Celebrating 20 years of Support!
A warm welcome to all our amazing fans and supporters! In the year 2000, Wellspring London and Region became the first Wellspring affiliate to operate outside of the GTA. That very same year, Adam Bain and Randy Parsons of RBC began a little event called the Battle of the Bay Street Bands and decided to donate the proceeds to Wellspring. Twenty years on, ‘The Battle’ has grown and morphed into one of London’s premiere events and has raised over One-Million Dollars to help Wellspring provide no-cost cancer support programs and services to thousands of individuals and families affected by cancer in our community.
With that in mind, we’ve got a lot to celebrate this year and a great line up of bands to help us do just that.
We’re thrilled to welcome back:
- all the way from the Great White North, Randall Pee Coltrane and the Hard Livers
- the totally mind-blowing EllisDominators
- the ahh-mazing, PitCrue
- last year’s winner, The incredible RJ Conspiracy Band
- and, of course … the one and only, totally awesome, RBC/DC
And finally, we’re excited to introduce a new band to our line-up … The PDC’s (no one knows what that stands for!). Hailing from TD Bank, The PDC’s will be adding some refreshing new tuneage to the event!
Wanna know more about each band? Read the band bios on our dedicated Band Page.
Our VIP Tables sold out almost instantly last year. There are only 10 tables available, so if you’d like to purchase a table with Seating for 8 and The Best View of the stage, Dedicated Bar Service as well as a platter of Delicious Food, please email Joanna at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tables cost $1,000 each and come with a $680 tax receipt.
A great night out with clients, or split the cost with friends. Other seating is very limited, so reserve your table soon! (C’mon, you can write it off!)
We have some great Auction Items lined up this year, so please continue to check our Auction Page for updates. We’ll be ‘live’ auctioning off a couple of special items, so come prepared to bid! Some on-line items are available for ‘purchase’ immediately.
To buy tickets, click here or on the Buy Tickets link and please consider Pledging your favourite band at the same time. Our esteemed panel of judges will factor in the amount that each band raises in pledges (along with their musical chops and overall ‘rock star’ vibe,) when determining who wins the coveted Paul Stanley Trophy. Last year, 60k was raised in pledges alone, so please be generous!
And speaking of Judges…We’re thrilled to welcome back Jeans ‘n Classics Vocal Headliner, Jean Meilleur along with Music Director and Mid-day Announcer with Classic Rock 98.1, Kate Wright. Jean and Kate, (along with two special guests) will help determine which band brings home the coveted Paul Stanley Cup! The stakes are high this year, so expect the judges to deliver some extra cheeky ‘bon mots’ along with a dose of genuine feedback.
Dave Dunlop has been a pro guitarist, songwriter, singer, and educator for the past 25 years. His illustrious career includes being a member of the award-winning Strung-Out Troubadours, the Rik Emmett Band, the Alan Frew Trio, as well as the Jeans ’n Classics Band. Dave’s long-standing working relationship with Rik Emmett of Triumph culminated in their duo project, Strung-Out Troubadours in 2006, with Dave co-writing, recording, co-producing, mixing and performing on the project. The strength of the duo’s chemistry won them the Album of the Year and Best Group/Duo prizes at the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where they were the most heavily nominated act. Both of the “Troubs” were also up for Best Guitarist. Dave continues to produce and write with artists of all genres, playing gigs all over North America. We’re looking forward having Dave do double-duty, as a judge and official event shredder!
Jean has been a vocal headliner with Jeans ’n Classics for over 20 years, performing with scores of major orchestras to sold-out crowds across North America. Jean has lent his distinctive voice to some of the greatest popular music of our time. Jean also writes and performs his own songs and is the writing and vocal talent behind many national and local jingles. (The London Major Appliances jingle has crossed into local legend.) The ‘Rock Star’ of our judging panel, Jean will be assessing all band members for that perfect combination of sweat and swagger. Other than world peace, Jean’s only wish is to play in a band with Mario Circelli.
Mario Circelli is a musician, broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. He began playing in bands in high school and continued throughout university and college before switching to behind the scenes work as an audio engineer and producer. He has produced and/or engineered over 40 records and compilation albums. Mario worked in radio and television for nearly 18 years and has many Documentary credits to his name. He is the founder of the Forest City London Music Awards, the London Music Hall of Fame, and is currently the Manager of the Digital Creative Arts Centre at the Boys & Girls Club. A welcome addition to our judging panel, vinyl junkie Mario, recently ‘dropped the needle’ on a little-known fact …that he’s always secretly desired to play in a band with Jean Meilleur.
Music Director and Mid-day announcer with Classic Rock 98.1, Kate Wright is our judging panel’s music aficionado. Kate’s radio show brings listeners the best in world class rock each day so she knows quality when she hears it … And when she doesn’t. Kate will be challenging all bands to give a Battle worthy musical performance… Gauntlet Thrown!
Thanks to LC Productions for capturing the evening on video!