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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