This Canadian movie about curling features Paul Gross and Leslie Neilson. I honestly have not watched this in over 10 years and do not remember it. From what I recall it had some funny bits, some chick flick parts, some “sport” scenes (if curling is considered a sport).
The soundtrack had the distinction of featuring 3 songs with The Hip. Throwing Off Glass from the album In Violet Light, a song in which they are the backing band, and a song unique to this soundtrack.
Silver Road (Sarah Harmer with The Tragically Hip) – Sarah’s vocals are in top form here. Her voice has peaks and valleys, and I love it. The Hip do a mellowed out, but still amazing job here. I would have loved to hear more of Gord Downie. We get a tiny snippet of him in the background, but at least we hear his harmonica.
Hockey Skates (Kathleen Edwards) – Again her vocals are in top form here. The subdued drums and guitar are nice, and the strings add a nice touch.
Throwing Off Glass (The Tragically Hip) – I covered this one in my review of In Violet Light.
Life (Our Lady Peace) – As a Canadian I have heard this song a million times on radio. It’s a staple. If you can handle Raine Maida’s voice, then this song has a lot to offer.
Mass Romantic (The New Pornographers) – I always thought this band had a cool name. They are labeled as a “supergroup”. Ok Neko Case is super. I’ll give you that. This is a really cool song. Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards and Neko Case all singing 5 songs in. That’s just not fair.
God (Sean Macdonald) – I’m not a fan of the “Take One” stuff at the start. Save that for the demo sessions. The guitar and the harmonica stand out as great on this one.
Diggin’ A Hole (Big Sugar) – I covered this song on my review of the compilation album Hit And Run. It get’s a ton of airplay up here.
Planet Love (Tom Wilson) – I love this dude. His voice is awesome. I will be covering his former band Junkhouse, and his new bands Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie And The Rodeo Kings. As for this song, just like Tom, it’s awesome.
Hello Time Bomb (Mathew Good Band) – Arguably their best song. It’s another staple on Canadian radio.
Can U Tell (Pepper Sands) – I had never heard of them. Kind of a Veruca Salt light. So go lightly on the Salt I guess. Apparently they were a hit on college radio before this album came out, so they got a shot on this soundtrack. This song is decent. I like her voice and the bass work on the song.
Leading Me Home (Chantal Kreviazuk) – They were really going for the jugular with the load of female Canadian talent here. I don’t have much of Chantal’s work, but know she has a nice voice. I actually like this song. Her voice is light and bouncy, then does the megaphone effect. The song has a heavy undertone I like.
Kiss Me ‘Til You Weep (Paul Gross) – I get suspicious when an actor in a movie sings on a soundtrack. He was best known for his portrayal of a Mountie in the tv show Due South. His voice is decent though. This song is a notch lower than the rest of the songs here though.
Watching Over You (Holly Mcnarland) – A decent effort. She has an Alanis Morrisette kind of voice. Not a bad song. It just pales a bit due to the influx of Canadian female stars.
Oh Honey (The Tragically Hip) – A new Hip song meant this was an instant purchase for me. I love the subtle guitar work. Oh, and Gord’s voice. I will miss that.
Men With Brooms Theme – A nice instrumental to end this one off.
There were a few lesser songs, but mostly a really good soundtrack. If you like The Hip and/or want to listen to female Canadian royalty, pick this one up.