Day 3 Osheaga artist highlight: Skepta

Skepta has a seen a banner year, since his album Konnichiwa was released in May. He’s been one of the most recognizable names in grime for nearly a decade, but the state side crossover of North America began to take shape when grime gained traction globally over the last two years. Co-signs from American rapper Kanye West and Drake exposed him to hip hop fans, and the masses were quick to accept Skepta into the fold as one of 2016’s most exciting rappers to watch.

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Skepta took the Green stage (Scene Verte)  on the last and hottest day of Osheaga weekend.  Skepta at Osheaga

Skepta performed of the tracks from his latest album Konnichiwa, which has resonated well globally.

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Skepta stayed true to his casual style in grey sweatpants and a white tee.

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Skepta’s show set off a party vibe, which perhaps was more suited to an evening slot, as the sun was still bearing down on Parc Jean-Drapeau, and fans definitely needed a cool down, after moshing along to his raps.

Day 2 of Osheaga Music Festival

By the second day of Osheaga, a certain familiarity with the lay of the park had kicked in, but there was still so much to be seen. Osheaga prides itself on offering quality in both music and art, and exploring the various installations set along the woods was a welcome retreat from the sun and music that still faintly echoed from the stages. Osheaga doesn’t quite belong to any age group, and there were many families with small children, who were provided their own play area, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Whether it’s a mature French attitude towards life, or just the nature of Osheaga, there weren’t too many of the stereotypes that are associated with music festivals – the lingerie clad teenagers and intoxicated festival goers were far and few in between.

The art during Osheaga was crossed with offerings by commercial brands, but it was a delicate balance, and it didn’t feel pushy or overt, and there was representation from all different markets, like Schick Razor, NYX Makeup, H&M and Virgin Mobile.

For those seeking an escape from the sun, Osheaga offers a chill zone, where hammocks were hung from trees, and people were free to lay and have a moment to reflect on all of their favourite music moments.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages, across the park.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Zone Piknik Electronique , across the park.

Osheaga's Happy mascots were a hit

Osheaga’s Happy mascots were a hit.

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike.

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The Green Stage ( Scene Verte) featured a swing ride that put you above all the action.

 

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A festival goer tries their hand at rock climbing during Osheaga.

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BE WATER is an installation that serves as a cool, waterpark for festivalgoers.

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Osheaga was a very family friendly festival. While children were scarcely seen in the crowded pits, they were happily frolicking around the park, especially in the Kids Zone.

The vibe of Osheaga feels grown up and more sophisticated rather than catering to a teenage crowd

The Kids Zone was a retreat for kids and parents during Osheaga.

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This David Bowie statue memorialized the late singer, whose death was a shock to the music community this year.

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Art is just as integral as music to the Osheaga experience.

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Osheaga balanced between art and commercial vendors, and Sonnet.ca got the vibe of the festival right, with their marketing.

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Interactive exhibits sprung up throughout the park.

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see.

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The Green Stage was an interactive to the brim at all hours of the festival.

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The NYX touch up stand at Osheaga featured complimentary touch ups and makeup artists meet and greets with celeb artists like Sonjdra Deluxe.

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H&M is a presence on the music festival circuit worldwide, and they always have supporters lined up for giveaways.

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Perrier is known for their Greenhouses, which features their own DJ and assortment of cocktails made with Perrier.

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Scene Piknic Electronique is where many of the electro acts play, the name is a nod to Parc Jean-Drapeau’s summer long, weekly fest which takes places on Sundays.

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Scene De La Vallee featured a mix of electronic acts and some rap acts with Post Malone and Jazz Cartier.

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The event was completely sold out, and nearly 50,000 people attended each day.

 

 

 

Day 2 Osheaga artist highlight: Lana Del Rey

It’s nearly been a year since Lana Del Rey released her last album Honeymoon, which was a return to the dreamy, retro sound that made her a pop darling. As Lana took to the River stage at Osheaga, as the headliner for Saturday night, she delivered a performance that felt like it was from another era. A neon sign blared the words “del Rey” behind her, and Lana and her gang of backup singer/dancers delivered hits like “Yayo” and “Born to Die”  from her first album and “Music to Watch Boys to” from Honeymoon. Lana chose to skip some of her bigger songs like the radio friendly “Summertime Sadness” and “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, her setlist was more for people who’d been there from the beginning. Fireworks rang out mid-performance, and the entire crowd of 40,000 was illuminated in their light. It was one of those “I’ll never forget this” moments that Osheaga provided throughout the weekend.
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The second night of Osheaga belonged to Lana Del Rey, who enchanted The River Stage with her performance.

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Black and white visuals from the ’50s and ’60s flashed across the screen as Lana belted out her verses.

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Lana appeared larger than life, as she headlined the second night of Osheaga music festival.

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The choreography was cutesy, as Lana’s background singer’s synched their moves to Lana’s music.

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Fans lined up for hours, for the chance to take in her performance from the front.

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Lana was not a big talker, save for a few polite “thank yous” in between songs.

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Fireworks went off as Lana performed her breakout track “Born to Die”. It was nothing short of majestic.

 

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Photo by Eva Bleu 

Kaytranada was a major highlight from Day 2 at Osheaga. He’s pretty much homegrown talent, born in Haiti and then crowd was absolutely packed as he performed songs from his album 99.9% at the Piknik Electronique stage (Scene Piknik Electronique).

