Muddy Music Madness: The PPP Top 20 in Surrey, July 1st, 2012

(Photo courtesy of Leigh Eldridge for Music BC)

If you wore nice, white shoes at Surrey’s annual Canada Day Festival at Cloverdale Millenium Amphitheatre on Sunday, there’s a really good chance they’re no longer either of those two things.  In fact, it probably doesn’t matter what colour your shoes were, they’re most likely brown now.  Fortunately, that was the only minor deficiency to what turned out to be a fantastic Canada Day celebration in Cloverdale.

If you weren’t aware, the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre is home to one of Canada’s largest Canada Day celebrations.  This past July 1st, it played host on its main stage to some pretty impressive musical acts such as Jerry Doucette, Hannah Georgas, Sam Roberts Band, and even Blaze of Glory – a Bon Jovi “tribute” band.

Sounds pretty decent, yes?

Well, to add a little more incentive and intrigue, 100.5 the Peak and Music BC continued their tradition of showcasing phenomenal independent BC talent with their annual PEAK Performance Project Top 20 at the side stage.

“Surely not all 20 bands performed?!”

Well, actually, yes.  Yes, they did.

Each of the Top 20 bands played a 20-minute set starting at 2:00pm(ish) and ending at 9:00pm(ish).  And if you missed it, you missed out. (Although, excused if it was because you were swooning over Hannah Georgas and/or Sam Roberts a stage over)

At any rate, you missed out on some nifty, funky alt-rock from Beekeeper; some bluesy awesomeness of duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer; some beautiful jams and stellar vocals from the lovely Ali Milner; some alt-country madness by Portage and Main, The River and the Road and Headwater, and some straight-ahead rock tunes from The Gay Nineties, Tough Lovers and Dear Rouge, and so much more!

In fact, being at the event all day (with the exception of 45 minutes while I was checking out Hannah Georgas one stage over), I can say that there wasn’t a weak act.  Sure, I enjoyed some acts a little more than others, but this project just proves this province is oozing with talent and each of these artists is worthy of a shot at the top prize of $100,500.

I was also impressed with the amount of people coming to purchase band merchandise at the Music BC booth I was volunteering at.  Many different demographics seemed to be intrigued by the various acts, including some senior citizen gals who had school-girl crushes on Headwater after seeing them perform on a ferry boat.

Perhaps the most positive aspect of the merch sales were the number of teens and young adults spending their money on music they could surely get for free (or for less than the $10 we were charging) on the internet.  I’m hoping this is a sign of things to come.  Here’s to hoping.

After what I saw at this celebration, I’ve decided on a few of my favourites for the PEAK Performance Project, and these are just personal preferences, folks. No need to argue with me, just tell me who you like!

Apparently I like the rock’n’rollers. What can I say?

You should really do yourself a humungo favour and check out all of the PPP 2012 Top 20 HERE where you’ll find links to each band and their music.  Who knows, you might discover your next favourite band!

So although many people ruined their shoes in the muddy grass, it was an awesomely sunny, splendid affair that couldn’t have gone any better (aside from the “almost” missing backline issue).  I’m already looking forward to next year as I clean my shoes and reminisce.

-Dylan

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~ by whet_hopped on July 3, 2012.

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