By Mike Biggar
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Mike Biggar's Summer Road Report - Canada Day 150 !
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Episode 1: July 1 - Canada Day 150 !
Wow, what better way to kick off my SUMMER ROAD REPORT than with our celebrations of the 150th birthday of Canada’s confederation…and with a band gig right in my hometown to boot! The day was a bit rainy…well…a LOT rainy! But in spite of last minute venue changes it couldn’t dampen the spirits of Canada Day celebrants, their red and white wardrobe choices clearly exhibiting pride in their country and a passion to come together to celebrate…or maybe it was the cupcakes and hot dogs! In any case, we loaded in, set up, and readied ourselves for a great time. It’s always a treat for me to have the band on stage with me, given that I do about 80% of my shows either solo or as a duo…and the lads always do such a fine job. My regular guitar player and drummer were both away, but the fellas that jumped in are total pros and I was super lucky to have them on stage.
It was a great afternoon notwithstanding the rain…even though I was denied my efforts to challenge the boys in the band to a bouncy castle battle…the life of an artist has so few rewards!
Dignitaries abounded as happens at these events, including the mayor, town councilors and our local Member of Parliament…all of whom I was sure to hit up for a grant! And of course moving the show to inside a hockey arena (then back outside, then inside again!) meant lots of concern about volume levels which folks were glad to confidently share with us…again and again ☺ All in all though it was a super fun day and even though I missed out on the Canada Day maple leaf cupcakes I can only report good feelings and a total satisfaction with the show. Next stop is the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on Sunday July 9…and down the summer road we go!
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