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Location: The Great Hall at Hamilton Place, 10 MacNab Street South, Hamilton
What: JUNO Songwriters’ Circle brings together some of the most talented Canadian singers and songwriters, sharing songs and stories on stage. Tom Power of CBC Radio was the on-stage host that led the discussion and introduced the artists in this truly unique setting.
The Experience: After a night of Juno parties; The songwriters’ Circle was definitely an event I was looking forward to. A rush of adrenaline came through me as I rushed to find parking. Having to pass the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in order to arrive at the venue made the rush all the more exciting. I made it just in time. They couldn’t have picked a more fitting venue for this event. The auditoriums seating floor was elevated for better acoustics and it was filled with people that have come from all walks of life but share this one common interest. By the time I knew it, the venue hit capacity as the artists were introduced. This was my first experience of a music event like this; I was intrigued by the artists’ stories, where they gave us you get behind the scenes insight on how they created their songs. Then performed that song live acoustically to the audience. The stories being shared varied; while some were trying to raise awareness, others took a more comical approach. Nonetheless, inspiring to say the least. The overall turn out of this event was highly successful. Those who attended The Songwriters’ Circle left experiencing a truly great musical event, you could hear whispers from the audience of how great all the performers were as they left the auditorium.
Ian Thornley(Big Wreck)
Ryan Guldemond(Mother Mother)