November 08, 2007

Competing concerts

The stars have come together in this general area with two major Grade 1 band concerts happening within a week and 250 miles of each other. On November 10 St. Laurence O’Toole performs its “Dawning of the Day” concert in Pittsburgh, and on November 17 the Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders mount its “Seanchaidh” show in Mississauga, Ontario.

Pittsburgh is about a five-hour drive from Toronto (as are Cleveland and Detroit), so, conceivably both of these events can reasonably draw from a total population of upwards of 20 million people.

Seanchaidh seems to have been marketed far more than SLOT’s event, and the Toronto area is a notoriously difficult place from which to attract a crowd. I have seen or heard nary a word or marketing about the SLOT concert, but my impression is that it will be heavily attended.

This will be interesting. I hope that both events will be sold out. They should be: two marquee bands in full form taking the stage for two hours at a reasonable price. Both of these concerts have been made into CDs and DVDs, so people will know what to expect. Both the SLOT and SL78FH events were well reviewed.

Stay tuned for how these events pan out, and, in the meantime, feel free to discuss here!




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