Exploits Valley Salmon Fest concert wows huge crowd

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Music Fans not deterred by cool temperatures

Many concertgoers summed up Saturday's Salmon Festival show with one word ... "wow!"

After several months of preparation, Grand Falls-Windsor Town Councillor and chairman of the Salmon Festival committee Jim Courtney was pleased with the result of the efforts.

"It was huge," he said. "The enthusiasm of the crowd (was great) and some of the comments I got from the crowd last night called it the best ever."

Five-time Grammy award nominee Akon gave a performance Saturday night that Exploits Valley Salmon Festival concertgoers will not soon forget. - Photo by David Newell/The Advertiser

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Many concertgoers summed up Saturday's Salmon Festival show with one word ... "wow!"

After several months of preparation, Grand Falls-Windsor Town Councillor and chairman of the Salmon Festival committee Jim Courtney was pleased with the result of the efforts.

"It was huge," he said. "The enthusiasm of the crowd (was great) and some of the comments I got from the crowd last night called it the best ever."

While final numbers for the event will not be determined for several days, the crowd appeared to surpass many of the successful shows hosted in the past 25 years.

Local rockers Papa String warmed up the crowd on what was a cool afternoon with their mixture of straight-ahead rock 'n' roll and danceable funk, anchored by the smoky vocals of Alison O'Keefe.

Newfoundland favourites The Navigators kept the party going with some traditional tunes and up-and-coming country star Tara Oram, a native of Hare Bay, endeared herself to the crowd with her latest hits.

Johnnie Reid turned up the heat even more with a set that included tunes that proved why he was chosen the Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year in 2008.

He left the stage at one point to be closer to his adoring fans, who appeared to be from a wide demographic of pre-teens to seniors.

Next up was St. John's-based Hey Rosetta!, who are well-known throughout the country for its unique brand of garage rock that incorporates traditional rock instruments with violin and cello.

The Verge Music Award-winning band impressed the crowd with its energy and artistry.

Between musical acts, Donnie Dunphy took to the stage, along with his girlfriend, Brenda. Not far away was Donnie's sidekick, Mike, whose "bling" included a hubcap hanging from a heavy chain.

Perhaps the biggest act for many was five-time Grammy nominee Akon, whose hip hop and R&B singles have earned him 23 Billboard Hot 100 singles. He was the first solo artist in history to hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on that chart simultaneously.

His energetic stage show culminated when he, too, left the stage to perform closer to the audience.

His handlers held him at the edge of the crowd and several times thrust him onto the outstretched arms of his fans, who lifted the artist while he continued to sing.

Even members of the audience who were not previously familiar with songs such as "I Wanna Love You" and "It Don't Matter" before they arrived at the show were Akon fans when they left.

Courtney saw Akon's performance as one of the highlights of the night.

"Certainly, what can you say about Akon," he said. "He was one of the best surprises. He was awesome."

The night ended with Our Lady Peace, a band that has won five Juno awards and 10 Much Music Video awards in their 17-year history.

Led by vocalist and guitarist Raine Maida, fans were treated to a selection of the band's most well-known songs, such as "Innocent" and "Clumsy," along with tunes from their album "Burn, Burn," which is due for Canadian release Tuesday.

The cool temperatures did not seem to deter fans from coming out for the event.

Courtney was more than pleased with the final product.

"What else can you say?" he mused. "People walked away from that event quite happy."

The fun continues for Grand Falls-Windsor Day today, where an afternoon barbecue on High Street with face painting and pony rides for kids will be followed by Newfie Night at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.

That event will feature fish and brewis, a Screech-in and music provided by Will and Brian and The Killicks.

Later in the night, patrons can dance away to Young at Heart.

Organizations: Grand Falls-Windsor Town Councillor, Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist, Our Lady Peace

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Hare Bay, St. John's High Street Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium

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  • Dr. Stephen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Einstein,

    ''They are stupid and do not think for themselves''

    I guess Shakespeare was a loser...

