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#81 JohnnyBlaze

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:50 AM

View Postsundog, on 11 November 2016 - 06:27 AM, said:


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I see you & Digi of course. But I also see Signals1982 (or is it '83?) and his bro + Seiji. Seiji's hardcore. He goes every year doesn't he? Flying all the way from Sendai, Japan (I think) just for Rushcon?!! Hardcore! I talked to him briefly back in '07...and it was actually RIGHT BEFORE he did that Rush Karaoke thang onstage which is briefly shown on the BTLS DVD extra.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 12:40 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 11 November 2016 - 02:13 AM, said:

I was hoping someone would post pictures.

Yes, I hope Jamie had a fun time, too, first time to RushCon and first time to Canada. Maybe she will post a picture as well sometime!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 04:41 PM

I went and I had the time of my LIFE!!!!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:09 PM

View Postjamie, on 11 November 2016 - 04:41 PM, said:

I went and I had the time of my LIFE!!!!

It sounded like it would be a blast!  So glad you had a great time!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:34 PM

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I'll have some photos from RushCon this weekend and will post them here... I only hope that the official photog was not quick enough on the shutter button to catch me when I dropped my trousers to claim my "Best RUSH undergarment" prize at the Lotus Land tribute band show on Saturday night...  I was sporting my 2112 boxers and joyously showed them off to claim my hologram disc copy of Roll the Bones!!!  One of many very good times at RushCon 16!

Rock on!

I would love to see the RushCon photos- with or without the boxer photo included, ha ha!  Glad you won a major award !

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 09:19 PM

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 09:28 PM

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 09:37 PM

Lotus Land ROCKS RushCon 16 at The HardRock Cafe in Toronto, eh!
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More Platinum Album plaques at SRO/Anthem offices...
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A couple more from the Lee-Lifeson Art Park
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Unrelated to RushCon but observed on a shipping carton at work just before I left for The Con...
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Yes...they are...

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 08:08 PM

The Garden?
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 11:50 PM

View PostHuge Ackman, on 12 November 2016 - 09:37 PM, said:

Lotus Land ROCKS RushCon 16 at The HardRock Cafe in Toronto, eh!
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More Platinum Album plaques at SRO/Anthem offices...
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A couple more from the Lee-Lifeson Art Park
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Unrelated to RushCon but observed on a shipping carton at work just before I left for The Con...
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Yes...they are...

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More great photos!  I'm glad you had good weather this day, it looks beautiful.  Thanks for posting these!

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 12:04 AM

View PostHuge Ackman, on 12 November 2016 - 09:37 PM, said:

Lotus Land ROCKS RushCon 16 at The HardRock Cafe in Toronto, eh!
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More Platinum Album plaques at SRO/Anthem offices...
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A couple more from the Lee-Lifeson Art Park
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Unrelated to RushCon but observed on a shipping carton at work just before I left for The Con...
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Yes...they are...
Hey I recognize those people in the first photo, it's me and my boyfriend!
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Posted 19 November 2016 - 06:34 PM

You've seen the photos, now some of the story of the weekend...

It started with the screening of "Time Stand Still".  We had a private theater which was only RushCon and SRO/Anthem bodies.  About 1/3 of the seating was reserved for SRO people.  The wonderful surprise among those who were there from the SRO family were Alex and Geddy's mothers along with Geddy's brother, who helped produce the documentary we were all there to see.  We RushCon folks were asked to give the SRO attendees their space so we only interacted at the Hard Rock after-party.  I had the good fortune to meet both moms when I helped haul drinks to the SRO table ...  Mr. Weinrib answered questions about the documentary at a Q & A session during the night.  I met a producer who was going to be in the studio with  Kim Mitchell in the next few days while I was hanging at the Hard Rock. It was a really great night...

On Friday,we hopped on a bus to check out Alex & Geddy's origins in Willowdale.  We passed by the school where they met and the church where they first played and then stopped at The Lee Lifeson Art Park. The councilman responsible for the park told the tale of its beginnings nearly 20 years ago. The city started buying property to put in some kind of park but momentum stalled because some property owners would not sell to the city.  The properties sat dormant for  15 years until somebody told this councilman that properties were going to be rented because nobody knew why the city owned them and they were just sitting there.  He said, "No! We are putting in an art park there. You can't rent them!"  With the extra money generated by developer contributions as the area grew, the additional needed properties were acquired and the plans for something were launched.  However, there was no name to which the park was going to be dedicated.  This councilman  is a music fan ant decided he'd like to ask local native, Geddy Lee, if he'd be willing to accept the honor of having the park named after him.  However, he couldn't get in touch with Geddy directly so though his wife and a PTA or some other crazy twist of connections, he got in touch with Geddy's wife who passed on the message.  Eventually Ged's people called Willowdale's people and the wheels began to turn.  Geddy wouldn't accept this honor if Alex was not included, so the park became The Lee Lifeson Art Park... This place is so beautiful and special.  As a fan of the band, it means so much but if I lived here, I think I'd have to find a way to visit every day. In fact, since the Presidential election here in the USA, I may just move to Willowdale so that I can do just that...  Friday ended with a "get to know you"  RushCon cocktail gathering where we all shared our experiences and love of the band with one another...

