Niagara-on-the-Lake is not only a gracious host for some renown wineries it recently captured a lively audience of over 17,000 guests for the 2nd annual Canada Day weekend concert at The Commons @ Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site.

A number of great performers rocked the stage including Yukon Blonde, Serena Ryder, Jimmy Eat World, Metric, and Niagara’s own Dallas Green with his band City and Colour. Every single act sounded amazing, and even though it poured with rain during Metric’s performance of “Breathing Underwater”, it was a great way to cool off (the rainbow that appeared afterwards made this experience even more memorable ).

Such a well-organized event – there were a variety of different food vendors, including The Old Winery from here in Niagara on the Lake, Montana’s, and even a gourmet donut tent! The line ups were nowhere near as long as they would be at a typical outdoor event, especially considering the volume of people that came out to enjoy this guests arriving early morning to attend. Most notable was the wine and beer tent, which served a selection of wines from Jackson-Triggs and beer from Molson, which ran so smoothly you were never waiting long for a drink!

The parking situation this year was MUCH better than last years Tragically Hip Event. Coordinators replaced their previous system of parking at Niagara College and shuttling people in with parking at the Shaw Festival, which was much more convenient for concert goers.

Great job to everyone involved. Looking forward to what’s in store for 2014!

“If I ever go missing I would like my photo put on a wine bottles instead of milk cartons so my friends can find me!”