No Stutter with Marianas Trench in Guelph
It was far from ideal weather conditions to be travelling to a show, but like all tour buses we must roll on down the highway. The destination for us this past weekend was the home of the Guelph Storm hockey team The Sleeman Center in beautiful downtown Guelph. It was fitting I was heading to the home of the Storm in the middle of a snow storm that was blanketing the area in snow.
As this was the first time in the venue, its always an adventure figuring out where to park, and where entrances and such to the venue are. Luckily, I guessed well and parked right outside of Gate 1 and was greeted by the exceptional staff of The Sleeman Center who were more than accommodating to me.
Enough about the weather, and my adventure, we know you want to know about the show, that’s really why you come here. Tonight’s #BusStop was taking me into uncharted territory, Pop Rock. I can honestly say I don’t listen to much Mariannas Trench, well, until now that is. I am listening to them while writing the review.
First up was Courage My Love, unfortunately because of the poor weather conditions I didnt get there in time to grab photos of them. I could hear them though as I was checking in and they sounded fantastic. I promise if they come to my neck of the woods, I will do a comprehensive photo review of them.
The second artist on the bill was Shawn Hook, think piano man, but without the Billy Joel hair do. Shawn had a great set of original tunes that he masterfully performed while tickling the ivory’s for most of the set. I really liked his sound and plan to check out more of his music. Its one of the bonuses of this gig, we often get to check out aritst who are up and coming along with all your favorite famous artist.
You could feel the energy in The Sleeman Center building as we took our positions in “the pit”. The music slowly got louder and louder and soon the arena went dark and it was time. Josh Ramsey of Marianas Trench appeared from the back of the stage with a hoodie pulled up over his head covering half his face like a mystery man. From see through guitars and one of the wildest light shows I have seen the crowd was right into it.
As the show rolled forward with hit after hit the crowd didn’t slow down for one second. They knew the words and the sang and danced the night away with one of the first big rock shows to roll into The Sleeman Center. The sold out crowd showed their appreciation for the band. Josh is one of the most energetic lead singers I have seen on stage in a while. He doesn’t stand still, and is from one side of the stage to the other in a flash.
Thank you to the fine folks at The Sleeman Center for their hospitality and we hope to see more shows at this great venue soon.
To check out more about Courage for Love, Shawn Hook and Marianas Trench check out their social media pages here:
And to see what is coming up at The Sleeman Center, head on over to their Facebook page HERE. They are hoping to bring more great shows to beautiful downtown Guelph later this year. #MTandtheLastCrusade
Bill Woodcock / @BillWoodcock