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Event Archive - Centennial Battle of the Bands Finals: The Antics, The Imprints, The Marquis, Blues X Five, Motifs, The Foundry Brass

Sat. July 1st 1967 Victoria's Spirit Square (in Centennial Square) (All Ages)
10:00am - 3:00pm doors at 10:00am
Free
Presented by: A.F. of M.
During June of 1967, it’s announced that the Centennial Society of Greater Victoria is giving the city’s pop music groups a chance to battle it out for centennial awards. The society, working in tandem with the city and the local American Federation of Musicians union, creates the Centennial Battle of The Bands. Semi finals with 20 bands were done in two rounds at Memorial Arena from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Saturday June 17 and 24 with the finals being held July 1st at Centennial Square. The day began with local group “The Foundry Brass” featuring keyboardist David Foster and bassist Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal being introduced by Vancouver radio personality Fred Latremoille followed up with performances by The Antics, The Motifs (Gullivers Travels pulled out of the finals and were replaced by The Motifs), The Imprints, The Marquis and eventual winners Blues X Five (pronounced Blues By Five).

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The Antics

Picture was taken June 17, 1967 at the Memorial Arena during the Centennial Battle of The Bands semi-finals. The band would play in the finals July 1 at Centennial Square. more info

Blues X Five

In the photo L-R Richard Moore, Ron Flatman, Norm MacPherson, John Fisher and Ed Wright more info
Articles: High times in Victoria: Remembering the Summer of Love, Focus by Brad Nugent March 1967, Focus by Brad Nugent February 1968

Motifs

One of the 3 bands who was tied for votes in the 2008 category of "Most Influential Group 1960-1965". The Good Young Days Chorus: Yes, we had some great times, Then we went our separate ways I’m not one for reminiscing But those were the Good Young Days Verses: It started in Oak Bay, Behind a curtain made of tweed, Rocking U... more info
Articles: Focus by Brad Nugent
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