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Real Singers. Fake Guitars. All Winners. The Re-Cap of the 2018 Championships – AIR GUITAR CANADA

Dana ‘DANA-SAURUS REX’ Schiemann takes the 2018 Air Guitar Canada Championship Crown!

Graduation robes. Tear-away (insert article of clothing). Dude on stilts. Humorous as fudge judges. Numerous hearth results. The Von ‘Stache Crew. The Good Sufficient Reside Karaoke Showdown. 4G! and our unimaginable host Nordic Thunder! These are just some of the highlights that made up an epic night time of joy-raising and celebration of World Peace in the identify of Air Guitar and our charity Right to Play Canada

The following publish shares the good occasions by way of the superb images of Henry Vanderspek who goes by the deal with Culture Snap Images. We also have a number of selection movies from our resident videographer and editor Cat Mills. In the event you re-purpose an image/video – please credit the Photographer/Videographer

In any case the madness and mayhem, Dana-Saurus Rex – the 2018 Toronto Champ, emerged the winner and was crowned the 2018 Air Guitar Canada Champion. She is going to go on to symbolize our nation at the 23rd Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. We’ll all be cheering for Dana, our fifth champion general and second feminine champion, to turn out to be our first World Champion on August 25th.

We now have so many to thank for bringing our season to its profitable conclusion…

To our 2018 Local Organizers:

  • Mike Erman and his group in Saskatoon who have carried out three years of successful events now in the identify of an area arts charity: Artistic Youngsters. They continue to push the boundaries and increase their performer base.
  • Tyler Gardner and his crew in Pink Deer for his 4 years of organizing events throughout Alberta, most lately in help of Suicide Prevention in honour of our lost brother Joel ‘Hand Solo’ Zak. We miss you Joel.
  • George Greatest and Marcus Iannatone of  Drugs Hat Alberta for three years of profitable occasions and just over $2500 raised for Proper To Play and their local Ladies’s Shelter charity.
  • Sandy Gibson from Ottawa for four years of superb events at the House of Targ the place we now have some of our wildest and most celebrated nights.
  • Amy Blackmore and Adam Reider and their staff in Montreal for 4 years of Air Guitar Quebec occasions in and around her busiest time with the  Montreal Fringe.
  • To Arron Butowski in Kamloops, B.C. who has two occasions underneath his belt and a ardour for Air Guitar that is nearly unmatched. He has schemes a brewing for the high-quality metropolis of Kamloops – boldly unscripted.
  • To Helene Laurin for the introduction to the staff in Sherbrooke (Carole-Anne Fortin, Julie Witty-Chagnon, Mélissa Guimond and Danika Lépine (of Arrimage Estrie and CALACS)) who brought us Carolyne Mongeau – higher referred to as Janine Suture. She overcame health challenges, used Air Guitar as a option to heal and help make difference with an on-line fundraiser that raised over $1000 in help of Right To Play.
  • To Carlos Mengual for being an superior associate in Air and serving to to make the entire season along with Toronto and Ottawa occasions a breeze.
  • To Mark Slater for his graphics wizardry in assembling all our posters for Toronto and even abroad in other markets

To our Judges:

Thank you in your careful assessment and super sensible commentary. Everyone came away feeling like a rock star.


Michelle Chalice  – GELK organizer/singer and enabler of egos and karaoke stage time.

Mr. Bob – The World’s Oldest Air Guitarist

Nyree With A Microphone – Host extraordinaire, Burlesque Promoter and lead singer.


Aurora Browne of the CBC’s The Baroness Von Sketch Present

Marilla WexDavid FinkelsteinBrandy DawleyNathan DalesAurora Browne

Nathan Dales – Daryl from Letterkenny

Brandy Dawley – Longest standing Air Guitar Canada decide with four years of seniority.

David Finkelstein – Guitarist of Purple Zeppelin & Package Airington – the Jon Snow of Air Guitar.

Marilla Wex – The Overseas Correspondent of The Beaverton

To our Sponsors:

BANGER BINGO – for being the magic sauce of help for therefore many Alberta and Saskatchewan events. E-book your vacation Banger BingoParty immediately.

