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Download our hockey song, “Lay It On The Line,” as featured on the CBC’s “Hockey Day In Canada” National Broadcast, on ITunes NOW!!!

HEY EVERYONE! YOU CAN NOW DOWNLOAD OUR HOCKEY SONG, “LAY IT ON THE LINE,” ON ITUNES!!! THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR AMAZING SUPPORT, AND TO THE CBC’S “HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA” TEAM FOR CHOOSING IT FOR A MUSICAL VIDEO MONTAGE WHICH AIRED NATIONALLY!!! WHAT A TRIP!!!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN ASKING, WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY THAT OUR SINGLE IS NOW LIVE ON ITUNES!!! DOWNLOAD IT HERE:

WISHING YOU ALL A GREAT SPRING AND HAPPY “GET’CHUR-SELVES-READY-FOR-THE-TOURING-SEASON!!!”

SAL & CO

Incredible surprise as the CBC uses my song, “Lay It On The Line,” in a video montage televised nationally for Hockey Day In Canada!

Hey everyone!
By now, most of you heard that my hockey song, “Lay It On The Line,” wasn’t chosen as the winner for CBC’s SongQuest competition this year, who were searching for the next great hockey song.  With all of your support, the song did extremely well, “officially” placing in the Top 50 out of 1000 songs which were submitted from across the country. When the Top 10 was announced, and I didn’t see my name in there, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. That is not to say that the other entries weren’t deserving, it’s just that in my heart, I truly felt that this song was the perfect fit and had a real chance to win.  Ultimately, I took solace in the fact that the CBC had a hard choice to make with so many great songs, and so I looked at it like a positive…not a negative!
Why am I recapping all of this are you wondering???…..
Well, as you know, this past weekend was the biggest weekend for hockey in our great nation, and for the NHL. “Hockey Day In Canada” is a weekend celebrated every year by all Canadians across the nation.  There are festivities, events, and much fanfare about our beloved game, and as you know from my earlier emails, the winner of SongQuest was to have their song officially debut the “Hockey Day In Canada” proceedings with a Nationally televised video montage edited to the winning song….
So it’s exactly 1:39 PM on Saturday…and my girlfriend Angie and I are about to leave the house to run errands when I hear my phone beep with an email alert…non-chalantly, I read it over real quick, hit my lock button, then throw the phone back in my pocket.  Suddenly, the magnitude of the email hits, and I open up my phone again, and read the following message:
SUBJECT: URGENT!-Hockey Day

Message:
SAL! Hope you’re tuning in to the 2pm ET game for Hockey Day. YOUR SONG QUEST ENTRY will air at the top. Apparently the Hockey Night team loved it, and wanted to figure out a way to squeeze it on the air even though it didn’t win.

Enjoy and congratulations!
Associate Producer, CBC Music
OMG…it’s now 1:49 PM, so I read the message to Angie…and the two of us race for the tv…as she scrambles to find the channel and figure out the PVR, I call my parents, text my aunts, etc etc…before we could even process what was happening, at 1:55 PM, the “Hockey Day In Canada” program on the CBC was starting…with a full, almost 2 minute long video montage to my song, “Lay It On The Line.” I couldn’t believe it…such a numb and totally surreal moment.  For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the CBC posted the video montage on their site, where it can be viewed here (note for some reason the link doesn’t work well with cell phone viewing so watch it from your computer):


http://www.cbc.ca/player/Sports/Hockey/ID/2430834046/

Somehow, the stars aligned, I took a chance, and apparently, so did someone else….and all I can say is “THANK YOU UNIVERSE!” What a special moment not only for me, but for all of my friends and family who have supported me through the years…for a Canadian boy growing up with a hockey dream, this was as close to “making good on a second chance at the pros” as one could ask for.  I can only hope that some more good will come of this, and that a few doors will open for me while I chase this musical dream…
Thanks to all of you for all the positive energy, love, and support…this small victory as as much YOURS as it is mine…
Humbled…and still feeling awesome…
Sal

WE MADE THE TOP 50 FOR CBC MUSIC’S SONGQUEST OUT OF ALMOST 1000 ENTRIES FROM ACROSS CANADA!…NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THE TOP 10!!

TOP 50 BABY for CBC Music ‘s ‪#‎SongQuest‬!…

We made the cut out of 1000 entries from across Canada and now we need to kick it up a notch in order to make the TOP 10!!!…We’ll need everyone VOTING, LIKING, & LISTENING as much as possible starting from 4 PM EST tonight up until this Thursday, Dec 19th!!! YOU MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE & THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE!!!

