On Sunday morning after our Canada Day wine fest, Evan, Sherrie, Will and I went out for breakfast and then did the typical Niagara Falls touristy stuff. We walked Clifton Hill where all the attractions are and then hit up the falls!
Nothing like photobombing this beautiful natural wonder with our big ol’ faces.
I actually didn’t even get a picture of the falls without us in front of them, so here’s one that Dawn got later on.
Just so you get an idea of their magnificence, you know. They’re quite a wonder.
Next up on our agenda was the Canada 150 Music Festival at Butler’s Barracks in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Heyyyy ya! Nothing says Canada Day like Canadian tuneage!!!
This was actually the reason we were in the area in the first place, but we were making a weekend out of it. I was so excited for that lineup! Blue Rodeo is probably my fave (our wedding first dance song was Lost Together) — Evan and I saw them last year also and they were wonderful. I saw City & Colour a few years ago with Sherrie, but I haven’t seen the rest of those bands so I was excited.
Butler’s Barracks is a historic military complex in a ridiculously lush and pretty area in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Commons is a huge field in the middle and the perfect venue for an outdoor concert. It was very well organized and overall I was really impressed with the venue. I waited in line max 5 minutes for a beer so that’s not too shabby at all! I heard parking was a mess, but we parked a bit away and walked in and had no problems getting out and we didn’t hit any traffic, so it was a dream day for us (not for the rest of our friends who arrived later, they had a hard time getting outta there).
We set up shop on a sweet patch of grass not too far from the stage.
I grabbed a poutine on the way in (a concert tradition for me usually) and then Evan and Will went on an adventure and brought us back fish tacos from the Food Dudes. Those were freakin’ amazing.
Dear Rouge was up first!
It wasn’t that busy yet — I think a lot of people planned on coming later for the headliners — and I’m so glad we got there early, got a good spot, and caught Dear Rouge. I LOVE THEM. Danielle has an amazing voice and just a really great frontlady vibe about her. I don’t know why they’re not more popular (probably because all Canadians get shafted unless they’re Drake).
So good. I also love Black To Gold (one of my fave songs to run to), I Heard I Had, and Tongues — just to name a few. They were great (but too short!) and Sherrie and I were loving our lives in that warm sunshine.
Next up was Stars, and I only knew two of their songs, Hold On When You Get Love and Take Me To The Riot, so I was glad they played both of those. They were good, too, but not exactly my style. The lead guy was saying he lived about 400 meters up the street – convenient!
It was starting to get busier by the end of their set.
Then The Srumbellas (LOVE!) came on and the rest of our friends arrived! There were 11 of us in total, Dawn, Mark and Scarlett, Emily and Corey, Renee and Dustin and of course Sherrie and Will.
It was SO AMAZING they could all make it! I can’t even think of a time a bunch of us have done something like this together. I loved singing along with everyone. And I was honoured to be there for Scar’s first concert!
I love how those two matched. She had a time!
By the time they all got there it started to get realllll busy. It was packed behind us all the way to the back of the park. Just crazy. I was thankful we had a clear spot for hanging out.
The Strumbellas were awesome, just as good as I hoped they would be! Some of my faves from them if you’re not familiar:
And then my loves, Blue Rodeo, who took the stage just as the sun was setting.
Ah they were so good. Evan and I totally slow danced during Lost Together, and we definitely did when we saw them last summer, too.
Surprisingly they played a few songs that I didn’t know, but they squeezed a bunch of their hits in: Try, Hasn’t Hit Me Yet, and Evan’s favourite, Five Days In May (he actually wanted that to be our first dance song but it didn’t work quite as well so it got vetoed).
I was having such a love burst for the day, for our folky Canadian music, for our ridiculously fun friends, for our amazing country. I had a moment.
And then it was City and Colour time! I quite like Dallas Green’s voice, it’s so unique, but I will tell you, I have to be in the mood for that kind of music. It is a bit sleepy. Some of my faves: Wasted Love, The Girl, Fragile Bird, Comin Home.
They were also fantastic, and we were feeling rambunctious despite Dallas and friends’ sombre tone.
Oh it was such a fun time with those ladies. And our men.
We stayed at a big airbnb back in Niagara Falls that comfortably fit all of us, so we headed back there for a sleepover and a Euchre tournament. It worked out well. Like a big slumber party. It was such a great Canada Day weekend with some of my faves!