Nation Valley News
OTTAWA — It was a full house on Saturday night as TD Place hosted its 10th annual Rock for Public Services event, featuring Canadian legend — Colin James.
The concert was completely free and seats were taken on a “first-come first-served basis.” Fans began to line up outside in the cold at 4:30 for the 7 p.m. show.
Although no ticket purchase was necessary, attendees were encouraged to “dig deep” and donate to help the thousands of animals who show up every year at the Ottawa Humane Society.
The Cooper Brothers opened the show with their large band including brass and background vocal accompaniment.
They played some of their classic hits and said they “were going back about five decades.” Then an audience member replied, “No that was only 5 weeks ago!” Everyone laughed.
Taking over the mic from the Cooper Brothers was Stittsville native Kathleen Edwards.
Her unique and powerful voice captivated the audience.
She even invited a young boy in the front row to play his guitar along with her.
The best part of the show however was of course when James hit the stage.
He opened his part of the show with some of his slower hits. Then his third song in he exclaimed, “Now it’s time to dance!”
The audience obliged.
The aisles quickly filled with couples and many grown women fulfilling their lifelong dreams of being up and close to their teenage idol.
It was a great concert for a great cause! James will put his talent to work for another great cause later this month, when he hops aboard CP’s Holiday Train and makes a performance stop in Finch and other communities along the track.