On June 15, 2013, I saw Halfway To Hollywood perform at the Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay, a charity event, at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby, BC. I don’t think I can stay away from these guys as this was my third time watching them perform live and I expect I will be at many more shows in the future!
For those of you who don’t know, Halfway To Hollywood is a three-man, pop-rock band consisting of Grant Walker, lead vocals/guitar, Brenden White, bass/backup vocals, and Roman Zuagaro on drums. They are from Vancouver, BC and currently they have one EP out titled Party Like It’s Prom Night as well as one single out titled Green Lights.
You can watch the music video for it here:
I arrived at the venue at four in the afternoon and just by looking around I could tell the crowd would not be very big. There were runners everywhere raising money for the charity and a small crowd of teens at one of the many tents close to the stage. As I walked closer, I saw that they were crowding around Halfway’s merchandise booth, talking to Grant! I joined them just in time to say hi before I watched him run off to set up the stage with Brenden and Roman.
In front of the stage was a crowd of people either standing right at the edge of the stage or spread out in the tables in the area. In total there was about 20-30 people all watching them set-up, waiting for the first few chords to be played. Once they were introduced by the emcee and their intro was put on play, you could see everyone begin to creep forward, anticipating the beginning of the first song.
Although this was a charity event with a lot of people passing by without a care, the band still treated this like a real show. Their set list included (in order):
Dance Forever (Allstar Weekend Cover)
Party Like It’s Prom Night
Somebody To Someone
Canton Style (with Peter Chao)
With a bit of dubstep as their intro that led right into To Yesterday, it was a fun way to get everyone interested and pumped for the rest of the set! Followed immediately by Green Lights, their current single, and an Allstar Weekend cover, these crowd-pleasers definitely got everyone into a dancy mood and attracted more viewers from the relay.
Unbelievable was as unbelievably amazing as always. It’s sweet lyrics and catchy tune are one of those songs you can never get tired of. Breakdown, one of their older songs, brought back the party mood until it calmed down a bit for the performance of Somebody To Someone.
Honestly, this song always gets me emotional and hearing this song always makes me feel just what the title states. It makes me feel like someone. Grant’s speech at the beginning was beautiful and it reminded me of Alex Gaskarth’s (All Time Low) speech he is known to say before playing his song, Therapy.
I’m pretty sure this song has helped countless others as well and by the mood of the crowd, you could sense the respect and love for the band. After this emotional and excellent performance, the crowd got a pleasant surprise with the sudden appearance of the famous youtuber, Peter Chao! With the main mic in Peter’s hands and Halfway To Hollywood’s instruments ready, they dived into Canton Style, Peter’s original version of Gangnam Style.
With Speechless as their last song, their set came to an end and just like any other concert, sadness overwhelmed the crowd. But then we remembered that just a short walk away was their merch booth! As we all started on our way there, we saw the band was taking down their equipment from the stage and I saw a few fans ask Grant, Brenden and Roman if they needed any help.
With all their things cleared from the stage, HTH made their way over to the merch booth, stopping every so often to take a picture. Once there, it was just like it was before the show. Everyone was hanging around, talking to the band, occasionally buying a piece of merchandise and taking pictures or getting things signed. Although I left early, I’m pretty sure the band didn’t leave until they talked to everyone who came.
Their love for the music, their fans and the time they put into giving everyone the experience of their lives is what I love most about Halfway To Hollywood. This was my third time seeing them live and just like the others, it was an experience I will never forget. These three guys truly know how to put on a show and I am highly anticipating the next concert.
Videos from the concerts can be found here:
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For those of you in the Vancouver, BC area, Halfway To Hollywood have announced that their next show is on Canada Day in Coquitlam. More information can be found here:
-Aurianna Brien- Canadian Beats