Another “Adults Only” Night at the Ontario Science Centre for The Science of Rock’n’Roll

The Science of Rock’n’Roll, the interactive science exhibit I helped put together, runs at the Ontario Science Centre until October 26. After that, we’ll back it up and move to a new location. Tonight is the final “adults only” session of the run, which means no kids running around to interfere with your eating and drinking and rockin’ out.

And there’s more than just the exhibit, too. The full schedule of events will go like this:

7:00- 7:45 –  DJ Misty spins (Hot Zone)

7:15 – 7:45 –  Rock out to a live performance by League of Rock. (RPS Hall)

7:45 – 8:00  – This is your Brain on Pop Music: Researcher Lucy McGarry reveals how we process musical hits in our brain. (Hot Zone)

8:00-8:30 – Anatomy of a Hit Song, Part 1. What makes a hit? Me, Orin Isaacs, and Dalton Higgins dissect rock, pop, and hip hop. (Hot Zone)

8:00-8:45 –  Ukulele Jam! Whether you already play, or want to learn– be part of our ukulele orchestra. (RPS Hall)

8:15-8:45 – Be the Producer – A chance for the audience to create a hit song with a live band by balancing the mix. (WFIC)

8:45-9:00 – This is your Brain on Pop Music: Researcher Lucy McGarry reveals how we process musical hits in our brain. (Hot Zone)

9:00-9:30 – Anatomy of a Hit Song, Part 2. We’ll deconstruct another hit song.

9:00-10:00 – Feeling creative? Build your own Cigar Box Guitar to play and take home. Limited capacity. (Challenge Zone)

9:15-9:45 Be the Producer – A chance for the audience to create a hit song with a live band by balancing the mix. (WFIC)

9:30 – 10:00 – DJ Misty spins (Hot Zone)

10:00-11:15 – Guitar legend Steve Cropper and Blues Brothers lead singer Jonny Rosch. They’ll chat with musicologist Rob Bowman about performing and composing hit songs (HotZone)

11:15-12am – DJ Misty spins (Hot Zone)

On repeat ALL NIGHT LONG

  • Play a musical game of Joust (Great Hall)
  • Strum some guitars and compose songs with your voice (Great Hall)
  • Rock Star Hair & Makeup. Who wants to look like KISS? Or Ziggy?
  • RockBand TM videogame (Challenge Zone)
  • Food & Drinks (Yes, that means booze)
  • Me, filling in the backstory. Just find me and I’ll be happy to lead you through the place.

It’s a TON of fun. Trust me on this. If you want to bone up on the exhibit before you head down tonight, check out this podcast.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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