Tune in to Hockey Night In Canada today at 3 PM & again at 7 PM to hear them announce the TOP 50!!!! ‪#‎HockeySong‬ ‪#‎HockeyNight‬ ‪#‎LayItOnTheLine‬ ‪#‎SalPiamonte‬

CHECK US OUT IN THE TOP 50 GALLERY AT:

http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2013/12/Vote-on-the-Song-Quest-top-50

VOTE FOR "LAY IT ON THE LINE" TO BE CANADA'S NEXT GREAT HOCKEY SONG FOR CBC MUSIC'S SONGQUEST COMPETITION!!!

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CBC SongQuest TOP 50 to be announced tomorrow night on Hockey Night In Canada!!! Please keep the good karma comin’ folks!!!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to send you a quick update regarding our hockey song submission, “Lay It On The Line,” for CBC’s SongQuest competition…

The Top 50 submissions out of 1000 from across Canada will be announced live before both Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts tomorrow, December 14th, before both the 3 PM and 7 PM EST games…
However…they will be leaking the results at noon tomorrow with a picture gallery of the TOP 50 so if all continues to go well, you just might see us there!!! ;) …and we do make the TOP 50, then there will be another important voting/listening period that will run from tomorrow @ 4PM until Thursday, December 19th @ midnight…Same voting process, same link:http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Sal-Piamonte
Thanks again for the incredible support!!! We couldn’t do it without you!
Have a great night & STAY TUNED!!!
Sal :)
http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Sal-Piamonte

VOTING WRAPS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT FOR CBC’S SONGQUEST TOP 100 & WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!

Well…what a ride these last few weeks have been in our quest to have our song, “Lay It On The Line,” vie for the title of “The Next Great Hockey Song in Canada” as part of CBC’s SongQuest!!! The support we have received from our friends, family, colleagues, and our community has been overwhelming, and it has been amazing to make some new fans along the way! More than anything though, being a part of this competition has made us realize just how much Canadian pride there is in our country.  With so many great songs and submissions, it is a testament to how much we Canadians LOVE our hockey…OUR GAME!!!

As a Canadian kid growing up with the dream of making the NHL, having my song chosen would be a little bit of sweet redemption for a hockey dream that never quite panned out…a second shot at making it to the show, regardless if it is not as a player this time around.  The other thing I realized is that this song means a lot more to me personally at a time in my life when I needed a boost.  Following CBC’s SongQuest song criteria, references, and guidelines, it became somewhat clear…and therapeutic, to think that I could write a song that didn’t necessarily have to speak about hockey per se, but about the spirit of competition, an in essence, the spirit of hockey.  With only a few days left to submit the song when entries were being accepted, I realized that writing the song was just as much about competing and rising to the occasion as when I was a competitive hockey player chasing down a dream…a trophy…a championship.  The song, “Lay It On The Line,” speaks to the entire writing process, as well as the spirit that many of the teams that I was fortunate to be a part of, shared.  It got me out of my funk, out of my rut, and forced me to “put my hockey helmet back on,” to “lace up my skates,” and to get amped up for the “big game.” In an odd twist of fate, I became the hockey player I once was, metaphorically chasing down a hockey dream…with a song.

Reflecting on this day, I feel proud that I didn’t fold and think that chasing another longshot hockey dream was out of my reach.  I challenged myself, I challenged my demons, I wrote something personal and from the heart, and I put it out into the world for all to see…for the scouts to notice and to hopefully love.  I didn’t just do this for hockey, for SongQuest, or anyone else for that matter, I did it for me.  And in the spirit of competition, of being Canadian, and of being a creative person in the world, I can only hope that my song inspires many others who might be fighting their own personal demons, or attempting to climb their own mountains, be it in athletics, or just everyday life.

So to all of you reading, supporting, and believing in us and our message, we thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts.  We hope that we can continue to count on your friendship and support, and if the stars align this time around, we just might see you at the show ;)

Sal

VOTE FOR "LAY IT ON THE LINE" TO BE CANADA'S NEXT GREAT HOCKEY SONG FOR CBC MUSIC'S SONGQUEST COMPETITION!!!

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WOWZAHS!!!! Our CBC Music SongQuest Hockey Song Entry, “Lay It On The Line,” is currently in the Top 100 out of 1000 submissions!!! This calls for another Sal Piamonte Hockey Fact!!!…Here’s #4!

Wow everyone!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!….we owe you a ton of debt and gratitude for your amazing support and we hope we can count on you to keep it up until December 11th when the voting period ends!!!…We are so thrilled and humbled by CBC’s notification today that our song “Lay It On The Line,” is currently in the Top 100 out of close to 1000 song entries from across the Nation!!!

