As we near the end of another successful month of Movember, it was time to celebrate with Fred & Mel’s Movember to Remember show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in concert with JP Wisers Hopped Whiskey.
The venue filled up quickly as soon as the doors opened. Some guys came in showing off their finest mustaches and I even mistook someone who suspiciously looked like NHL great Lanny MacDonald with his walrus-like mustache.
From the handlebar stache, to the classic Tom Selleck stache, even ladies wore fake mustaches to show their support as all proceeds went towards men’s health. There was a lot exciting games and activities in the parlour room. Some of the games included; pin the tail on the blank, minute to win it, ball shaving and the comical game of the t-bag toss. Even JP Wisers was offering free shots of their hopped whiskey to all those in attendance!
Once people had their fun with the games, they made their way into the venue with drinks in hand where Fred and Mel greeted the crowd on stage before introducing the first band of the night, Small Town Lungs.
Small Town Lungs were one of the six finalists who rocked the stage at the Phoenix back in August for the Edge Next Big Thing. The boys from Whitby looked very comfortable on stage as they rocked out with their mustaches and toques. Using their harmonies, vocals and eclectic sound, their music would remind you of an Alt-J like influence in their songs.
The second performance of the night was Toronto natives, The Honeyrunners. They showed a lot of passion and feel good vibes as the massive drums, funky bass, electric guitar, and soulful lyrics brought together their creative ambition on stage. Their set was filled with gritty rock,sweet soul and harmonious vocals that made you want to forget the stressful work week and rock out to their raw power style of music.
After performances by Small Town Lungs and The Honeyrunners, it came time for the Saxx Underwear Fashion Show. All contestants, including one girl and special guests Joey Virgillo of The Rathburns and Marcus Bucci from The Honeyrunners, came up to the stage and strutted their stuff in nothing but boxers with ‘It’s Raining Men’ playing in the background. To cap off the fashion show was none other than Fearless Fred himself. He came onto the stage and attempted to throw out fireballs to the crowd which was nothing but comedic gold.
After the entertaining Saxx Underwear Fashion Show, The Rathburns were the next band to perform.They came on stage with a Rathburn Street sign (a street from Mississauga – hence the name of the band). The female fronted band embraced their inner rock and showed off their grungy blues style of music to the amped up crowd. Halfway through their set, guitarist Joey Virgillo had some fun in the underwear fashion show when he took off his pants, threw them into the crowd and rocked out in only his boxers and a Team Fred shirt.
After seeing the dudes, it came time for the Squat Challenge. Ladies, and some gentleman, appeared on stage with Fred and Mel to squat it out. All of the challengers walked away with free tickets to The Edge’s Jingle Bell Rock Concert for their effort.
Aurora’s Brothers Of North came onto the stage as the fourth band to perform. The crowd rocked out to their youthful and energetic sound of music. With kick-ass solos and upbeat rhythms, Brothers Of North showed off their ability to create well crafted, clever music.
Last but not least, Ivory Hours! The band who was crowned as the Edge Next Big Thing this summer had a very upbeat and enthusiastic performance to end off the night. Their clean and punchy pop tunes kept the crowd dancing with big smiles on their faces.
Fred & Mel’s Movember To Remember was a fun-filled night complete with passionate music, fun and games and booze and mustaches. A terrific way to end off another successful campaign for Movember, raising money to help change the face of men’s health.
October 27th, 2015
Photos by Dusty Lalas