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Edgefest: Our Lady Peace
with Sloan, I Mother Earth and Eve 6
From the Promoter
The Edgefest Summer Concert Series wraps up at TD Echo Beach on Saturday, August 16, 2014 by celebrating with some of the most historic rock bands to ever play on The Edge. Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida recalls his experience with the festival noting that even "the name Edgefest has been a defining part of my life since I can remember. As a teenager growing up in Toronto I remember driving up north to Molson Park every Canada Day. The fact that OLP actually headlined a couple Edgefests is still surreal. Being part of Edgefest in 2014 is an honor and we're very excited about playing this summer."
Jay Ferguson of Sloan recalls his history with the festival stating the band has "fond memories of our Edgefest experiences and have always been appreciative to have been asked to participate over the years, whether it was out in the sun at Molson Park in Barrie with The Tragically Hip or crossing the country with Foo Fighters and Local Rabbits."
"Yet, I think perhaps the Edgefest memory that resonates most within our camp was 1995 when our band Sloan was, at the time, "breaking up"/"going on hiatus" and we were approached to curate our version of Edgefest at the Molson Amphitheatre. We were able to invite so many bands that we were friends with and fans of...Super Friendz, Zumpano, Thrush Hermit (playing their "All Steve Miller" set), Hardship Post and Jale to name but a few. We also pressed a limited edition 7" 45 featuring artists playing to be given away at the gate. It was a memorable opportunity that was given to us to share the (massive) stage with so many of our musical kindred and peers. Spoiler alert: we didn't break up."
I Mother Earth's Christian Tanna mentions "as Canadian bands coming up, we all wanted to play Edgefest…30,000 people on Canada Day…who wouldn’t want to? It was Toronto’s signature music festival at the time, attached to the best radio station. And then taking it on the road across Canada…. Amazing! We are still friends with a lot of the bands we played with at that time and we’re all still making music. This year’s Edgefest Concert Series is yet another great stage in the life of this event.’
Edgefest 3 will feature live concert performances by Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth and Eve 6 on the main stage. The Edge Emerging Artist stage will feature Current Swell and Gloryhound. In addition to the two stages along there will be a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, interactive exhibits and lifestyle displays. TD Echo Beach is located on the East Island of Ontario Place, just east of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. TD Echo Beach features a real sand beach and offers guests a spectacular view of the downtown Toronto skyline. It is a general admission venue with no reserved seating and allows fans to get up-close-and-personal to their favourite bands. TD Echo Beach made a splash with critics and concert-goers alike during its inaugural season in 2011.
About Our Lady Peace
When Mark Van Doren, the American poet and teacher, wrote his famous work, "Our Lady Peace" in 1943, he could not have imagined the concept of rock'n'roll, let alone that a Canadian rock group would adopt his title for their name. Consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Jeremy Taggart and Steve Mazur, Our Lady Peace is one of the most successful bands in Canada today. The band has sold over 5 million albums worldwide, won four JUNO Awards and ten MuchMusic Video Awards - one of the most MMVA's ever awarded to any artist or group.
Sloan is a Toronto-based rock/power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout their 20-year tenure Sloan has released 10 LPs (one being a double), two EPs, a live album, a "best of" collection and no less than thirty singles. The band is known for their sharing of songwriting from each member of the group and their unaltered line-up throughout their career.
About I Mother Earth
In the summer of 2011, three members of I Mother Earth found themselves geographically tied together in the Tanna brothers’ old stomping grounds of Peterborough ON. So after an 8 year hiatus Jag Tanna and Christian Tanna hooked up with vocalist Brian Byrne, and it was inevitable that the discussion turned to music... The jamming started once a week… then twice a week, and eventually Jag came in with new ideas that were undeniably IME. They decided a "Whaduyathink?" phone call was in order to bassist Bruce Gordon (now a member of the Blue Man Group Production in Orlando Florida) to get his take on actually tracking some new IME. The band had released a new tune “ We Got the Love” as a “listen only” Soundcloud file on their website, and received over 10,000 listens in the first 72 hours. At the shows “We Got the Love” became one of many set highlights as the fans were already singing it word for word after just 3 days of the NOT release.
About Eve 6
Eve 6 first burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s signing their first record deal as a group of high schoolers. Their breakout self-titled debut album went platinum with lead single, “Inside Out” hitting #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks list with “Leech” and “Think Twice” registering in the Top 10. Their nostalgic anthem “Here’s To The Night” from their follow-up album Horrorscope broke the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 with album- mate Promise cracking the Top 10. Featuring their trademark witty lyrics and catchy, soaring choruses.