JUDGE ANNOUNCEMENT 102.1
Freakin’ tickled to welcome The Edge 102.1′s Adam Ricard back for his second year of Air Guitar jury action. Adam judged for the first time last year and reported to have lost his mind. The competitors are promising to mess him up again in 2016.
Using the antiquated figure skating scoring system of 4.0 to 6.0, Adam will be throwing down the scores for our largest ever field of competitors.
We still have a few remaining spots on the Dark Horse list. One night of Air Guitar can win you a paid flight to Finland. You get some pilsners to help you along. Speaking of beer. Check this out – Adam and our beloved sponsor Steam Whistle. Can you believe we never knew this video even existed? You really can’t plan this sort of thing…
Huge thanks to Adam for Year 2, for his on-air plugs, and ongoing badassery on the Edge. He’s the man to listen to on your ride home.
Judges Announced for this Weekend’s Airy Party – July 18th @ Fratters Speakeasy
Fratter’s Speak-Easy is the awesome venue for this special occasion. Tyler ‘Cat Friday’ Gardner – the Western Canada Air Guitar Canada Commissioner along with rock party purveyors Banger Bingo have a night of music, rock, weird, and more rock ready to make you scream and cheer like a Backstreet Boys concert. Brought to you by 106.7 The Drive and Steam Whistle, good times will be had by all. Still time to register to compete by the way.
The winner of the competition will fly to Toronto for the 2016 Canadian Air Guitar Championships on July 16th. Flight and Hotel paid.
So…Red Deer will crown their first Air Guitar champ. But they need help to do it. That’s where the judges step in.
Peter Michaels: He has been described as “average” as well as “drab & business like”. He rocks the Dad Bod & sometimes falls asleep in the middle of a conversation. You know you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when he’s your idea of having a “celebrity” at your event. It can’t really be that bad…can it?! Find out the answer to that soon! He is Peter Michaels, program director & midday host at 106.7 THE DRIVE in Red Deer Alberta! And this bio was written by his mom!
Deren Nickerson: Deren Nickerson is the owner and co-proprietor of Of Thorn & Vine (OTAV) Promotions, a booking company that was founded in Red Deer, AB in 2011 and has worked with many touring and local bands to build up and maintain the central Albertan music scene. In addition to local live music events, OTAV Promotions has had its hand in booking/promoting outdoor festivals, stand-up comedy, and shows abroad in other major Albertan cities.
It’s going to be a crazy night of rock and riffing – all for the benefit of World Peace… Because as the ancient Air Guitar Mantra says – ‘When you are holding an Air Guitar, You can’t be holding a gun’. Air Guitar Canada is a not for profit that donates the proceeds of our events go to Right To Play Canada.
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DANA-SAURUS REX WINS TORONTO CHAMPIONSHIP – WEDDINGS SUCK.
Yes… we’ve been really busy. We had the Toronto Championships on May 28th. Montreal was on June 3rd. Ottawa on June 4th. And now…here we are on June 7th… just three sleeps from the first-ever Air Guitar Medicine Hat on June 11th. It’s Bananas! By the way… so far each and every Canadian regional championship has been won by women. Rock and Roll is for the dames!
Here is the long-awaited Toronto re-cap with pictures, some video, and plenty of goodness. Huge thanks to our resident photographer of all things Air Guitar – Henry Vanderspeck a.k.a. Culture Snap. Another huge shout out to SteamWhistle Pilsner for being our biggest and baddest sponsor. Thanks to Panago Pizza for fuelling our shredding and face melting. Our prize sponsors: Bestival, Eatertainment, Second City, Sincair Music and Hog Town Pub and Oysters. And a giant thank you to our new venue the Drake Underground. We made over a grand for our charity Right To Play… that’s pretty boss. Here’s the goodness:
Dana ‘Dana-Saurus Rex’ Schiemann entered as a Brave Soul and came out on top of the competition in Toronto. Her freaking crazy hair and larger than life stage presence floated her into the top spot (see video). Sadly for us… she’s got a wedding to attend on July 16th. Hooray for us… the top spot for Toronto at Nationals will go to vice-champion Blake ‘Canadian Tuxedo’ Johnston, a newcomer who regurgitated a killer interpretation of Pantera’s Cowboy’s from Hell (see video):
The night started off with a special guest performance by Dance Animal. They are a comedic dance troupe that will be performing at Fringe late this month. Check them out – top Fringe act – without a doubt.
