What a great weekend it was here in Thunder Bay as our city played host to the Hometown Hockey event travelling across Canada. This was my first time attending this event, let along taking photos, and I was so excited to do so. The event took place this past Saturday and Sunday at the Thunder Bay Marina. I was able to make it down on the Saturday near the tail end of the day but I was still able to get some great photos of the last band of the day, which was Canada's own, Poor Young Things.
Another first for me was seeing them perform live and they did an amazing job. Even though it was a cold evening, all the fans there were very supportive, and the fantastic music helped keep everyone moving. Another thing that took place during my time there was a rehearsal broadcast by Sportsbet with Wendel Clark and Thunder Bay native, Greg Johnson. After the Poor Young Things were done performing it was time for the fireworks.
Wow, the fireworks. What more is there to say other than that they were simply awesome. From what I hear, they condensed about 20 minutes worth of fireworks into approximately 7 minutes. It seemed like we had the best seats in the house because all we had to do was sit back on the bench and look up. The fireworks were literally right above us. And they just didn't stop. Overall, it was a very fun evening, even though we were only there for a couple hours.
I planned on going for most of the day on Sunday but in the end I only managed to get to the event for about 1.5 hours. With that being said, I got some really good photos of the first band of the day. While they were playing another show took place called the Hockey Circus Show. It's a one man who put on by PAZ, who is is an award winning acrobat who has been in the Cirque du Soleil talent pool since 2003. He had the crowd cheering and laughing the whole time.
After a few more photos, my day was done. I would have loved to see Coleman Hell perform but I'll have to catch him next time he passes through. From what I hear, the rest of the event just got better and better and by the end of the night, it was a crowded house rocking into the cold winter evening. I can't wait until Hometown Hockey comes to Thunder Bay again as it was such a wonderful family experience.