Concert Review / By Brad A Thorne Wtfest at Lions Park- Brantford, Ontario June 25, 2016 with The Standstills Saint Asonia Monster Truck & Billy Talent

Brantford’s WTFest pulled off yet another great line up including

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The Mohawk, Turtle clan songster was born on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and raised in the nearby
town of Brantford, Ontario.  Staats opened up the main stage Saturday afternoon as fans started to gather for the
upcoming evening of Music. His melodic lyrical melodies and smooth acoustic / folk stylings were a great start to the
evening.

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The Standstills, A Canadian rock duo from Oshawa, Ontario; they blasted the stage with their hard hitting, stripped down John Lee Hooker
style blues/rock.  Composed of Singer/Guitar player Johnny Fox and Drummer Renee Couture, these two powerhouses
seemed to be fighting each other for supremacy!  Hot off the heels of their latest EP “The Devil’s Porch” The Standstills
did everything but stand still. Saint Asonia at Wtfest june 25 2016 (27)

Saint Asonia, Drummer Rich Beddoe appeared out of the depths of back stage to entice and rowl up the crowd. Soon after
the boys rushed the stage slapping the audience with their brand of hard in your face rock!  The crowd loved it!
Saint Asonia, The Canadian-American rock band consisting of former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mike Mushok (lead guitar), Corey Lowery (bass, backing vocals),
and Rich Beddoe (drums). Formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2014 after Gontier’s departure from
Three Days Grace, they released their debut studio album Saint Asonia on July 31, 2015.

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Monster Truck, Hamilton, Ont  natives Monster Truck was a sight to see!  Guitarist Jeremy Widerman was on fire from the start, kicking off what would
become am amazing true rock performance.  Jeremy’s on stage presence resembled an Angus Young style combined with his own catchy riffs and guitar licks.  Bassist and Singer John Harvey commanded the crowd like a pro and sang his heart out just like you
would expect!  Drummer Steve Kiely and keyboardist Brandon Bliss held the pocket with style and precision to keep all the craziness together.  Monster truck released their latest studio recording “Sittin’ Heavy” on February 19, 2016.

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Billy Talent, Headed by frontman Benjamin Kowalewicz, the Mississauga band Billy Talent was well worth the wait!  The crowd was so exited that
the show had to be stopped by the second song.  The barracade at the front was starting to swell! Photographers and media personnel in “the pit” had to be rushed out by security and police.  The situation was quickly resolved by the great staff and volunteers at WTFEST as Benjamin told jokes and stories to the crowd.  Without much haste the show was back on and the rest of the night went off without a hitch.  Other band members include Guitarist Ian D’Sa, Bassist Jon Gallant and Drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. There have been no line up changes, although Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter and Say Yes is currently filling in for him.  The bands latest studio album “afraid of heights” is set to be released July 29, 2016.

 

Thank you to WTFest  for having Hamiltons Rock and Country

Photo’s by Dwight & Brad

 

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