (including Paul Gross, Leslie Nielson, Polly Shannon, and a whole slew of others – you gotta see it). For those of you who haven’t yet seen this film, this is my hearty recommendation to go get a copy and watch it, post-haste. It’s a real gem. Ah, small town Canadian life… and curling.

As an added bonus, the Tragically Hip make an appearance as the Kingston rink during the tournament. The fans in the crowd start chanting “Hip! Hip! Hip!” when they’re anounced. Also, “Winnipeg curler and three-time Brier champion Jeff Stoughton also made a cameo appearance throwing his trademark “spin-o-rama” shot.” (Wiki)

Now, since this is a music site, the third part of this story is about the excellent soundtrack for this film. It’s a true slice of Canadiana of a certain vintage, all stellar songs well-chosen. I mean, just look at this*:

  1. Sarah Harmer with The Tragically Hip, “Silver Road”
  2. Kathleen Edwards, “Hockey Skates”
  3. The Tragically Hip, “Throwing Off Glass”
  4. Our Lady Peace, “Life”
  5. The New Pornographers, “Mass Romantic”
  6. Sean MacDonald, “God”
  7. Big Sugar, “Diggin’ a Hole”
  8. Tom Wilson, “Planet Love”
  9. Matthew Good Band, “Hello Time Bomb”
  10. Pepper Sands, “Can U Tell”
  11. Chantal Kreviazuk, “Leading Me Home”
  12. Paul Gross, “Kiss ’Til You Weep”
  13. Holly McNarland, “Watching Over You”
  14. The Tragically Hip, “Oh Honey”
  15. Jack Lenz, “Men With Brooms Theme”

Yup, you need this CD, and the movie, so chart a course to your favourite fine seller of music and films and, as they say, hurry hard!

 

*  Interestingly, I noticed that the Tragically Hip song “Poets” is used in the film, but is not included on the soundtrack. In fact, here’s the full list of songs from the film (thanks IMDB!). Note the inclusion of Big Sugar doing O Canada and Girl Watcher!:

Silver Road
Performed by Sarah Harmer with The Tragically Hip
Written by Sarah Harmer
Pare Publishing (admin. by Cold Snap Music) (SOCAN/BMI)
p. 2001 Cold Snap Records
Courtesy of Cold Snap Records/Universal Music Canada

Mass Romantic
Performed by The New Pornographers
Written by The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers (SOCAN)
p. 2000 The New Pornographers
Courtesy of Mint Records Inc.

Planet Love
Written and Performed by Tom Wilson
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
p. 2001 Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.

Life
Performed by Our Lady Peace
Written by Duncan Coutts (as D. Coutts), Jeremy Taggart (as J. Taggart), Mike Turner (as M. Turner),
Arnold Lanni (as N. Lanni), Raine Maida (as R. Malda)
Under Zenith Publishing/I’m In Zihuatanejo Music/Catchit Songs/Two Months In The Hole/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)/Lanni Tunes (SOCAN)
p. 2000 Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.

God
Written and Performed by Sean McDonald
Nett Songs Publishing/Bad Rock Publishing/Chrysalis Songs
p. 2000 Nettwerk Productions
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions

Diggin a Hole
Performed by Big Sugar
Written by Gordie Johnson (as G. Johnson), Andy Curran (as A. Curran), Dan Gallagher(as D. Gallagher)
Zomba Enterprises Inc./Chan Diego Music (SOCAN) (Admin. by Zomba Enterprises Inc.) ASCAP/Molly Songs/Sony ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
p. 1996 A&M Records
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Oh Canada
Performed by Big Sugar
Traditional/Arranged by Gordie Johnson (as G. Johnson)
Zomba Enterprises Inc./Chan Diego Music (SOCAN)
(Admin. by Zomba Enterprises Inc.) (ASCAP)
p. 2001 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Girl Watcher
Performed by Big Sugar
Written by Gordie Johnson (as G. Johnson), Patrick Ballantyne (as P. Ballantyne)
Zomba Enterprises Inc./Chan Diego Music (SOCAN)
(Admin. by Zomba Enterprises Inc. (ASCAP)
P. Ballantyne (SOCAN)
Produced by Gordie Johnson
p. 1998 A&M Records
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Watching Over You
Performed by Holly McNarland
Written by Holly McNarland (as H. McNarland) & Steve McEwan (as S. McEwan)
Universal Music Publishing Group/BMG Music Publishing (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Hello Time Bomb
Performed by Matthew Good Band
Written by Matthew Good (as M. Good) & Dave Genn (as D. Genn)
EMI-April Music (Canada) Ltd./Dunharrow Music/Bridgeburner Music (SOCAN)
p. 1999 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Can U Tell
Written and Performed by Pepper Sands
Efalin Productions (SOCAN)
p. 2001 Efalin Productions
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada/Efalin Productions

East Side
Performed by Smoother
Written by Andrew Franey (as A. Franey), Todd Knight (as T. Knight)
Courtesy of EMI Music Canada

Racket in the Attic
Performed by Barra MacNeils
Written by Lucy MacNeil (as Lucy), Sheumas MacNeil (as Sheumas), Kyle MacNeil (as Kyle), Stewart MacNeil (as Stewart)
Courtesy of Barratone (Barra Music Company Ltd.)

Running Away
Performed by Project Wyze
Written by Yas Taalat, Bobby McIntosh, and Project Wyze
Lyrics by Yas Taalat, & Bobby McIntosh
Music by Project Wyze
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.

Hockey Skates
Written and Performed by Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Kathleen Edwards
Courtesy of Kathleen Edwards

Land of the Silver Birch
Performed by Paul Gross (as P. Gross), Jack Lenz (as J. Lenz), D. Cameron
Traditional/Arrangement by Jack Lenz (as J. Lenz)
Courtesy of Lenz Entertainment

Men with Brooms Theme
Written by Paul Gross (as P. Gross), Jack Lenz (as J. Lenz), Asher Lenz (as A. Lenz),
Jay Semko (as J. Semko)
Courtesy of Lenz Entertainment

Kiss You ‘Til You Weep
Performed by Paul Gross (as P. Gross)
Written by Paul Gross (as P. Gross), Jay Semko (as J. Semko), David Keeley (as D. Keeley)
Don’t Blink Music Inc. (SOCAN)
p. 2001 Lenz Entertainment
Courtesy of Lenz Entertainment

Throwing Off Glass
Written and Performed by The Tragically Hip
Written by The Tragically Hip
Weiner Art, Arte Humane, Dirty Shorts, Bhaji Maker, Ching Music (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Oh Honey
Written and Performed by The Tragically Hip
Weiner Art, Arte Humane, Dirty Shorts, Bhaji Maker, Ching Music (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Poets
Written and Performed by The Tragically Hip
Weiner Art, Arte Humane, Dirty Shorts, Bhaji Maker, Ching Music (SOCAN)
p. 1998 Universal Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Shot Rock
Performed by Fred Eaglesmith
Written by Fred Eaglesmith
Courtesy of Sweetwater Music

Leading Me Home
Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk
Written by Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida
Neverwouldathot Music (SOCAN)/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
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Posted on January 23, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Good for the young man!
    And I’m a fan of both this movie & soundtrack, love Silver Road, perhaps my favourite female/male duet

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