Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert Rocks Toronto

By Angela McLean

With so many incredible concerts happening in Canada over the summer months, it’s hard to pick a favourite! However, this summer, the biggest ticket was Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert Tour. This year’s tour was on a whole new level with 7 shows across Canada boasting a jam-packed line-up of today’s top teen artists including Becky G, THE NEXT STEP dancers, The Vamps, Shane Harte and The Tide. Vervegirl attended the epic Toronto tour stop on August 23 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre and caught all of the exciting action!

Jordan and Lamar

THE NEXT STEP stars Jordan Clark and Lamar Johnson served as the night’s official hosts and kept the crowd pumped up between performances. They invited several lucky young fans on stage for games which all ended in awesome prize giveaways. Lamar told us about the fun challenge of hosting, saying, “It’s been such a great journey, especially to host Family’s 4th Big Ticket. It’s awesome to go to different locations and feel the energy from the audience.” That energy was infectious and translated into an amazing and unforgettable night.

Vervegirl caught up with the talented performers and hosts of Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert Tour backstage to chat about their Canadian fans, high-energy performances and summer staples.

Vervegirl: You are performing at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert in Toronto! How has the Big Ticket Summer tour been treating you and how has the reception been from your Canadian fans?

Shane HarteDrew (The Tide): The tour has been going insanely well. It’s been so much fun.

Austin (The Tide): We’ve had a blast. We’ve never been to Canada before so this has been a really cool first experience. Our fans so far here in Canada have been awesome. It’s been great meeting people outside and seeing them having a good time dancing during the concert.

Becky G: It’s been so fun! This is my first time in Canada ever so I wasn’t expecting any love from anybody. I was like, “I have no fans!” Just kidding. It’s been so cool to perform and afterwards see so many fans waiting by the tour buses to meet us. The love has been so overwhelming and so incredible and it’s really exciting for me because I love traveling so much and getting to tour and know new places and new people.

Shane Harte: The tour has been really great so far! The crowds have been amazing. I think everyone’s taking what I do and my music really well. I’ve definitely gained a few fans over the past few shows and I’ve actually taken the time go out and meet them. It’s been a lot of fun and they’re treating me really well!

Brad (The Vamps): It’s been really good! It’s nice to be touring Canada. We’ve only ever played in Toronto once so it’s nice to be getting out and seeing more lovely places. We went to Banff which was so beautiful. Big thank you to the Family Channel for having us out!

VG: What can fans expect from your performance?

Brad from The VampsLevi (The Tide): A LOT of energy! Lots of jumping. We make everybody stand up.

Drew (The Tide): If you expect to go there and sit down in a chair, you are mistaken.

Becky G: Lots of energy! Sometimes I feel like I turn into a different person.

Shane Harte: My set is very high-energy. I definitely like to get everybody on their feet dancing and singing along. I just want to get everybody having a good time, you know? I think that’s the whole point of performing.

Brad (The Vamps): A lot of energy, a lot of sweat, a lot of shouting and a lot of jumping and dancing. We like to have good crowd interaction and make sure everyone is having a good time.

VG: Now we have a few rapid fire questions so Vervegirl readers can get to know you better! My summer fashion staple is…

Levi (The Tide): My Vans.

Nate (The Tide): Bracelets and Vans.

Austin (The Tide): Black skinny jeans with holes in them.

The TideBecky G: My sneakers.

Brittany (THE NEXT STEP): Shorts and a plaid shirt.

Shane Harte: White Vans.

Connor (The Vamps): Blue jeans with rips in them.

Tristan (The Vamps): Camo.

Brad and James (The Vamps): Ray-Bans.

VG: My song of the summer is…

Levi (The Tide): “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots.

Drew (The Tide): “Girls Do What They Want” by The Maine.

Nate (The Tide): “Lane Boy” by Twenty One Pilots.

Austin (The Tide): “We Like It Loud” by Sleeping With Sirens.

Becky G: “Cheerleader” by OMI.

Brittany and Trevor (THE NEXT STEP): “Waves” by JMSN.

Jordan (THE NEXT STEP): “Cheerleader”.

Lamar (THE NEXT STEP): Any song from Miguel’s new album, ‘Wildheart’.

Shane Harte: “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato for sure. I love that song so much.

Becky GBrad (The Vamps): “Cool For The Summer”.

James (The Vamps): “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.

VG: My dream summer vacation destination is…

Levi (The Tide): Home.

Drew (The Tide): Hawaii.

Nate (The Tide): The Galapagos Islands.

Austin (The Tide): The Caribbean.

Becky G: An island-type place. I’ve never been to Bora Bora. Something super exotic and crazy looking.

Lamar (THE NEXT STEP): Santorini, Greece.

Shane Harte: LA. I’ve never been to LA before but I think in the summer it would be so much fun. That’s THE destination.

Tristan (The Vamps): Italy.

Connor (The Vamps): The Maldives.

IMG_6722tBrad (The Vamps): Barbados.

VG: My favourite pizza topping is…

Levi (The Tide): Pineapple.

Drew (The Tide): Cheese. All I eat is just cheese pizza.

Nate (The Tide): Pepperoni, bacon and jalapeño.

Austin (The Tide): All meat – pepperoni, sausage and bacon.

VG: My favourite ice cream flavour is…

Tristan (The Vamps): My favourite ice cream is either bubble gum, or banana, or chocolate…

Brad (The Vamps): Or mint, or vanilla…

Tristan (The Vamps): All of them!

James (The Vamps): I like a really good vanilla. That sounds really boring but I like it. Also, Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough.

Brad (The Vamps): My favourite is either Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough as well or Cookies & Cream by Haagen-Dazs.

Connor (The Vamps): Caramel Chew Chew by Ben & Jerry’s.

THE NEXT STEPVG: Something my fans would be surprised to know about me is…

Levi (The Tide): I’m the biggest nerd ever. I know everything about anything nerd – video games, computers, and all that stuff.

Drew (The Tide): I did gymnastics half my life and I skateboard and play paintball.

Nate (The Tide): I actually learned how to play the drums because I played the game ROCK BAND every day for 2 years straight.

Austin (The Tide): I played ice hockey for 15 years.

Becky G: I don’t have my driver’s license yet. I know how to drive! I just don’t have my license.

Trevor (THE NEXT STEP): I sleep talk.

Lamar and Jordan (THE NEXT STEP): We sing!

Brittany (THE NEXT STEP): I love banana chips. I also change my hair at least twice a year.

Shane Harte: How much I don’t sleep! I definitely work really hard on my music so I find a lot of the times I will stay up all night and I’ll be like, “Oh, I should probably go to sleep.” I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to work and be super tired but I do stay up a lot and work on music for them.

Tristan (The Vamps): I broke my nose.

Don’t miss your opportunity to relive one of this summer’s hottest events! The Big Ticket Summer Concert Tour special airs Friday, September 25 at 7:30PM ET exclusively on Family Channel.

Keep your eyes locked on Vervegirl for extended interviews with Becky G, The Vamps, Shane Harte and The Tide!