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■ ar t s he Northern Lights Meltdown event, held every March, is a great opportunity to showcase new talent and sound. Three bands are chosen to perform at Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal. The winner at this year’s Meltdown is also the youngest. Sudbury band, Hello Marx, features Felix Hallee-Theoret and Ryan Lalonde, both 18, and Jordan McNeil and Steph Duchenes, both age 17. A sample of the band’s music can be heard at the band’s MySpace website. Lead vocalist, McNeil, displays some arresting vocals and the band’s creative hooks and strong musicianship are evident on Change of Scenery. An interesting tempo shift mid-song is fairly typical of their music style. Hello Marx was formed in September Festival provides stage for new talent T 2006 and, like most young bands, their rehearsal hall was a garage. Duchenes and McNeil were prior winners of a Meltdown competition as members of the group, Penthotal. Hallee-Theoret, lead guitarist and spokesperson for the band, describes major musical influences from Coldplay to classic British blues/rock. Hallee-Theoret is quick to credit MacDonald Cartier Secondary School music teacher, Jacques Grylls, as having a huge influence on not only Hello Marx, but on all students in the music program. Grylls is passionate about music, says Hallee-Theoret. The school provides students with recording opportunities and the chance to audition for the school’s travelling rock band, Groupe 17. McNeil (keys), Duchenes (drums), and Lalonde (bass guitar) have all taken music courses and all have been members of Groupe 17. Another positive influence is the underground music scene in Sudbury, which Hallee-Theoret describes as very active and supportive of young bands. “All ages” shows at the Jubilee Centre and the Alder Hall have been well attended. While music is a big part of their lives, these young men are on track with their education. McNeil and Duchenes are finishing high school, while band member Lalonde has taken a year off school before heading to Montreal to attend university this fall. Lalonde is currently working with the French comedic series Meteo + which is filmed in Sudbury. Hallee-Theoret attends Laurentian University but plans to transfer to Montreal in the fall to pursue his education. Also playing at this summer’s festival is An Offhand Rebellion, from Blind River. The group describes their sound as “We sound like us.” Their style is frenetic pop with a touch of punk rock spirit. The group is comprised of Marie Avery on guitar, piano and lead vocals, Naomi Kidd on bass and lead vocals, and her husband, Trevor, on drums and back up vocals. A listen to their songs at their MySpace website impressed me and I especially like the interesting lead vocal trade offs between Avery and Kidd. The band members met each other in college five years ago but it was not until Avery moved to Blind River that the band formed. Their first EP is entitled Fire, Fire. Three Penny Opus also emerged from Meltdown with a performing spot at the festival. This group has a delightful roots/bluegrass style that Sudburians will love. This band is based in Barrie, but boasts Vince Therrien as a member. He is well known for his membership in Sudbury bands, Freud’s Couch and The Elephant Band. Be sure to catch these Meltdown winners at this year’s festival July 4, 5, and 6. SL Bob Bale is a Sudbury concert promoter. A bit of trivia Legendary American singer/ songwriter Don McLean, best known for his folk anthem American Pie, is the Sunday night headliner at the 2008 Northern Lights Festival Boréal. Here is a bit of trivia for you. McLean is immortalized as the subject of the Roberta Flack hit Killing Me Softly With His Song. It has been recorded by other singers but her version of the 1971 song ranked No. 360 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. McLean has released more than 20 albums, and has had more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. American Pie was voted the fifth greatest song of the 20th century by fans in the United States. Summer 2008 Sudbury Living 53

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People
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Gardening
On the Town
Food
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Health/Fitness
Recreation
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Northern Adventures
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