Saturday Night was the stuff dreams are made of.
It’s the type of night that’s happening so quickly and vividly you have to consciously take it in with a deep breath and ask yourself to hold it a little longer while the magic of it all lingers before your eyes. While holding the moment comes awareness – I’m exactly where I want to be; side stage in the artist tent stretching waiting to take the stage with my best buds in front of an audience of up to 800 people.
Thank you, pinch, thank you, pinch, repeat.
I had arrived with Eric around 3pm, the doors had been open since 12 and hundreds of camps were already set up. Sitana and Hammy had arrived an hour or so before us and Jason, well Jason had been there since Thursday night setting everything up.
Though they had been calling for rain all week, it turned out to be the perfect day with the cotton candy clouds over head and stars at night. Some of the first people I met were from the prairies and had called me over to their camp to let me know they planned their trip around this party, knew our band and were anxiously and excitedly awaiting our set much later on that evening.
What an epic way to start the day – people from across the country were excited for our set…sweet!
And it only got better from there, the day continued with hug ambushes from friends, fans and fellow musicians as we all saw one another for the first time, and there is absolutely no way a day filled with so many hugs can be anything but awesome.
The musical acts started at 2pm and were all high caliber talent. There wasn’t a dull moment because of the duel stages they had set up, the main stage and the acoustic stage. Affinity took to the acoustic stage around 8pm and as usual, put on a stellar show, their camp is fronted by fem vocalist extraordinare Ash Curtis who’s voice always blows me away! I highly recommend checking out this hard working Canadian Rock band!
Texas King were the band taking the stage before us and I had been forewarned they were awesome….I was not disappointed in the least, in fact I loved every second of their high energy blues/alt/soul rock set. Another, must check out.
We took the stage directly after people shaved their head for money and the crowd was packed. Party goers/music lovers/musicians crowded around the stage and fed us moshey energy all set long, my memory of our set is looking around the stage and seeing my band brothers up there with me having a great time, looking out and seeing all the friends I had made throughout the day with big smiles and head banging and…deep breaths….you need to take very deep breaths when you run around a big stage doing your best to keep up to very well oiled musicians while twiriling and singing….
After getting off the stage the rest of the night is a blur of enjoying Chuck Coles Set, rocking out with Say Yes, hanging out with other musicians including Ben Rispin of Saint Alvia Cartel, and Jordon Hastings of Alexis on Fire in the twinkle lit artist tent…. annnnnd getting approached from every angle by party goers wanting only to give their positive energy and belief to our dream; one concert goer said our set was ‘life changing’ and as the nights magic continued I was very aware of the absolute awesomeness of it all and very grateful to be one of the people blessed enough to experience it as an artist.
In fact, each one of us were exactly where we wanted to be, on stage when it was our time to create loud sound as a group, hanging with friends/fans in the tent city/enjoying all the bands and in Jasons case, behind the lighting console running an epic lighting show for all the bands!
Ben Rispin gave some incredibly encouraging words after our set letting me know we’ve come a long way in the last two years and that he knew industry people were listening and the name POLARITY was ever growing. I relayed my relief to hear this because sometimes it just doesn’t feel like you’re making progress…though in truth, I know we must embrace the process of the progress otherwise whats the point of it all? And truly, in my heart of hearts I know working towards POLARITY in any capacity IS progress.
Before I sign off/write a novel, there is no way I could finish this post without acknowledging Alanna Foell and her brother James Foell for creating The Barn Burner…a party of EPIC proportions not only for a good time but for a good cause. You two are the true facilitators of ten years of one magical night a year that truly unites people for the purpose of healing. So Thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding all of the people at The Barn Burner that connecting with others who appreciate you restores the spirit and gives you the energy to keep moving forward.
May we all keep taking one step in front of the other towards our dreams knowing process is progress towards magic filled nights where you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.
Thank you, pinch, repeat.