Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrating Canadian Music At The #BigSummerBash

Meeting Shawn Hook After The Show.
As the way most things happen with me, all of this happened by chance. Last Thursday I decided to go to the Furious 7 Outdoor Movie in Waterloo Park. Before the movie I entered a draw at the KOOL FM booth. As the film was about to start they announced that I had won tickets to the #BigSummerBash at Maxwells Music House!  I was excited to go as I haven't been to their new venue yet.  The last concert I went to at Maxwells was the Jesse Labelle's Big Picture Project, so it was time to check out some great CANADIAN talent at the new venue.

Spotlight On Canadian Artists

When the day of the show arrived I was thrilled to see that Shawn Hook had been retweeting my tweets and they were now on his website. What a way to get the audience pumped up for the show!

The Big Summer Bash opened with Ria Mae performing an acoustic set, 
including her single CLOTHES OFF

She even mentioned that she loves the #kwawesome hashtag! How cool is that?
Next to take the stage was Coleman Hell.  They got the crowd fired up! 

They mentioned that "There must be something in the water, in Waterloo"

 -get the joke now?
After that Kool FM's Andrew Gerrior took the stage to add a bit of comic relief.(Thanks again for the tickets Kool FM)

Then Francesco Yates took the stage with a powerful performance and a couple of cover tunes thrown in the mix.

Then I spied Shawn Hook preparing for his performance.


Shortly after I received word that one of friends at the show had to leave because of an emergency. It was unfortunate as she was really looking forward to hearing Shawn Hook perform. So of course  I went into picture taking and video recording overload.  I wanted my friend to feel like she was able to be there for the full performance!

More Pics At The Bottom Of This Post

(sorry about the orientation on this top video I was in picture taking mode and quickly changed to video) 

Shawn Hook blew everyone away with his performance and was so gracious and humble about everyone there supporting Canadian music.  He even went out of his way to meet everyone after the show. 
So that's when this happened

All the artists were great and I suggest you follow them on twitter!
@Shawn_Hook @colemanhell @riaisawake @FrancescoYates
That is another great way to show Canadian Musicians your support!

Update - Look what I found on Shawn Hook's website

If you want to see all the pics from the night click on the embeded image below.


  1. That sounds like a great event - all Canadian eh!!

  2. Wow this seems like it was an awesome event and I love all the videos..thanks for sharing.

  3. I've never heard of any of them but Shawn Hook sounds awesome!

  4. Loved the Shawn Hook sound! He does Canada proud!

  5. You are SO lucky! What an awesome lineup of musical talent.

  6. This sounds like a really fun event. That's great that you met Shawn Hook in person. Sounds like great Canadian fun eh?

  7. Wow, sounds like an exciting event. Glad you won the tickets and were able to have a great time!

  8. looks like you had a blast! who doesn't just love a good concert?

  9. looks like you had so much fun!! summer concerts are the best!

  10. I am not as familiar with Canadian music as I should be, so I learned a lot reading this today!

  11. Never heard of Shawn Hook, but he sure does have an amazing voice! I want to go to a concert soon!

    1. Yes he has quite a vocal range. It was a great performance

  12. Awe, I'm sorry your friend had to leave but, you did a great job of getting video and image for her. Looks like a lot of fun!

  13. Sounds like great fun event!! Concerts are the best!