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Nominated artists could sing about Dildo

CBC Radio 2 has released a list of 65 Canadian singer-songwriters vying for the chance to recognize and celebrate Canadians favourite places in song.

The performers nominated from Newfoundland and Labrador include Amelia Curran, Damhnait Doyle, Hey Rosetta!, Mark Bragg and Ron Hynes.

According to a news releases issued moments ago from CBC, the artist lineup was selected from Radio 2s playlist.

Canadians have until October 24 at 1:30 am to choose their most popular places from each province and territory, the releases says, and the artists theyd like to see create the song for those locations, by visiting www.cbc.ca/radio2. Once voting closes, the final 13 artists have four weeks to compose and record an original song, inspired by the most popular Canadian location from their province or territory.

Canadians will vote from the above list to choose the artist who will sing about a location in their province or territory, as chosen by Canadians through an online voting process at the Song Quest site.

The five songs nominated for this province are Signal Hill, Gros Morne, Dildo, St. Johns and LAnse aux Meadows.

Thats right Dildo is in there. Its the only location on the list with a sexually suggestive name. (The closest is Love, Saskatchewan, which is tame in comparison.)

Of course, Dildo does have a rich history, particularly associated with fishing including North Americas first fish hatchery and whaling. However, I suspect the nomination here has more to do with the sexual connotations of the name, for which the town has attracted a lot of attention over the years.

Im not exactly upset about the nomination. I actually like the towns name, and congratulate residents on sticking with it, rather than changing to something innocuous or even stupid (as the folks in Gayside did, when they renamed their town Baytona). My only concern is that it might turn into a bit of a Newfie joke, in the hands of mainland media.

There is also the question of how nominated artists would feel, writing and singing about Dildo. Would they see it as a challenge, a way to turn the tables on those expecting something prurient, or would they just say, ewwwwwww?

The contest will have 13 winners, one from each province and territory, and presumably its creative output will be released as an album.

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  • Ken
    July 27, 2010 - 14:54

    Already done - by the Arrogant Worms. Too funny tho - your filter won't let D---o pass!!
    Lyrics:

    A Night on D---o
    Umm, so this is a song about Newfoundland and we wrote it about the place names and all you have to know is that all the place names in this song are real place names that we found in an atlas, 'cause we can read!
    Yeah, we can read!
    Yeah, literacy!

    Oh Newfoundland, oh Newfoundland, ya island in the sea
    I love you oh so very much, I joined the Ministry
    To show you people 'round the rock when tourist season's here
    Although in my opinion it' s a gem throughout the year
    Well if you're one for swimming, don't think it's outta reach
    You can go and take a dip along Groswater Beach
    I know the name's misleading, that's quite a problem here
    Instead let's go to Goobies and have ourselves a beer

    From Woody Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Ferryland
    Come take a look at Gander, Blackhead's mighty grand
    Don't let the names deceive you, Newfoundland's mighty fine
    So spend a night on D---o if you think you've got the time

    Well you can go to Blow-Me-Down before it get's to dark (GASP)
    Oh sorry ma'am, I should have said, that's our provincial park
    There's also Whippet Harbour, or maybe Butter Pot
    Or maybe I'll just hit the pub I'm feeling like a shot
    Well you can sail on Quidi Vidi, or look at Joe Batt's Arm
    There's Placentia and there's Cow Head (MOOO!), they're so full of charm
    Get married down in Kilbride, have a party in Hate Bay
    Or have some screech in Fogo and forget about the day

    From Woody Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Ferryland
    Come take a look at Gander, Blackhead's mighty grand
    Don't let the names deceive you, Newfoundland's mighty fine
    So spend a night on D---o if you think you've got the time
    Okay, the Drinkin' Verse

    *sing drunkenly here*

    From Woody Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Ferryland
    Come take a look at Gander, Blackhead's mighty grand
    Don't let the names deceive you, Newfoundland's mighty fine
    So spend a night on D---o if you think you've got the time
    So spend a night on D---o if you think you've got the time
    So spend a night on D---o if you think you've got the time
    COD!