    I guess Steven Spielberg is a loser...

    I guess John Lennon was a loser...

    I guess Johnny Depp is a loser....

    I guess Al Pacino is a loser....

    I guess Daniel Day Lewis is a loser....

    Of course I bet you don't think Heath Ledger was a loser because probably like to re-enact Let's put a smile on that face'' to your boyfriend.

    In fact Einstein, if you're a such a hater of the arts I suggest you burn every book (including your precious electrical engineering ones), music and anything on your walls. You should move to North Korea and become a facist because you have no appreciation for life whatsoever except programming and working on your Hello and welcome to Radio Shack phrase.

    Hmmm....I wonder how people could think for themselves....

    Hmmm I know - music, art, sculpture, breaking boundaries by innovation.

    Not by doing what you do by standing on thet shoulders of giants like the real Einstein. Stop riding his coat tails loser!

    I bet you couldn't even design a D-Day mug without referencing your 4.0 GPA.

    I can see it now,

    D-Day Fall 2009, I got a 4.0 GPA!

    PATHETIC!

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    lol do you think I would waste my hard earned money to go see some dude hopping around like a monkey? I would rather soak my eyeballs in lemon juice. No matter how popular he is, their is no denying that akon has no musical talent. He can't play any instruments and he is a terrible singer by any standard. If he tried out for American idol, prior to his success, he would be part of the blooper reel. And don't think that I'm denying his popularity - I'm not an idiot, I realize he is very popular. I just think his popularity speaks leaps and bounds about his fan base, and todays youth. They are stupid, and do not think for themselves. They like whatever is considered by Hollywood to be popular, no matter how stupid it may be....

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    A recipe for success:
    Take 1 Jim Courtney, add interesting and exciting performers, add dashes of country, hip-hop, classical rock, traditional and new age music, mix all together at a damp venue and serve to an enthuastic audience for hours on end.

    Voila! SUCCESS!!

    Way to go GRAND FALLS - WINDSOR!!!

  • nancy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    einstein - please DO go soak your eyeballs in lemon juice. at least we wouldn't have to read your stupid, pointless, and overly negative comments then.

    ps. maybe after your eyeballs dry out you can go get a life.

  • Mer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    'Newfie Night'...really? How can we expect to end the use of this offensive term when we're using it ourselves? Surely we can come up with something else.

  • Brent
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Personally, I think Our Lady Peace stole the show. Akon didn't really sing much since in most of his hits he has other artists singing with him. I also think he lip sang some of his songs. Our Lady Peace just had the better perfermance from what I saw.

  • Stephanie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I was at the concert and despite the cold weather, the concert was excellent! As for Eintstein, I don't believe you have ever heard of Akon if you can say he has a raspy voice?? Listen to his music and then come back and see if you would post that same comment. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Sorry Eintstein if you couldn't manage to get out and see the concert. I think you would be telling a different story about Akon's performance! All I have to say is AMAZING job AKON!!!

    Our lady peace never lets their fans down and did an amazing job.

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Doesn't anyone else think that Einstein has way too much to say? Do you really have to comment on every story? I've read your comments and they are not insightful or thought provoking. They have never pointed out anything I didn't know before. You sound like a child. Why didn't you post my comment mr. moderator? I'm a lonely guy who thinks he knows something about everything and I don't understand why people don't want to have me around in social situations...

    Get a grip. Go outside and do something with yourself.

  • MSG TO MODERATOR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    This is Einstein, and what is the reason for you NOT publishing my comment on akon? It was not offensive at all, but yet I see you guys posting very offensive comments all day long. You guys pick and choose way to much, its kind of bias, just like the news that the telegram produces. I guess everybody has become warped by popular culture. I spent time writing that comment, which is more than what your writers can say, and you just toss it aside? People love reading my comments, and they always spark debate, if you don't post them, you will lose readers. So dig up that comment you just discarded just because you like akon, do your job, AND POST IT ON THE WEB SITE

  • I don't believe it
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    For once, I actually agree with Einstein....

