Photos of the Rock the Line concert, with Sarah Harmer, Gord Downie, The Sadies, Hayden and others

Rock the Line was a benefit concert held at Mel Lastman Square on Oct 06 2013.

It rained that morning. Mel Lastman Square was still wet, yet a few hundred people came for the free concert. Many families with young kids.

I missed the Minotaurs who were the first act to perform.

Next on stage was Hayden. We had also caught Hayden when he played at Yonge Dundas Square, as part of NXNE earlier this year.

Photo of Hayden performing at the Rock the Line Concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Hayden performing at the Rock the Line Concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

It did not rain during the show and actually turned out to be a really nice Fall afternoon.

Photo of Gord Downie performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Gord Downie performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of Gord Downie performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Gord Downie performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo creditVincent Banial

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of The Sadies performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Then The Sadies came on stage. Gord Downie, of The Tragically Hip, came onstage with them to be their Lead Singer.

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Sarah Harmer performing at the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

Sarah Harmer was the final set.

Photo of the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of the Rock the Line concert. Photo credit ccvic.zenfolio.com

It was neat how she got all the bands and players on stage for the last song of the day.

This was not like a sixties protest concert consisting of adrenaline filled college kids.

This was more of a get together to chat. You could say that Yuppies, Hipsters and young families filled the audience.

The stage at Mel Lastman Square was small, making for intimate performances.

I was surprised at how many people were shooting photos and video.

The entire front of the stage area, was filled with Photographers when Gord Downie and The Sadies went on stage. Far more shooters than I had seen at any other concert this year.

Lots of people, in the audience, had brought tripods and were shooting video from spots away from the stage.

The concert was held in support of a group called Environmental Defence.

The cause was to rethink a plan to pump Alberta Tar Sand Oil across southern Ontario, to shipyards in Montreal.

The Globe and Mail has posted a review of the show. I may not get out much, but I did not see over a thousand music fans as was stated in the Globe article. A few hundred people would be a more realistic head count IMHO.

Metro News also posted an overview of the concert and the concerns about the oil pipeline. Not sure if I was at the same concert, but I did not see two thousand people in the audience as Metro News stated.  Just view the photos of the audience on the Environmental Defence group Facebook page.

In my opinion the pipeline idea is strange. Tar Sands Oil should be heading West, to Vancouver’s ports. China is a hungry market and their oil refineries can handle the low quality Tar Sands Oil.

European refineries are setup to process high quality crude from Libya. The shale oil being produced in the USA is an example. Shale Oil is also a high quality oil. Since oil production from Libya is now but a trickle, Europe is getting shale oil from the US.

Why?

US refineries cannot process the high quality oil. They are setup for high sulfur crude from Saudi Arabia.

Which brings us full circle to the idea of pumping Canadian Tar Sands oil thru southern Ontario to Montreal. IMHO – that Tar Sands Oil should be flowing West, not East. That would also eliminate any potential dangers associated with pumping Tar Sands Oil thru high population density areas of Southern Ontario and Quebec. But where politicians are involved, things do not necessarily have to make logical sense.

Special Thanks go out to Vincent Banial for shooting the photos of this concert.

Disclaimer: I’m not perfect and there may or may not be errors or omissions in the above post

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