Last Sunday from 10:30am to 10pm, London’s Trafalgar Square played host to a huge free open air concert in Celebration of Canada Day 2012! An impressive and diverse lineup of Canada’s top musical talent took to the stage to entertain a huge crowd in the historic plaza. The mood was jubilant, inebriated, and relaxed; it was an affair that was enjoyed by everyone from beer swigging Ice hockey fans, hyperactive students, young families, Ex Pat Canadians and Londoners alike.
Seven years strong, Canada Day in London is an social initiative of the Canadian community in the UK which is supported by the London Mayor’s Office in association with the Canadian High Commision. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is an annual showcase to Londoners and visitors from around the world of the best of Canadian music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink. Last year the event attracted over 80,000 people making it the LARGEST Canada Day celebration outside Canada’s borders! The weather this year threated to subdue the event but thankfully Londoners were not put off by the shoddy weather and turned out in large numbers regardless of the rain. The Canada Day concert was devided into two sections, separated by other cultural activies such as an Ice Hockey game and a ‘Meet the Mounties’ exhibition.
The morning’s concert, ‘Women in Song’ concert saw the stunning talents of Rose Cousins, Sarah MacDougall, Cara Luft, Amelia Curran and ‘Ladies of the Canyon’ take to the stage. The music was charming and very representative of the way Canada is perceived over here in the UK. However there is more to Canadian music than ‘nice’ sounds, and the evening concert showed off the Rock and Roll, and energetic side of Canadian Music.
Highlights included Kid Koala’s Koala costume and childish but endearing dance moves; the handsome Rich Aucoin walking into the crowd mid-song; and an electric performance by Ontarios’ Shad. However, the ‘tweet of the day’ has to go to Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard for diving into the fountain in Trafalgar Square at the end of his set! Something that caused a bit of a ruckus with the organisers no doubt but made him a hero once more in the eyes of his fans! Our Lady Peace finished off the evening with an emotive and explosive performance of old and new material and then the party carried on with a star studded and tequila fueled affair at Cafe De Paris in Leicester Square!
All in all the concert was a big success and time will tell if the Canadian bands have made a firm impact on the Brits in attendance, but my thoughts are that a fair few musical downloads have happened since the event and I look forward to seeing the bands come back again in the future.
© Ngawara Madison, Music Vice
Canada Day concert photos by Nic Marsden:
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