When you can celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday, and see some amazing artists, and do it in beautiful Niagara-On-The-Lake, you have a winning event!

Letterkenny Hosts in Niagara

Wayne and Daryl of Letterkenny Problems were perfect hosts. Photo: Mike Highfield

The fine folks at Dine Alone Records and Goldenvoice Canada brought us this event to help celebrate this nation’s birthday and the party kicked off Sunday afternoon – and The Bus was there.

The lineup of artists was great with Dear Rouge, Stars, The Strumbellas, Blue Rodeo and City and Colour closing things out. The day was hosted by Wayne and Daryl from Letterkenny which made sure this was pure Canadiana through and through.

Blue Rodeo in Niagara

Clouds passing by during Blue Rodeo. Photo: Mike Highfield

The grounds were packed with people eager to just have a great time. And they did. Getting loud with give and take banter with Wayne and Daryl, impromptu singing of Oh Canada, and a rousing happy birthday singalong with the hosts prior to City And Colour’s appearance. And why wouldn’t everyone be in the best of moods? The weather was perfect, a little hot but that’s what we want out of our short summer months. The rain held off even with some threatening clouds. It was a beauty evening.

We do apologize to Dear Rouge and Stars. Traffic getting into the venue was really heavy and that delayed us from getting in early like we normally do for a show. So we were unable to photograph these amazing artists, but we’ll catch up with you next time and cover one of your next shows!

We would suggest for future events, perhaps finding a different location that has bigger, wider access roads to help reduce the congestion and allow people to arrive on time. But all in all, it was a great day of music and celebrating in big Canadian style and we thank the organizers and all the artists for having us there.

Photographer Mike Highfield

The Strumbellas

Strumbellas in Niagara

The Strumbellas in Niagara. Photo: Mike Highfield

The Strumbellas in Niagara

Simon of The Strumbellas. Photo: Mike Highfield

The Strumbellas in Niagara

Dave of The Strumbellas. Photo: Mike Highfield

The Strumbellas in Niagara

Isabel Ritchie of The Strubellas in Niagara. Photo: Mike Highfield

Blue Rodeo

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Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo in Niagara. Photo: Mike Highfield

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Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo. Photo: Mike Highfield

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Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo in Niagara. Photo: Mike Highfield

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Colin and Jim. Photo: Mike Highfield

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Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo in Niagara. Photo: Mike Highfield

City And Colour

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Dallas Green of City And Colour. Photo: Mike Highfield

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City And Colour. Photo: Mike Highfield

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Incredible show from City And Colour. Photo: Mike Highfield

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City And Colour. Photo: Mike Highfield

 

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