Vans Warped Tour 2008: Toronto

By: Jennifer Kentfield

Photo: Nic Pouliot

The sun was beaming down on the crowds of rockers and punks gathered around various stages watching a slew of different bands, each with their own sound. Bands from across North America, even some from places like New Zealand and Osaka, took over the parking lot at Arrow Hall in Mississauga on Saturday to please all fans alike.

The main stages got rolling with crowd pleasers Say Anything taking the Highway 1 Stage. Their catchy, pop-punk rhythms got people dancing and singing along until more fans flocked together for the much harder Against Me! The crowd sang along to hit songs "Stop" and "Thrash Unreal" as the band pumped energy into the concertgoers who were all dying from the heat.

Over at the Hurley stage, Saint Alvia Cartel kicked into high gear. Judging from their single "Don't Want To Wait Forever", we'll be hearing from them for a long time to come.

Back over on the main stage, Jack's Mannequin brought out the piano to serenade the crowd. Something Corporate's former front man Andrew McMahon, put all his energy into his music with great enthusiasm, bringing many eyes to him.

Another crowd pleaser was The Color Fred featuring Fred Mascherino, former guitarist and back up singer of Taking Back Sunday. Lucky for Fred, there are a lot of Taking Back Sunday fans that still support him, so he drew quite the crowd. His sweaty, wet hair proved that he had a lot of vigour and he was ready to take his new band places.

St. Alvia Cartel
Photo: Nic Pouliot
St. Alvia Cartel
The Bronx
Photo: Nic Pouliot
The Bronx

Coming back to the good old Canadian bands, which should reign shows like this, The Flatliners took the Hurley stage. Although there seemed to be a problem with the microphone and his voice was rather quiet, Chris Cresswell still rocked the show. Opening the set with new single "This Respirator", the reggae vibe to the rock music got the audience dancing.

And then the rain came. And it didn't just drop by for a visit, it came in head first and wasn't about to leave for anything. Many ran for cover, others braved it to watch more bands, like Protest the Hero and Relient K, who both played during the downpour. Lucky for Pennywise, the rain stopped when it came time for them, and fans followed. Covering the Ramones and playing the hit song "F*CK Authority", these old punks showed they still know how to rock.

The rain did leave a couple things behind. Wet clothes, soggy shoes and one stage completely out of electricity and another with only microphones still intact. So when Angels and Airwaves, Katy Perry, and Anberlin were all set to go on at their designated times, acoustic sets were all they could do. Anberlin knew how to do acoustic well, while Angels and Airwaves fell a little short without the back up instruments. Katy Perry's hit song "I Kissed a Girl" still sounded just as catchy with only her voice and a guitar.

Just as the rain began to spit down on everyone once more, headliners Story of the Year took the main stage for anyone who was still there to watch. Belting out hits from both their albums, fans sang along to the high energy set. Unlike most headlining bands at festivals like this, there was no big finish and no real indication that they were the headliners. Either way, rain or no rain, the show pleased the fans. It could have been worse, they could have turned off the music.

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Good Guys in Black
Photo: Nic Pouliot
Good Guys in Black
St. Alvia Cartel
Photo: Nic Pouliot
St. Alvia Cartel
St. Alvia Cartel
Photo: Nic Pouliot
St. Alvia Cartel
The Bronx
Photo: Nic Pouliot
The Bronx
Is there a theme here?
Photo: Nic Pouliot
Is there a theme here?

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