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Saturday, April 28th, 2007

CONTEST – Great Lake Swimmers / Ongiara

It’s tax weekend! And since I’ve just given the government a huge chunk of money, I’m going to stay in the giving mood and offer up a copy of the Great Lake Swimmers wonderful new CD Ongiara courtesy of, well, me. I’ve got an extra copy.

I went on about the album just a couple weeks ago so I’ll just direct you there if you need to be sold on the band or the record. To enter, leave me a comment stating which is your favourite Great Lake and why. And if you say “Superior because it’s superior”, you are instantly disqualified. The contest will run until midnight, May 4 and is open to anyone and everyone. Just be sure to leave you correct email address – disguise it to distact spambots if you must but make sure I can figure it out.

They’re currently gallivanting around Europe and will be touring the US in June, so if you live in either of those locales, do check them out.

MP3: Great Lake Swimmers – “Your Rocky Spine”
MP3: Great Lake Swimmers – “I Am A Part Of A Large Family”
Video: Great Lake Swimmers – “Back Stage With The Modern Dancers” (YouTube)
eCard: Great Lake Swimmers / Ongiara
MySpace: Great Lake Swimmers

By : Frank Yang at 11:46 am
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  1. lionzub says:

    My fav great lake is Lake Erie because of a camping trip I went on last summer to Selkirk. My friends and I jumped in it; and with the big waves that came it felt just like the ocean (just less salty (; ). Probably was the best part about the camping trip.

    Really cool post btw, I love that video/song for "Back Stage…"

  2. Chris says:

    My favorite Great Lake is Superior because I live in Minnesota and was born in a long ago November in Duluth (on the edge of Lake Superior. And because of the line from "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald": "The lake it is said never gives up its dead, When the skies of November turn gloomy."

  3. Steve says:

    The obvious choice for "Best Great Lake" is Erie for the stigma it brings along while telling campfire ghoststories. Close second to Huron just for being a great word in general. Superior’s only named that because it was feeling down on the naming day ceremony – something about PMS, I think.

  4. Colin says:

    I would have to say Huron, because of the giant and prolonged rash it gave me after I swam in it. That lake has powers!

  5. marc says:

    I’m gonna state the obvious and say Lake Ontario for a pure and simple reason that it hosts Toronto. Ok, Toronto hasn’t treated it with the most respect but having lived blocks away from it in TO and Kingston, it’s been one of my favourite places to go for a stroll/jog. It can bring me such calm with the hustle and bustle of the city/life.

    as for email address… it’s marc at my website.

  6. Jamie says:

    I’ll go for the easy one, Lake Michigan, as the first two "state" albums from Sufjan Stevens have bordered it. That’s gotta say something, right?

  7. David says:

    Lake Erie is clearly the best lake as it has islands with names such as Rattlesnake Island, Chick Island, Starve Island, Turtle Island and Sugar Island. MMMM… Sugar island.

  8. Kim says:

    Lake Ontario, familiarity does not breed contempt in this case. I’ve almost always lived within walking distance, even when that walk ends me up at the nuclear power plant sitting on the edge of the lake.

  9. Jim says:

    Lake Erie, ‘cuz my cottage is on Lake Erie, and on cool crips autumn nights when the winds of the lake aren’t very strong, I can sit at the break wall and watch the sun set and listen to the first Great lake Swimmers album which was recorded in a silo about 10 minutes away from where I am sitting.

  10. john says:

    Lake Erie is the best great lake but mostly by default, as it has nothing to recommend against it:
    * Lake Superior, for instance, is kind of a downer, thanks in no small part to Gordon Lightfoot.
    * Lake Ontario wins negative points for literally meaning "great lake"
    * Lake Michigan, like Manhattan and Florida, is just another example of unnecessarily phallic-shaped American topography.
    * and then there’s Lake Huron, which is the Fredo Corleone of the Great Lakes.

  11. Ron says:

    Lake Michigan HAS to be the greatest Great Lake because of the following:
    1.) It is much more well-endowed than the other Great Lakes.
    2.) It supports two of the most established cities in the midwest; Chicago and Milwaukee.
    3.) "Because Lake Michigan is joined to Lake Huron at the Straits of Mackinac, they are considered one lake hydrologically."- So it can pretty much devour most other lakes.
    4.)I can’t argue with Sufjan. Neither should you.

  12. Tualla says:

    Erie. E-R-I-E.
    Erie.

    There can be no other choice. It is the sound you make as a toe gets dipped, the weight is placed and the body quickly pulls back from the tiny slices of 5 zebra muscles. Ouww. Erie.

    and it’s Tony Dekker’s home lake I believe

  13. anne says:

    my favourite great lake has to be superior, just for the sheer volume!!

  14. mark says:

    my favorite is lake michigan. i grew up in a town right on it. (Southeast WI side) and i polar bear plunged it twice for charity. many years ago when it actually would get cold in the winter. boy it hurt my toes.

  15. Jill Rudy says:

    My favourite great lake is Ontario, because it is the only great lake these eyes have ever seen. How can I be sure the others really exist?

  16. Ben E. says:

    My favorite Great Lake is Michigan, because I once had to run through a small portion of that lake to get to an island lighthouse. The stretch of water between the island and the land also was marked by sharp, pointy rocks.

    So, after reaching Cana Island through Lake Michigan, my feet were not only incredibly cold, but a bit sore as well. It was a very cool lighthouse, though, overlooking a great lake.

  17. Scott A says:

    Fav lake? Simple – Ontario. Why? Because it’s yours to discover…

    Oh? That’s just the province? Not specifically the lake? Hmmm – gonna stick with Ontario because, well, you can walk across it all Christ-like what with the solid CHUNKS of pollution clogging it up…

    YIKES!

  18. Sasha Furlani says:

    Favorite? Sing it…"Ont-air-ee-air-ee-OO!". Gotta love L. Ontario. Driving the 1000 Islands Expressway outside Kingston is the only thing that makes the drive to Montreal bearable!

  19. christopher says:

    superior, because crazies surf on the lake in winter and swimming in the lake at high summer is a near religious experience.

  20. Laila says:

    Erie, because it is one of the two lakes whose name is an adjective and I’d rather be eerie than superior.

  21. Jamie says:

    So whom is the winner?

  22. Frank says:

    well the final tally was:

    Ontario – 5
    Erie – 7
    Michigan – 4
    Huron – 1
    Superior – 3

    showing much love for lil ol Erie. That’s sweet. As for the CD, that goes to Ron (Team Michigan) because, well, the random number generator chose "11" and he was the 11th commenter. Science! It’s infallible.