Today was a really special day for us on many fronts as an amazing article in the Ottawa community paper, L’Ora Di Ottawa, by journalist GioVanni , titled: “Sal Piamonte’s Hockey Song: Giving Canada Something More To Cheer About,” started off the day, followed by the wonderful news of our current placement in the SongQuest challenge! Prior to this awesome news, I was putting together another hockey fact to add to the blog today…and although I was going to hold off on it until tomorrow, I figured there is no better time than the present to keep the great karma rolling!!!  As always, keep up the great support for our hockey song by listening, liking, voting, and sharing our song “Lay It On The Line,” by continually visiting http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Sal-Piamonte !!

So here it goes, the Sal Piamonte Hockey Fact (more like story) #4, and it involves a memorable game that I played against former NHL’er PJ Stock, and current NHL’er Dainus Zubrus:

So here I am, training camp exhibition game during my second year of Jr. A hockey with the Smiths Falls Bears, coming off a pretty solid rookie campaign the year before, where, as a 5’10”, 160 lb defenseman, I tallied 5 goals and 14 assists in 42 games. Now, a year later, arriving at camp at a solid and muscular 170 lb’er, I was ready to Rock n’ Roll…conditioning and body were in top shape, and so was my confidence…The end of the year would see the team struggle in the standings, but it would see me post a personal best of 16 goals and 44 points during the campaign, which included a player of the week honour in the CJHL for a hat trick against the Brockville Braves, and a nod for coming one goal short of breaking the Smiths Falls Bears record for goals scored by a defenseman in a season. On this day, however, the Pembroke Lumber Kings were visiting us to play an exhibition game as both teams were in the middle of tailoring their final rosters for the regular season.  The game begins and I score a goal and get off to a great start, but shortly after the start of the second period, I get railed into the boards from behind from someone as I go back to grab the puck in my own end.  With no penalty called, and a raging angry fire burning inside, I chase that red sweater back to centre ice, turn that guy around, and before I could say “let’s drop the gloves,” notice that this dude has a full beard….I mean, like Duck Dynasty style…and as luck would have it, is none other than Pembroke’s captain, and tough over-ager that year, Jeff O’Connor. GREAT. To make matters worse, my dad was on the other side of the glass, and didn’t exactly make the situation better when I heard him say “Oh Shit.” …So the gloves come off, punches get thrown, we trip over sticks, the fight ends, and neither of us really took any serious punches or got hurt, but from that point on, would have a level of respect for each other, each time we played…and when we played, it was all out war.

Playing in Pembroke was brutal.  I always played well against the Lumber Kings, but their fans were a force to be reckoned with, and knew how to get under a player’s skin. So there we were…playing the Kings in Pembroke, and I should’ve known it was going to be a long night when they booed my name when it was called at the start of the first period….and that  first period was rough!…but we scored and I got an assist on the goal. More boos…and boos…and heckles… the end of the first period saw a pretty awesome fist-a-cuffs between my buddy, Gord Ollson (younger brother of Johnny Ollson who won a Memorial Cup with Darren Pang & Brian Kilrea of the Ottawa 67’s back in the day), and none other than the gregarious former NHL’er, and now sportscaster (and undergarment endorser), P.J. Stock. PJ was a talented and hard-nosed player, but he and Gord went toe to toe and must have exchanged a 100 punches…it was ridiculous, but awesome. End of period: Smiths Falls 1, Pembroke 0.

At the start of the second period, Jeff O’Connor and I tap each other on the pads, a show of respect, knowing full well that once the whistle blew, it was going to be “go hard or go home.”  And as luck would have it, the opening face off of the second period was won by us, and the puck comes back to me.  Just as I begin to move forward with the puck, it sticks on the water still floating on the ice, and I look down for one split second…..one lousy split second.  When I finally get the puck to “unstick,” I look up, and BAM!!!!….I get plowed by the Jeff O’Connor train at centre ice…dazed, confused, and refusing to let the Pembroke faithful continue to celebrate at my expense, I stumble up….and WILLFULLY force myself to make it back to the bench….problem is, I skate to the wrong bench…rough night Piamonte, rough night….by the end of the second period, I managed to get my marbles back, log another assist, and we head into the dressing room tied 2-2.

