North Simcoe Air Guitar Champion is Crowned

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 by Deanna Palazzo

North Simcoe Air Guitar Champion is Crowned - Bryan 'Dr. Rockstar Genius' Piitz To Compete at Nationals in Toronto on July 16th

Photo by Nate LaCroix of Winner Bryan Piitz
Photo by Nate LaCroix of Winner Bryan Piitz

It's official, Bryan Piitz aka Dr. Rockstar Genius is moving on to represent Simcoe County on July 16th at the 2016 Air Guitar Canada National Championships. If he takes the crown in Toronto he will be off to represent CANADA in Oulu, FINLAND at the 21st annual Air Guitar World Championships!!
For the past 20 years in Oulu, Finland (the northern capital), Air Guitarists from around the world meet to compete in the AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (AGWC). They create 1-minute performances that defy reality and melt the crowd’s faces. These air guitar heroes are judged using the figure skating scoring system of 4.0 to 6.0 for originality, stage charisma, technical merit, ability to be taken over by the music, artistic impression, and of course, ‘airness’.

Photo by Nate LaCroix of Runner Up Deanna Palazzo
Photo by Nate LaCroix of Runner Up Deanna Palazzo

Air Guitar is all about promoting world peace. The mantra: ‘When you’re holding an Air Guitar, you can’t be holding a gun’. Air Guitar Canada has a charitable mandate. As a not for profit organization it donates the net proceeds of the events to Right To Play Canada - Helping children facing adversity due to war, famine, and poverty worldwide through sport and play programs.

Photo by Nate LaCroix of 3rd Place Bob Wagner
Photo by Nate LaCroix of 3rd Place Bob Wagner

Saturday night’s lineup of 8 performers included air guitar rockstars from Penetanguishene, Midland and Toronto. The energy in the room was electric and supportive and 3 more performers stepped up for the Brave Soul challenge including the Maple Valley Sports Bar bartender. The brave judges who had the difficult job of deciding amongst the 11 performers were: Deputy Mayor Mike Ross, Butter Tart and Zucchini queen Barb Rowlandson, Heart of Georgian Bay’s Brittany Black and The Schomberg Fair’s Pete Garthside. The night was hosted by Midland’s Ward Two Councillor Cody Oschefski who also joined in the North Simcoe Vs Toronto Karaoke Air Band Battle, aiding North Simcoe take the win! Huge thank you to all who participated and came out to support. It was an incredible night!

“One of the best night’s ever...” - Penetanguishene Resident Patty Kist

Photo by Nate LaCroix of our jury hard at work
Photo by Nate LaCroix of our jury hard at work

Featuring Ottawa’s HELLBROS
July 16th – Mod Club, 722 College Street
Doors: 8pm. Show at 9PM. 19+.
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Photo by Nate LaCroix of our fantastic host Cody Oschefski
Photo by Nate LaCroix of our fantastic host Cody Oschefski

Air Guitar Canada is a not for profit rocking out for world peace and donating the proceeds of the competition to Right to Play Canada - helping kids facing adversity. Official member of the Air Guitar World Championships. Sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery.

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