Hedley, Classified bring Wild Life to Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre [Photos]
Ottawa, ON – Around 7,500 screaming fans packed into Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night to catch the national capital leg of Hedley’s Wild Life Tour. Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard and the band delivered a high energy performance that brought on an abundance of ear-piercing screams for what seemed like the whole way through. Hedley and the gang kicked things off with their popular “Anything” single and wrapped it up with the current hit, “Crazy For You” and other fan favourites.
But before the Abbotsford, BC band hit the stage, the crowd was nicely warmed up with a top notch performance from Nova Scotia hit-maker Classified, and his young brother – MC, Mike Boyd. Class, of course, promoting his highly successful self-titled album, and Mike Boyd, promoting his new …Note The Sarcasm album, released a few days earlier. Up until recently, Mike went by the name Mic Boyd, but changed it due to people constantly butchering the pronunciation. HipHopCanada’s own Sarah Sussman caught up with Mike recently for a great interview that describes that story and more.
The Juno Award-winning artist wasted no time jumping into an uptempo set that excited the crowd more and more with each track that passed. At least a few people that were strictly in attendance to see Hedley walked away as new fans of the East Coast brothers. From “That Ain’t Classy,” to “3 Foot Tall,” and “Inner Ninja,” Class ran through all the songs you might expect to heart from his critically acclaimed album while Mike performed a pair of the songs off his new release. Classified’s youngest brother Jake Boyd held down singing and guitar duty, while DJ IV was once again on hand to control the decks – also picking up a guitar at one point.
After briefly signing some autographs, the Halflife Records crew made their exit to catch a flight to Winnipeg for tonight’s Juno Awards. Class will be co-hosting the award show with Serena Ryder and Johnny Reid, and he’ll also be performing. The show starts at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The 43rd Annual Juno Awards are being held at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. The arena, home to the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, can hold up to 16,000 people.
Photography and words by Jesse Plunkett for HipHopCanada