Tuesday, March 12, 2013
So the big Canadian summer music festival announcement was made yesterday with the release of the line-up / official poster for Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. The festival will take place as usual at the beginning of August, specifically August 2-4, at Parc Jean-Drapeau and tickets go on sale Friday March 15 at noon. The big headliners are British post-punk legends The Cure and current Brit folk favourites Mumfords and Sons. There is a lot of overlap with a bunch of artists already scheduled to have Toronto shows either in the near future or later this spring and summer(eg. Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Hot Chip, Pretty Lights, The Gaslight Anthem who are playing the much smaller, and perhaps more desirable, Grove Music Festival in Niagara-on-the-lake on August 3) but there are a bunch of artists also that are so far only scheduled for Osheaga, with no Toronto dates on the horizon including Explosions in The Sky, New Order (well technically they already played Toronto last Fall for two shows) and Kendrick Lamar (who played Sound Academy last September). According to the poster, there are still over 20 artists still to be announced. From a Toronto / Golden Horseshoe perspective, Osheaga may not seem all that essential, but on the other hand it's the biggest music festival in Canada, and in my opinion has a decent enough and diverse line-up to make this worthwhile. And it's an outdoor festival, so if you're fretting that much about the line-up and not capable of enjoying yourself there, then maybe you're no fun.