The only thing missing from the Rock Ambleside Park concert series this weekend was a designated area to park your bike. Other than that, the sold-out classic rock extravaganza had it all. With breathtaking Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park as a backdrop, this three-day event offered ways to take the music festival experience to a new level. VIP ticket holders were treated to private lounges, food and beverage access, as well as complimentary parking passes (a savings of $90 on its own), and memorabilia. There was also an option to enjoy a $135 full course meal inside the festival grounds. For those content with the standard festival options, the event also offered a chain link fence for bikes, a beer garden, a row of food trucks and a sizable area for dancing right in front of the stage. And, of course, three full evenings of legendary rock and roll.
Saturday was a day for the guitar enthusiasts. Rik Emmett of Triumph got the party started at around 3:30 in the afternoon, while the sun managed to force its way through the smoky skies. Rik Emmett still has still got it. His voice is pretty darn close to being as powerful as it was at the height of Triumph’s popularity and there’s something about him that commands attention when he’s on the stage. He and fellow guitarist Dave Dunlop gave the crowd a lot to get excited about with some lengthy guitar jams. Local Heroes Chilliwack were up next and they belted out a long list of hits with an emphasis on their more bluesy numbers. Kim Mitchell followed suit, fulfilling his rock ‘n roll duty with his signature off-beat sense of humour and repertoire of foot stomping sing-along songs.
All five members of the Canadian superband Trooper were born to rock. And so they should be seeing as that’s what they’ve been doing for the better part of four decades.
This summer they’ve been busy touring the country, and this performance at West Vancouver’s prestigious summer music festival marked their 15th concert since the beginning of June.
There is a reason why they are an award winning band who have sold millions of records and continue to play sold out shows all over Canada. They kept the crowd, entertained the crowd with their usual infusion of whimsy, enthusiasm and solid, musical talent. They were a really fun way to end a really fun evening.