Toes were tapping in downtown London as Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot brought his latest tour to the Forest City Saturday evening. Fans young and old spilled into Budweiser Gardens eager to hear the music icon perform their favourite tunes they know so well, including classics Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Carefree Highway, If You Could Read My Mind and Sundown.
Canada is home to some of the greatest artists and musicians EH? Budweiser Gardens has been lucky to have many of those Canadians perform at our venue over the past 16 years and we are honored that we will be hosting the 48th annual JUNO Awards which were founded to raise the public profile and recognition of musical artists in Canada.
Budweiser Gardens has experienced the thrill of many amazing acts and performances throughout the years. Providing a space where artists can connect with thousands of people is truly a great feeling, but nothing compares to the feeling we have when we are able to help out our community.
It was 1985, a momentous year, as it was the year of my high school graduation and that winter a song came out that tapped into the collective romantic zeitgeist of all the teens of the 80s. So Simple Minds entered the consciousness of my generation and we were swept along with dreams of romantic detention periods and hoping there was a Judd Nelson or Molly Ringwald (though I was an Ally Sheedy guy) who we could join with in our revolt against authority. Strong dreams friends, strong dreams.
In a lot of ways, Keith Urban’s return to Budweiser Gardens must’ve felt a lot like coming home.
After all, this was the eighth time the multi-award-winning country star has graced the London stage — more than any other artist in the history of the venue — and if trends continue, it’s a safe bet it won’t be his last.