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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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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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.

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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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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