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Billy Talent
  • Artist

    Billy Talent

  • Album

    Dead Silence

  • Label

    Warner Music Canada

Notes from the Road - Acres of Lions #7


Notes from the Road is Music Canada’s artist tour diary. Canadian artists on tour around the world will share their stories of fans, gigs and the “good, bad and the ugly” of touring!

Friday, December 9th, Lucky Bar, Victoria

After a long and inspiring journey across our country; a collection of 20 memorable and exciting events, our brains filled to the brim with new names, faces and great music, our bodies road-weary and alcohol-resistant, our backs ruined from floors, eyes burning from sleep-deprivation, our inside jokes still hilarious and highly offensive, our incessant "old married couple" banter back and forth in the van, and a few mementos saved from all the cities, towns and villages we have visited and raised hell in, one thing remains the same. We are still the best of friends.

Our lovely island city of Victoria was a beauty to come back to, even with the ferry. Lucky Bar on a Friday night is always something special. Entering the city for the first time in a long time, we review the sights and spots we've had moments in, a few choice parks where we had too much to drink with our friends, back when we were classy fellas. Logan's Pub, an intimate room where we've seen Victoria's finest, and where we played many great (and many failed) shows when we were first starting up.

The all-ages hideaways that are almost non-existent these days, Dan re-iterating our collective heavy heart with a few 'Remember when we played there?'  The Garrick's Head, our dear watering hole. We came back to find that we had unfortunately missed a few great things while we were away, performances by a couple favorites in Ladyhawk and Andrew WK, and the grand opening of our new downtown core, Burger King. BUT OF COURSE. I mean, why WOULDN'T they?

The night at Lucky Bar started out as it always does, a good old fashioned hang and spending time over pints catching up with our friends and family, and also with a couple beauts, "The Dyeing Merchants" and "Bonehoof," two great local rock bands.

They got everyone warm and surely made it a night to remember. It was a fine conclusion to the month we spent on the road, and I could feel it the minute we hit the stage. Linked arms, clapping hands, drunken sing-a-longs, the best. It was a blur, and we were happy to be home, with our lovely Victoria family, the good people who have supported us over the last 5 years, by coming to our shows, following us and believing in our music.

It was nostalgic and celebratory, as I realized we hadn't played at Lucky Bar in what seemed like years. There were special moments throughout the night, in which I will explain:

1) During our set, my friend Kasia hands me a glass with brown liquid in it. I assume it is something warm and strong, and so I slam it. To my dismay, all the moisture in my body evaporates as I realize it was at LEAST 5 oz of scotch. Try singing softly after that one.

2) We take a couple requests from fans and oblige kindly. When we don't play our Corey Hart cover of "Never Surrender" because it is too late, I get a text message from a random number I don't recognize, blaring in all Capitals, "YOU SUCK FOR NOT PLAYING THAT COREY HART SONG." I agree.

3) On stage I tell the crowd to "Please follow us on Facebook,"
confusing it with Twitter and there is uproarious laughter. Oh, what an age we live in. I try not to feel stupid, but they're right.

Acres of Lions is: Tyson Yerex (Keyboard, Guitar), Jeff Kalesnikoff (Vocals, Guitar), Dan Ball (Bass) and Lewis Carter (Drums).

Acres of Lions on Tour:

11/2 Kamloops, BC - Heroes Pub
11/4 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
11/9 Calgary, AB - The Republik
11/11 Victoria, BC - White Eagle Hall
11/12 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
11/16 Saskatoon, SK - Walkers Night Club
11/17 Regina, SK - Riddell Centre
11/18 Yorkton, SK - Ukrainian Orthodox Hall
11/19 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
11/22 Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
11/23 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
11/24 London, ON - London Music Hall
12/1  Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's Pub
12/2 Calgary, AB -Palomino
12/3 Edmonton, AB - Filthy McNasty's
12/9 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar


Music Canada Editor: Thanks to Acres of Lions for sharing their experiences while touring across Canada!

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