I took a walk down to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday morning before the RushCon walk over to the SRO/Anthem offices.  There, we saw the hallowed halls of Rush history in all of its Gold and Platinum glory. I've been to RushCon before but have never made this tour in the past.  I'm so glad I saw it during this visit.  On the way home, I passed the greenhouse that I'm pretty sure must have been the video inspiration for The Garden in The Clockwork Angels tour experience, photos in an earlier post...  We then headed to the charity auction in the afternoon.  I bought a killer, very one-of-a-kind A Farewell to Kings banner (made by Jillian's mom) and shared more tales of being a RUSH fan with others of our ilk... good times...

The night and 2016 RushCon event wrapped up with a ROCKING tribute show by Lotus Land. They are definitely the most true to the original RUSH tribute I've seen.  A 3-piece ensemble with vocals that are true to Ged which makes the show an exciting concert experience that any RUSH fan should enjoy thoroughly....  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took home the "Best (only) Rush Undergarment" award for the night as I was sporting my 2112 boxers :)  I'm still waiting to see if there are any photos of this momentous event...  

The weekend was just a total WIN in all regards!  It was so wonderful to get re-acquainted with old friends and to meet new friends; I'm a bit saddened that this may not happen again.  However, I carry the memories with me and will be reminded of all these great times and people over and over and over and over again whenever this and many other Rush fan experiences come to mind...  It is what it is and forever, each moment a memory in flight...  

Rock on, my Rush friends... Rock ON!!!

Edited by Huge Ackman, 19 November 2016 - 06:42 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:33 PM

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Is there a story on how this came about? What does the logo signify?

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 10:09 PM

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Is there a story on how this came about? What does the logo signify?

:hi: Hi, ytse!

This is from Canada's Walk of Fame, in Toronto's entertainment district.  These markers in the sidewalks are meant to recognize Canadians who excel in their respective fields, and the logo on the Rush star is for musicians.  Here's a link to the section on Rush's 1999 induction in case you're interested--there are a few photos, too: http://www.canadaswa...ctees/1999/rush  And here's a link to a map and list of all of the inductee stars, for anyone who might want to visit: http://www.canadaswa...ductee-star-map

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 10:49 PM

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That's me in the grey coat and the sunglasses and dark hair :)

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 11:53 PM

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Is there a story on how this came about? What does the logo signify?

:hi: Hi, ytse!

This is from Canada's Walk of Fame, in Toronto's entertainment district.  These markers in the sidewalks are meant to recognize Canadians who excel in their respective fields, and the logo on the Rush star is for musicians.  Here's a link to the section on Rush's 1999 induction in case you're interested--there are a few photos, too: http://www.canadaswa...ctees/1999/rush  And here's a link to a map and list of all of the inductee stars, for anyone who might want to visit: http://www.canadaswa...ductee-star-map

Sorry that I forgot to mention our stop at the Walk of Fame during our Friday bus excursion...

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 12:04 AM

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That's me in the grey coat and the sunglasses and dark hair :)
Lookin' good!

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 05:51 PM

View Postbean-tor, on 19 November 2016 - 10:09 PM, said:

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Is there a story on how this came about? What does the logo signify?

:hi: Hi, ytse!

This is from Canada's Walk of Fame, in Toronto's entertainment district.  These markers in the sidewalks are meant to recognize Canadians who excel in their respective fields, and the logo on the Rush star is for musicians.  Here's a link to the section on Rush's 1999 induction in case you're interested--there are a few photos, too: http://www.canadaswa...ctees/1999/rush  And here's a link to a map and list of all of the inductee stars, for anyone who might want to visit: http://www.canadaswa...ductee-star-map

Hi!

Sorry for the confusion. I thought it was from the art park due to Neil not signing (but he would have been out of commission in 1999 and I didn't put two and two together.)  I knew they had a star on the Walk of Fame but I didn't recognize that this was it and I totally forgot that Neil wasn't involved.

Thanks for clearing that one up for me.

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 07:04 PM

View Postytserush, on 21 November 2016 - 05:51 PM, said:

View Postbean-tor, on 19 November 2016 - 10:09 PM, said:

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View PostHuge Ackman, on 11 November 2016 - 09:19 PM, said:

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Is there a story on how this came about? What does the logo signify?

:hi: Hi, ytse!

This is from Canada's Walk of Fame, in Toronto's entertainment district.  These markers in the sidewalks are meant to recognize Canadians who excel in their respective fields, and the logo on the Rush star is for musicians.  Here's a link to the section on Rush's 1999 induction in case you're interested--there are a few photos, too: http://www.canadaswa...ctees/1999/rush  And here's a link to a map and list of all of the inductee stars, for anyone who might want to visit: http://www.canadaswa...ductee-star-map

Hi!

Sorry for the confusion. I thought it was from the art park due to Neil not signing (but he would have been out of commission in 1999 and I didn't put two and two together.)  I knew they had a star on the Walk of Fame but I didn't recognize that this was it and I totally forgot that Neil wasn't involved.

Thanks for clearing that one up for me.

Oh, no apology necessary! You are very welcome :)

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:57 PM

Does anybody have the picture from Rushcon this year that we all took at the Canadian Walk-of-Fame?




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