The annual Mussel Bed Soiree is fast approaching, and with it the always entertaining Concert in the Park on Aug. 9. This year’s lineup is promising to be one of the best yet, with a wide variety of music ranging from traditional Irish, country, rock and alternative.
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Our Lady Peace look forward to entertaining the Soiree audience.
The day kicks off at 3 p.m. with The Masterless Men, followed by Brett Kissel at 5 p.m. Sloan takes the stage at 7 p.m. followed by headlining act Our Lady Peace at 9 p.m. Celtic Connection closes out the night at 11 p.m.
Concert-goers can expect an exciting night of great music and entertainment.
By ANDREW AYLWARD
Special to TC Media
Canadian alternative rock band “Our Lady Peace” is set to headline the 28th annual Mussel Bed Soiree Concert in the Park on Aug. 9. From Toronto, Ontario, the band’s career has spanned over 20 years and eight studio albums.
Their most recent album released 2012 “Curve”, debuted in Canada’s Top 10 national album sales.
Bassist Duncan Coutts says a memorable part of the recording process was how “organic” the recording of a few songs, like “Rabbit” and “Fire in the Henhouse”.
“We have two guys that live in Toronto, and two guys that live in L.A., so it’s become more difficult to make records as we go on,” he said. “There were a couple of moments on ‘Curve’ that were nice, happy accidents.”
The single, “Heavyweight”, charted number one on Canada’s Mainstream Rock radio.
Our Lady Peace are no stranger to Newfoundland. Coutts said the band has played at the George Street Festival in St. John’s as recently as last year. He says on their last two visits to Newfoundland, they had members of the band new to the island screeched in.
“Our keyboard player, Robin Hatch, was screeched in front of 15,000 people last summer, and that was pretty cool to me,” said Coutts.
Coutts looks forward to sharing the stage with the artists performing at the Concert in the Park.
“Diversity is what makes life interesting, and those are some different sounding bands,” he said. “I think it’ll be awesome to play a show with them.”
Coutts says he’s a big “Sloan” fan.
“Sloan we’ve played with many times, and I love their band. I’ve been playing a lot of drums lately, and I’ve been playing along to a lot of ‘Sloan’ records.”
Coutts says the band is in the process of recording demos for the next album.
“Our goal is to have at least a song out by the time we reach you guys,” said Coutts.
He hopes concert goers will have a great time, and says that a live show brings people together in a way not much else can.
“As technology changes the way we interact with each other, live music I feel and hope will be one of the constants,” he said. “It’s a real tangible experience, and I think it’s hard to replicate that in another venue.”
The band always enjoys visiting the island.
“I’m excited to play shows again, and I’m happy to be playing one in Newfoundland,” said Coutts.
Our Lady Peace takes to the stage at 9 p.m.