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Photo by: Emily Lopez

Kaytranada held it down for his city and took the stage for nearly two hours and spinning tracks from his latest album as well as throwbacks by Craig David and Janet Jackson.

Episode 35: Exploring Osheaga, Canada’s coolest festival

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 35: 

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00:30-5:01 Talk Show Host by Radiohead

05:40 We were at music festivals most of the weekends in July. We started with FVDED in the Park, followed up with Pemberton Music Festival to see Kehlani, and at the end of the month, flew to Montreal for Osheaga Music and Arts Festival.

7:00-8:50 We discuss our thoughts on the location of  Osheaga, which takes place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, an island with views of the city centre of Montreal.

9:00-13:14 Brands have become such a huge part of the festival experience and at times it feels like you’re being accosted by marketers as you find your way between stages. We discuss the balance between art, commerce and music at Osheaga, and how brands like Virgin Mobile and Schick Hydro have found a way to make their marketing appealing to concert goers.

13:15-15:29 Osheaga makes art an integral part of the festival experience, and we discuss the various installations that we took in while at the festival.

16:56-20:11 Opera by Jazz Cartier

20:12-24:00 Girls, Women, Ladies by Clairmont the Second. Clairmont released Quest for Milk and Honey and it’s so powerful and timely and good.

24:09-28:24 Cawna Pt. 2 by Staasia Daniels. We pronounced Staasia incorrectly, it’s phonetically pronounced as Stay-Sia. She also just released a project titled Hidden Gems, a very smooth and sexy R&B effort.

30:03-35:10 We give our highlights from Day 1 of Osheaga, which included seeing The Underachievers, Flume and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

35:10-42:00 We recap Day 2 of the festival, and how familiarity kicks in, as you start to understand the layout of the land. We took in Kaytranada‘s set, as well as Best Coast and encountered our first scheduling conundrum between seeing Lana Del Rey and Future. We ended up seeing Lana Del Rey’s set and the Osheaga stage was a perfect fit for her, with fireworks going off during her dreamy performance.

43:15-51:12 Day 3 of Osheaga was definitely the hottest day of the festival. We were there midday for Skepta’s performance and then things cooled down for Grimes set. We were excited to see Disclosure but their set was cancelled due to travel and Radiohead took the stage early and enchanting fifty thousand people for over two hours.

52:21-55:50 Be Somebody by Clams Casino ft Asap Rocky and Lil B

56:10 A reminder that we’ve switched up our format to an extended once a month show. Our next show is scheduled for September 21st.

56:40 Duckwrth is gearing up to release his new project I’m Uugly and he released his new song Get Uugly and we love the video for it. It’s directed by Mancy Gant, and features Channel 3 doing the “Uugly dance” with Duckwrth. He’ll be in Vancouver on September 4th, as part of Anderson Paak and the “Free Nationals” tour.

58:28 We’ve been working super hard on our new wellness line Vellum Wellness. Sign up at vellumwellness.com to be the first to receive news and product samples.

 

 

 

Day 1 Osheaga artist highlight: The Underachievers

The Underachiever’s released It Happened in Flatbush this year, and they’re heavy on the tour circuit in support of the EP. Issa Gold and AK the Savior have adopted a breezier, more laid back sound since moving to LA last year. They took to the Green stage (Scene Verte) on the first night, and were joined by producer Powers Pleasant, who DJ’d their set. The trio took to the stage shortly after 8:00 p.m. and by then temperatures had cooled, and the evening party of Osheaga was just beginning.

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Issa Gold of The Underachievers is always dropping knowledge on the mic

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The duo both released side projects in 2014, but they’ve reunited once again for It Happened in Flatbush and they favoured tracks from that album, but also delved into older material.  TSG_THEUNDERACHIEVERS4_OSHEAGA

Everything about AK the Savior screams Rockstar.
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Powers Pleasant held down the show as Issa rapped his verses.

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The duo are known for their fast rhyming over hard bass, and their flair.
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The final song of the night was chosen by the audience, and the crowd chose Herb Shuttles to end off their set at Osheaga.

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Photo by: Sidewalk Hustle

Flume is one of the most exciting electro acts of 2016. Although he’s been releasing music since he was signed in 2011, he’s cemented his place in the mainstream with the release of his album Skin this year. The breakout track from the album was the breakup track “Never Be Like You” which crossed over to radio. The Australian DJ has been working the festival circuit all summer, and by the time he took to the Green Stage (Scene Verte) as the last act of the night, the crowd had reached a fevered pitch.

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The visuals for Flume’s show featured a trippy array of dancing women, and psychedelic flowers in the vein of his cover for Skin.

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Photo by: Sidewalk Hustle

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been performing for over 20 years and they’ve got their festival style down pat. The band were the headliner’s for the first night of Osheaga, and they turned their time on the River stage (Scene Riviere) as a nostalgic timewarp through their hits. Although frontman Anthony Kedis didn’t perform with a sock covering his penis, the vibe of their performance was a nod to their heydey in the ’90s.

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Photo by: Sidewalk Hustle

Their 100 minute set included slightly reworked versions of some classics like “Scar Tissue”, “Otherside”  and “By The Way”.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers set the bar high for the remaining headliners of Osheaga.