Jul 30 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Calgary’s Premier RUSH Experience with opener Gil Tougas

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YYC- Calgary’s Premier RUSH Experience with Gil Tougas as the opening act will be hitting the stage at Grey Eagle Drive In on July 30, 2021.

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YYC- Calgary’s Tribute to the Music of Rush, saw its beginnings take root in the mind of the band’s drummer Christian Dallaire in the summer of 2019 when he decided to make good on forming what for him was a long-desired passion project: to put together an ensemble of some of the Calgary-area’s finest musicians to pay tribute to the music of what is arguably Canada’s greatest musical export- RUSH.

Dallaire sought established musicians who were equal not only in their passion for Rush’s extensive catalogue of music but in their drive and desire to recreate the band’s signature sound as painstakingly and faithfully as possible. Dallaire soon connected with guitarist and fellow Rush über geek Brian Winter (ex Sonic Addiction, Strangelove), who would not long after recruit former bandmate from local bar band Strangelove Greg Kristianson (ex-Disposable Heroes, Junk, currently with Static) to helm bass duties.

As the three began in earnest hammering out some of their favourite Rush tunes, an offer came in for the band to play a 45-minute slot for a local charity event YYC Rocks Against Bullying. It became apparent that the band would very quickly need players to assume vocal and keyboard duties, if only for this one-off event- enter John Sinclair (Big Yellow Van, Police Squad, Pink 4reud), vocalist and bassist extraordinaire, who Kristianson suggested would be a great fit for the band, having played with Sinclair in a number of projects over the prior decade. Rounding out the lineup would be Keith Campbell- Hope, master skinsman (Steve McQueen Band) and fellow disciple of Neil Peart with Dallaire; being a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Campbell-Hope would take on the role of deftly recreating the keyboard textures that would come to help define Rush’s signature sound. With limited rehearsal, the band assembled a searing 45 minute set of Rush favourites, which they performed live on March 15th 2020- on the literal eve of widespread lockdowns enacted in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which brought life, as we all then knew it, to a screeching and very abrupt halt. Despite this not so minor setback, what was clear to the members was their collective passion and enthusiasm for recreating the music of Rush, not to mention the praise and accolades from the many in attendance for the band’s inaugural set, which spurred the group to move from pick-up-band to full-fledged project with plans for further and extensive live performances. The band would stick with its makeshift moniker “YYC”- a cheeky nod to the Rush instrumental “YYZ” (the airport code for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport) which also gives a nod to YYC’s Calgary roots. Plans, of course, came nose-to-nose with the new realities of living amidst a global pandemic. What to do to keep the momentum going? Make a “quarantine video”!! To keep themselves amused and engaged, the band set about recording respective individual video and audio tracks for the song “Freewill” from their respective quarters of isolation, which were then through the miracle of technology assembled by Brian and Christian and subsequently shared over social media and YouTube.

Having garnered significant buzz and praise, the band would follow the Freewill video up with subsequent “quarantine” videos produced in a similar fashion, utilizing increasingly sophisticated and ambitious means to both accurately and faithfully re-create the Rush originals sonically, as well as provide some engaging and entertaining visual accompaniment to the audio tracks. Videos for “Digital Man”, “Fly By Night”, “Subdivisions”, “Red Barchetta”, and “Marathon” would be subsequently released, all to increased acclaim and enthusiasm. Now, with the global engine slowly roaring back to life, and people the world over ready to engage in life that resembles some semblance of pre-pandemic “normal”, YYC- Calgary’s Tribute to the Music of Rush is primed and ready to take its show to live venue settings everywhere, faithfully re-creating the spirit and sound of the music of Rush from across the band’s career-spanning catalogue of 19 studio albums.”


Opening act: Gil Tougas


As we enter stage 2 & 3 of the ever-changing COVID restrictions, check back often for the most up to date information

  • All members in your vehicle or reserved spot should be from the same household.
  • You may bring your own lawnchairs and sit in the designated spot beside your vehicle.
  • For the best experience for all our guests there is no backing into stalls and opening your hatch. You are not permitted to sit in the bed of your truck. No tents on trucks will be permitted.
  • As per AHS COVID restrictions you may not leave your vehicle or reserved stall for any reason at this time other than to use the washroom.
  • Your headlights must be turned off. Please ensure you know how to do this prior to coming to the show
  • If your battery dies during the show we are unable to boost it until the show is over.
  • Retain your ticket, it must be produced upon request.
  • No RVs or oversize vehicles are permitted.
  • You may roll down your windows, but do not discard anything from your vehicle.
  • Food & beverage can be purchased in advance. On site sales coming in July
  • Capacity limits are in place for washrooms. Please adhere to those limits and line-up outside 2 metres apart.
  • In fairness to all attendees, larger vehicles will be parked at the back and on the sides of aisles to ensure best sightlines for everyone.
  • Leave your headlights and brake lights off during the show. Cars with daytime running lights usually can be turned off by applying the emergency brake. If they cannot be turned off, please bring with you, blankets, cardboard, duct tape etc… to cover the lights.
  • Sitting on top of your vehicle is not permitted, not only for safety but it also blocks the view of others.
  • Be considerate of those around you. Don’t raise your voices or use profanity to disturb others. Volume and bass are restricted if it’s disturbing others.
  •  For the safety and comfort of other guests, smoking is prohibited in the parking area.Smoking is prohibited in the washrooms, and 6 meters around their doorways.
  • No alcohol or drugs are permitted.
  • No pets are permitted.
  • No BBQs, grills, fires, fire pits, propane heaters, fireworks, drones or laser pointers.
  • Unless there is a medical emergency, you will not be able to leave until the show is over.
  • After the show, please follow the direction of our parking staff to ensure proper order for exiting the parking lot.
  • Please take all garbage with you when you leave.
  • Site management assume NO RESPONSIBILITY for Injury, Property Loss, or Damage of any kind.
  • Please do not come to the site or any event if you are symptomatic, or have been in contact with anyone who has been infected with COVID 19.
  • Management reserves the right to adopt or change any rule and any time, with or without notice, to best serve our customer’s safety as well as our best business practice.
  • In the event of emergency, event-goers are asked to follow instructions given over the microphone or displayed on the big screens.