Penetanguishene Power Slides Into Their First Air Guitar Championships With Huge Community Support
They say it takes a village. A village to raise a child… sure. But this village is raising the up the idiot in the name of world peace and helping a great charity called RIGHT TO PLAY.
Air Guitar is about bringing smiles to people’s faces as courageous participants melt faces by doing their best Mr. Bean after cranking down a six-pack of Steam Whistle. It’s the regular-joe’s chance to be a rock star without ever having the talent to..well..be a rock star.
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The village, nay the County, of Simcoe which includes Penetanguishene and Midland among others is making a name for itself by joining the ranks of the weird and wonderful with their first charity Air Guitar Championships. The winner travels to Toronto on July 16th for the Canadian Championships. And maybe, just maybe, they win and get the experience of a lifetime flying to Oulu, Finland (look it up) to participate in the 21st Air Guitar World Championships.
Joining the ranks of people from this amazing community who are making the goodness happen – we have a Ward Councillor, a Deputy Mayor, and a Butter Tart Festival Boss. Pretty much the most powerful people in Simcoe County. They have united for a historic moment – here are their bios:
JUDGE #1 Mike Ross – Deputy Mayor for the Town of Midland. Married and father of two. Born and Raised Midland boy and Proud of it. Classic Rock & Metal Fan. Been playing Air Guitar for over 40 years. Performed my self taught style to the Rolling Stones, Green Day, Rush & Neil Young to name just a few.
JUDGE #2 Barb Rowlandson
Born from a cloud of smoke machine fog lit by a Pink Floyd laser show, Barb Rowlandson is an acolyte of the Goddess Rock n’ Roll. Barb’s career has had many wacky incarnations, but she is best known locally as the creator of Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival. These days, you’ll find Barb rockin’ out classic style at Askennonia Senior Centre, where she is currently organising Midland’s next great festival, Zucchini Mania. In her spare time, Barb plays the actual guitar, volunteers for Huronia Museum, paints, screen prints, hula hoops and obsessively watches Henry Rollins videos on the YouTube.
Rollins… man. That’s boss.
And finally – our super host Cody Oschefski
An eager and passionate member of the Unifor skilled trades council, an 11 year employee at TRW automotive as an electrician after serving an apprenticeship. The vice president and skilled trades rep at Unifor Local 1411. A councillor in the Town of Midland with aspirations of being Deputy Mayor in 2018. Created and chairs the Midland Youth committee. On the board of directors at the Boys and Girls club of North Simcoe and an advocate for underprivileged youth, young people in the trades and creating opportunities for people in general. Known for ability to listen, being a lifetime learner and always giving back and serving his community.
We have more love to share with the people who are making this happen – but we’ll post about them tomorrow. 2 more judges and a whole bunch of businesses that have gotten behind the event.
See you this Saturday at The Maple Valley Sports Bar at 8pm. We’ll have some cold Steam Whistle ready for you along with a night you won’t soon forget.