Montreal always has a plethora of things to do, but the weekend of August 4th–6th was full of fun, namely the 3-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga. Given the magnitude of the festival and the number of local and international artists it hosts, it was easy as a fan to find your favourites and discover the new and cool. One attraction of the festival is that it showcases numerous musical genres so both lesser-known artists and top-tier talents were abundant.
This year saw a slight venue change for the festival, moving it to ile Notre-Dame, minutes away from the Parc Jean Drapeau metro. The main stages were the River and Mountain; rather than being side by side as in previous years, they were at opposite ends of the turf-covered track, separated by a fountain splash pad and a Ferris wheel. You could sit in the middle and observe the artists from afar, or get up close and join the thousands who wanted to stand at the stage barriers. Alternatively, to dance the day away, you could venture to the Island stage or choose the smaller Tree stage to grab something to nosh on and sit on the grass, all while taking in an artists’ performance. If that wasn’t enough choice, like the main stages, the Valley and Green were situated opposite each other, so you could easily spend the day trekking between them to take in non-stop music all day long.
To add to the experience, there was interactive art to enjoy, skateboarding demos to entertain, and though there was a dedicated kids zone, Osheaga Play had carnival rides to delight the young and young at heart. Like editions before, if you needed to give your ears a time out, hammocks hung between the trees so you could relax and re-energize.
For me, the grounds were a bit more spread out than in previous editions but still cohesively organized. The caliber of musicians, the outdoor environment in which it’s housed and the injection of art that make Osheaga a must-attend event. The images of photo essay intentionally shift from artist to environment. They are taken while standing in the crowd like any other attendee, with the intent to immerse you, as I was, in the festivities that form Osheaga. The photo essay includes shots of Barns Courtney, Beach Slang, Belle and Sebastian, Bibi Bourelly, Car Seat Headrest, Father John Misty, Flatbush Zombies, Foxygen, Gordi, Jacob Banks, Joseph, Justice, London Grammar, Kroy, MGMT, Mick Jenkins, Middle Kids, Muna, MUSE, Olivia Swann, Peter Peter, PUP, Rosie Valland, Sampha, Skott, Sofi Tukker, Strand of Oaks, Temples, The Lemon Twigs, The Sick Things and Zara Larsson.
Save the date for next year to have your own Osheaga experience. In 2018, it’s slated for August 3rd through 5th.
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