All of Canada knows about Victoria Day Weekend (better known, of course, as May 2-4 weekend) but here in Gros Morne we know it best as the kick-off to the summer season, coinciding with the first weekend of Trails Tales Tunes! And what a weekend it was!
Here are 6 reasons why the first weekend of Trails Tales Tunes 2016 was so good.
1. The sun came out and the waterfront was packed.
A string of sunny (and warm!) days brought us all out of our winter shells to embrace the sunshine, and the Norris Point waterfront was on the go! Pairing the sun with live music on the deck at the Cat Stop and a gentle breeze from Bonne Bay (and maybe a beer or two) made for a string of relaxing days.
2. The whales came out to play
Every time I was around the water I was greeted by the whoosh sound of whales exhaling in the water. Minke whales were plentiful (and surprisingly playful!) and there were even a few humpbacks. 🐋
3. The Once and Sherman Downey are lovely
Not only was the music of both The Once and Sherman Downey gorgeous, but hearing them jam together at the Bonne Bay Marine Station at the SOCAN Session on Sunday afternoon was especially fun. And hearing the sound of the crowd singing along too? Gives me chills.
4. Those sunsets!
We were treated to night after night of beautiful sunsets. Many beach campfires were had, much marvelling at the beautiful colours.
5. Dancing. So much dancing.
With three nights in a row of A Time at The Cat Stop, I haven’t danced so much in a long time. With the Dave McHugh Band on Friday night, The Mixed Tapes on Saturday, and The Catch on Sunday night, you’d think people wouldn’t have the energy for every night, but it turns out that every night was a dancing night.
6. An incredible Open Mic to close the weekend
Mike McDonald, Roger Howse, and Sandy Morris kicked off an open mic night with a set of incredible tunes. (And with that team of musicians, what else would you expect?) The crowd was sparse at first but the room filled very quickly, and things got magical when 16-year-old blues guitar phenoms Nick Earle and Joe Coffin blew the crowd away with an impromptu set (joined at the end by Roger Howse).
And as if we weren’t already floored, then guitar master Tony McManus took the stage for a few amazing tunes, ending by getting the entire place to sing along to What A Wonderful World. So many chills, and the perfect end to the long weekend.