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Music Festivals Best of 2013 – Top 10 Festivals of the year

 

 

# 1 Festival D’ete De Quebec – Promoter: Le Festival d’été de Québec

Photo: Tee Onek

Photo: Tee Onek


Overall Experience: 10

Value 10
Talent 10
Production 10
Security 10
Hospitality 10
Washrooms 10
Organization 10
Established: 1968
Where:
  Quebec City, Qc
When: July 4-14
Style: Various
Price: $76 – $642 (VIP)
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: approx — 150,000 per day x 11 days = 1.5million
No. Days: 11
No. Venues: 10
No. Performers: 1100+
Program Director: Louis Bellavance

With a 98% satisfaction rate among festival-goers (2012 survey) there is no wonder why Festival D’Ete De Quebec is our Number 1 choice for best festival in Canada in 2013.

Best Performance: Stevie Wonder

 

By: Darrell Shelley – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

The Festival d’été de Québec (also known as by its acronym FEQ, or Quebec City Summer Festival in English) has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry over it’s 46 year history.

The festival features 5 outdoor stages, 5 indoor stages and dozens of unofficial stages throughout the city. FEQ has sold more than 150,000 passes yearly since 2010 and draws over 1 million people to Quebec City annually.

The main stage located on the historic Plains of Abraham was the most impressive we’ve ever seen.  The custom design build, developed be Quebec’s own UNISSON structures has a total span of 224 ft wide by 86 ft high and is 109 ft in depth.   The stage was built to withstand winds of up to 120km per hour, can support 150lbs per square foot and is the largest of it’s kind in all of North America!

Without future adieu here are some of the names that played there in 2013:

Wu-Tang Clan, The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Rush, Tiesto, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bad Religion, Wolfgang Gartner, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Belle and Sebastian, Born Ruffians, Carly Rae Jepsen, Doldrums, Eagles Of Death Metal, Family OF the Year, Ellie Goulding, Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Monster Truck, Les Trois Accords, Locos Por Juana, Madeleine Peyroux, Marianas Trench, Martin Solveig, MGMT, Odonis Odonis, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Danko Jones, Richard Desjardins, Rodney Crowell, Solange, The Balconies, The Besnard Lakes, Bassnectar, The Joy Formidable, The Raveonettes, The Sheepdogs, Voivod, Wiz Khalifa, Young Galaxy, Zaz, Zeds Dead and many more lesser known but not any less talented artists.

The festival also featured little theatrical surprises such as The Gandini Jugglers and dozens of street performers that jump out at you wherever you go.

When it comes to all items weighed in from the moment we were picked up at the airport by Festival staff to the VIP treatment in the various media lounges, FEQ is by far, head over shoulders the best and biggest festival in Canada period!

We would even go so far as to say that it ranks among the top festivals in North America and World Wide for all categories and styles.

This festival is truly remarkable and for the $76, eleven day, interchangeable wrist band there is no excuse not to attend.

Highlights:

1. The people.
The people of Quebec city are courteous, generous and friendly in every sense.   If you’ve never been to Quebec City then we highly encourage you to do so.   Most locals in the street speak English and all businesses speak English. I once heard someone say “Ohh people in Montreal are rude towards the English, therefore people in Quebec City must be worse”…My answer “Quebec won the war and Montreal is still fighting, so get over it!”

2.  Beer servers.
They roam among the crowds, so you never have to wait more than 5 minutes for a cold one = Awesome!

3. Washrooms.
Equal distribution of portable toilets for both the VIP and general sections, meaning little wait times for washroom access.

4. Professional security guards who treat patrons with respect.
This is a big deal in our books!   When you shell out hard earned cash for a ticket and get harassed for asking directions it’s never a good thing, which is often the case at large festivals.   The staff at FEQ were always on point, well informed and polite when we needed something while being strict to enforce rules about entering restricted areas.   The RFID chip in the bracelets, that is scanned in and out at every entrance, shows us that FEQ spares no expense when it comes to security.  If there was ever an issue with our media passes it took exactly 11 seconds (yes we counted) to get it straightened out.  There are terminals at each entrance (and exit) and it’s enforced by local security guards to ensure that the people who paid got their money’s worth, without finding out that another guy got the same pass for less from a scalper. The passes are interchangeable once scanned out of a venue, this means that the same pass cannot be used for two different people at the same location or time.   And at the low cost of $76 this persuades any wanna be scalpers from attempting to waste the money and energy to duplicate them.   In fact we carefully scrutinized the grounds of each venue and found ZERO scalpers except a few trying to sell non-official after party passes to shady clubs (worth checking in for the ultimate experience, but no guarantee you’ll check out on time).

