Our Lady Peace
July 10, 2018
Photos Courtesy of NCP Imaging
Day #5 at the Calgary Stampede saw a considerable change in the weather, as Mother Nature decided it was time to cool things down a bit, as rain clouds threatened all day long.
As evening came, the clouds parted long enough to keep things dry during opener, Grandson’s 30-minute set. Barefoot and wearing a Toronto Raptors jersey, Grandson’s music is rich with an R&B-fused rock sound. His songs contain poignant lyrics about social change and awareness. With such topics as inner-city violence, the Opioid epidemic and mental illness, Grandson delivers music with a message, and he doesn’t mix words on stage either. He opened and closed his set with an impassioned plea to the audience that only we, as a group, can make a change with injustice in the world. Only we can make our world a better place. I was very impressed by not only this young man’s message, but by his intelligent and infectious music.
Now it was on to the main event, Our Lady Peace.
Just as the rain started to come down again, OLP hit the stage, but that didn’t deter the fans. They donned rain ponchos and sang loudly to Raine Maida and the rest of the band.
The space around the Coke Stage was packed, as Our Lady Peace opened with a track from their new album Somethingness called “Hiding Place for Hearts”.
Their hour-long set consisted of other new tracks, “Drop Me In Water” and Ballad of a Poet”, as well as hits like “Superman’s Dead”, “Is Anybody Home?”, ”Naveed”, “Clumsy” and closing out the night with “Starseed”.
Our Lady Peace Setlist:
Hiding Place for Hearts
Drop Me in the Water
Is Anybody Home?
Somewhere Out There
One Man Army
Ballad of a Poet