For the concert addict like myself the summer festival season is our playground. Since it is in our backyard the Ottawa Bluesfest is a no-brainer but just two hours away there is another great summer festival called Osheaga that takes place at Parc Drapeau in Montreal. I first attended this festival in 2012 and have been back every year since. Osheaga’s lineup is simply incredible, it features world class acts from all over the world starting around 1pm and going until 11pm. It is very hard to tear yourself away from a stage long enough to grab something to eat or take care of any other business. At Osheaga it’s never about whether you will miss seeing good bands because of conflicts, but how many, this year is no exception. I could fill a 4th day with the acts I missed that I really wanted to see. On the incredible strength of their line-up Osheaga has become a staple to my festival season.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Grace Potter. I used to make the drive to Burlington to see her perform before she exploded onto the rest of the world’s radar years ago. I know the first day can be a little problematic getting through the gate at a festival so I left early to make sure I did not miss Grace. I managed to get in early enough to catch the entire set of Catfish and the Bottlemen and they were a nice surprise. Grace Potter helped Osheaga celebrate their 10th Anniversary by returning ten years after her first performance there. It was a little different seeing her without some of the supporting Nocturnals, but Grace is so incredibly talented she can carry a show.
Alison Mosshart is one of my favourite performers. I’ve caught her with both Dead Weather and The Kills and she is fantastic regardless of who she is playing with. I had in fact made the drive to Montreal just last summer to see The Kills perform since they don’t usually make the stop in Ottawa. I felt bad that they were experiencing some technical issues but being the professionals they are, they still put on a great show.
I also caught performances by Iron & Wine with Ben Birdwell, Shakey Graves, George Ezra and Guster in the early part of the first day. That’s right, all of this talent and we’re only half way through Day 1!
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