Collective Arts Brewing for an ideal first yr as our supplier of high-quality suds and ciders. To Jordan, Kyle, Andrew and Elliott – you elevated our recreation and introduced us to some superb judges!

Panago Pizza – our longest and most far reaching supporter. Panago has been supplying delicious za to gasoline our rocking and serving to us make a robust donation to our charity since 2014.

To Hog City Pub and Oysters for the prizes yr after yr.

Blitz Printing for giving us a sweet deal and ensuring our posters and flyers popped.

To the Drake Lodge for the present certificates and help.

To The MOD Club for hosting one other spectacular Nationwide Championships with all the trappings of a full-fledged rock show!


It was the first ever, it was the best thus far. Contestants have been competing for one of three trophies, some cash and a few high-quality Panago Pizza present certificates. Principally it was about the probability to take the Mod Membership Stage and have the time of their lives. We had costumes, props and entire lot of critical singing chops.

Sadly, our photographer showed up just a smidge late for the begin of the singing and we missed out our first competitor the Gothic Marilyn Monroe. If we locate a photograph we’ll replace this publish.

Up second was Amy Winehouse herself. Oh wait… that’s Anna Lise Walmer… dressed to the nines and just crushing it at Rehab!

Kicking up the rock was Jordan who gave the people who missed the Weezer show at the Ampitheatre somewhat Undone (sweater track), by the Weezeys. He moved like a man possessed and showed a style for a way bodily this Karaoke competitors was going to turn into!

Then got here Claudio… Dropping a stellar version of Someone by the Kings of Leon. Claudio was a robust performer who by no means stopped smilling all the method via.

Oh TIA! she was a pure singing Aretha Franklin’s Pure Lady. Tia prompted the collective viewers’s jaws to drop together with her interpretation of this basic. Tia would win the prime prize of the night time.

JETT Black was next with a prop fuelled rendition of Black Sabbath’s Loopy Practice. Full with a Donald Drumpf Masks and bucket of different goodies, Jett completely introduced the rock to a different degree. Performance art from begin to end.

SCORPION (a.okay.a. Scott Baker) gave one of the extra audience involved performances with Billy Idol’s Insurgent Yell. He was masked and marvellous for his killer act.

Gracie Jet celebrated a birthday with us with the crowd joining in on the Pleased Birthday singing. She critically smashed her performance of Dolly Parton’s Jolene. She got here all the approach from Owen Sound to social gathering with us and have fun!

And Madge! After spending the first half of the night time dancing and gyrating like a lady possessed at the front of the stage… it was now her turn to take the microphone. She sang Janis Joplin’s Take Another Piece of My Heart. She took our hearts and more.

Our only duet of the night time. Leia and Lena – held the room in complete awe with their sensible cover of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. These two voices sent shivers down our backs.

Zane introduced the house crashing down together with her efficiency of Rage Towards The Machine’s Killing in the Identify. Zane had the crowd hollering and shifting to her rousing act!  She commanded the crowd and even received experience of her pesky skirt to be much more dangerous ass for the climax of the track. It was a spotlight of the night time for positive.

Our last karaoke performance was by Jess. Hailing from Ottawa, Jess got here into the massive metropolis that night time to kick ass and take names together with her performance of The Doorways – GLORIA. She received the crowd chanting and the band performed by means of the track like that they had invented it.

That ended the Good Sufficient Reside Karaoke Showdown. Big because of Tim McCready and his band for rocking the stage and giving all these rivals the experience of a lifetime.

What a superb wanting crew! The stars of the first GELK Showdown! Stay tuned for the subsequent GELK show in your neighbourhood.

Prime 6 Performances as judged by our panel – based mostly on standards of a. Vocal Quality, b. Stage Presence/Persona, and c. Interpretation of Track:

  1. Tia – Natural Lady (Gained the ‘Gnome Saying Trophy)
  2. Zane – Killing in the Identify of (Gained the B. Vacation Trophy)
  3. Scott (scorpion) – Insurgent Yell (Gained the Choir Boy Trophy)
  4. Jett Black – Crazy Practice
  5. Jess – GLORIA
  6. Annalise – Rehab

THANK YOU to the band, judges, viewers and ALL THE COMPETITORS!!!


