Trooper looks forward to a good time
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Jun 21, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Trooper looks forward to a good time

Ottawa East News

Trooper will be in Kanata for a good time on July 1.

After years of trying to secure the Juno-award winning band for Canada Day in Kanata, the group’s schedule synced up with the event, which will take place at Walter Baker Park.

“This year, we’re happy to see that the Kanata show is a go,” said Ra McGuire, one of two founding members of the Canadian rock band.

“Canada Day shows are always fun outdoor parties with the added bonus of being an opportunity to show a little Canadian pride. We’re looking forward to thousands of people having a good time with us.”

Trooper – which includes Brian Smith (the other founding member), Gogo, Scott Brown and Clayton Hill – is usually booked for a Canada Day show and Diane McNulty, director of programming for the Kanata event, said it took “blood, sweat and tears” to get the iconic band to Walter Baker Park.

“We were just lucky they were available,” she said in an earlier interview. “I’ve seen them perform a few times and they put on a great show.”



So far, McGuire’s favourite shows have taken place on the east and west coasts, but there’s always the possibility of including a middle province on the list of top Canada Day concerts.

“I have to say that our Canada Day show in St. John’s, Nfld., is still my favourite – although our 2011 show in Surrey, B.C., where the mayor came out to sing Raise a Little Hell with us, runs a close second. Is Kanata’s mayor a good singer?” he asked.

“All of our shows are different, but every one is tons of fun. Our goal is to make the best Canada Day party possible.”

With other well-known hits like We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time) and The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car, Trooper’s music appeals to a wide audience.

“I enjoy the ‘anything can happen’ part of our shows the most. There’s a lot of magic possible in the time we spend on stage,” said McGuire.

The band first hit the Canadian music scene in 1975 and has since released 10 studio albums, earning a number of gold and platinum certifications, but it’s the fans that propel the members to keep doing what they’re doing.

“Playing in a band is all we’ve ever done. It’s like breathing to us now – and there’s still nothing quite like a live show. And we have the best, most supportive, fans ever,” he said. “We sometimes spend more time with the audience after the show, at the T-shirt booth, than we do on stage. Interacting with our fans is super important to us. Really, our whole focus as a band is the people who come out to see us.”

Trooper will hit the main stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Canada Day, with the fireworks set to go off after the band wraps up. For more information on the event, visit canadadayinkanata.com.

So far, Trooper already has 30 more gigs booked for the remainder of 2013, including a concert at the Calgary Stampede.

But the band has a few days off before and after the Kanata event so McGuire said he’s planning on some downtime in Ottawa.

“We play Toronto a couple nights before our Kanata show, so we’ve planned to take the days off in Ottawa, one of our favourite cities to hang out in,” he said. “I’ll be making another pilgrimage to the National Gallery and doing my usual walkabout. I’m hoping the weather will be nice. We’ll go home after Canada Day but we head out a few days later to play the Calgary Stampede – which should be a lot of fun.”

The band has a very active social media presence. For more details, follow them on Twitter @Trooper, like their Facebook page “Trooper (Official)” and visit the website at trooper.com.


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