With the game tied, the start of the third period had Pembroke Captain Jeff O’Connor approach me with a smile, asking me if I was okay.  It was a bittersweet moment, but he meant it, and we both knew that on this occasion, he had one over on me.  That was one of the beautiful things about hockey…where else could you fight like dogs during the play, but in between whistles, have enough respect to be human and to acknowledge true gamesmanship?!?…But the puck eventually dropped, and it was “ON.” The game got chippy, and in the heat of the battle, I got called for roughing amidst the screams and jeers of the Pembroke faithful…as I get in the box, I sit down, slam my stick, take off my gloves, and reach for the water bottle. Suddenly…WHAM!!!!…smashed with a rubber chicken!…I look left…I look right…then WHAM!!!…smashed again with a rubber chicken!…but just as a third shot came reigning down, I managed to anticipate, catch, and pull the elastic cord from the rubber chicken away from whoever was swinging it, and before I could think twice, I began firing back crazily over the glass…SMASH! Take that!!!…and again!!!….and….whoops!!!….just as I glance up in mid-swing, I think to myself, “is that a young kid I’m trying to hit with a rubber chicken?!?!?!?”……OH BOY….the crowd goes caaaaa-rrrr-aaaaazy!!! Their favourite rink rat just had his rubber chicken stolen and was almost being beaten with it….you couldn’t have scripted a more ridiculous situation. So obviously, when I realize who it is, I stop swinging the rubber chicken, and take a quick look to my left, where I see the boys on my team bench laughing hysterically at what they were seeing…like “keeled over laughing” as I was being threatened by the crowd and taunted by opposing players…as I get escorted off the ice, I am told to stay locked in the dressing room until the game was over for fear of reprimand by the Pembroke fans….the whole time time thinking “did this really just happen?”

So what is my connection to PJ Stock and Dainus Zubrus you wonder?!?!?!?…..NOTHING!!!!…except that they happened to be playing against me that fateful night when I was taken down by a rubber chicken!!!! THANK YOU PEMBROKE!!! It’s still unclear to me as to which team won the game, but looking back…who really cares…that golden hockey memory is a keeper!!!

I promise to keep the next fact/story shorter, so stay tuned….and remember: “If you’re gonna give it, be prepared to take it!!!”

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SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #3: SHADOWING THE SMURFS…(MARTIN ST. LOUIS & ERIC PERRIN)

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Yes folks…you read that right!…As promised, here is another SP hockey fact for you!!!…

SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #3:

Well…when I was thinking what fact I would add here for my third installment of SP Hockey Facts, I decided to share an old junior story when I was playing defense for the Smiths Falls Bears Jr. A Hockey Team of the CJHL.  After watching and reading about the hockey highlights of last nights games, I watched as Tampa Bay honoured former captain Vinny LeCavalier before the Philadephia-Tampa game.  As i watched, I couldn’t help but feel that much of Vinny’s success was also as a result of the significant contributions of NHL superstar Marty St. Louis…and so, in honour of him, I shall make him the focus of my latest fact!

…it was a cold winter day in Hawkesbury, and my team, the Bears, were playing against the Hawks.  Those games were always tight and intense, and the style and pace of the games we played against each other changed dramatically from their larger and more spacious ice surface, to ours, which was the old barn-home to permanent residents, “Whiskey Row,” and a slew of other long time Smiths Falls fixtures.  When we played the Hawkes in their rink, my job was to be out on the ice every time the “Smurf” line, as they were affectionately referred to, was on.  Let me explain…Hawkesbury’s uniforms were blue, and both Martin St. Louis & his linemate and best buddy, Eric Perrin, were not the tallest, but very sturdy, speedy, and persistent players who buzzed all over the ice, every single shift.  As my game was more offensive and built around my skating, the coaches wanted me out against the Smurfs, and let me tell you…that was no easy task.  I mean, I thought I was already logging a lot of ice time, but try matching up against those guys for 60 minutes…TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!…even on my most rested days, they would still manage to find themselves on the scorecard, whether they won or lost…and all in all, when those games ended, I never once thought of “The Smurfs” in happy terms!!!…from my best recollection, those 2 were always 1-2 in league scoring…

For those of you who are fans of St. Louis & Perrin, childhood friends who, from what I heard, played together on the same line since they learned how to skate, you’d be amazed to know that they both ended up at the University of Vermont, where again, they lit up the league while playing on the same line….unbelievable!…Now, many years later, and my CJHL career far behind me, I brag about those memories to my boys in the Sarsfield Oldtimers Hockey League in Navan, Ontario…where, as you can imagine, I get razzed for clinging on to & talking about “the good ol’ days” after my Beer league hockey losses….which, I am told, I am doing to compensate for my lack of production!!! haha

More hockey facts comin’ up and thanks to everyone for supporting my hockey song, “LAY IT ON THE LINE!”…PLZ KEEP IT UP AND CONTINUE TO SHARE WITH ANYONE….AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!

