A change in weather brought cooler temperatures and a downpour of rain to The Fair at the PNE but weather be damned for R&B fans who were committed. Many braved the elements in ponchos, umbrellas and other didn’t even care about the weather. They were there for one reason, to see R&B superstars Dru Hill!
Accompanied on stage with a full band Sisqo, Nokio and newest member Tao (Missing from the lineup was their 4th member Jazz) took to the stage with high energy and played some of their new songs before going into their hits. During “Never Make A Promise” they sang acapella and after hitting their first 3-part harmony, these soulful singers proved they were still the real deal. They then transported us back 20+ years to our high school days. They went through their set list playing hits like “These Are The Times”, “In My Bed” and “We’re Not Making Love No More”, before going into their first number1 Single “How Deep Is Your Love”. During this song they ended up changing it to a rock remix.
Dru Hill front man, Sisqo soon came out showcasing his iconic platinum dyed hair and announced that usually he doesn’t do his single songs during a Dru Hill concert. Sisqo showed that he still had the moves from his youth sliding and moonwalking along the stage. He educated the crowd saying that the song “Incomplete” was his biggest single from his diamond album and slowed the tempo down to prove that he still had the vocal acrobatics.
Each member of the group got their own time to shine in the spotlight, Nokio did a fantastic cover and tribute to Prince’s “I Would Die For You” even going as far as mimicking the iconic dance moves from the movie Purple Rain, before going into a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Tao did his throwback cover to Tevin Campbell’s “Shall We Talk” which had everyone on their feet singing along! This truly was a Throwback Thursday!
Dru Hill proved that they still had the skills to pay the bills and ended their set with “5 Steps” where Tao and Nokio went down and shook hands with fans in the front row. Tao even taking it step further by entering the crowd and dancing in the rain with one lucky Dru Hill Fan. And just when you thought it was all over, Sisqo came back after everyone had left the stage, accompanied by his dancers, to give the crowd the one song they had been requesting all night the “Thong Song” leaving everyone with a smile on their face!
This was a great show with great singers and brought back a lot of great memories and reminded everyone about great R&B music!
A big THANK YOU to all the guests who have attended the first week of the 2016 Fair at the PNE! The beautiful weather has brought out hundreds of thousands of guests during this first week of The Fair! The Fair continues until Labour Day and we’ve got plenty to keep you busy! Be sure to come check out some of our indoor activities: Fly like and Angry Bird in Rollerland, Explore all the great products at Marketplace in the PNE Forum or learn about Aliens Worlds and Androids in the Garden Auditorium!
Here are a few pictures from the adventure that was the first week of The Fair!
Amanda Shaw (13 years old) from the Otter 4H Llama Club is preparing Bounce, a six month old Black Cooper Maran Rooster for the 4H Competition. This competition sees over 600 young people from across British Columbia who come to The Fair to compete.
Come celebrate Canada in Festival Park with Kaleidoscope on Parade!
A Tribute to Dal Richards in Festival Park. If you missed the tribute or want to experience it again, simply click on the image above to take you to our Facebook page!
Hit the Deck! A Canadian Backyard Party takes the stage DAILY at 8pm!
Molly Allan from Surrey performs in Kaleidoscope on Parade at Festival Park during the Fair at the PNE. This show runs at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm daily from now until Labour Day.
Some of the rides at the Fair at the PNE at night! Come take in a show, eat a few mini donuts and ride these beautiful rides at night!
We are so fortunate to have such great performers take the stage during our Summer Night Concerts! Get your reserved tickets for the remaining shows at www.ticketleader.ca
Hedley took the stage Aug 20 for the KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM concert to kick of the 2016 Fair at the PNE!
The Steve Miller Band rocked the PNE Amphitheatre to a sold out crowd!
FOREIGNER played to a sold out crowd in one of the coolest outdoor venues in town!
Olivia Newton John wowed the crowd with classic Olivia songs. Yes, she sang songs from Grease too!
Aug 31- A Tribe Called Red
Sept 1- Dru Hil; with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao – 20th Anniversary
Sept 2- Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: We Live For Love Tour
Sept 3- Tim Hicks
Sept 4- The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour
Sept 5- Chris Isaak
Well that’s a wrap on the first week of the Fair at the PNE! We look forward to having you here for the final week of The Fair. Purchase your tickets online at www.pne.ca and SAVE!
The Fair at the PNE recalls memories of sticky fingers from cotton candy and the smell of mini donuts in the air. However, in the spirit of Canada’s west coast, the PNE is also catering to those looking for healthier food options for themselves and their children as they enjoy their days at the Fair. The 2016 Fair will offer fairgoers healthy snacks and beverages for those who have restricted diets or simply prefer to eat healthy (in addition, of course, to the traditional Fair food). Continue reading