5.  Variety, variety, variety.
With hundreds of shows and dozens of styles of music to choose from there was never a dull moment.   FEQ is a concert goers dream come true.

6.  The price of booze.
At under $6 a beer we can’t complain.   At large concerts in Toronto we’re used to shelling out $10 or even $15 for a tall can and that is simply disgusting greed at it’s finest.    You can be sure that those greed stricken type of concert promoters will never top our list!   Bravo Festival D’ete for keeping the drink prices reasonable and giving the customer value while still making a profit.  I’ll drink four $6 beers over one $15 beer any day (cause at $15 I’m only buying one out of principle!)

a lesson for greedy promoters: reasonably priced beer/alcohol means
= more sales
= less people breaking the rules (smuggling in booze and drugs)
= more volume
= happy sponsors
= happy customers
= more tips for employees
=  happy media story
= more revenue.
GET IT? Provided that you have spent a decent portion of your budget on security which FEQ did.

7. Production value.
Simply put some of the best live sound and lighting we’re ever seen.

8.  Organization.
This festival runs on time!  When the famously late Axel Rose (who’s normal regime is 1-2hrs late) showed up 15mins late (45mins early, even with a private helicopter) the local media had a field day.  The Guns N Roses front man made front page news 4 hrs after his performance with “Guns N’ Roses: en retard” (Gun’s N’ Roses Late), so you know the French are running a tight ship.   In Axel’s defense he did play a killer two and a half hour set (the longest of the festival)  to over 50,000 people.   There were very few hiccups in the programming and the overall presentation each night was impeccable.

 

#2  Osheaga – Promoter: Evenko

Photo: Andrej Ivanov

Photo: Andrej Ivanov

Overall Experience: 9.25

Value 8
Talent 10
Production 9
Security 10
Hospitality 10
Washrooms/reg 7
Washrooms/VIP 10
Organization 10
Established: 2006
Where:  Montreal, Qc
When: August 2-4
Style: Various
Price:  86$ – 400$ (VIP)
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: ~50,000 per day = 150,000+ total
No. Days: 3
No. Venues/Stages: 5
No. Performers: 35+35+36 = 106
Key Organizer: Nick Farkas

In less than a decade, Osheaga has managed to position itself as one of Canada’ best summer festivals.

Best Performance: A toss up between Phoenix and Imagine Dragons

 

By: Andrej Ivanov

Highlights:

1. Talent
The line-up was hands down one of the best ones I’ve seen in a while. They brought a little bit for everyone. From Folk bands like Daughter, to rap/hip-hop act Kendrick Lamar, and even a soul man, Charles Bradley, one could find anything to tickle his fancy. “How can they possibly out-do this?” I asked at the end of Osheaga 2012, well I got my answer. I’m asking the same question again. Bring on Osheaga 2014!

2. Hospitality
The media area was amazingly organized, and we had great catering. *Insert Dr.Evil’s laugh*. They outdid themselves compared to last year! My tummy was quite content.

3. Organization
The first thing that comes back to mind is the hissy fit that K-Os threw as he was opening the show, one of the first acts of the day. He couldn’t hear his equipment and was mad that he was playing that early, so he basically cut his set short, threw his VIP bracelet off and stormed off. Osheaga was kind enough to give him a second chance (honestly, that was FAR too kind of them, but kudos to the organization for that one!), and gave him a better set time. The crowd did not enjoy it, some booing him, and he was insulting them because they weren’t enjoying his music. In the famous words of George Takein, “Oh myyyy”.

Best Performance: Imagine Dragons. If you weren’t there or weren’t close enough to see what was happening, let me fill you in. These guys just emerged onto the scene in a bigger way, taking it by storm. What they weren’t expecting was a crowd of 40,000 people being there to cheer them on. When it hit singer Dan Reynolds as to what was literally in front of him, he stopped to take it all in, and almost broke down in tears of joy. Truly a humbling scene.

