Canadian Air Guitar champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans brings event back to Toronto

News May 08, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

They may not know how to play guitar, but there’s no doubt the competitors in the resurgent Canadian Air Guitar Championships know how to rock.

Air Guitar Canada is making a comeback this year following a four-year lull, with 2007 national champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans leading the charge.

Evans, who lives in the Little Italy area, decided the time was ripe to bring the competition back.

The parent organization Air Guitar International has long stood for world peace with Evans noting that “if you’re holding an air guitar, you can’t be holding a gun,” but now it’s aiming to stand for a lot more than that.

Air Guitar Canada has added a charitable component to the contest, choosing international sports advocacy organization Right To Play as its benefactor.

“It’s a fun property and an amazing event, but I don’t think many – if any – of the national competitions are fundraisers,” he said. “Right To Play is a child-focused, global charity and that’s what we wanted to focus on.”

At an air guitar contest, competitors let loose and unleash their inner rock stars. This year’s Toronto Regional Qualifier, slated to take place at Lee’s Palace July 10, already boasts an array of contestants who will swagger, strum and strut in a bid to take home the crown.

Competitors include Sandy “Freakachu” Gibson, James “Thrustin’ Beaver” Dalzell and Carlos “Hansel the Mansel” Menguel.

“We’re challenging others to join the ranks,” Evans said. “I hope people get the idea around it. We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.”

He added the organization is looking for new participants, emphasizing the joy of air guitar is in the bizarre characters the air guitarists come up with and the moves – choreographed or improvised – they flash on stage.

“Like snowflakes, no two air guitarists will do things the same way,” he said.

Top performers at the qualifier will go on to the national championships at the Mod Club July 31.

In addition for its push for competitors, Air Guitar Canada started a 35-day fundraising drive at the start of May in hopes of raising cash to fund the two competitions, pay the winner’s way to Finland for the world championships and make a sizable donation to Right To Play.

“Through the entire thing – the fundraising campaign and ticket sales – we’re hoping to raise about $10,000,” Evans said. “The costs of running the two competitions, the venues, the marketing, the flight to Finland (for the winner) will cost around $5,000, so we’re hoping we can donate $5,000 to Right To Play.”

Should the return of Air Guitar Canada prove as successful as Evans said he hopes, he aims to meet with other Air Guitar organizers from around the world in hopes of getting them to add a charitable angle to their own contests.

“We’ll see in five years if Air Guitar International isn’t taking on a similar task (supporting charity,)” Evans said.

He also hopes Canadians fare well in the World Air Guitar Championships. Andrew “Air Raid” Buckles and Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson have both landed on the podium in the international competition, but no Canadian has ever brought home the gold.

“Next year’s the 20th anniversary of the air guitar championships, so we’d love to own the podium,” Evans said.

To buy tickets to the upcoming events or to learn more about Air Guitar Canada, visit www.airguitarcanada.org

To donate to the organization’s online fundraising campaign, visit www.fwyc.ca/campaigns/air-guitar-canada

Canadian Air Guitar champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans brings event back to Toronto

News May 08, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

They may not know how to play guitar, but there’s no doubt the competitors in the resurgent Canadian Air Guitar Championships know how to rock.

Air Guitar Canada is making a comeback this year following a four-year lull, with 2007 national champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans leading the charge.

Evans, who lives in the Little Italy area, decided the time was ripe to bring the competition back.

The parent organization Air Guitar International has long stood for world peace with Evans noting that “if you’re holding an air guitar, you can’t be holding a gun,” but now it’s aiming to stand for a lot more than that.

“We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.” – Tim -Glen Airy Glen Rocks’ Evans

Air Guitar Canada has added a charitable component to the contest, choosing international sports advocacy organization Right To Play as its benefactor.

“It’s a fun property and an amazing event, but I don’t think many – if any – of the national competitions are fundraisers,” he said. “Right To Play is a child-focused, global charity and that’s what we wanted to focus on.”

At an air guitar contest, competitors let loose and unleash their inner rock stars. This year’s Toronto Regional Qualifier, slated to take place at Lee’s Palace July 10, already boasts an array of contestants who will swagger, strum and strut in a bid to take home the crown.

Competitors include Sandy “Freakachu” Gibson, James “Thrustin’ Beaver” Dalzell and Carlos “Hansel the Mansel” Menguel.

“We’re challenging others to join the ranks,” Evans said. “I hope people get the idea around it. We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.”

He added the organization is looking for new participants, emphasizing the joy of air guitar is in the bizarre characters the air guitarists come up with and the moves – choreographed or improvised – they flash on stage.

