Episode 35: Exploring Osheaga, Canada’s coolest festival

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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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AK the Savior literally ran on stage and he kept the momentum going throughout the set TSG_THEUNDERACHIEVERS3_OSHEAGA

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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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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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.

Day 1 at Osheaga Music and arts Festival

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is Canada’s most sophisticated music festival. It takes place around the sweltering last weekend of July each year, and delivers a cool lineup of local, Canadian and international talent. Fodor’s Travel voted Osheaga as one of the top 15 music festivals in the world, and it attracts over 140,000 people annually. Each year, Parc Jean-Drapeau, an expansive park on St. Helene island in Montreal, is transformed into a music and arts haven, for festival goers of all ages. The location of the festival is unique in that it’s provides an outdoor, nature heavy space, but is just one metro stop away from the core of Montreal and all it’s amenities.

Now in it’s 11th year, Osheaga has over 100 acts performing over three long, hot days. This year, local talent included bands like The Damn Truth, The Barr Brothers, Kaytranada and Grimes. The marquee headliners this year were history making, with Radiohead taking the stage on the last night, a conquest that Evenko Nick Farkas had been eyeing since the festival began. Other headliners included singer Lana Del Rey and ’90s rockers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

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The River and Mountain Stages, where the headliner’s played nightly, was always filled to the brim with people.

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A gaggle of people sit underneath one of the many colourful art installations.

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A hallmark of Parc-Jean Drapeau, and a lookout from the water onto the city centre.

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Art melted seamlessly into nature at Osheaga.

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Lots of interesting lines and textures to be seen at Parc Jean Drapeau.

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The park is very expansive and the concerts are spread out across the park.

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Some installations shone brighter at night.

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Osheaga feels like a grown up Disneyland, like there’s magic in the air.

Episode 34: FVDED in the Park brings festival living to the suburbs

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With music festivals becoming an integral auditory exercise for music lovers over the past decade, people are flocking to desert towns, sunny islands, and the core of their cities to experience a mashup of artists from different genres, and to meet other music lovers who don’t mind a little dirt on their shoes, in exchange for checking multiple artists off their bucket lists.

FVDED in the Park, a two-day festival put on by Blueprint Events and Live Nation, saw thousands of fans taking to Holland Park, the home of snoozier, family friendly festivals, to check out 34 emerging and well-known hip-hop and electro acts. Taking place during the first weekend of July outside of Vancouver, in the suburbs of Surrey, BC, this year saw a huge increase in numbers, with over from 20,000 festival goers to more than 40,000 this year.

This year marked some changes, namely the FVDED Lab a third stage showcasing local talent like rapper Tommy Genesis and Pomo, a Vancouver based producer who’s been a force on SoundCloud, with his remixes reaching millions of hits.

FVDED’s set list was curated with breakout artists garnering a lot of traction in 2015 and maintaining the momentum in 2016. Stand out sets included: Jazz Cartier, Kaytranada, Tommy Genesis and Metro Boomin. The festival welcomes an all ages crowd, with plenty of underage boobs and booty shown off over the the weekend. Many of the artists on the roster perform at nightclubs when in the city, so this was a chance for teenagers to experience artists like Zedd, who puts on a light show equally as impressive as the music. FVDED is a unique festival in that it’s bringing internationally renowned talent to the suburbs, and providing a reasonably priced experience to a growing city.

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Jack Ü headlined the first night of FVDED in the Park and had a beat and rhythm for everyone to find, no matter what their preference. Diplo and Skrillex weaved their way from dancehall, soca, bhangra, top 40, back to their own tracks. Their collaborative music mirrors their performance style and they often meshed their songs during their 90 minute set. Jack Ü understands the diversity of their audience and they switched up from periods of frenetic electro to let the crowd breathe during a sweet medley that included Cinema and last summer’s hit Lean On. Other hijinks included Skrillex coaxing the crowd to wake up a dead Diplo, and the duo premiering a new coordinated dance routine atop a giant platform on the FVDED stage.

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Metro Boomin took the stage on day 2 and treated his set like a victory lap celebrating the hits that he’s produced over the last three years. He teased the crowd with his intro from Kanye’s Father Stretch My Hands Part 1 but didn’t deliver on the drop until much later. His work on major mixtapes from Drake to Future (and Drake + Future’s WATTBA) last year drew the biggest cheers from the crowd. His Gucci Mane tribute was nostalgic, making you realize Hard To Kill was released 10 years ago. Metro’s stage presence is more that of an emcee than a DJ and he was one of the most hype acts on Day 2 of FVDED. The droves of people sprinting to the front as he started that infamous “Young Metro” tagline, and his command of the stage show that he’s definitely one of rap’s most promising young talents.

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00:00- 06:04 The Line by DVSN

06:05-09:40 Opera by Jazz Cartier

09:41-12:12 100 Roses by Jazz Cartier

12:12- 14:40 Uber Everywhere by MadeinTYO

14:41-19:12 Neva CHange by Schoolboy Q ft. SZA

19:13-24:37 Tookie Knows II ft. Traffic and TF

24:38 We’ve switched over to a once a month format while we work on Vellum Wellness. We’ll be extending our show past 11:00 p.m. so we can have a long, luxurious show!

24:54 We discuss our time at FVDED in the Park

31:21 We’re attending Osheaga festival from July 29th – 31st in Montreal. Follow us on snapchat @thescreengirls

32:00 Lana Del Rey and Future’s sets conflict at Osheaga. Let us know which act you’d see.

32:27 We play our interview with Noodles

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FUSE: Disruption

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FUSE night is a quarterly art event put on by the Vancouver Art Gallery. This summer’s event was titled Disruption, and was a collaborative effort with the ISEA 2015 festival and the New Forms Society. It was an extravaganza which utilized indoor and outdoor stations, creating a sort of adult playground for art lovers in the city.

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