Watch a video about Neil Peart's version of "The Hockey Night in Canada Theme." From the Drum Channel on YouTube.
Claman and Morris wrote Mr Scrooge (1963, with Ted Wood), a musical based on Dickens's A Christmas Carol and produced at the Crest Theatre, Toronto, in 1963 and on CBC TV in 1964; and In the Klondike (1968, with Michael Leighton), a musical telecast 6 May 1968 by the CBC. They also contributed to Spring Thaw, and composed scores for feature films (eg, The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever, 1970, Captain Apache, 1972, plus various Spanish westerns), documentaries, and themes for CBC TV's Hockey Night in Canada and House of Pride, and other TV series. Claman and Morris wrote the score for the film A Place to Stand, made for the Ontario Pavilion at Expo 67; the film won a live action short subject Academy Award. The title song (Thompson 1967), known popularly as "Ontar-i-ar-i-ar-i-o," and the theme from Hockey Night in Canada are probably Claman's best-known works. Claman appeared on Hockey Night in Canada in 1998, and continues to assert her rights over the use of its theme. In 2010 The Hockey Theme was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Claman also wrote the theme song of the Canada Games, "Look Out World," in 1969. Among the Canadians with whom Claman worked are Jerry and Rudy Toth, with whom Claman and Morris formed Quartet Productions; the conductor Howard Cable; and the arranger Neil Chotem. Claman was a member of CAPAC.
Songs (texts by James Joyce)
Le Rêve fantasque (ballet)
Mr Scrooge (musical)
In the Klondike (musical) (to poems by Robert Service)
"Success in the Big Time," Canadian Composer, May 1965
"New Canadian musical based on Robert Service's poetry," Canadian Composer, 19, Jun 1967
Carroll, Joy. "Claman and Morris," Canadian Composer, 51, Jun 1970
"Timber!," Encyclopedia of Music in Canada 1981
"The diary of a song: 'Hockey Night in Canada', " Canadian Composer, Oct 1989
Jones, Gaynor. "Claman, Dolores," Grove Music Online, ed. L Macy (Accessed 20 Jan 2006)
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Music Centre
Search the extensive CMC website for Canadian composer biographies and interviews, music scores, online newsletters, audio clips, podcasts, and more. Check out "CentreStreams" to listen to online archived recordings featuring outstanding Canadian composers.
Hockey Night In Canada Theme
This site is dedicated to the hockey theme originally composed for the CBC program “Hockey Night In Canada.” Features an interview with Dolores Claman and information about sheet music for arrangements for piano and other instruments.
The Hockey Theme
An article about TSN's newest version of "The Hockey Theme,' composed by Dolores Claman.
CTV Saves the Hockey Theme Song
An article about the updated "Hockey Theme" from the TSN website. To hear the tune, click on the link "Video: The Hockey Theme Song."
Hockey anthem a Rush
A news story about drummer-lyricist Neil Peart's recording of the "The Hockey Theme," the former "Hockey Night In Canada" anthem.
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