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Rocking the ELMO!

Date February 20, 2014 Author wallygatornorton@gmail.com Categories default-import-blog-type-4
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Rocking the ELMO             

League of Rock Toronto Session 27 Week 10

Rock n roll dreams really can come true with the League of Rock. Imagine being a Nascar fan and getting to take a test lap at Daytona? Or a Hockey fan getting to lace them up and play at the ACC? Many “professional” musicians dream of someday getting to play the Elmo. The League of Rock makes it happen.

You would be hard pressed to find a more historic “ROCK” bar than Toronto’s El Mocambo. From the Ramones to Stevie Ray Vaughn, from Blondie to a little known band called the ROLLING STONES, this bar is steeped in rock n roll history. I couldn’t imagine a more fitting venue for the League of Rock’s 27th final live showcase and it all went down on December 18th, 2013.

The musicians, their family, friends and fans all entered under the legendary florescent palm trees and before long the club was rocking with some truly outstanding live music. Kicking off the evening’s festivities was “Bantu”, one of the bands from Hamilton’s League of Rock. They did a great job warming up the crowd before the five bands making up Toronto’s 27th session got under way.

State of Kalamity, Triple X Why, Mama Spanxx and the Hardened Souls, Not My Chair, Not My Problem and Big Ed’d Pizza all took to the stage and electrified those in attendance playing loud, live rock n roll music.

One of the coolest things about attending the League of Rock finale show is watching the reaction of the audience. To watch the spouses, the children and the parents of the League of Rock members light up as they get to watch their loved one get on stage and become rock stars is really quite special. If you’re a musician or just a music fan, you really owe it to yourself to come check out one of the finale shows.

We checked in with some of the “rock stars” soon after their performance and here is what they had to say about their experience in the League and getting to play at the Elmo…

First up is Connie Wainsbrough, bass player for Triple X Why…

LOR: How long have you been playing bass and how did you find out about the League of Rock?

Connie: I'm a League of Rock first timer. I starting playing bass a few years ago when I had a baby. We were house-bound on the weekends and my husband encouraged me to learn to play bass to keep him company on guitar. I found out about LOR because Terry's van was on my running route...

LOR: Now that it’s over, what was your favourite part of the entire program?

The people, my band was a great group of kindred spirits who wanted to have fun and rock out; the staff was always upbeat and encouraging; the other musicians were all so talented and inspiring. 

LOR: Not everyone can say they have played the El Mocambo, how did that feel?

Connie: Great!

LOR: What would you tell someone that is thinking of joining the League?


Connie: Just do it already!

Up next was Calvin Hinton, percussionist from Big Ed’s Pizza…

LOR: How long have you been playing and how did you find out about the League of Rock?

Calvin: I have been playing percussion for about 6 months now, and found out about the League of Rock while watching an episode of Guitar Picks. This was my first time participating in the League.

LOR: Now that it’s over, what was your favourite part of the entire program?

Calvin: My favorite part of the entire program was interacting with all of the LOR band members at the week 5, 7 & 10 live shows on Queen St., and at the Elmo. It was great to see everyone’s positive, rocking expression on stage, as they were now playing and not practicing, that was very cool to see!

LOR: Not everyone can say they have played the El Mocambo, how did that feel? 

Calvin: With the history of the Rock and Rollers that have played at the Elmo, performing there last was a pleasure, an experience, that I can now say that I was a part of!

LOR: What would you tell someone that is thinking of joining the League?

Calvin: As far as what I would say to someone who was thinking of joining the league, I would say, do not hesitate or have any negative thoughts about the experience. As a whole, the community is very supporting, and there is always a very friendly positive vibe happening, no matter what stage you are at on your journey, in the League. Very cool experience!

Lastly we spoke with Sandra Kuz, lead vocalist from Not My Chair, Not My Problem…

LOR: How long have you been singing and how did you find out about the League of Rock?

Sandra: I have been singing since I can remember.  I was introduced to LOR by my sis-in-law that heard about it through the grapevine so to speak.  This was my first session and LOVED it!!

LOR: Now that it’s over, what was your favourite part of the entire program?

Sandra: Fav part of the program was by far the recording process at the end working with professionals in a studio and hearing the final product!  Playing live is always a blast as well!

LOR: Not everyone can say they have played the El Mocambo, how did that feel?

Sandra: The night was fun!  I've played in quite a few venues with other bands in Toronto and other cities and the “Elmo” is always great!  The sound in there is amazing so that helps!

LOR: What would you tell someone that is thinking of joining the League?

Sandra: 'Do it!'  I would tell them to go in open minded and to listen carefully to what everyone has to say.  People are very set in their ways in terms of likes/ dislikes musically so if you join something like this be willing to try something new and you may just learn something new about yourself and your playing ability.  We are all quick to say 'NO' to a song they don't like but sometimes they end up trying it and loving it!  It's a great experience and a chance to meet other musicians and gain friendships, and perhaps new 'jammin' friends along the way!

 

For the complete Photo Album from the Elmo, click here

 

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