After Dance Animal warmed up the crowd… our super host Matty Burns led an air band number of The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle. Real singing by Matty and fake instruments by Carlos ‘Hanzel the Manzel’ Mengual – the 2015 Toronto Air Guitar Champ, The Storm Troop-Air, and Paul ‘The PK’ Kingston.
We met our judges: From left to right – Kat Curtis from Naked News, Luke Cameron from the Edge 102.1, Suresh John from CBC’s Mr. D, Carlos ‘Hanzel the Manzel’ Mengual, and Robin Henderson from Dance Animal and Toronto’s Lip Schtick Lip-Synch battles.
It was time for the competition to begin. First up was an unknown called White Face. Needless to say the judges missed the facial expressions and while the choice of Clutch and Shogun Named Marcus harkened us back 20 years, nostalgia was not nearly enough. He received 5.3, 5.4, 5.6, 5.0, 5.2.
2nd to grace the stage was Carlos Los Badass. A newcomer to the Toronto Air Guitar scene, Carlos totally killed it. He brought the latin lov-air to life with the Gypsy Kings ‘Bambaleo’. Carlos has qualified for Nationals. Scores: 5.5, 5.6, 5.6, 5.8, 5.8.
Next up was another newcomer Tyler ‘Secks A. Peel’ Forbes. Driving hard and leaping high to The Darkness’ ‘I Believe In a Thing Called Love’. Tyler didn’t move forward to the next round… but by our eyes he was most definitely deserving. Secks A. Peel is committed to redemption and has signed up as a Dark Horse for Nationals on July 16th. Scores: 5.5, 5.3, 5.2, 5.9, 5.7.
And another newcomer Laurence ‘Maxim’ Tetrault bent it like Victoria Beckham and gave a solid performance of Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock and Roll’. By no means the least of the performers her scores were near the lower end of the spectrum earning her the 2 Free Music Lessons from Sinclair Music. Funny enough…she’s chosen to use them for the piano. We hope she’ll come back in July and rock some more for the good cause… that and she’s totally rad. Scores: 5.3, 5.3, 5.4, 5.0, 5.2.
Then we had Whiskey Buttocks. Ooops. We mean Whiskey Pockets. Yep… Mark Slater was back for his second year in Air Guitar. Not only did he take it up to a whole new level qualifying for the compulsory round, but he’s been a gent sharing his graphic design skills to get the good word out to the masses by crafting each of our posters and on-line pieces that you may have seen. We are thrilled he’ll be moving forward to Nationals in the championship round. 5.6, 5.6, 5.8, 5.6, 5.7.
AH… Mr. Bob… our 72 year old competitor who inspires each and everyone of us. Despite his energetic performance, he was just one spot away from qualifying for the Nationals. Bob has entered as a Dark Horse for July 16th in hopes of making his dreams of becoming Canada’s Air Guitar Champion in 2016. Scores: 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.5, 5.8.
Riley ‘Savage Buster’ Boyd channeled his best Dan Akroyd and left a trail of Ectoplasm for the audience to slip around in. Scores: 5.1, 5.5, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6
KIt ‘Kid Vicious’ Kolbegger in their third year in Air Guitar was transformed and demonstrated peak ‘airiness’. Kid will move on to the Nationals. Scores: 5.4, 5.7, 5.5, 5.8, 5.8.
