What better place for a rock concert than on a rock?
Since Dutch artists Bik Van der Pol visited Sudbury two years ago, they have been fascinated with the rugged landscape surrounding the city. During their first stop in the Nickel City, they attempted to scrub a black rock clean along the Kingsway — this time, they are taking a slightly less literal approach to 'rock.'
From 11 a.m. until midnight Aug. 18, 12 different musical artists will be playing 12 different — and highly unconventional — venues throughout the city.
Mathieu Grainger, event producer, said the day of music was created to spark conversations and allow people to “discover the city in a different way.”
About 60 people boarded a bus from the Laughing Buddha, preparing to take in the day of music.
Linda Heldman was there to support artist Justine Giles, but said she was looking forward to hearing the others.
“We're on the bus,” she said. “We're here for the whole show.”
Some people opted to drive the route themselves, while others, like Heldman, were simply going with the flow.
“I really haven't looked at the map,” she said. “I'm letting it be an adventure.”
Between a Rock and a Hard Place is making a variety of stops throughout the day. The schedule includes:
11:30 a.m. - Silver Birch String Quartet – Near 504 St. Raphael St., behind St. Albert Adult Learning Centre. Go north on the foot path, round the bend, straight for 200 meters. Head into the forest and up the rocky hill.
12:30 p.m. - Justine Giles – Rocky hill in the park at corner of Mary Street and Gauthier Avenue, behind the bocce fields. Follow the slag hill up, up, up.
1:20 p.m. - Le Paysagiste – At the end of Loach's Road, walk 200 meters on Laurentian path to wood bridge. Take bridge to the right and up to Lake Bennett.
2:20 p.m. - Sarah Bradley – Head to the Flour Mill, near 100 Bruyère St. Climb steep hill to the right of St-Joseph School. Follow the path to the first rocky clearing.
3:10 p.m – Pandora and Dunstan Topp – Head to the Donovan to the walking trail at McNeill Boulevard and Ethelbert Street. Look for the team.
4:40 p.m. - Pistol George Warren – 650 Lavoie St. Walk through the garage to the back yard, and thank M. McKerral for his hospitality.
5:40 p.m. - Lightmares – On the dam north of the cemetery on Lasalle Boulevard. Take the walking path at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Turner Avenue. Walk east 500 meters to the dam.
7:15 p.m. - Marcel Aymar – Back to the Flour Mill. Take Percy Avenue, north to the park. Cross the field at the north-east corner, and make your way to the black rock.
8:15 p.m. - 296 Van Horne St., park in the school parking lot. Walk up hill on the east side of the field. At the top, turn into the forest on the right, past the clearing, up to the rock.
9:10 p.m. – Strange Attractor – Corner of Llyod Street and Mount Adam Street. Have a seat on the rock.
9:50 p.m. - Fevers – Pearl Street 'Sudbury' water tower.
11:05 p.m. - DJ Set with Les Singes Volants – Laughing Buddha.
For more information on the project, visit www.musagetes-sudbury.ca.