April Wine and Kim Mitchell at the 100th Grey Cup Festival

Myles Goodwyn and Richard Lanthier
December 1, 2012 – April Wine played the 100th Grey Cup Festival in Toronto on November 24th on a bill with Kim Mitchell and Big Sugar. April Wine may have been the opener but the crowd made sure they got out for the early 7:30 pm start time.

Brian Greenway

Since T-MAK World reviewed April Wine back in April of this year (here), where they played a more extended set, this will be brief. As the openers, the band was limited to about an hour. Myles Goodwyn and April Wine were hit making machines back in the day. And they played most of the biggest ones.


Could Have Been A Lady

I’m on Fire for You Baby

Say Hello

Enough Is Enough

Bad Side of the Moon

I Like to Rock

Sign of the Gypsy Queen

Just Between You and Me

Tonight is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love


Brian Greenway and Myles Goodwyn
The band sounded great but the vocals were a little flat at times. April Wine was one of biggest bands in Canada during the 70’s and early 80’s, but now when one thinks of April Wine one can’t help but think of their best song, Rock n’ Roll is a Vicious Game, released 34 years ago, which sadly was left off the set list.

He opened up his heart to us, he gave us what he could

We sympathized and harmonized, he made us all feel good
But it’s funny how those things can change, and time can pass us by
Songs that moved us so easily, no longer make us cry

Now isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
No one ever warned the boy
Rock n’ roll is a vicious game

April Wine
The crowd packed the Metro Toronto Convention Centre venue early to see April Wine

Kim Mitchell joined April Wine and Big Sugar for the 100th Grey Cup Festival on Saturday. The set contained most of his biggest hits plus Ain’t Life Amazing from 2007’s CD of the same name. Frankly that song wasn’t amazing. As the world’s second biggest Max Webster fan, the highlight of the show for me was Paradise Skies. With Kim was longtime collaborator Peter Fredette on bass, Ray Coburn on keyboards and Chris Sutherland on drums.

Set List

Lager and Ale
In My Shoes
I Am A Wild Party
Easy To Tame
That’s a Man
Ain’t Life Amazing
All We Are
Paradise Skies
Battle Scar
Patio Lanterns
Go For Soda

Review and photos by Steve Mallinson

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