 

#3  Digital Dreams – Promoter: Live Nation Electronic Nation

Photo: Tee Onek

Photo: Tee Onek

Overall Experience: 9

Value 8
Talent 10
Production 10
Security 9
Hospitality 7
Washrooms 9
Organization 10
Established: 2012
Where:
  Toronto, ON
When: June 29 & 30
Style: EDM
Price: $80-250
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 25,000 per day = 50,000
No. Days: 2
No. Venues/Stages: 3
No. Performers: 44
Managing Director: Ryan Kruger

Year two of Digital Dreams exceeded expectation so much so that over 10,000 tickets for the 2014 edition have already been sold.

Best Performance: Dash Berlin

 

By: Darrell Shelley – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

When a new festival wins party of the year when voted on by industry professionals and the general public, you know they did something right.

To have a festival nominated for this award in only it’s second year is truly amazing. To be recognized in this way by both the industry and the public, is overwhelming,” said Ryan Kruger, Managing Director of Electronic Nation Canada.

Highlights:

1.  The People
On our way to the concert, the taxi driver was quick to express his opinion about those drug people down at Echo Beach. “It’s just too much trouble, those people and the drugs” he muttered in his thick foreign accent. Knowing there was no way I could convince someone who’d never been to a festival like this before, I simply paid the fare and smiled.

In the photo pit when, unknowingly, I lost my sunglasses some random fans worked together to get my attention all the way down the barricade until someone helped me retrieve my shades.  Not bad for a bunch of drug crazed kids at a summer festival eh?

2.  Talent
A very diverse line up from best of the best in EDM: Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Bob Sinclair, TJR, Wolfgang Gartner, Dash Berlin, Art Department, Steve Lawler, Excision, Datsik etc.

3.  Washrooms
With two massive washroom areas and few more small ones scattered throughout, washroom lineups were a non issue

4.  Hospitality
While the service was good and the servers were polite, the selection was limited.  After a long search we found only Bacardi products all with rum in them, some free samples were being handed out which was a bonus. Heineken or Molson Canadian were the only beer options.   The VIP sections looked like the best option, but since media had a hard time getting in there, we won’t speculate too much on that.

5. Organization
Whatever Kruger is doing, it’s certainly working. Around 25,000 people attended on day one and day two saw a few thousand more heads despite the Gay Pride celebrations that were taking part all over the city.  There was also the weather warning of severe flooding.  With a 30+% chance of rain coming Saturday June 29, day 1 of Digital Dreams was predicted to be a wet dream. In fact parts of Union Station in Toronto experienced flooding early Friday morning with Environment Canada forecasting about 40 millimeters of rain Friday in Southern Ontario. With images of the historical flood in Calgary last week still fresh in their minds and a provincial flood watch in effect for parts of Southern Ontario, EDM fans from across the province were not deterred from attending Digital Dreams 2013. Some people brought their rain gear and the organizers looked prepared for whatever mother nature was planning. The rain however, held off and a beautiful 23 degree heat led into a magical evening.

 

#4   VELD – Promoter: Ink Entertainment

Photo: Tee Onek

Photo: Tee Onek

Overall Experience: 9

Value 8
Talent 10
Production 10
Security 9
Hospitality 8
Washrooms 8
Organization 10
Established: 2012
Where:  Toronto, ON
When: August 3 & 4
Style: EDM
Price: $180 – $225 (VIP)
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 25,000 per day = 50,000
No. Days: 2
No. Venues/Stages: 2
No. Performers:
Founder: Charles Khabouth

With a line up that was absolutely mind blowing, there is no doubt that VELD 2013 was world class.

Best Performance: Steve Aoki

 

By: Darrell Shelley – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

Ink Entertainment has been a leading force in the Toronto dance scene since the mid 90s.    In fact, owner Charles Khabouth opened his first club “Still Life” in 1982.  So even though the festival is in it’s second year, the people behind it have been in the business a long time.

Ink Entertainment really knows what their doing when it comes to production value.   The down grade from three stages in 2012 to two stages in 2013 didn’t really make a noticeable difference overall.   However, the lack of a catwalk barricade in the photo pit, made navigation for media and staff a little difficult.

With a line up that was absolutely mind blowing, there is no doubt that VELD 2013 was world class.  The line up was very diverse and attracted EDM fans from all sub genres:

Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Krewella, Dada Life, Madeon, Pretty Lights, Seven Lions, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed etc.