After the singing came the twanging… Air Guitar Canada’s 5th championships was about to begin. Displaying off the high quality metal-work of Cat Friday, the 2018 Air Guitar Canada Trophy was revealed in the flesh for all the rivals and audience members.

NORDIC THUNDER was our host – he is the 2012 World Champion and slated to host the World Championships in Oulu, Finland this yr.

We have been so proud to welcome Proper To Play Canada Ambassador – Anastasia Bucsis, Olympic Velocity Skater who wished our rivals an incredible event. We’ve cleared $20,000 for charities across our occasions in Canada with over $15,000 going to Proper To Play. With luck after the mud settles, we’ll hit $20,000 for Proper to Play and $25,000 general for five years of rocking out for goodness sake.

Nordic received the love flowing by asking our viewers members to provide each other a superb hug and start spreading the good vibes.

Then we acquired started. CHAMP Forrester confirmed up for the Dark Horse competition, solely to seek out out there was not Darkish Horse portion this yr. So to bridge that hole, Nordic invited him to hitch in the opening quantity of Eruption and Bounce!  He recruited a Bassist (Decide David Finkelstein, and Hanzel the Manzel on Key boards. Glen Ethereal Glen Rocks obtained up to sing – trigger why not?

We received a number of good hops in there!

Hanzel seems to be like he’s yogic flying.

Numerous levels of flight.


Whisky Pockets. He came with a fan section. He was also first, as he drew the brief straw. All the time one for a challenge and by no means one to let the bastards get you down… he delivered a strong performance to Tenacious D, earning scores: 5.7, 5.6, 5.7

Our first competitor from out of city, the Montreal Vice-Champion, Shay ‘Shreddin’ Scales’ Spivak got here at the crowd with a daring selection of “Pala palalta” by Stam1na. She was fashion personified. We have been so thrilled to welcome her to the Nationals stage as she has been a longtime performer in Montreal. The Judges awarded her: 5.four, 5.6, 5.6.

Toronto new comer and crowd favorite, Uriel ‘El Guapo Flaco’ mendoza was next. Beginning an evening of reveals, he shed his rocker t for a gown and jammed out to Inexperienced Day’s King for a Day. His hair, his smile, his theme was all on point. Judges scores: 5.5, 5.6, 5.4. We hope to see more of El Guapo.

Then it was time for our Purple Deer consultant to take the stage. Cat Friday is a very long time favorite and die arduous member of the Air Guitar Household. As you could know… Cat Friday welds the Air Guitar Canada trophy every year. To start out his efficiency, he drafted a missive for the crowd that Nordic read aloud earlier than the performance. Then he was off. He set off a confetti canon. He performed the Air Guitar in no fewer than eight alternative ways and positions… his efficiency was packed! Judges love him: 5.eight, 5.8, 5.eight. Onerous to criticize these scores.

Our Sherbrooke Quebec Champion: Carolyne ‘Janine Suture’ Mongeau. Previous woman turned leather goddess. She shredded it to Coronary heart’s Barracuda. She additionally removed gadgets of clothes to point out off her inside rock star. Our judges scored her: 5.5, 5.5, 5.6. La Belle Province was properly represented.

It was time for the Toronto Champion, Dana-Saurus Rex. She delivered an electric valedictorian handle. You understand how this turned out. Judges scores: 6.0, 5.8, 5.eight.

Our Midland Penetanguishene consultant Bryan ‘Dr. Rockstar Genius’ Pittz got here dressed like an precise ‘saurus’ of some type. He was purple. He was rad. He hit the stage to Andrew WK’s I Get Wet. The judges have been moist sufficient to provide him: 5.5, 5.6, 5.6.

