No time was wasted as London got its first taste of the party to come as the JUNO Cup Jam took over Rum Runners ahead of the 16th annual JUNO Cup.
After members of the media were invited to a scrum at the Western Fair District Sports Centre, where the “NHL Greats” and the “Rockers” showed off their stuff, everyone headed to Rum Runners on Dundas St. to celebrate hockey and MusiCounts through song.
Backing all performers for the night was the Devin Cuddy Band; including his brother, Sam Polley. The night included performances of classic covers by Adrian Sutherland of Midnight Shine, who performed Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Mood Risin’”, Amanda Rheaume, who performed Anne Murray’s classic “Songbird;” and Jeff Giles of Jane’s Party performed Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night”.
There was even a quick interlude by the NHL Great’s Brad Dalgarno (formally of the New York Islanders), who performed a resounding cover of “Mrs. Robinson,” dedicated to his wife, and his mom, who sat side stage.
While the warm crowd was delighted by additional performances by the Reklaws and singer-songwriter Trixie Berke, the room was the most excited to see Blue Rodeo frontman, Jim Cuddy; who pulled some classic covers of his own with Rhinestone Cowboy, and would later perform a selection of Blue Rodeo classics with his sons Sam and Devin.
For London, this was the perfect start to an exciting weekend to come.
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Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.