Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
• 5085 Hwy 69 North #22 • Hanmer, ON
Doors Open: 6:30PM
| Show Starts: 7:00PM
| End Time: 1:00AM
| Ages 19+
Featuring: Big Wreck, AC/DC Tribute Who Made Who, Toe Jam Tequila,
Event type: Ages 19+
Valley East Days is a festival that celebrates the Valley East Community, its residents, and its businesses. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of entertainment for our patrons, by committing to free family activities in the daytime, and affordable musical entertainment in the night time.
This September, our committee will be presenting the 46th Annual Valley East Days festival. Musicians, singers, dancers, car shows, mining competitions, Wrestling Show, kid’s inflatables, local vendors and more will be invited to the festival grounds to make what could go down as the best Valley East Days yet!
Valley East Days Rock Night is on Sep 9th 2023
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Big Wreck Bio
In the early weeks of 2020, the members of Big Wreck were returning home after a heavy
few months of touring, ready to settle into a cyclical period of workshopping and
woodshedding new material. Of course, an emerging global pandemic unwelcomely
extended a few months of creative respite into nearly a year-and-a-half of inactivity and
uncertainty. But borrowing whatever adage you’d like about lemonade or open windows,
frontman Ian Thornley and his bandmates decided to take full advantage of the
“It was a crazy and uncertain time, but I kind of fell right into my rhythm,”
Thornley recalls. “I’d come into my basement writing room and just lock it all away and
start following leads – riffs from soundchecks or old phone recordings. There are sounds
we’ve never gone for before that I’ve secretly always wanted to try, so the attitude was
kind of, ‘If not now, when?’”
Following that lengthy span of experimentation and gestation, the band hit the
studio with revered producer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells) returning behind the board.
The result is a wealth of riches for the Big Wreck faithful and new fans alike; 15 tracks
divided into three EPs that capture the essence of every entry in their celebrated back
catalogue while pushing into some unexplored sonic territory – and that’s saying a lot
considering the resumes of this particular group of players.
Joining Thornley and longtime bassist Dave McMillan for the sessions is guitarist
Chris Caddell, who entered the fold in 2019 following the passing of founding guitarist
Brian Doherty. Another fixture in the line-up is drummer Sekou Lumumba, who
performed with Thornley’s eponymous solo project in the early aughts and a diverse
group of other big names since.
“Everybody’s got their own fingerprints on this, and it felt as natural as
anything,” Thornley enthuses about the recordings. Reports and reviews of recent shows
have called this the best iteration of Big Wreck they’ve heard, and Thornley admits he’d
have a hard time disagreeing; the five tracks comprising
Big Wreck: 7.1,
installment of the triad, make a compelling case for it, too.
Despite its relatively short runtime, the collection encapsulates the raw, anthemic
rock of their inaugural LPs – 1997’s
In Loving Memory of...
The Pleasure and
– and edgy eclecticism of their more recent JUNO-nominated offerings since
reforming in 2012, including 2019’s dynamic
...But for the Sun
“Bombs Away” is arguably the heaviest we’ve heard Big Wreck to date, with a
thundering palm-muted riff exploding out of an ominous acoustic guitar intro to anchor
the musical intensity and lyrical urgency. The beautifully orchestrated “Fields” is upbeat
and uplifting, sure to have longtime fans feeling right at home, while the absolutely
smoking “High on the Hog” gives everyone a chance to flex their chops and serves as an
earnest reminder of Thornley’s impressive range and impactful prowess as a vocalist.
“It was a lot of fun playing with this rhythm section,” Thornley notes. “Things
ended up going in a direction they weren’t going to go when we first came into the
studio, but as a musician, I love being thrown curveballs.”
The moratorium on live concerts through the pandemic may be the biggest
curveball of his career, considering Big Wreck’s penchant and reputation for impactful
performances. They’re hungry to get back to bombarding audiences with their signature
brand of rock, and fortunately, their latest work was seemingly built for the big festival
stages and headlining runs.
Indeed, from both the stereo and stage, Big Wreck are sure to leave fans satiated
and, considering the breadth of fresh and familiar sounds in their latest tour de force,
anticipating where they might musically venture next.
May 23, 2023 - September 10, 2023
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Cutoff is Saturday, September 9, 2023 3:59 pm EDT unless it sells out earlier.