TO VOTE, LIKE, LISTEN, & SHARE: PLZ VISIT THE SAL PIAMONTE CBC ARTIST PAGE

MORE TO COME!!!

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Sal Piamonte True Hockey Fact #2: Coach & former Detroit Red Wings and the Air Canada Cup!!!

Well folks…as promised, I have a whole lot of facts and hockey stories to share!…so with no further delay, here is the Sal Piamonte Hockey Fact #2:

SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #2:

Well…as many young Canadian teenagers aspiring to be NHL Hockey players, I unfortunately, did not have my “growth spurt” until I was 21 yrs old!!!…This meant, that all throughout my minor hockey days, from PeeWee up until Midget, I was not exactly the biggest kid on the team…but I had plenty of heart, hockey sense/skills, speed, and determination. Just as I was turning 16 years of age, I was offered a walk-on tryout with the Smiths Falls Bears Jr. A Team of the CJHL…I remember being in camp in the small but passionate town of Arnprior, Ontario, and low and behold, as a defenseman sizing up at 5’10 and 160 lbs soaking wet, I made it as the 7th defenseman on the squad.  I played a few exhibition games, but after the second one, the coach called me to let me know that he was going to send me back down to midget so that I could get some actual playing time instead of riding the bench as a young rookie for the Bears…reluctantly, I attended the Nepean Raiders AA Midget tryouts where I wowed at training camp, but in a weird twist of fate, my rights were suddenly dealt to the South Ottawa Warriors in the same league….which, as it turned out, hosted the Air Canada Cup that year!…So off to South Ottawa I went, and had a great time…honing my skills, and having the amazing opportunity to perform for former NHL’er and long time Detroit Red Wings Tim Higgins, and Chicago Blackhawks alum Ted Boland…

Under Coach Higgins, I grew as a more complete hockey player, and as a young man…and as a result, I was drafted in the 4th round of the CJHL Draft that spring by none other than the Smiths Falls Bears, where I went on to play the next 3 seasons, almost breaking the goal scoring record for a Smiths Falls defenseman in my second season, tallying 16 goals as a blueliner!!!

But…probably the most memorable thing I remember from Coach Higgins, was not just the amazing stories he would tell us about Peter Klima, Bob Probert, and his NHL days…my most memorable moment would come following a game in South Ottawa, where it is safe to say that I probably played one of the worst games of my life.  After the game, I was dejected, frustrated, and was hanging my head in the room when suddenly, the door busted wide open, and it was coach Higgins:

“Piamonte!!!” he yelled…..I perked up, scared for the reaming I thought I was about to receive….”There are a billion people living in China, and not one of them cares how shitty you played tonight!”…

…and then he walked back outside, teaching me one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned so far in my life….

DON’T LET ONE BAD DAY GET YOU DOWN!!!….KEEP FIGHTING, AND COME BACK STRONGER!!! ;)

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT PEEPS & PLEASE KEEP LISTENING, LIKING, VOTING, AND SHARING!!!

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Stay Tuned for the SP Hockey Fact #3….

As you support our hockey song “Lay It On The Line,” for CBC’s #SongQuest Competition, consider some TRUE SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACTS!!!…STARTING WITH #1:

HEY EVERYONE!!!…Seeing as this IS somewhat of a hockey competition regarding CBC Music’s #SongQuest competition in search of the next great hockey song in Canada, I figured I’d start pulling out some old hockey stats…and facts about myself!!!!….I’ll share some newer ones every few days…starting with this one here (note: stats are in NO particular order):

SAL PIAMONTE TRUE HOCKEY FACT #1: When I was playing PeeWee ‘AA’ hockey for the Nepean Raiders, I had the honour of playing one of the most coveted PeeWee tournaments around-in Quebec City, and even got to play on the Quebec Nordiques’ Colisee ice….my shining moment that tournament came when I scored on a slapper from the left hand side of the ice, practically on the goal line, hitting just inside the far post!!! Not only is this crowning moment on video, but the next day I had a chance to attend a Quebec Nordique’s practice, where I was lucky enough to meet the players, and even convinced Hall of Famer Michel Goulet, and forward Mike Eagles, to both give me their sticks!!!!….which I still have to this day!!!…unfortunately, we lost out in overtime in the semi-finals….some guy by the name of Mike Peca scored the winning goal!!!

I’ve got plenty of facts to come folks!!!…but in the meantime, I hope that you keep supporting and voting for my song, “Lay It On The Line,” every day from now until December 11!!! WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

STAY TUNED FOR SP HOCKEY FACT #2!!!