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September 19, 2011

Warped Tour Missisauga 2011

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The beating hot sun lit up the large parking lot outside Arrow Hall convention centre in Mississauga as  hundreds of fans from all over lined up and waited for the day to start. This could only mean one thing, Warped Tour had come around once again for another year of cheers and fun. For those unfamiliar with the tour, Warped Tour is an annual music and extreme sports festival that runs during the summer. Featuring about 100 different bands playing daily on about 10 different stages, the tour was originally founded in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. Over the years it has grown to be the longest running annual tour in North America.

This year’s Mississauga Warped Tour date was an especially hot one, but with sunscreen in hand and merch money spent on overpriced water bottles, everyone braved the heat for an experience of a lifetime. From the beginning of the day fans launched themselves into the action immediately, as each passed through the gates to run to the centre of the venue, past the flea market of band and charity tents to get their look at the large inflated schedule. All this to find  out when their own favourite bands would take the stage.

The performances of the day started off with the hardcore pop-punk band from Kitchener Ontario Courage My Love. It was the band’s first year playing a show for the tour and the trio completely blew away the crowd. They played a good mix of old favourites like their songs “Bridges” and “Barricade” but also some new songs now featured in their latest EP “For Now” .

 

As the day went on, we saw performances from bands such as The Ready Set, Set Your Goals, Relient K and Woe Is Me to name a few.  Autograph signings took place at many of the tents, giving fans the special opportunity to meet, greet and maybe even snap a photo with their favourite bands. Everyone enjoyed walking around, taking in the sights.

For the Mississauga date of Warped, the main stage crowd was in store for a special treat. For this day only, hometown boys illScarlett were given a chance to play their set from the main stage. The crowd swayed, sang along and had a good time. The boys rocked the stage with old favourites like “OneA” and “Nothing Special” and a crowd favourite “Mary Jane”.  They did an excellent job and the fans were very excited.

As the sun set and the last performers of the day 3oh!3 bid it farewell, the great festival came to an end. All and all this year’s warped tour was a smash, and roaring good time! Despite the sunburns, music-fans could be seen with big smiles on their faces. Until next year!

 

By: Shaughna Boara

 

 






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