On Holiday Rockin’ The Roxy

One of the few bands that I personally love and make me jump around like a crazy teenage girl (not that all teenage girls jump around in a crazy manner) is none other than “On Holiday.” This Vancouver based band is extremely energetic and puts on a passionate show, reminiscent of a big named Canadian band called “Billy Talent.” In 2005, they recorded their 6 song EP at 604 Studios with recording engineer Jay Vanpoederooyen, who has also worked with recording artists “Hedly.”

In such a short period of time “On Holiday” has accomplished many musical feats that usually take years for other bands. With the help of a little contest run by a Vancouver based radio station called CFOX SEEDS competition, “On Holiday” will surely get all the exposure they seek. In 2005, they became a top 20 finalist and obtained enormous experience and fan support, but the big break came a year later when they entered the SEEDS again. In 2006, “On Holiday” finally won the coveted prize of being the top 5. One of the prizes they received was a slot in the Canada Day “Foxfest” concert with headliners “Billy Talent.”

The show I went to was their Roxy showcase that saw them perform and catch the eye of everyone in the audience. A few hours ago, the Edmonton Oilers lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. With everyone needing a boost in morale, “On Holiday” provided just that. They came on stage a few hours after the heartbreak and released all their pent up aggression on stage. The night started off with a bang with melodic songs and catchy riffs. A song that really caught my attention was their cover of Corey Heart’s “Sunglasses at Night.” With a more punk rock and fast paced cover, “On Holiday” could have called it their own. They ended the night with a crowd pleaser in the song “Obsession.” where they got the audience to sing a long to the chorus.

For more information regarding “On Holiday,” such as tours and merchandise, feel free to visit their official website (ONHOLIDAY) as well as their myspace website (IMONHOLIDAY). Trust me. This is a band you don’t want to miss.