Rock 'n' roll and skateboarding with The Turn

Vancouver band provides soundtrack for Late Night Shred

When organizers at the Whistler Youth Centre contacted Vancouver band The Turn to see if they were interested in playing a set at the upcoming Late Night Shred, frontman Patrick Gavigan said the musicians jumped at the chance to play an all-ages show at the Whistler Skate Park.

With high-energy rock and a focus on having a good time on stage, The Turn should make for a suitable soundtrack to the skateboard competitions, car smashing and other activities planned for the event.

It should fit in pretty well with the kids at the skate park, Gavigan said.

The Late Night Shred is set for Monday (July 13) from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Whistler Skate Park. Part of Gromfest, a skateboard and snowboard competition running July 12 to 16 in Whistler and Squamish, the event is hosted by the Whistler Youth Centre and is open to everyone.

The Skate Jam will include competitions such as best tricks and highest ollie, while non-skateboarders are invited to attempt a kick flip in the first annual Kick Flop Championships. According to Gromfest founder Ryan Simpson, a kick flip is a basic skateboarding trick, and the non-skater to pull off the best attempt at one will win the Kick Flop title. Prizes will be awarded for all competition categories.

The Late Night Shred also includes a car smash in Day Lot 3, allowing people to make a donation to charity to earn the right to destroy part of a donated car with a sledgehammer. A barbecue, info tents and more are in store.

On the entertainment front, Whistler hip-hop duo Animal Nation and DJ Lon will add to The Turn's rock 'n' roll riffs.

Gavigan said in addition to playing songs from the band's self-titled 2008 debut album, The Turn will roll out some brand new tunes at the show. After a couple of Canadian tours over the last year or so, the band is currently focused on writing material for a new album.

The Whistler audience will be treated to a few songs that The Turn has never played live before, he said.

But don't expect the new songs to be anything less than tight, polished rock anthems. Part of what sets The Turn apart from countless other rock bands is its dedication to regular rehearsals, Gavigan said.

Combine the hard work with a strong stage presence and a focus on songwriting, and it's no wonder one reviewer said The Turn delivers a killer live show.

Formed in 2004 through connections between mutual friends, The Turn experienced almost immediate success by having a song selected among 500 entries for a compilation CD of emerging Vancouver talent released by the 99.3 CFOX radio station.

The Turn went on to win the radio station's Vancouver Seeds band competition in 2005 and also took awards from the Vancouver finals of the Emergenza festival and the 2005 New Music West conference.

Rock out with The Turn while checking out the skate competition and smashing cars at the Late Night Shred. It all goes down Monday (July 13) at 7 p.m. at the Whistler Skate Park.

Youth Centre staff members said the event is made possible through grants from the B.C. Healthy Living Alliance and the Canadian Cancer Society.

- With files from Megan Grittani-Livingston, The Question

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