It was back to my roots tonight as I went to the “Place de la francophonie” to see a very famous Québec artist — Garou (remember him from the opening ceremony?). The portion where Garou sang old classics that had French origins was brilliant. He would sing mostly in French, with occasional verses in English or Spanish, and back again to French for the chorus. I never knew that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was actually a cover of a French song. :s Great show.
Last weekend Gastown was the stage for the free shows and this past weekend it was Yaletown’s turn. The weather was perfect. Well, maybe a little too hot? on Saturday, me and my friends tried to find a spot in the shade with a decent view on the stage, but of course, they were all taken…
After roasting in the Sun for about 30 minutes, we decided to head to the indoor stage. A show was already on and, since spots away from the Sun were on high demand, I only managed to sneak way back in the room, with a wooden pillar right in my face. :s The band Sliding Hammers was playing:
I especially liked Ronnie Gardiner, the drummer, from which you could feel a deep sense of joy through his playing (not that the others weren’t having fun — they were; it was just most apparent in him). He was all smiles and sooo relaxed behind his drum set whether it was a mellow song or playing through a solo. Going to live shows is so much fun when you can feel that energy emanating from the band/artist. It was a very enjoyable show with great music and good laughs listening to the comments the sisters had for us in-between songs.
I had an excellent first show as I went to Gastown Saturday to enjoy some of the free concerts happening there this weekend. At 90 years young, Dal Richards is one cool cat on stage and his orchestra is very talented indeed. There was not one weak number in their set, consisting mostly (if not all) of jazz standards, usually leaning on the uptempo swing style.
If you live in Vancouver or are passing by this Summer, why not check the orchestra out at the Fair at the PNE this year? Mr. Richards was telling us that they will be playing for us every day at noon and 2PM there, throughout the fair. Don’t miss out on this entertaining performance!