I love Sloan.
It’s difficult for me to believe that Sloan has been rockin’ stages for 20 years, or that I’m old enough to know that. I had great taste in music when I was 6. Honest.
Each year, Tinhorn Creek puts on a number of outdoor concerts at their remarkable amphitheatre – all Canadian bands, either past Juno winners or Juno-quality. And each summer, the concert series ends with a grand finale – something to really celebrate. Past finales have included K-OS and Bedouin Soundclash. Big names, big sound, and big fun.
The grand finale concert for 2012 has yet to be decided, and I’m campaigning for it to be: Sloan. An cornerstone in the Canadian rock music scene for 20 years, Sloan was the soundtrack to our misspent youth, lazy summer days, impromptu parents-have-gone-away house parties. Sloan saw us through awkward teenage years, self-confident young adulthood (with requisite beater car), and our first “day job” from which we escaped on weekend roadtrips with mixed tapes and a cooler of obscure microbrew – or homebrew.
And so, I bring you the Top Ten Reasons Why Sloan Should Be the 2012 Summer Concert Series Grand Finale Band at Tinhorn Creek:
- Every decent American hipster band references Sloan as their “unknown” Canadian band of influence.
- Chris Murphy has worn the same glasses for 20 years. And he rocks them. Completely.
- They have lyrics referencing “that snowsuit sound”, used “cajole me”, and made me question anyone named Chester (apologies to Chesters everywhere).
- On their Sloan XX Tour (2011), they played Penticton’s Barking Parrot – tickets cost just $15. They’re inclusive like that.
- It’s highly probably that almost every Canadian can hum along to at least one of their songs – their discography is that prolific and memorable (175+ songs).
- They’re what hipsters want to be, and they’ve been that way for two decades (without even trying).
- They released this song in 1998. Seriously.
- Sloan is from Halifax. Everyone knows that people from Halifax are really, really nice.
- They have been nominated for or won a Juno for almost every album they have ever released.
- The Rest of My Life – try not moving during this song. I dare you.
Ultimately, Sloan could be one of the most Canadian Canadian bands – they’re accidentally cool (toques and plaid jackets – hello, grunge… you’re welcome). And it’s because of this Canadian-ness that I think they’d be the most kick-ass concert season finale that Tinhorn Creek has seen yet.
Oh, and they’re almost certain to be a sold out show. Did I mention that?
Want Sloan to play Tinhorn Creek in the summer of 2012? Comment on this blog, use the hashtag #Sloan4Tinhorn on Twitter, or send me an email to info @ okanaganwriting.com and I’ll pass your request along.
PS: Sloan – if you’re reading this, know that I’m doing my best to get you the sweetest gig: at a winery, in the summer, outdoors, with some great people. Thanks for 20 years of rockin’ my world. And I’m not a stalker. Honest.