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The Rock-itt : May 2011
One of the Northern Beaches most promising bands, Stone Parade, spent two weeks touring internationally in USA/Canada early March and returned with some impressive tales to tell. The band were chosen to take part in Canadian Music Week in Toronto performing alongside such great Australian acts as, Birds of Tokyo, The Jezebels, Blue King Brown and Hungry Kids of Hungary. Canadian Music Week is one of the world's premier music festivals/conferences and the band were delighted to be part of such a prestigious lineup. The week long event saw 800 bands from all over the world performing across 55 venues in Toronto. The band played to a packed house at the funky Cherry Cola's before joining a large percentage of the Australian contingent at the Aussie BBQ at The Horseshoe Tavern later in the week. Before the band hit Toronto they performed at New York's famed 'Arlene's Grocery'. Stone Parade attracted label interest in Canada and hope to return later this year to release their album 'Stratosphere' and tour further. Bass guitarist, Mark Fouche explains all in his blog as they fought freezing conditions, sightseeing and performing at packed venues. New York Baby! This city takes your breathe away. This is truly once of the most amazing places on earth. There is a energy in this place that only cities like London can compare to, but I still feel this city takes the cake. We landed late on the Friday night and checked into our backpacker’s accommodation. I will never forget the first time i stepped into Times Square. It feels strange, like you have almost stepped onto a movie set. Think the travel took it out of us as we retired hurt for the evening. Saturday was a full day of sightseeing and posing in many suspect photos with statues (think we overstepped the mark a few times, sorry NYC). Out on our feet, we decided to unleash fury on a city in the form of a night on the town with Alex “ohhhh one more vodka lime” Qasabian leading the way to some of his favourite liberty city haunts. Good man only lasted one or two Irish pubs but that’s not to say the journey wasn’t worth it. Waving the flag until 4:30am was Kev, Billy and myself. Funny thing when you have a night out and only one phone to share with