By Lachman Balani
MISSISSAUGA: Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO), the signature performance of the 2013 Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF), was a resounding success as it smashed out awesome music and an incredibly bedazzling laser show for the audience at the weekend at the Port Credit Memorial Park.
Over 45,000 people enjoyed the musical extravaganza.
Vikas Kohli, producer of the Mississauga Rock Orchestra, said, “This year the crowd was bigger than any of the years Monster Rock Orchestra has played at the festival.’’“The audience was amazing and screamed for encores on both nights! It’s all thanks to our top-notch musicians, my team, Joe Natale for overseeing the technical production, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival board of directors for having the vision to see this through, as well as the City of Mississauga and the sponsors for supporting us in this venture,’’ said Vikas Kohli, an award-winning film composer and music producer who is known for for fusing together genres as varied as punk, classical and Bollywood pop. The park was jam-packed with music lovers on both days. People of all ages enjoyed the performances by MRO as they sang along to one hit after another. From the 60s to the present, the music had the crowd on their feet. From a smattering of US and English surf, rock and soul bands- Otis Redding (Sitting on the dock of the bay), Beach Boys( Surfin’ USA), Beatles(Help), Led Zeppelin (Whole lotta love), Deep Purple (Smoke on the water), Guns n Roses (Sweet child of mine) to songs from Canadian rock icons Triumph(Lay it on the line), Bryan Adams (Summer of 69) Steppenwolf (Born to be wild) and Neil Young (Rockin’ in a free world) to modern day singers Adele and Carly Rae Jepsen – the rocking sounds along with a blazing and impressive laser show sent everyone screaming to nirvana.
It was 666% pure energy in the park and the Mississauga heavens seemingly split into two!
Vikas Kohli is one of the few Canadians of South Asian origin who have crossed the barriers of his culture and embraced something that is a universal and time- transcending genre of music. It is a tribute to his brilliance to have been able to put together a world class rock orchestra right here in the heart of Mississauga, leading today for tomorrow!
Besides the superb monster rock orchestra, the weekend was full of family activities geared for father’s day weekend. As you entered the park, volunteers got you in the mood by saying ‘hey you gotta smile, you are here to enjoy!’ Infectious words, because as soon as people heard them, a smile broke out on their faces There was a theme park with rides for kids(though one could see a few adults on the rides too) and sandpits for them to play in. Burger cooking and pizza eating contests were also in full swing! Cooking demos by world renowned chefs were part of the attractions as well. A live chess game with actual live people was a grand novelty! Mehndi artists satisfied the tattoo fancies of those who were plucky enough to dare.
There were lots of kiosks given to selling curios and costume jewelry as well.
And of course what festival is complete without food? There was plenty of pizza, burgers, churros from Mexico, potato on a stick, corn, fudge and more. There was also a dining area for those who wished to have a sit-down meal and plenty of beer and wine to wash down everything. But the best was FREE Hawaiian Punch handed out to all the thirsty festival goers.
All in all, a fantastic and wild weekend!
PHOTOS: Monster Rock Orchestra rocks!