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I will never understand why akon is so popular. He has zero musical talent, but yet people love him. How are you people so easily impressed? I guess to doesn't take a whole lot. I am only impressed by people who do amazing things that I would never be able to do without years of training. All akon has to do is speak in a strange, raspy tone and girls clothes go flying. Popular music makes me sick. You no longer need to have any musical ability, you just need to be African (male) or very attractive (female) and sing songs about prostitutes, body parts, guns, or drugs and that makes you a billboard #1 again, and again, and again. And I use the word sing very loosely, because I wouldn't exactly classify speaking in slangs and making up words as singing. If popular music is any indication of the society that glorifies it, then I consider myself extremely lucky to not live in the USA, especially anywhere near California. It must be hell....

  • DeeJay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    What one may consider music is someone eles trash. being a Dj in the downtown scene I can honestly say that Akon is very popular. The man has market hinself very well. as for the statement that the only training he has had is in illigal activity is here nor there, many big stars have run afoul of the law but yet we still bought their records or watched their movies. Just a reminder that Rock N roll was onced frowned upon
    To each their own is what I say. I personally don't like Urban music but it is what this generation is into and there are some really great urban tracks out there

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I cannot believe how many people are fans of akon, its disgusting. I guess it just doesn't take a whole lot to impress people any more. In order for me to be impressed by a musician, they need to be capable of doing things that I would only be able to accomplish after years and years of training. The only training akon has is in illegal activity, but that is more impressive then anything else in todays society. All Akon has to do is speak, not sing, in a strange and almost computerized tone and he gets Grammy nominations? I guess thats why the Grammy awards are the pit of many jokes to real music lovers. Coming from somebody who isn't even impressed by singers at all, akon isn't exactly the greatest act in the world.

  • Dr. Stephen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Einstein,

    ''They are stupid and do not think for themselves''

    I guess Shakespeare was a loser...

    I guess Steven Spielberg is a loser...

    I guess John Lennon was a loser...

    I guess Johnny Depp is a loser....

    I guess Al Pacino is a loser....

    I guess Daniel Day Lewis is a loser....

    Of course I bet you don't think Heath Ledger was a loser because probably like to re-enact Let's put a smile on that face'' to your boyfriend.

    In fact Einstein, if you're a such a hater of the arts I suggest you burn every book (including your precious electrical engineering ones), music and anything on your walls. You should move to North Korea and become a facist because you have no appreciation for life whatsoever except programming and working on your Hello and welcome to Radio Shack phrase.

    Hmmm....I wonder how people could think for themselves....

    Hmmm I know - music, art, sculpture, breaking boundaries by innovation.

    Not by doing what you do by standing on thet shoulders of giants like the real Einstein. Stop riding his coat tails loser!

    I bet you couldn't even design a D-Day mug without referencing your 4.0 GPA.

    I can see it now,

    D-Day Fall 2009, I got a 4.0 GPA!

    PATHETIC!

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    lol do you think I would waste my hard earned money to go see some dude hopping around like a monkey? I would rather soak my eyeballs in lemon juice. No matter how popular he is, their is no denying that akon has no musical talent. He can't play any instruments and he is a terrible singer by any standard. If he tried out for American idol, prior to his success, he would be part of the blooper reel. And don't think that I'm denying his popularity - I'm not an idiot, I realize he is very popular. I just think his popularity speaks leaps and bounds about his fan base, and todays youth. They are stupid, and do not think for themselves. They like whatever is considered by Hollywood to be popular, no matter how stupid it may be....

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    A recipe for success:
    Take 1 Jim Courtney, add interesting and exciting performers, add dashes of country, hip-hop, classical rock, traditional and new age music, mix all together at a damp venue and serve to an enthuastic audience for hours on end.