Matthew ‘Champ Forrester’ Hallsworth used his mental telekinetic powers to play the Air Guitar. This my friends, was a first. It was both innovative and bold. That’s what they say about the Champ. Scores: 5.5, 5.6, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7
The Brave Souls came next. First up was Sandy ‘Freakachu’ Gibson. A veteran of the scene, this pokemon power ball just wanted to play… so he signed up. And did better than he’s ever done in his previous competitions. He finished third… but will be volunteering at Camp Ooch during the Nationals – so we’ll miss seeing him electrify the stage in July. But he’ll be back. Pokeball and all. Scores: 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 ,5.7 ,5.7.
Then there was this guy. Out of nowhere… Pierce Manly. Not only did this guy kill it with his frenetic rocking’, but we even fucked up and played the wrong song and he still went with it like it was the plan all along. I actually wonder what it would have been like if we’d played the song he did know… because he was that good. Minus a trip off the stage because of the dark shades he was wearing – he was freaking amazing. Scores: 5.3, 5.3, 5.2, 5.5, 5.6.
Our videographer got so carrie away watching it all through the lens that he decided he should get up and try it on for size. He turned out to be really good at it and has qualified for Nationals. He called himself Adam ‘Holy Rod’ Holroyd. Scores: 5.6, 5.7, 5.7, 5.4, 5.8.
Then came Dana ‘Dana-Saurus Rex’ Schiemann. She was that and all the more. Her hair and her moves mesmerized every living thing in the room. We all air-gasmed with her to ACDC Shook Me All Night Long…Scores: 5.6, 5.8, 5.8. 5.7. 6.0.
Our final performer had a special night, or what sounded like a special week celebrating his bachelor party. Eduardo Van Halen was well suited and kicked out the jams as any totally hammered stag party might call for. Scores: 5.4, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6, 5.6
Holy Rod – Tied for 3rd.
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Third year is the charm – Drake Underground to host extreme music appreciation night.
This is the 3rd year of the newly minted Air Guitar Toronto Championships. We’ve got a new venue with the Drake, a bevy of new performers, and few new saucy judges to help us pick a champion. We are going to rock out and raise some coin for Right To Play.
Yes. May 28th, Saturday Night, in ye olde towne of York… we will be crowning the 2016 Toronto Air Guitar Champion. The winner, along with some top finalists will qualify for the National Championships in July, for their chance to become the 2016 Canadian Champion of AIr Guitar. Yep, that’s a thing.
Grab your tickets at the door. Maybe even try your hand at Air Guitar in our Brave Souls Round – the Karaoke of Air Guitar.
Fun starts at 8:30pm with a special preview of Robin Henderson’s Dance Animal – the surefire hit of the Fringe Festival coming this July.
The competition starts shortly after with Comedian Matty Burns holding the mic and conducting thangs. He’s also directing a wicked funny show called The Clueless Dead coming up next weekend.
Now on to the bragging – we have the best judges. They are so sexy… literally and figuratively.
Kat Curtis from Naked News
Kat loves to dress up or down and then be totally wicked hilarious. This smarty is tall, sparkly and all ‘that’. Check her out on Naked News as the Naked Nerd
Katherine Curtis joined Naked News in 2008, and has been slowly working towards her goal of total world domination ever since. Aimed with an abrasive sense of humor, a razor-sharp wit, a vast knowledge of geek culture, and an impressive set of knockers, she has been steadily gaining hordes of loyal minions and laying waste to everyone who dares stand in her way. Her weaknesses are vegan food, comic books, RPGs, Joss Whedon, The Guild, Neil Gaiman, costume sales, Star Wars, Jonathan Coulton, and Kirby Krackle.
We introduced him last year as the Corey Heart of Air Guitar judges because the man rarely removes his impressive aviators. We are so thrilled to have him back – Suresh is the funniest guy. His Mr. Malik character on Mr. D. is a favourite. Click on the link below to see this beefcake in action.
