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Updated: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:23:48 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Canadian Olympics songs mix music with a message



Singer and songwriter Roch Voisine hosts the ECMA award ceremony as master of ceremony Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the East coast Music Awards in Moncton, N.B. Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press

Singer and songwriter Roch Voisine hosts the ECMA award ceremony as master of ceremony Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the East coast Music Awards in Moncton, N.B. Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press

As we inch closer to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, two new and starkly different songs by Canadian artists are turning a musical spotlight on Sochi.

New Brunswick singer-songwriter Roch Voisine is unveiling Living Out My Dreams, an anthem dedicated to Canada's Olympians competing in the Sochi 2014 Games.

Featuring conductor Kent Nagano and the musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as collaborators, Voisine's tune debuts on iTunes on Tuesday, with profits from its sale earmarked for the Canadian Olympic Foundation in support of emerging athletes.

"When I first got a hold of the song, there was something there. I think the song was perfect for big events," he told CBC News.

On the flip side, however, it was the international furor surrounding Russia's anti-gay laws that inspired Los Angeles-based Canadian comedian Kevin Yee to create an unofficial Olympics theme song, complete with satirical online video.

The goal was to send the organizers a message about "allowing the Olympics to happen in Russia, a country that promotes hate towards the LGBT community," he said.

In the attached video, CBC's Eli Glasner explores these two songs that hope to send very different messages about the upcoming Olympics.

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