If an energetic three-song set by lead singer Sam L. Brown and his band Griffin wasn’t enough for the partisan crowd at Chinguacousy Park to maintain their clapping and cheering last Family Day, then wind chills in the range of -20c to -30c would have done it.
Playing in front of mostly friends and family in mid-February, the five young students/musicians braved the icy weather to showcase their talents while hundreds of others snowboarded and rode tubes only a few dozen feet away during the mid-winter holiday.
Consisting of Brown on the vocals, Noah Tremblett on lead guitar, Mia Stergiou on rhythm guitar and Victoria Taylor on bass and Zachary Kroll on drums, the group started jamming a few years ago on Friday nights and then progressed to gigs in the neighborhood and in pubs and schools.
“The passion and the fun was the main factor,” said Brown about the reason for creating the band. “And being creative.”
Named after Brown’s Shih Tzu, Griffin the band pulls influences from many diverse musical genres including AC/DC and Justin Bieber.
They performed for the Brampton Library cultural day last summer after getting noticed by city officials.
The City has also invited Sam to perform at National Youth Arts Week this May 1 – May 7. The week-long event includes various different youth art initiatives across the city with opening ceremonies in Gage Park on May 1st between 12pm and 5pm.
As to why the young musicians would head outside on one of the coldest days of the winter and risk frostbit fingers, Brown became philosophical.
“Everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.”