OH MY GOD. Before we formally start this post, can we just give props to the absolutely AMAZING job that the Youth Arts Initiative did on this concert?! If you missed out on the opportunity to catch the We Are The City concert, we’ll try our best to fill you in, but there’s no way we can convey how awesome the Youth Arts Initiative did in putting on this concert. I’m still blown away (and, at the time of writing this, the concert was 5 days ago!).
If you don’t already know, Sarah and I were contacted by Melanie at The Port Theatre to help raise awareness for this great event (you can read all about that here). However, we didn’t just want to spread the word on our blog, we also wanted to support the event (I mean, and listen to great Canadian music too).
Since Sarah and I haven’t seen each other in a while (hey, two weeks is a WHILE for us!) we decided to make a whole night of it. To start our night off right, Sarah & I headed to Tandoori Junction for some eats. After all, we were heading to a concert to dance our socks off – we were going to need sustenance.
One of the things I love most about Tandoori Junction is the amount of options they have! Sure some may see it as a bit daunting but I love it. Missin’ my kiwi days, I had a hankerin’ for lamb – and what better way to enjoy lamb than to pair it with my favourite drupe (hello botany lesson): the coconut.
Ugh, just looking at these photos is making me crave Lamb Coconut curry! Sarah went with the ever popular (and oh so delicious) Butter Chicken:
After our Indian fare, we had plenty of time on our hands to walk Nanaimo’s harbour before the concert. Sarah and I LOVE the waterfront walkway – there’s always a ton of things going on. We were lucky enough to happen upon this little girl who was not only playing the violin, but as her dad started playing the ukulele, she started to sing. If you’ve never heard a six year old sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” you haven’t lived. She was so adorable!
After taking a scenic stroll along the harbourfront walkway (and walking off our food babies) it was finally time for the Youth Arts Initiative concert!
First up were The Wild Romantics, who are Vancouver-based but Aleisha Kalina and Evan Miller are actually from Ladysmith! These guys know how to hype a crowd – they’re super energetic, their music is oh so fun to dance to, AND they were cracking jokes between songs. The crowd (and us) were lovin’ it. Such a great start to the show.
Next up were Nanaimo’s very own Gold & Shadow. I love these guys – their music is so mellow yet they have this infectious energy about them. I had actually heard some of their music before the show, thanks to Sarah, but it was so great to be able to see them preform live!
Lastly, the headliners of the event, We Are The City took the stage. This was a musical adventure like I’d never experienced before. There didn’t seem to be any pause between each track, the music just seamlessly evolved from one song to the next. We Are The City describes their sound as “a sonic roller coaster filled with ups and downs, louds and quiets”. I don’t think I could pin it any better if I tried. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a more energetic drummer before! At one point the drummer, Andrew, literally leapt up over his kick drum to race across stage.
Each band delivered an exciting set filled with great music. Peep the rest of our photos below:
As incredible as each act was, the real stars of the show were the youths who orchestrated the whole event. Sarah and I were blown away by the fantastic work that the Youth Arts Initiative did. What a great experience for these youths, they should be incredibly proud to have put on a rock-star of a show!
To learn more about the initiative, head over to The Port Theatre.
Stay tuned for later this week when we’ll upload a video of our adventure!
– Sean :)