By: Remington Fioraso
Who: Halfway to Hollywood
Where: Olympia Pizza in Surrey, BC
When: November 16, 2014
On November 16, 2014, I was able to attend the Halfway to Hollywood ‘Rain’ EP Release Party held at Olympia Pizza in Surrey, British Columbia.
The first band that I was able to see perform was Chase Your Words. After seeing them previously, I was anticipating seeing them again. Although singer/guitarist Chris Siglos was sick, it was not very noticeable. His vocals were still good! Included in their setlist were: “You & Me,” “Right Here,” and a cover of Busted’s “Year 3000.” One of the highlights of the set for me was Justin From Facebook, aka Justin Mattock of Fighting For Ithaca, joining the band on stage during one of the songs on their set.
The headliner of the night was Halfway to Hollywood. The event marked their hometown show, last date of the cross-Canada Rain Tour 2014,and their Rain EP release party. It was my first time seeing the group play and I was definitely not disappointed. Their set included songs like “Unbelievable,” “We Are The Wild Ones,” “Moments,” and a cover of Fountain of Wayne’s “Stacey’s Mom.” I thought they had good audience interaction and performed really well.
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!