Everything to do with Fred show

Chris Brooker
March 1, 2011

Friday was the Everything to do with Fred show at the Sound Academy, arguably one of the best/worst venues in Toronto. I’ll get into that in a minute. The Fred Show, as I’m going to call it, was a concert series/carnival created and hosted by the 102.1 The Edge DJ Fearless Fred. I’m not sure if it was to celebrate something or just a reason to party but party we did. The first thing I noticed upon arriving after being searched was holy crap, there are a lot of kids here. Like under 19 years old kids. I thought “oh crap this is an all ages event, better go get my wristband”. But no, there were no wrist bands and no separate section for alcohol, I didn’t even get ID’ed, weirdest event I’ve ever been to.

The Sound Academy – They have a great sound system and damn can it get loud. But problem number 1, it’s way the fuck out in the middle of nowhere with no TTC access, too far to walk and a $15 parking lot. So there is no wining if you go. The layout is long narrow, this makes it very difficult to get close to the stage and causes a lot of added pressure when you’re up front. I’ve been to many, many concerts and spent a lot of time in the pits. The ones at Sound Academy are the most dangerous I’ve ever been in. Just way too much squeezing cuz there is no where for the pressure to go. Here’s third party confirmation, trip advisors people saying it’s the “Worst concert venue in Toronto”. I tend to agree.

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It was my pleasure to be invited by the always wonderful and foolish Leaf fan Michael Nus. (Google Jacket of Shame and Sean Ward)

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Here’s Michael with the leader of the Ska band Prince Perry that performed on stage that night. This was just after their set.

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Fearless Fred on stage giving out prizes.

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Here’s @rebheartsyou checking out the tat book.

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The headliner was Ko. A one hit wonder from days ago. They kinda sucked.

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The highlight of the night was Nus and I sparing for sport. No waivers, no helmets.

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I’d like to say that I won but I didn’t it was a very close 2-1 for Nus. This is the final blow on round 3. Well played.

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