Last Sunday, July 7th, R.B.C. Echo Beach hosted longtime Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan. With 20 years together and five studio albums under their belt, this Montreal-based five-piece showed absolutely no signs of slowing down. Fans pushed their way to the front of the stage to join in the party that was going on in the trenches, celebrating the end of a beautiful, sunny weekend in Toronto. Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier did a wonderful job of interacting with fans and really got the summer beach party into full swing.
The crowd enthusiastically complied when Bouvier told them to “jump.” At one point, he even leaped down to the ground during a song to shake the hands of delighted fans. Echo Beach is a really cool venue and is unique for its actual beach sand that stretches all the way to the stage. It really mimics what a beach concert would actually be like, an experience few other venues, especially in Canada, could attest to. It also offers a huge variety of quality food trucks, bars, merchandise booths, water refill stations (always needed at this time of year), and a superb view from almost anywhere in the venue.
All in all, Simple Plan performed a great set of fan favourites, with music that spanned their entire career. It’s nice to know that there’s still a place for Canadian bands that don’t have, or need, a DJ or drum machines driving their sound.
“I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed” was the first single from Simple Plan’s latest record, Taking One For The Team:
Simple Plan’s Toronto Setlist:
01. I'd Do Anything
02. Shut Up
05. Jet Lag
06. Your Love Is A Lie
07. Welcome To My Life
09. Can't Keep My Hands Off You
10. Perfect World
11. Summer Paradise
13. I'm Just A Kid
Remaining Tour Dates:
07/20 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
08/08 - Videotron Centre - Quebec City, QC
08/23 - Festival de la poutine de Drummondville - Drummondville, QC
Simple Plan’s fifth studio album, Taking One For The Team, was released February 19th, 2016 via Atlantic Records. Check out the sports-inspired cover artwork: