Thanks to some submissions from Wide Mouth Mason fans, we’ve added dates to the Gigography section, including links to fan-generated content for recent gigs at the Shell Theatre’s Performance Series on February 17th and the Thunder Bay Blues Festival on July 9th! If you have content you’ve created that you’d like to see on the site or gig memories you’d like to share, contact the Chef de mission!
By Leith Dunick, TBnewswatch
Posted: July 10, 2017
THUNDER BAY – When you’re a legend like Randy Bachman, you can pretty much do what you want when you hit the stage.
He’s earned that right.
A founding member of the Guess Who and a driving force behind Bachman Turner Overdrive, the Winnipeg rocker has been entertaining crowds around the world for nearly 60 years.
On Sunday it was Thunder Bay’s turn.
Bachman, 73, delivered a hit-filled 90-minute ride that sent the record-setting Blues Festival home begging for more.
From the opening notes of BTO’s classic Roll on Down the Highway until the music faded on the rock anthem Taking Care of Business, Bachman clearly proved age is just a state of mind.
With the help of his backing band, Bachman delivered a classic-rock hit machine, including Guess Who favourites like No Sugar Tonight, These Eyes and American Woman – which also featured a take on Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love.
BTO favourites Lookin’ Out for No. 1, Let it Ride and a Hey You medley that wove in classic rock staples like AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long, Steve Miller’s Rock’n Me, Rod Stewart’s Hot Legs and the Troggs’ Wild Thing had the crowd lapping up the show, singing along into the Thunder Bay night.
A year after former Guess Who partner Burton Cummings closed out the 2016 Blues Festival, Bachman was the perfect end to a near perfect weekend.
The day began with a pair of local bands, Driven and Dr Buck and the Bluesbangers, who eased the audience into Day 3 and got the blues juices flowing as people began settling into their seats for the day.
Highly rated Jerome Godboo didn’t disappoint, leading into the blues offerings of the 24th Street Wailers and the manic guitar work that Anthony Gomes has become famous for over the years, including previous visits to the Blues Festival.
They turned the stage over to a pair of rockers, Wide Mouth Mason getting funky with covers of Prince’s Raspberry Beret and David Bowie’s Modern love among their repertoire.
Big Sugar took over, launched into Diggin’ a Hole, worked their way to If I Had My Way and didn’t look back.
When all was said and done, organizers had pulled off the most successful Thunder Bay Blues Festival yet, an effort worth another round of applause.
This August 19, 2016, Wide Mouth Mason will be taking part in the Vancouver Island Exhibition. Visit the VIEX website for further details! Tentative show time is 9pm.
This summer, Wide Mouth Mason will be visiting Spanish, Ontario’s COME ROCK N ROAR SPANISH music festival on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Tickets for this event, that also features a number of Canadian rock bands, are available through Ticket Break.
Recently confirmed is an upcoming Wide Mouth Mason gig on September 12, 2015 in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Details on the performance will be added to the Tour Dates section of the site as known and confirmed. As always, please check with the venue as to doors and set times!
Wide Mouth Mason is pleased to announce two gigs in Summer 2015. In July, Wide Mouth Mason and Big Sugar put on a 2015 version of Big & Wide in Red Deer, Alberta. Come August, find Wide Mouth Mason rocking the fields near Lake Minnedosa, Manitoba! Details on tour dates will be posted in the next little while once known and confirmed.
WMM can’t wait for hometown club show
In a convenient twist of reverse engineering, it’s Wide Mouth Mason’s 2009 album that is setting the tone for how the band is charting its future sound.
Live at Montreux captured the band sizzling in jam mode at the legendary jazz festival, with expansive solos and improvisations. The same approach informed Wide Mouth Mason’s No Bad Days album.
“It was very much a rock format but with a jazz philosophy to it where the framework of the song would be a suggestion,” guitarist Shaun Verreault said recently.
“The songs on No Bad Days are meant to be elastic, so a lot of that can come out.”
The band likes to keep things fluid in its live show. If something from a song they were listening to on the way to a gig sticks, it could well end up as a reference in the middle of their set – surprising each other as much as the audience.
“We call it the shapes we’re throwing each other,” says Verreault. “There’s a little bit of trying to raise eyebrows that you haven’t raised before.”
Verreault admits wondering if the band would remain viable after he and drummer Safwan Javed parted ways with original bassist Earl Pereira and added Gordie Johnson from Big Sugar. But the evolution continues. When Wide Mouth and Big Sugar are on the same bill, they become Big and Wide, with as many as eight players on stage.
Verreault keeps busy in music producing other artists, writing songs with and for other acts and collaborating coast-to-coast from Vancouver with Newfoundland musician Chris Kirby via Skype.
“It makes it so we have a lot of different things to draw on when we get together to play and get together to write.”
Verreault is looking forward to the homecoming and doing a classic Saskatoon club show, its first at the Capitol Music Club.
“I try and get back as much as I can. A bunch of my family is still there.”
He likens it to looking through the window of your elementary school, literally or metaphorically.
And speaking of family, Verreault’s two-year-old daughter Layla seems to have inherited some musical DNA. She already has her own pink Stratocaster, but she really likes playing with her dad’s guitar. Recently, she plugged it into an amp on full blast and, in Verreault’s words, “just railed it.” He thought she’d be scared and crying. Instead, “she was jumping up and down, smiling, and going ‘loud!’”
Wide Mouth Mason
with the Acronyms
Friday at the Capitol
Wide Mouth Mason has confirmed a September 26, 2014 gig at The Capitol Music Club, a venue situated in the hometown of Wide Mouth Mason’s Shaun Verreault and Safwan Javed… Saskatoon, Saskatchewan! Opening for Wide Mouth Mason will be the Acronyms, with Wide Mouth Mason currently set to take the stage around 11:30 p.m. that evening. Check with The Capitol for further details on tickets, doors, and set times.
Just confirmed is an upcoming Wide Mouth Mason live performance at KerrFest 2014, a street festival held at Kerr Village in Oakville, Ontario. This all-ages event runs all day, with Wide Mouth Mason’s performance currently scheduled for sometime in the evening hours. As always, Wide Mouth Mason asks that interested attendees please check with event organisers for specific set start and end times.
Confirmed today is Wide Mouth Mason’s participation in the Sip, Savour & Support fundraiser on September 27, 2014 at the 2014 Savour Cowichan Festival. As the confirmed headliner, Wide Mouth Mason will be helping to raise funds for the Canucks Autism Network. The fundraiser itself takes place on the waters of Mill Bay Marina so the set time for this event is tentative. Wide Mouth Mason asks that interested attendees please check with event organisers for specific set start and end times.
Thanks to contributions from Shaun’s setlist capture from Peterborough, Jeremy Elliott Photography for his photos from Wide Mouth Mason’s recent gig at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, and Debra Kralka for her memories (and scanned ticket stub!) of when Wide Mouth Mason opened for 54-40 back in 1997, we continue to build the Wide Mouth Mason Gigography section with both recent and past gigs getting content updates. If you have digital content you’d like to share with other Wide Mouth Mason fans, send it on in! We’d prefer linking to content you already have posted on your own site or content hosting sites like YouTube or Flickr, but anything you have Wide Mouth Mason-related, we would love to see it!