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Creighton Mine hosts world’s deepest underground concert

April 15, 2020

On March 7, Sudbury’s Shaft Bottom Boys brought the Guinness World Record for deepest underground concert back to Northern Ontario with a concert in Vale’s Creighton Mine. Photo: Vale Archive

On March 7, our operations in Ontario became the setting for a record-breaking event: at 7,200 feet below surface, deep enough to submerge Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and its 160 stories two and a half times, Creighton Mine hosted the Shaft Bottom Boys as they played a 47-minute set for an audience of 50, all clad in full personal protective equipment, to establish the Guinness World Record for deepest underground concert. The previous record was achieved by Finnish band Agonizer at a depth of 4,169 feet and 11 inches, displacing another Sudbury group, Evolutionary Band, who had performed in 2007 at our Copper Cliff North Mine at a depth of just over 3,000 feet. 

In order to beat the previous record set, the concert had to be at least 15 minutes in length, the songs had to be at least two minutes long, and it had to be a ticketed performance. Given that Creighton Mine is one of the world’s deepest mines, the Shaft Bottom Boys’ grip on their record will be hard to shake indeed.

In attendance were official representatives of Guinness World Records as well as members of Science North’s board of directors and Miners for Cancer, recipients of funds raised through the event. Science North hopes to send 1,000 underserved children across Northern Ontario to their Summer Science Camps, while Miners for Cancer will contribute to finding a cure to cancer as well as improving the lives of those living with cancer through new equipment and vital patient care at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury. 

The Shaft Bottom Boys treated listeners to a setlist of rock and roll classics, covering Canadian bands like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and not surprisingly, Stompin’ Tom Connors, whose Sudbury Saturday Night has long been an unofficial anthem for Northern Ontario’s hard rock miners. The band even composed a special song for the occasion called Creighton Deep, and passed out its lyrics so that the audience could sing along.  

A plaque from Guinness World Records marks the Shaft Bottom Boys’ achievement. Photo: Vale Archive

Guinness World Record adjudicator Kaitlin Vesper presented the Shaft Bottom Boys with a certificate of their achievement. “Working for Guinness World Records, I get to meet a lot of very interesting people and travel to some interesting places, but I can confirm I haven’t been anywhere as interesting as Creighton Mine or been this far below sea level before,” Kaitlin said. 

Organizing and executing a concert at such depths in an active mine presented unique hurdles, and rising to the challenge were Al Vermeersch, Creighton Mine manager, and his team, who worked tirelessly to make the experience both fun and, most importantly, safe. 

“My team and I at Creighton Mine were more than happy to help support the Shaft Bottom Boys and their efforts to return the title of deepest underground concert to Sudbury,” Al said. “It was a special opportunity for our hardworking employees to join together to enjoy the live music, especially knowing that two important charities within our community were benefitting from our efforts.” 

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