Songs That Will Be Performed by Our 1000 Musicians


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The songs will be recorded and played exactly as we will play them that day.

Stay tuned as the song list gets completed.

Song List – In Order Of Play

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Song #1 Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Song #2 Big League - Tom Cochrane
Song #3 Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Song #4 Raise a Little Hell - Trooper
Song #6 Could Have Been a Lady - April Wine
Song #7 Fly at Night - Chilliwack
Song #8 Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Song #10 New Orleans is Sinking - Tragically Hip
Song #11 Riverboat Fantasy - David Wilcox
Song #12 Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young

Musicians – General Information

Instructions for Musicians
Musicians are welcome to come to the event once the doors open at 12 noon.
Parking will be directly across from the location of the event – you will be close to the set up area. If you
want to set up early, you can but I suggest you bring a cover for your equipment (it could be a hot day
and there is no shade on the playing area. My suggestion is to leave your equipment in the car until set
up time (4:30 PM). There is no charge for parking for musicians playing in the event.
Musician check in will be at the south end of the west parking area (see diagram). Upon registration, you
will receive your t-shirt, capo (for guitar players), food voucher and program/ticket as well as a
wristband (if you are of drinking age) at that gate. ID will be required to get a wristband for those that
don’t look of age.
Please remember that backpacks and bottles of liquid will not be allowed in the event. In the case of a
backpack with equipment, the security will check your bag before you enter.
Day of 1000 Musicians will start at 6 PM sharp. The playing area will be fenced off so please get there
early. Once the event begins, you will not be able to get into the playing area.
There is no smoking of any kind (cannabis and vaping included) on the property. The Gale Center
(including parking areas) is a city owned property and there will be inspectors wandering around looking
for smokers. If you get caught smoking on city property, a bylaw officer will give you a ticket for $400.
Please exit the property and stand outside the fence if you want to smoke.
A field supervisor will be on the field helping you find your set up are

We will be running short seminars for players. These seminars will be hosted by Roger along with Gail (singers),
Alan (Bass) and Dean (Drums). If you are at the event early, listen for the seminars to be announced. The schedule
is as follows:

Guitars – 1:30
Bass – 2:00
Singers – 2:30
Drums – 3:00
Location at Gale Center to be announced (it may be inside or just out front of the main building)
The seminars will go over the nuances of each song and will help you understand how Roger is going to conduct
the songs.

Drummers Need To Know

Set up for drummers on field to commence at 3:00 PM
You will have volunteers available to help you carry your equipment onto the field. 

Notes for Drummers

1. It is suggested that drum kits be limited in size due to space limitations for storage and setup on the field. We are asking each drummer to limit their set to the following pieces of equipment:

  • Bass drum
  • Floor Tom
  • Snare
  • High hat
  • 2 cymbal stands
  • toms over bass
  • Drummer throne
  • Carpet or floor mat no bigger than 6’ x 6’


Drum Kit

2. Drummers should bring a piece of carpet or other material to set their drums up on. The carpet should be no more than 6’ x 6’. We will be the most level ground for setup but if you do not have a carpet or other piece of thicker material, you will be playing on grass.
3. There will be a 1/2 hour instructional seminar for drummers time TBA.

Guitarists and Bass Guitarists Need To Know
Notes for Guitarists and Bass Guitarists


  1. Please use practice amps for this performance – we do not want to see stacks
  2. Please bring a 25’ extension cord with you
  3. Acoustics are allowed but you may not be heard. We suggest some form of amplification.
  4. There will be a 1/2 hour instructional seminar for guitarists time TBA
Singers Need To Know

Microphones will be provided for all singers. We are anticipating 4 singers for every microphone so be prepared to share.

There will be a instructional seminar for singers time TBA

Volunteers Need To Know
We would like to see volunteers arriving around 10 to 10:30 AM.
Parking will be provided for volunteers on site. The parking attendants will direct you to the correct
All volunteers will be assigned to crews. When you arrive please use the spectator’s entrance, pick up a
volunteer t-shirt when checking in and you will be assigned to a crew. You will be directed to the correct
crew leader where you will be assigned a task for the day.
Whenever you need a break – just let the crew leader know so he / she can find someone to take your
place if you are manning a gate. Roamers can take a break whenever and will be asked to stand in for
others if they are taking a break.
There will be four crews: Field Crew, Parking Crew, Music Crew and Wedding Crew. If you have a
expertise in some area, let us know and we can assign you to that crew.
There may be some off site work (attending parking areas) but if assigned there, you will be rotated
every hour or so and be brought back to the Gale Center.
Meet The Conductor / Musical Director – Roger McLaughlin
Roger was born and raised in Niagara Falls and comes from a family of music lovers. He stepped into the music world at the age of 12 playing a one-valve bugle in the local Air Cadet band. Roger attended AN Myer high school in Niagara Falls and once there graduated to the trumpet. Roger was a member of the infamous A.N. Myer Jazz bands that swept through and dominated every music competition at the local, national, and international level.

At the end of high school his best friend, the world famous saxophonist Robert Bonisolo, gave Roger a starter acoustic guitar. Roger spent a lot of time with that instrument teaching himself how to play and after several years he saved his money and bought a real guitar – an American Standard Strat. At this point, his world changed.

In 2003 Roger started jamming with a colleague from the U.S. who had a significant amount of experience in bands. After a few months of jamming, they decided to form a band called The Shrubbers and get out and play at local taverns. Their first gig was to a completely packed house at the Merchant Ale House in St. Catharines.

Roger has been involved with several other bands since The Shrubbers touring the Niagara area. Some of you may remember his last band Saints and Sinners. Local Legend Rick Rose calls on Roger on an as needed basis to fill in where needed.

Roger is also a professor at Brock University and an inventor. He is married with one child and lives in Niagara Falls, Canada.