Good news if you’ve got an idea for the University of Victoria Rally Song contest but haven’t gotten around to submitting it yet—the final deadline has now been extended to Sunday, November 24.

Vikes Nation needs a Rally Song! (photo: Armando Tura)

Vikes Nation needs a Rally Song! (photo: Armando Tura)

Sponsored by Vikes Athletics and UVic’s School of Music, the Rally Song contest has seen a number of entries already submitted, but we wanted to give everyone one last chance to get their songs in.

With that in mind, Vikes Nation has organized a Rally Song “submission day” from 5 to 7pm on Thursday, November 21, in the main dining hall in UVic’s Cadboro Commons, where the Vikes Leadership Council and Varsity Council will film your songs and submit them for you. How easy is that?

You can even get a sneak peek at the entries at the Vikes men’s & women’s basketball games on November 22 & 23, where the School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble will be injecting a little brass in the Days of Thunder.

Write the winning Rally Song and win a $500 iPad!

The winning songwriter will receive a $500 iPad courtesy of PepsiCo Canada, who is proud to partner with Vikes Nation and the School of Music on this school spirit initiative. Winners will also receive a prize package of CDs and tickets for School of Music performances and Vikes games, and the winning song will be recorded at the School of Music for use in future Athletics events.

Remember, UVic students, faculty, staff, and the general public alike can submit original material to the Vikes Rally Song Contest. Songs should be no longer than 20 seconds and must include the word “Vikes”. Lyrics and a YouTube link of the song being performed must be submitted online for judging. Any style of music is welcome, from chants and jazz to rock and hip hop—but the winning song should be able to be easily sung and performed by game-day crowds with no accompaniment.

“To maintain our standard of excellence and build tradition at UVic, it’s important that our fans have a rally song to cheer during games,” says Clint Hamilton, Director of Athletics. “We know it will be popular on game days and will help in growing school spirit as part of the Vikes Nation initiative.”

“Music plays a vital role in encouraging community,

Are you the fan with the music plan?

Are you the fan with the music plan?

spirit, and success,” says Susan Lewis Hammond, Director of the School of Music. “The School of Music is excited to support the Rally Song Contest at UVic. Our partnership with Vikes Athletics speaks to a shared commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and excellence in student training and performance.”

For full contest details, as well as who’s on the judging panel, see this earlier post. The top entries will be performed live at the Vikes Days of Thunder men’s basketball game on January 10, 2014, and the crowd at that game will help decide which song ultimately wins.