“Like snowflakes, no two air guitarists will do things the same way,” he said.

Top performers at the qualifier will go on to the national championships at the Mod Club July 31.

In addition for its push for competitors, Air Guitar Canada started a 35-day fundraising drive at the start of May in hopes of raising cash to fund the two competitions, pay the winner’s way to Finland for the world championships and make a sizable donation to Right To Play.

“Through the entire thing – the fundraising campaign and ticket sales – we’re hoping to raise about $10,000,” Evans said. “The costs of running the two competitions, the venues, the marketing, the flight to Finland (for the winner) will cost around $5,000, so we’re hoping we can donate $5,000 to Right To Play.”

Should the return of Air Guitar Canada prove as successful as Evans said he hopes, he aims to meet with other Air Guitar organizers from around the world in hopes of getting them to add a charitable angle to their own contests.

“We’ll see in five years if Air Guitar International isn’t taking on a similar task (supporting charity,)” Evans said.

He also hopes Canadians fare well in the World Air Guitar Championships. Andrew “Air Raid” Buckles and Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson have both landed on the podium in the international competition, but no Canadian has ever brought home the gold.

“Next year’s the 20th anniversary of the air guitar championships, so we’d love to own the podium,” Evans said.

To buy tickets to the upcoming events or to learn more about Air Guitar Canada, visit www.airguitarcanada.org

To donate to the organization’s online fundraising campaign, visit www.fwyc.ca/campaigns/air-guitar-canada

Canadian Air Guitar champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans brings event back to Toronto

News May 08, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

They may not know how to play guitar, but there’s no doubt the competitors in the resurgent Canadian Air Guitar Championships know how to rock.

Air Guitar Canada is making a comeback this year following a four-year lull, with 2007 national champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans leading the charge.

Evans, who lives in the Little Italy area, decided the time was ripe to bring the competition back.

The parent organization Air Guitar International has long stood for world peace with Evans noting that “if you’re holding an air guitar, you can’t be holding a gun,” but now it’s aiming to stand for a lot more than that.

“We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.” – Tim -Glen Airy Glen Rocks’ Evans

Air Guitar Canada has added a charitable component to the contest, choosing international sports advocacy organization Right To Play as its benefactor.

“It’s a fun property and an amazing event, but I don’t think many – if any – of the national competitions are fundraisers,” he said. “Right To Play is a child-focused, global charity and that’s what we wanted to focus on.”

At an air guitar contest, competitors let loose and unleash their inner rock stars. This year’s Toronto Regional Qualifier, slated to take place at Lee’s Palace July 10, already boasts an array of contestants who will swagger, strum and strut in a bid to take home the crown.

Competitors include Sandy “Freakachu” Gibson, James “Thrustin’ Beaver” Dalzell and Carlos “Hansel the Mansel” Menguel.

“We’re challenging others to join the ranks,” Evans said. “I hope people get the idea around it. We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.”

He added the organization is looking for new participants, emphasizing the joy of air guitar is in the bizarre characters the air guitarists come up with and the moves – choreographed or improvised – they flash on stage.

“Like snowflakes, no two air guitarists will do things the same way,” he said.

Top performers at the qualifier will go on to the national championships at the Mod Club July 31.

In addition for its push for competitors, Air Guitar Canada started a 35-day fundraising drive at the start of May in hopes of raising cash to fund the two competitions, pay the winner’s way to Finland for the world championships and make a sizable donation to Right To Play.

“Through the entire thing – the fundraising campaign and ticket sales – we’re hoping to raise about $10,000,” Evans said. “The costs of running the two competitions, the venues, the marketing, the flight to Finland (for the winner) will cost around $5,000, so we’re hoping we can donate $5,000 to Right To Play.”

Should the return of Air Guitar Canada prove as successful as Evans said he hopes, he aims to meet with other Air Guitar organizers from around the world in hopes of getting them to add a charitable angle to their own contests.

“We’ll see in five years if Air Guitar International isn’t taking on a similar task (supporting charity,)” Evans said.

He also hopes Canadians fare well in the World Air Guitar Championships. Andrew “Air Raid” Buckles and Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson have both landed on the podium in the international competition, but no Canadian has ever brought home the gold.

“Next year’s the 20th anniversary of the air guitar championships, so we’d love to own the podium,” Evans said.

To buy tickets to the upcoming events or to learn more about Air Guitar Canada, visit www.airguitarcanada.org

To donate to the organization’s online fundraising campaign, visit www.fwyc.ca/campaigns/air-guitar-canada