Canada House In Germany

We’ve been casual observers.  We’ve been stage-side and furiously shot pictures of famous rock stars.

It was time.  Time to get ourselves behind the scenes.

And so when our good friend in Hamburg invited us to work alongside him for the Canadian Blast group at the Reeperbahn Music Festival, we were all over it.

Besides, we haven’t spent much time at home lately.  It would give us a good opportunity to practice speaking Canadian, eh?

Reeperbahn Music Festival

Ah…the glamorous work of a volunteer at a music event.  We set up chairs and tables, we took down chairs and tables.  We made coffee, procured snacks, and hauled bottled water across town.  All for the love of the music.

We did have some totally bad-ass rock star moments. Like when we waltzed into a local bakery on the first morning of the event, looked at the waitress and boldly said:Alles.”

You heard me.  I want ALL of your sandwiches. We have rock stars to feed.

We also made countless new friends at the front door of our venue wooing would-be patrons to enter and listen to the up-and-coming Canadian bands.  The phrase “freibier!” was rattled off to anyone within earshot.  The Switzerland venue next to us was serving fondue and chocolate.  Idiots.  We have free beer.

Good looking dudes and free beer.  What else do you need?

It was a long two days of playing gopher and front door bouncer, but it was totally worth it. Not only did we get to see some really great new Canadian bands and chat with some of the musicians, but we used whatever energy we had left at the end of the day to sneak in a few other shows as well.

These are bands I REALLY encourage you to check out.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Blast

Hot Panda

Yes, Catherine Hiltz is playing a trumpet and the bass at the same time. This is just one of the crazy talents that these band members have. They put on an amazingly energetic show with many standout tunes that turned the place inside out.  (And they just happen to hail from Edmonton, Pete’s hometown!)

The Wilderness of Manitoba

Killer vocals and big melodies define this band (who is actually from Toronto). A really nice group of people and worthy of some big space on your iPod.


26 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • October 5 2011

    Wow! two instruments at once – now that takes skill.

    Looks like a good time!
    Maria recently posted..Pink Knees

    • October 5 2011

      She was awesome. They all were awesome. A truly amazing show!

  • Leah
    October 5 2011

    While we are in Nova Scotia next week, there is a Halifax Music Festival. No Hot Panda, but The Town Heros and Ben & his Casual Smokers will be playing. (As well as Stars! but that’s the night of the wedding, damn!) Are they worth tracking down?

    • October 5 2011

      Pete really liked The Town Heroes (I never saw them), and Ben never got to play because he showed up late (big OOPS!) But I hear he would be worth seeing as well…

  • October 5 2011

    Hot Panda used to play here in Kelowna all the time. I haven’t seen them around lately though. They must have progressed on to the international music festival scene!
    Just curious though…What kind of free beer is given out at Canada House? Kokanee?
    Steve recently posted..The Turtles of Laniakea Beach

    • October 6 2011

      There was no importation of Canadian beer. Only German beer!

  • What a fun gig. That girl has some talent!
    Christy @ Ordinary Traveler recently posted..The Night I Thought We Might Drown in a Flash Flood

    • October 6 2011

      It was a lot of fun, and she is crazy talented. The whole band is! And REALLY nice folks.

  • October 5 2011

    I love living vicariously through your posts. Thanks for sharing your lifestyle! I would like to buy a couple songs of the two bands you recommended on iTunes. Do you have any recommendations?
    Sophie recently posted..The Ultimate Wedding Planner

    • October 6 2011

      For Hot Panda, check out: “1995”, “Evil By Nature” and “Mindlessnesslessness”

      For Wilderness of Manitoba, check out: “Orono Park” and “November”. Two VERY different bands, I hope you enjoy both!

  • Alouise
    October 5 2011

    Free beer – that just makes me proud to be Canadian. I’ve never heard of Hot Panda, and I’m from Edmonton. I’ll have to check them out.

    • October 6 2011

      They have since moved to Vancouver, but YES, do check them out!

  • October 6 2011

    I feel like we´ve really missed out on the music scene since we left home. I guess there´s no reason not to be checking out some live music on the road though. Seeing some Canadian bands at a Canadian themed festival in Guatemala would be awesome.
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..The Xela Fair: Pickpocket Edition

    • October 6 2011

      Europe is so dangerous for us in that respect – we are live music junkies, and there are constantly opportunities to see great bands everywhere! We could easily spend our life (and all our money) running around Europe to see different shows.

      • October 6 2011

        I can believe that. Home was starting to feel that way for us a bit. In the past, Saskatchewan had been the wasteland with hardly a show coming to town. Somehow that’s changed in the last few years, just since we’ve left home we missed Pearl Jam, Sheep Dogs, Kings of Leon, and William Shatner, all of which we would have gone to see. Expensive, but fun.
        Mike Lenzen recently posted..Hot Springs, Cold Rains at Fuentes Georginas

        • October 6 2011

          Yeah, somehow it became cool for bands to tour all the Canadian provinces! Which is, cool. Although they get a lot fewer of the more up-and-coming bands which I love to go see!

  • October 6 2011

    The girl surely has some talent!! It looks like you had a lot of fun, good:)
    Have a fabulous day Dalene:)
    Arti recently posted..In Honour of Bapu, The Father of The Nation – Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    • October 6 2011

      Thanks Arti! It was a blast!

  • October 6 2011

    We have zero musical knowledge (okay, maybe not zero… but close enough), so we seem to be getting most of our new music suggestions from your blog. 🙂
    Christy @ Technosyncratic recently posted..Photo Essay: Stonehenge

    • October 6 2011

      Yay! I hope we have similar tastes! Which reminds me, we haven’t posted a playlist for awhile on our “what we love” page…will have to work on that!

  • How do you play these 2 instruments at the same time?

    Free beer or free chocolate and fondue? Hmmm thats a tough one!
    Debbie – European Travelista recently posted..Travel Photo Thursday-Lautersee

    • Pete
      October 7 2011

      I know, tough choice, but the free beer I think ultimately won in the end 🙂

  • October 7 2011

    Now I feel so out of the Canadian music loop. I haven’t heard of any of these bands! I guess it’s time for me to start downloading!

    • October 8 2011

      (Disclaimer, I had only heard of a couple before hand). There are some REALLY great Canadian bands out there! Get listening! 🙂

  • October 8 2011

    So jealous of Catherine. I had problems learning to play one instrument, never mind two at the same time.

    • Pete
      October 9 2011

      Ha, no kidding! I used to (very badly) play the drums. Their musical talent is very impressive.

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