Standing in the thirtieth row of a partially filled MTS centre, dressed to the nines (or at least the sixes), riding a narcotic propelled rocket hurtling my mind through some forgotten corridor of the cosmos is when I was first introduced to SUSTO. It was as though my experience was tethered to an otherworldly elastic that, at the moment of its choice, pulled me back down to earth and into my mortal self while the chorus of SUSTO’s Waves roared through the arena. The lights danced in unison as though they themselves were drowning waves. “It comes in waves” sang front man Justin Osborne, reminding a select few of every time they ever felt the ‘waves’ come on at the outset of what will surely be a good trip…
Avatar with special guests, Devin Townsend, Dance With The Dead, and ’68
May 29, 2019
My evening began as I arrived downtown, shortly after the doors had opened and the line that would’ve formed beforehand had already been let in. Earlier in the day, I gave a quick count of all the shows I’ve been to at The Garrick over the last eleven years and I came to learn this concert was my fiftieth concert at the venue. This newfound fact made my night more enjoyable than it would’ve been otherwise.
It was nearing 5:30 on the evening of March 21st when my sister and I hopped aboard Winnipeg Transit and made our way to the West End Cultural Centre for Faouzia’s first headliner show. The night’s performance was the first of two back-to-back sellouts at the venue. The first night sold out in ten hours, prompting Faouzia and her team to add a second show that sold out in under two hours.
My night began when I walked into the lobby of the Burton Cummings Theatre to see the metal bands Raven Black, Wednesday 13, and Cradle of Filth, each for the very first time. The familiar sight of ushers scanning tickets and the swarm of fans blocking the entrance way to grab their fresh merchandise sent me whirling into a euphoria of excitement I haven’t felt at a show in quite some time.
To commence the evening’s line up solely made up of Rock ‘N’ Roll was Manitoba’s own, Wreckin’ So. Comprising of members, Brent, Ronnie, Clint, and Claude, the four of these guys have made a name for themselves rather quick with their irresistible blend of hard rock and blues. In recent years the band has opened for a ton of talent including Blue Oyster Cult last August and now Buckcherry, for the second time. Be sure to watch out for more from these four fellows as they’re sure to take the world by storm.