Rock the Coliseum
AUGUST 7th & 8th - Virtual Festival
About Rock The Coliseum
Founded in 2006, Rock The Coliseum (RTC) is Mississauga’s longest running, all-ages, free indie music festival! Produced by Canadian Community Arts Initiative, RTC is a not-for-profit organization based in Ontario. RTC is a celebration of everything positive about the local music community & supports all genres of independent Canadian music.
Rock The Coliseum 2020 Day 1
Rock the Coliseum 2020 Day 2
VILIVANT developed her love for music at a very young age and with years of practice, it was apparent that this natural performer had remarkable talent. At age 14, VILIVANT was approached to record a song for the Pan Am Games and consequently decided to start writing her own music. Drawing heavily from influences such as Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless and Three Days Grace she created her first self-titled EP. With two independently released songs reaching over 25,000 streams on Spotify and over 40 live shows in 2019, VILIVANT has been busy perfecting her sound.
Her debut video for ‘Never Again’ garnered over 25,000 views on YouTube and saw radio airplay on stations such as Rebel 101.7 FM (Ottawa) 98.3 CIFM (Kamloops) & The Wolf 106.9 FM (Nanaimo). She has also been selected as a Top 5 Regional Finalist for Jim Beam’s National Talent Search in 2020. VILIVANT is taking the reins and not about to slow down anytime soon as her second single “Stabilized” is currently at radio with her first debut EP ‘Never Again’ available now!
COURAGE MY LOVE
Twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn and Phoenix Arn-Horn have been making music together for as long as they can remember. Joined by Brandon Lockwood on bass, they are the JUNO nominated band Courage My Love. Like many of their female led contemporaries such as MUNA, Pale Waves, HAIM, Now, Now and The Aces, they effortlessly stride the lines between INDIE-POP and ALTERNATIVE ROCK. On their latest series of self produced singles compiled as the SPECTRA EP, they mesh a forward looking sound with classic 80s Hits vibes.
Uforia is a four piece alternative hard rock band from Mississauga, Canada consisting of Michael Ursini (Vocals), Daniel Salij (Bass), Dylan Piercey (Drums), & Richie Nguyen (Guitar). Fusing their influences to create a familiar yet uniquesound, Uforia presents songs that are well crafted, masterfully produced, and explosively performed.
STUCK ON PLANET EARTH
SINCE FORMING AS TEENAGERS IN THEIR HOMETOWN OF VAUGHAN, ONTARIO,
TORONTO BASED STUCK ON PLANET EARTH (ADAM BIANCHI – GUITAR / VOCALS,
AL CAPO – VOCALS / BASS & ANDREW TESTA – DRUMS), HAVE DEVELOPED THEIR
SOUND OVER THOUSANDS OF HOURS IN THE VAN, PLAYING TOGETHER ON STAGE &
IN THE STUDIO, DELIVERING HOOK-HEAVY ALTERNATIVE ROCK TRACKS THAT ARE
ENDLESSLY TANGLED IN THEMES OF LATE NIGHT
Forget everything you know. Forget the conventional, forget inviable gender roles, free yourself from old expectations, spit in the face of every mundane convention, and get on board a speeding train with four misfits on a fearless pursuit of being the next big thing to happen to music!
Sumo Cyco are everything you’ve heard and nothing you’ve heard before at once: chaotic guitar, anthemic sing-along choruses, and vocals from sweet and melodic to intense and fiery. Sumo Cyco are more than what you hear. Sumo Cyco pride themselves on creating memorable visual theatrical experiences for fans on the stage and beyond.
Sumo Cyco has toured internationally for the last 5 years including performances at Download Festival UK, Main Stage at Sound of Music, WTFest, opening for Jinjer for 42 shows across North America and many sold out headline shows in the United Kingdom. Recently they signed to Napalm Records in Jan 2020, for the release of their highly anticipated 3rd album.
In the wild west of the entertainment business, Sumo Cyco stands as a strong example of what true passion, hard work and a belief in one’s self can accomplish. Sure, they’ve won awards, and toured internationally with huge superstars, but what really matters is what they create when the world is still, with no one telling them what to do.
Bad Waitress is a four-piece punkrock band from Toronto, ON. Starting their musical adventures as The Nude Dogs, Bad Waitress was recently signed to Royal Mountain Records. They incorporate heavy licks, intense energy, and strong satire. They put out their first EP as Bad Waitress called “Party bangers: Volume 1” on 4.20 of 2018 and are currently working on their first full length. As a collective they strive to create an empowering, inclusive and positive environment for people to rage out and have a fucking awesome time with some FEROCIOUS, SHAMELESS, ECCENTRIC PSYCHO MUSIC MANIIIAAAAA.
Tennyson King is an indie folk musician performing in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, China and Brazil. His music takes you on a road trip along the coast of the ocean and helps you find the adventure you didn’t know was there. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, this nomadic musician brings a jovial personality to the stage. He captures audiences – first with his reverberant, edgy sound and then with his humorous stories of life-on-the-road. If you’re looking for the place where your soul can be wild and your heavy-heart assuaged, follow the sound of Tennyson’s crisp, round voice, as he plucks an electric chord and hammers out a beat on the kick-drum.
GRAY & BLACK
Gray & Black is a modern Rock and Roll band from Ontario, Canada. Comprised of ex The Black Maria frontman Chris Gray and ex The Artist Life frontman Ian Blackwood.
After almost a decade in respective creative captivity, Chris Gray returns with two powerhouse songs for the musical masses. Enlisting producer and songwriter Ian Blackwood, together, the two give the music a throwback feel with slick production and hard hitting hooks. Out Of My Head and When We Were Young are just two examples of an artist coming back better than ever. There is so much more music to come. We hope you stay tuned.
Goodnight, Sunrise is an indie-rock-and-roll-super-fun-dance-party band from Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2011 through a shared love of pop hooks, EDM drops, and the raw power of classic rock, their sound has naturally evolved into a hybrid reminiscent of CHVRCHES, Muse, and July Talk. They’ve taken their explosive live show to over 300 audiences across Canada, US, and Europe, opening up for Bon Jovi, Monster Truck, and The Sheepdogs along the way.
Street Pharmacy was established in 2006 by Métis lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter, Ryan Guay. After receiving treatment for an acute case of encephalitis, Guay was left with the unusual ability to prolifically write, compose and produce music. Street Pharmacy mixes together the honesty of 90s alternative rock, reggae grooves and lightning fast lyrical flow reminiscent of golden age hip hop to forge a unique blend of reggae-rock that has kept their fans enthralled for over a decade. Guay and his four-piece band have released five full-length albums and have played over 500 shows across Canada since Street Pharmacy’s inception.
Skillfully combining the best of hip hop, reggae, trap, and rock with earworm hooks, Toronto’s Darenots are the genre busting sound of the city.
The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’ rock n’ roll! With a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry & The Wonders, this quartet of Canadian boys delivers a high energy show that has audiences dancing the night away!
After international tours in both Europe and California, the young and energetic Dreamboats are ready to tear up the stage with their award-winning music inspired by the 50s & 60s sound that they adore. Their on-stage antics are complimented by tales from their adventures on the road: from performing at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, England (where the Beatles cut their teeth), to hearing how Rock n’ Roll came to Canada, first-hand, from the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, to swimming in Elvis Presley’s pool! The Dreamboats are bringing the sound from this timeless era forward for a new generation to discover.
Ontario high school students can get volunteer hours by volunteering at Rock The Coliseum. Interested in helping out this year? Deadline to apply for 2020 is by July 19, 2020. Please contact the Festival Director, Demetrius Nath at [email protected]
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