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From Neverland to Where the Wild Things Are.
The last day of Rock the Park saw a more intimate crowd, filled with children and families anxious to hear some top Canadian pop artists.
Marianas Trench and Alessia Cara headlined late Sunday afternoon and were preceded by performances from Ryland James, Ruth B and Scott Helman.
Audience members trickled in slowly and took some time to relax on the park grounds with food and beverages as Ryland James and Ruth B played. Their songs, which were mellow and calming, created a laid-back atmosphere — perfect for parents with little ones.
Ruth B sang her well-known hit, Lost Boy, which had some audience members singing and swaying along, but for the most part, people were there to see the headliners.
Lindsay Recker and her daughter, Maggie Rollo, 8, were enjoying deep-fried treats and slushies as they waited for Rollo’s favourite, Cara, to come on. This was Rollo’s first outdoor concert and she said she loved it.
“I’m here for her,” said Recker as she pointed to her daughter. “But all the bands playing are pretty good.”
Heartthrob Scott Helman, 21, drew audience members — mainly females — closer to the stage as they screamed “I love you, Scott!” throughout his set. Helman’s mom, who was also in the audience, received a few shoutouts from the singer/songwriter as well.
While the rain held out through the entire weekend, it came down hard during the beginning of Cara’s performance, but did not deter people from crowding near the stage. Parents came armed with umbrellas and ponchos.
Cara’s performance was lively and energetic as she sang hits like Wild Things, Here and How Far I’ll Go — a song that was featured on Disney’s Moana soundtrack.
Marianas Trench ended off the five-day music festival and were highly anticipated by many audience members.
Emily Drew and Sarah Ditchfield purchased tickets to the event just to see the Vancouver-based band play.
“They’re my favourite,” said Ditchfield.
Compared to Saturday night’s audience, which had a perpetual cloud of smoke hovering over it as alt-rock bands like Sublime with Rome and the Offspring played, the last day of Rock the Park was far more tame.
While Friday and Saturday saw about 11,000 people in attendance, only maybe 3,000 showed up on Sunday.
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