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.