Luke from the Edge 102.1
Luke is a self-professed music lover and admirer of a nifty dance move. ‘I’m usually hangin’ at a bunch of concerts around the city and I once spent WAY too much time learning the dance moves to “Hotline Bling”’
The Queen Bee at Steam Whistle, Nancy keeps the good beer folks making that sweet nectar for all of us to enjoy. We are thrilled to welcome Nancy back for her 3rd year of judging at the Toronto Championships!
You are the sweetest Nancy.
and lastly but not least… Carlos ‘Hanzel the Manzel’ Mengual – the 2015 Toronto Champion and 2015 National Vice-Champion. He’ll be choosing his successor. Which might be awkward because he will be competing against that person come nationals. Here was his performance at last year’s event.
VIP Bestival Passes, SteamWhistle & Second City Prize Packs, Gift Certificates from Panago Pizza, Eatertainment, Hogtown Pub and Oysters and Guitar Lessons from Sinclair Music.
Air Guitar Toronto is coming to the Drake Underground on May 28th, 2016. This marks the next major event in the Air Guitar Canada season. Toronto will assemble the most super of heroes and their imaginary instruments to rock the crowd. And after the dust settles, we will send another set of finalists to the Canadian Championships in July.
While everyone is in this for the right reasons: Stardom, self-flagellation, and the conquering paralyzing fears and childhood traumas. These wannabe Air Guitarists will have the chance to increase the karmic good in the universe by letting loose for a minute on stage to a song they love, in the name of World Peace.
‘When you are holding an Air Guitar, you can’t be holding a gun’ goes the saying.
We run these events in the name of charity – Right To Play Canada to be specific.
But we must encourage and celebrate the bravery and shamelessness of our competitors. they bring the crowd, who brings the money for the cause.
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Here is the prizing for the Toronto Championships on May 28th:
1st Place: Title of Toronto Champ, Spot at Nationals, Steamwhistle Mega prize pack & choice of VIP Bestival Passes or Eatertainment, or Hogtown Pub and Oysters gift certificates or Second City gift pack.
2nd Place: Vis-Champion title, Spot at Nationals, Steamwhistle prize pack. 2nd choice of VIP Bestival Passes or Eatertainment, or Hogtown Pub and Oysters gift certificates , Panago Prize Pack or Second City gift pack.
3rd Place: Spot at Nationals, 3rd choice of VIP Bestival Passes or Eatertainment, or Hogtown Pub and Oysters gift certificates, Panago Prize Pack or Second City gift pack.
4th Place: Spot at Nationals, 4th choice of VIP Bestival Passes or Eatertainment, or Hogtown Pub and Oysters gift certificates, Panago Prize Pack or Second City gift pack.
5th Place: Spot at Nationals, 5th choice of VIP Bestival Passes or Eatertainment, or Hogtown Pub and Oysters gift certificates, Panago Prize Pack or Second City gift pack.
BEST COSTUME – Panago Prize Pack.
LAST PLACE – Sinclair Music – 2 free guitar lessons.
Wishing the ‘Good Beer Folks’ a great long weekend
We have the best sponsor. Steam Whistle Pilser has been by our side and supporting our Air Guitar mission since day one. This May long weekend, we want to thank them for helping us do what we do – namely: rocking out for a good cause. We donate the proceeds of our events to the Right To Play Canada charity and Steam Whistle help make these monetary donations possible.
We had the pleasure of touring the brewery a few weeks back as part of one of the prizes they awarded to the Toronto Champ Carlos ‘Hanzel the Manzel’ Mengual. Mr. Bob – our 72 year old phenom, Kid Vicious and Whiskey Pockets tagged along for some glamour shots. The following is a Culture Snap ‘photobomb’ of love to Steam Whistle from Air Guitar Canada.
Happy May 2-4 everybody! Hope you get the chance to enjoy it with a Steam Whistle, be it a crisp cold can, king can, or bottle.
And make sure you come out to the Air Guitar Toronto Championships on May 28th and the Drake. Maybe we can find ourselves another ‘Brymtime‘ to become our champ?