Our Toronto Vice Champion – Arty the Circus Drummer revived his floor breaking stability board efficiency from the Toronto championships and again wowed the Judges. He scored: 5.9, 5.9, 5.9. Arty ended the first round in the lead by .1

Don’t call it a come back, however Blake Johnston – The Canadian Tuxedo proved that his first trip to Finland was no fluke. Chugging syrup and regurgitating his guitar for GnR’s Welcome to the Jungle scored him the prime rating of the night time and tied with Arty for the lead after the first spherical. Judges Scores: 5.9, 6.zero, 5.8.

Our BC champ was next… Air Head Arron from Kamloops, BC. Selecting a Led Zeppelin monitor, Communication Break Down. Judges favored it: 5.8, 5.eight, 5.8.

Jacob ‘Von Stäche’ Hogan was next. He had the Von Stache crew. He had the tear away shorts. He had the Stache. One of the most energetic performers of the night time with a brilliant future in Air Guitar, the judges confirmed him much love with scores: 5.9, 5.9, 5.eight.

Subsequent up was Sterling Stu Nulman. Our Montreal champion was all class and all guitar. He rocked it righteously and earned nice scores from the judges: 5.6, 5.7, 5.eight.

OTTAWA CHAMP! After two years of showing at Nationals as a Dark Horse, The Area Mime Continuum earned the prime spot in Ottawa and propelled himself instantly into the last. His edit of no matter music it was that he did was unreal. We all have so much to study from the Area Mime. Judges dug it too: 5.7, 5.8, 5.7.

The Saskatoon Champ! Air Guitar Saskatchewan is flying high and Major Celebration continues to steer the army of Central Canada. He marched by means of the viewers and delivered his tackle, incomes the chants of Major Get together! He rocked exhausting and Judges rewarded him with: 5.7, 5.7, 5.eight. Not too shabby.

To shut the first spherical was our reigning Canadian Champ – The Phoenix. Gen Leblanc surprised the crowd with yet one more insane and visually putting persona. As you possibly can see from the photographs… she was radiant and as you possibly can see from the scores, she was sensible at Air Guitar as nicely. She defended the title with first round scores of: 5.9, 5.9, 5.8.

Taking a break to tally the scores…  we returned with the verdict that we might limit our remaining spherical to five performers in the curiosity of time. After vigorous donating and Poll Boosting, Killing in the Identify by Rage Towards The Machine was chosen as the audience selection for the Compulsory Round. All performers had to rock out to this monitor in hopes of bridging the .1 difference in scores from 5th place to 1st.  The order of performers was decided by the judges as follows:

Von Stache with 17.6

Phoenix with 17.6

Dana-Saurus with 17.6

Arty The Circus Drummer with 17.7

The Canadian Tuxedo with 17.7

First up was Jacob Hogan. The Von Stache crew was available once more to raise him up and give him the increase he wanted to deliver one other insanely jet powered thrashing of the stage. Von Stache is sort of a nuclear bomb. Growth goes the dynamite!

The Phoenix donned her wings and soared like a legendary marvel. Her grace and elegance was unrivalled.

Dana-Saurus came out with Marilyn Manson’s make-up and unleashed the demons inside her as she threw herself around the stage with such ferocity that the velociraptors of the yesteryears would have stood and took discover of the carnage that was being delivered.

In case issues couldn’t get any weirder. Shit obtained weird. Arty, in true circus drummer style, threw on some stilts to elevate his efficiency. It was epic.

Blake was next. Extra syrup. A flag. A hockey persist with a beaver at the prime. All stops have been put out. He was superb.

After the compulsory spherical, the judges decided that there was a tie between Dana-Saurus and Canadian Tuxedo. For the second time in Air Guitar Canada historical past, we have been pressured to go to an Air Off. The second most voted on viewers selection monitor was chosen – Dana and Blake would do their last duel to Metallica’s ONE.

The performances have been intense. The two titans clashed and rising from the fray with a single level distinction was Dana-Saurus Rex. Our 2018 Air Guitar Canada champion!

Stay tuned for updates on the whole Air Guitar Canada crew travelling to Finland this yr! There is a staff of 5 aiming to enter the competition and convey residence Canada’s first Air Guitar World Championship title!