    Voila! SUCCESS!!

    Way to go GRAND FALLS - WINDSOR!!!

  • nancy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    einstein - please DO go soak your eyeballs in lemon juice. at least we wouldn't have to read your stupid, pointless, and overly negative comments then.

    ps. maybe after your eyeballs dry out you can go get a life.

  • Mer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    'Newfie Night'...really? How can we expect to end the use of this offensive term when we're using it ourselves? Surely we can come up with something else.

  • Brent
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Personally, I think Our Lady Peace stole the show. Akon didn't really sing much since in most of his hits he has other artists singing with him. I also think he lip sang some of his songs. Our Lady Peace just had the better perfermance from what I saw.

  • Stephanie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    I was at the concert and despite the cold weather, the concert was excellent! As for Eintstein, I don't believe you have ever heard of Akon if you can say he has a raspy voice?? Listen to his music and then come back and see if you would post that same comment. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Sorry Eintstein if you couldn't manage to get out and see the concert. I think you would be telling a different story about Akon's performance! All I have to say is AMAZING job AKON!!!

    Our lady peace never lets their fans down and did an amazing job.

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Doesn't anyone else think that Einstein has way too much to say? Do you really have to comment on every story? I've read your comments and they are not insightful or thought provoking. They have never pointed out anything I didn't know before. You sound like a child. Why didn't you post my comment mr. moderator? I'm a lonely guy who thinks he knows something about everything and I don't understand why people don't want to have me around in social situations...

    Get a grip. Go outside and do something with yourself.

  • MSG TO MODERATOR
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    This is Einstein, and what is the reason for you NOT publishing my comment on akon? It was not offensive at all, but yet I see you guys posting very offensive comments all day long. You guys pick and choose way to much, its kind of bias, just like the news that the telegram produces. I guess everybody has become warped by popular culture. I spent time writing that comment, which is more than what your writers can say, and you just toss it aside? People love reading my comments, and they always spark debate, if you don't post them, you will lose readers. So dig up that comment you just discarded just because you like akon, do your job, AND POST IT ON THE WEB SITE

  • I don't believe it
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    For once, I actually agree with Einstein....

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I will never understand why akon is so popular. He has zero musical talent, but yet people love him. How are you people so easily impressed? I guess to doesn't take a whole lot. I am only impressed by people who do amazing things that I would never be able to do without years of training. All akon has to do is speak in a strange, raspy tone and girls clothes go flying. Popular music makes me sick. You no longer need to have any musical ability, you just need to be African (male) or very attractive (female) and sing songs about prostitutes, body parts, guns, or drugs and that makes you a billboard #1 again, and again, and again. And I use the word sing very loosely, because I wouldn't exactly classify speaking in slangs and making up words as singing. If popular music is any indication of the society that glorifies it, then I consider myself extremely lucky to not live in the USA, especially anywhere near California. It must be hell....

  • DeeJay
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    What one may consider music is someone eles trash. being a Dj in the downtown scene I can honestly say that Akon is very popular. The man has market hinself very well. as for the statement that the only training he has had is in illigal activity is here nor there, many big stars have run afoul of the law but yet we still bought their records or watched their movies. Just a reminder that Rock N roll was onced frowned upon
    To each their own is what I say. I personally don't like Urban music but it is what this generation is into and there are some really great urban tracks out there

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I cannot believe how many people are fans of akon, its disgusting. I guess it just doesn't take a whole lot to impress people any more. In order for me to be impressed by a musician, they need to be capable of doing things that I would only be able to accomplish after years and years of training. The only training akon has is in illegal activity, but that is more impressive then anything else in todays society. All Akon has to do is speak, not sing, in a strange and almost computerized tone and he gets Grammy nominations? I guess thats why the Grammy awards are the pit of many jokes to real music lovers. Coming from somebody who isn't even impressed by singers at all, akon isn't exactly the greatest act in the world.