This year, for the first time in almost a decade, Wakestock took place in Bala, Muskoka – the place where it all began. From its humble beginnings in 1997, Wakestock eventually outgrew this small town and made its way to Wasaga Beach, Toronto Islands and then to Collingwood where it has been held for the past 5 years.
I followed it around for a couple of summers after it left Bala, but it didn’t feel the same. Those weekends were still fun, but there was just something special about Bala and that cottage-up-north feeling that made you want to come back every year.
There’s always a great concert at The Kee, and the boarding, boating and bridge jumping are a blast. Not to mention drunk, clothing-not-an-option people running out of nowhere, wooting and hooting.
It was another great event this year. Now that I’m a little older there was no sleeping in cars in Tent City or riding the rapids on my board, but still a lot of fun.
I remember one time years ago. Wakestock was in its second year in Bala. I was camped out in Tent City right there behind the police house. I rolled over at about 6:00 in the morning and accidentally hit the panic button on my keychain, somewhere in my tent, and could not find it to shut it off. I woke up many hung over people and received a lot of dirty looks. If you were there that year, I’m sorry.
Hope everyone that came this year enjoyed it and who didn’t will come out next year. We’ll be waiting for ya!
Here are some links with pictures, video and highlights.
The Kee was open in 1942 (Dunn’s Pavilion) for dancing 6 nights a week. Acts came from far away to play here in front of sold out crowds.