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"When he woke his, body was covered in coke fizz ".
SLOAN!!!! SLOOOOAAANNN!!! was being chanted by the crowd in Victoria Park - London Ontario and when they took to the stage the crowd went wild. Playing many different songs of many albums, Canadian Icon rock band SLOAN put on an amazing show despite the -4ºC weather and the bit of snow. Once the band started to play, it was like the cold didn't matter, no one cared, people were singing along, jumping around and dancing having a great time.
Ivory Hours is another Canadian band from London Ontario who is now getting national attention. This energetic band with an original poppy sound came out to open for Sloan and were a fan favourite as many people knew their lyrics and the band mates names, constantly yelling out " LOVE YOU! " "PLAY " so and so song... also chanting for an encore at the end of their set.
Once Sloan hit the 30 min before midnight mark, the countdown clock popped up on a screen behind the band on stage. They filled the 30 mins with a few hit songs including " Money City Maniacs " complete with the siren, which told everyone what song was about to be played and made the crowd lose their minds. At the 29 second mark everyone started counting down, when 1 second hit, the fireworks went off on top of the London Life building. Sloan's lead singer and bass player disappeared off the stage and their guitar tech jumped on bass as the band started to play AULD LANG SYNE ( the New Years Song ). We could hear the lead singer singing but no one knew where from until the band pointed out he was behind the crowd on the ice rink skating around with a wireless mic singing... how Canadian is that?, EH! What a great way to ring in the new year. Happy 2016 to all! - Shutter Click.
Oh PS. I didn't think I would be able to get as close to the stage as I did, seeing as how I read that last year there was 10,000 people attending the event, so my lens of choice was my 70-200. This lens is quite long and with me being so close my images had to be individual members. If I would have backed up to get everyone the crowd was so dense that it would have just been band members heads so I stayed where I was and did the best I could with what I had.
A beautiful, warm summer night in August, the sun is setting, the stage is up, people are buzzing all around. Guitars squealing, drums pounding, bass rattling chests and vocals blaring in your ears.
This was the experience you had if you were in Woodstock Ontario, Canada on Friday August 16th 2013. Cowapolooza is a festival that Woodstock puts on every year, full of music, vendors of all sorts, buskers, and small rides for the kids. Held in South Side Park, hundreds of people gather to experience this two day event, and as you can guess, the bands are what drive me to attend each year. In the past we've had acts such as: April Wine, The Stampeders, Thunderstruck ( Canada's best AC/DC cover band), and The Beagles ( A Beatles cover band ). This year Thunderstruck came back to join us and rock out the best AC/DC covers I've ever heard... a band that definitely doesn't disappoint and leaves you wanting more, as well as the band After The Lounge, London Ontario's favourite rock band with an original sound that grabs you hard and blows you away.
I suggest you check out both of these bands and get to a show near you to get the full experience.
AFTER THE LOUNGE: http://www.afterthelounge.com
Facebook was the only webpage I could find on these guys but they're from Toronto and just blew me away with their covers... they are dead on and have an amazing stage presence.
this blog Pt. 1 ... are the images of AFTER THE LOUNGE.
i'm still editing Thunderstrucks images, but they will be posted ASAP.
Women, Bikini's, Motorcycles, Beer and Bands! Oh my!
All of the above where what you could see when you walked onto the property of Rocky's Harley Davidson in London Ontario. I had the amazing pleasure of photographing the MISS ATL 2013 Bikini Contest, which was quite a show! Last years winner, this years host, Kristen McCord had told me about the event and instantly I was hooked on the idea of showing up on this saturday to make some pictures happen.
Not only did I enjoy being surrounded by beautiful women in bikini's, I also was able to meet Jim Kelly, radio personality on FM96 as well as the guys in the band After The Lounge, which is what the ATL stands for in the Miss ATL bikini contest! It was a very hot day, but the crowed didn't seem to mind the heat.... and the beer tent hahah.
I started out the day walking around, photographing the UWO (University of Western Ontario) ladies run their bike wash as well as some of the bands on stage providing some rock while we waited for the bikini comp to start. The turn out was pretty awesome and bigger than last year from what I understood. Oh and did I mention that this event was FREE!, yep, free! I went to the bank before I drove to London thinking that I was going to need $10 minimum to get in, when I showed up.. I walked in free of charge.
This is a yearly event, a lot of fun, great music, there's food available, Beer tent, and for all the parents out there, if you can't find a baby sitter, no worries, they even had a bouncy castle set up for the littles! so next year, if you don't have anything to do I would suggest making it out to Rocky's Harley Davidson in London for the MISS ATL BIKINI CONTEST.