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The Boonstock Music And Arts Festival

Linda provides us with her report about Boonstock Festival weekend about one month ago. Enjoy reading and thanks to Linda for writing this and for taking the photos. Published August 01 2013.

  by Linda

2013 was Boonstock’s 9th successful year, this outdoor music and arts festival was held from June 27th-30th in a farmer’s field just outside Gibbons, Alberta. Boonstock has quickly grown into the largest music festival of its kind in Western Canada, and one of the best in Canada, with over 40 bands and 40 DJ’s rocking and dropping some sick beats to a crowd of 65,000 music fans throughout the Canada Day long weekend. This year’s outstanding line- up included artists such as, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Five Alarm Funk, The Preying Saints, Forester, Jezibelle, Pop Evil, Drop Kick Murphys, Dolly Rotten, Godsmack and the Canadian iconic alternative rock band The Headstones.

A music festival is a personal yet universal experience, a meeting and mixing of souls from all walks of life out to escape reality for a weekend of rocking out to big name bands, Indie artists, artists you’d never thought you’d get the chance to see and to witness the birth of new bands through their first gig on stage. There is something about camping with the just the basics, getting dirty, partying all day and all night long while listening and watching the amazing melding of live music and people, that has you going back every year. Everyone can get in on the music at Boonstock by going to the famous Mr. Entertainment karaoke stage. If you can’t get your fill of just listening to music, you can get up on the karaoke stage and belt out that favorite song and attract a crowd of fans of your own.

Mr. Entertainment runs their “Rock the Stock” Boonstock karaoke competition every year in bars and pubs in and around the Edmonton, Alberta area. In every location there are weeks of qualifying rounds and then a final round held with one winner from each contest location receiving free weekend passes to Boonstock. At Boonstock the winners from the “Rock the Stock” competition, compete against each other in front of qualified judges, to win their chance to sing on the Jaeger World Stage in front of a huge crowd and the winner also gets to record some tracks with local independent recording company Prairie Dog Records. If you sing karaoke on the Mr. Entertainment karaoke stage at Boonstock and you “Rock the Stock” and bring it, you just might find yourself being chosen to compete to sing on the big stage.

It was amazing to see one of Canada’s most dynamic, no-nonsense, and lyrically hypnotising rock ‘n’ roll bands The Headstones back on stage. The Headstones formed in Kingston Ontario, Canada in 1987 and went on to release five albums from 1993-2002. The Headstones broke up in 2003, only to reunite in 2011 after being on stage again and seeing that their fans had never left them, it let them rediscover that Indie spirit that moved them in the earliest days of the band. In October of 2012, Hugh Dillon, Trent Carr, Dale Harrison and Tim White announced that they were putting out an album in a new way, through PledgeMusic.com. A little over 48 hours later the band had raised 295 percent of their original goal resulting in The Headstone’s new album “Love+Fury”. Meeting The Headstones was the definite highlight of the whole festival, artists taking time out to meet their fans, sign some autographs and take pictures is appreciation for appreciation, and there is nothing like it. At Boonstock every artist that played had complete control of the stage, the crowd and struck the musical cord of every soul.