The weeks before were spent with extra practices and writing and re-working set lists - over thinking everything. Especially, what to you say on-stage to thousands of people you don't know. King Crow loves to yell, scream and shout, playing our hearts out with anyone willing to listen. But don't ask us for expertly timed, witty banter… that being said, I think we managed to do well despite our reservations!
Sarah, our manager, preceded the band to the Games and the rest of us drove in a rented 15 passenger van early on the Friday morning. Lots of stops and one call to BCCA (to retrieve the keys locked the van during a lunch stop in Houston) and we pulled into the host city for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.That night we all headed down the the bclc centre stage to be humbled by the performance of Vancouver band "Delhi to Dublin". We stood in the back getting more and more excited and realizing what we were in for.
Saturday we spent the spent the day checking out shops and walking around PG with the influx of athletes and crowds. The band found itself lost in the maze of "Electron Sound," a highly recommended music shop filled with just about everything but fiddles.
That night we played at the Artspace above Books and Company. Earlier I was commenting on our lacklustre banter, so you can understand when I say that an intimate, seated crowd of just over 100 people can tension more nerves than a stand-up dance crew of 5 times that. Though, the show was great, the place was full, the guests where supportive and made us feel welcome, a dance floor even happened. Special shout out to sound man Ron, Andrew Kurjata from CBC (our amazing host that night) and the Coldsnap volunteers (cheers, Sue and Elissa! In no time Sunday came. We were blown away by the sound check.
The professionalism and organization of the stage crew was unbelievable. They managed to sound check us and get us on and off in record time. Seriously, it took all of half an hour and there are nine of us and we all play multiple instruments. Crazy. As the evening approached we gathered at the van and took the drive downtown, passing off our instruments to be acclimatized in the cold winter air we found seats in the green room and waited our for our cue. The show was awesome. The stage, lights, sound production and most of all the people, made it a most memorable weekend.
Their was even a front row made up of many familiar Terrace faces - thanks, gus. And fireworks to finish out the set, perfectly timed with the end of our last song. The rest of the night was a blur of conversation, introductions and beer. What an amazing experience. Thank you to Coldsnap Music Festival, the 2105 Canada Winter Games, and everyone in PG. Cheers until next time.