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beachfest 07

What did I learn at Beachfest 07?  I want to have David Usher's babiez.  Dear heavens, that man is HOT.  He's one of those artists that I kinda forget about, even though I have almost all of his stuff, but when I see him live... *drooooool*

Anyhoo, let's back up.  Beachfest is an annual free music festival that's sponsored by one of the radio stations here in Toronto.  It's used to showcase Canadian talent and runs all afternoon and into the evening with about 12 acts playing 20-30 minute sets.

I got to the festival about 3:45 and caught the last few minutes of Chantel Kreviazuk's set.  The next performer was Kalan, whom I've mentioned before.  This was his first performance in about 2 years and fans flew in from all over the country.  Some fans apparently camped out overnight to get a spot right up front!  Totally unnecessary as I was able to find a perfectly decent spot 15 minutes before his set.  Kalan did a couple songs from both his CDs and a pretty decent cover of U2's Where the Streets Have No Name.

Next was Serena Ryder.  She was really good.  Her CD is on sale at HMV, I'll probably pick it up.  Then the cast of "We Will Rock You".  The male lead, Yvan?  Still hot.  Next up was Suzie McNeil, who was on Rockstar: INXS (last female standing, if I remember correctly) and was part of the cast of "We Will Rock You".  She was great.  Very energetic.  For her last song, she called up any WWRY castmembers still hanging around to join her for Bohemian Rhapsody.  

A little sidenote:  I was standing off to the side of the stage where I can see into the backstage area.  Near the end of Suzie's set, I noticed a little flurry of activity backstage and could tell someone showed up cause I could see people taking out their cameras.  dramady, I totally thought of you while I was taking pictures  =)  Next up was a fairly new band, The Last Goodnight.  They're actually an American band but the keyboardist is Canadian so yay for that?  LOL  The band reminded me of Maroon 5 but rockier. 

Next up -- David Usher.  LOVE HIM.  He's quite spazzy on stage, it's hard to explain.  Lots of jumping and his free arm is always going.  A total squee moment for me was when he sang, Push, which is a Moist song -- David was the lead singer of a 90's rock band, Moist, which was pretty popular here back in the day.  I've seen him live 3 times as a solo artist and this was the first time he did a Moist song.  He also did an amazing rock cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.

The closing act was Bedouin Soundclash but I'm not a big fan so I headed home.  Good way to beat the mass exodus, too.

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