Heavy T.O. 2012 is coming back to Toronto on August 11th and 12th!
By Mike Bax
A few weeks ago it was announced that Toronto would see another Heavy T.O. Festival, scheduled for August 11th and 12th at Downsview Park. Put it in your calendars!!!
This announcement put a huge smile on my face, primarily because Heavy T.O. in July of this year was nothing shy of amazing. Seventeen of the bands included on Heavy T.O. this year were bands that I would have paid money to see in venues on their own as headliners. If the average price of seeing each of these bands was estimated at $30 (and I think you will agree that Slayer, Zombie, Motörhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, and yes, Billy Talent, would all push more towards the $50 to $60 range) - the cost of seeing these bands on their own would be well over $500.00. Heavy T.O. offers Toronto area music fans the opportunity to see a wealth of amazing bands in a one-stop-shop environment that I can't wait to see happen again this summer.
I was surprised by some of the negativity that I read online after this 2012 Heavy T.O. announcement, primarily around the intent of fans not to attend if they didn't like 100% of the line-up when it gets announced. Diversity is part of what I WANT to see when coming to these festival events!! Download 2012 just got announced recently, with the headliners being Metallica, Black Sabbath, and The Prodigy. This will be an incredible live experience - Black Sabbath and Metallica for obvious reasons, but The Prodigy for sure, as a band that will offer an eye-opening live experience to anyone willing to keep an open mind and check them out. Sure, they aren't heavy in the 'Slayer' sense of the word, but check out this clip and tell me they can't deliver some energy: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xie576_the-prodigy-world-s-on-fire-cd-dvd-blu-ray-trailer_shortfilms I would hope that we get a few bands on the Heavy T.O. bill this year that don't sound like they rely on buzz-saw guitar riffs and blast-beat drumming to deliver their own unique brand of Heavy.
Toronto fans seemed to take great offence at Billy Talent being included on the Heavy T.O. bill in 2011. Quite frankly, I don't understand this mentality at all. By dictionary definition, Billy Talent IS a heavy band. They play heavy. They tour heavy. And their draw is heavy. Add in this simple fact: there was one band on this year’s Heavy T.O. bill capable of selling out the Air Canada Centre on their own - and that band was Billy Talent. And we Torontonians got to see them in a package deal playing amongst other musicians for under $100.00 a day. WHO CARES if one or two bands on a festival bill like Heavy T.O. aren't a particular breed of pummelling metal?!? If fans don't want to see these more diverse heavy bands, just do something else. Go hug a Jagerette. Go get an autograph, have a beer, or eat some food. But for the love of all that's holy, support the scene people! The alternative is simple: don't show up and the festival goes on the wayside. And then Toronto has NO two-day outdoor festival of heavy music...and that would be an utter travesty.
What's next? Toronto fans show disdain over Kiss on a Heavy T.O. bill? Or the Foo Fighters? Or ACDC? Or Rush? I'd love to see these bands included on a bill like Heavy T.O. They would brighten any mix of metal bands that will round out the majority of future Heavy T.O. bills for sure.
As an ongoing event, Heavy T.O. is poised to become Ontario's PREMIER festival of everything Heavy. I look forward to WHATEVER bands the line-up brings. I'm sure the upcoming announcements for included bands on Heavy T.O. 2012 will blow people’s minds!!! Be excited!!! This years Heavy T.O. was THE BEST two days of heavy music I've ever seen in Toronto. I can't wait until August 11th and 12th to do it all over again.