Thursday, June 30th 2011
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Hey! I had no idea you were playing in Kanata only to find myself driving past the festivities, listening to a band whom I thought was simply doing Sloan covers.... and then running into the hundreds of people on the streets who convinced me it was really you! I was able to enjoy the show with my neighbours (kids, parents, and grandparents) who all loved the music (and your banter!). I was also fortunate to hear "The Other Man" but missed, if you played it, "Underwhelmed"... song my youth... next time - Happy Canada Day!
Great show in Kanata for Canada Day. The new record is great, and got a good sampling throughout the show (big yeah for “Unkind”), good review of 20 years of great music –Underwhelmed introd as “a song from when Canada was in its infancy”, few songs I had not expected in a more festival setting (Snowsuit Sound, People of the Sky, 500 Up), a fitting “The Rest of My Life” to end the main set (“I know that I’ll be living it in Canada”) and Money City Maniacs with fireworks in the background.
It was a Canada Day event, so the crowd was large but not necessarily there for the music (older people in lawn chairs, some amusing drunk teenagers). Credit to the band, they could have just gone through the motions and collected the check, but they showed why they have been able to stick around in a tough music business for 20 years. They seemed slightly amused at times by the setting, with Chris noting that they were opening for fireworks. Had a good group of fans around us, and it was fun to bring our kids to see a rock show (8 and 5, both want Sloan shirts…they were not selling merchandise, so will be ordering online).
Great show! I took my boys (aged ten and eight) and made sure that we were in the front row for the enitre show! They truly enjoyed their first rock and roll concert and Sloan did not disapoint. The crowd was HUGE; I turned around at one point and thought it was sort of Woodstockish there were THOUSANDS of people on the slope. Great set list and I could not have been more pleased to hear a great mix of your classic samples mixed in with some of their new music from The Double Cross (which I bought). A reminder as to why I consider Sloan to e the finest Canadian act of the nineties and am still baffled as to why the recording industry seems to have only promoted the tedious tiresome Tragically Hip for the last twenty years. Sloan can kick it live with the best of them and it was great to see them pull off another stunning show! Please come back to Ottawa!
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