Toronto is lucky enough to have both Digital Dreams and VELD, two world class EDM festivals.   Both are amazing, have big budgets, big talent and big ticket prices.    The only minor difference for us was the washroom/water facilities.   Simply put, VELD didn’t have enough of them, especially the water stations!   But overall it was a small hiccup that will most likely be improved upon in 2014.

Highlights:

1.  Talent
Anytime you have world class talent like Above & Beyond and Deadmau5 headlining there’s nothing to complain about.

2.  Hospitality
Media land had complimentary snacks and water and the security guards were generally very polite.  We also had an area for shade and rain cover and re-charge stations for our equipment.   It was a hand over fist improvement from 2012, and one of the best festivals of 2013 for hospitality.

3. Girls, girls, girls!
Whether you’re a girl or a guy, you have to admit that the unique myriad of costumes (or lack of clothing), made for plenty of eye candy.

4. VIP
INK really knows how to do VIP.   If you were wondering about shelling out hard earned cash for a VIP ticket to the festival in 2014 – “DO IT!”.    The VIP section featured wonderful trailer washrooms complete with running water, hand soap and all the necessary toiletries.  There was ample room to move around and plenty of security to manage the fence jumpers.  Food service was faster than GA as was the beverage service.   The bottle service section with leather couches, shade and private servers is the way to go if you’ve got the dough.

 

#5   Heavy MTL – Promoter: Evenko

Photo: Tim Snow

Photo: Tim Snow

Overall Experience: 8.7

Value 8
Talent 9
Production 9
Security 10
Hospitality 10
Washrooms 7
Organization 8
Established: 2008
Where:  Montreal, Qc
When: August 11 & 12
Style: Metal
Price: $75/day or $135/weekend pass
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 20,000 per day = 40,000
No. Days: 2
No. Venues/Stages: 3
No. Performers: 22+ 20 = 42

Known world wide as one of the best Heavy Metal festivals in North America Heavy MTL 2013 did not disappoint.

Best Performance: Rob Zombie

 

By: Giancarlo Cortez & Andrej Ivanov – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

With the disappearance of Heavy TO, Metal fans from across the country flocked to Montreal for two days of Metal madness.

Highlights

1. Hospitality
Beer servers roamed among the crowds and we didn’t have to wait long to get a fresh beer.

2. The Wrestling rink
This year, they organized yet again (and perfected) the wrestling rink and the matches that they put up. It was a lot of fun to get to see professional wrestlers go at it in brawls (and honestly hilarious costumes). “GIVE HIM THE CHAIR!”, I say!

3. Free Sawg
There was a Jagermeister tent, with free swag. I mean a lot of free swag. And girls. A lot of girls… so what did that add up to? The girls were making the guys work for the free stuff. Our Montreal Editor Andrej Ivanov may have done some abdominal crunches to get a hat.

Best Performance: Rob Zombie stole the show! His stage presence and his persona are probably the most breathtakingly horrifically spectacular things we’ve seen this side of Hell. It was perfect. 

 

 

#6   TD Kitchener Blues Festival


Overall Experience: 9

Value 10
Talent 9
Production 8
Security 10
Hospitality 10
Washrooms 8
Organization 10

 

Established: 2001
Where:  Kitchener, ON
When: August 8-11
Style: Blues/Mixed
Price: $0 – $130
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 150,000
No. Days: 4
No. Venues/Stages: 7
No. Performers: 60 approx

TD Kitchener Blues fest is quickly becoming one of the leading festivals in Canada.

Best Performance: Big Sugar

 

By: Allanah Pinhorn – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

What started out as an idea with one stage and half a dozen performers in 2001, has turned into a four day party that boasts some of the best talent in the country.   Some of this years performers included:  Big Sugar, Booker T Jones, David Wilcox, Elliot Brood,  Paul James, Steve Earl, the Sadies and Wide Mouth Mason

Perhaps it helps that TD is now the presenting sponsor.

Highlights:

1. Talent
A great mix of local talent, big name blues and the blues snob hidden treasures give a variety for audiences. Want rockabilly? Delta blues? Canadiana? Chicago? It’s all there.

2. Technology
Easy-to-use website paired with an iPhone (and Blackberry) app make finding schedules, venues and specific bands a breeze.

3.  Food
Great street vendors (especially the Mississippi Queen catfish stand) give the family-oriented something to do outside the bars and stages.


 

#7   RBC Ottawa Blues Fest

 

Photo: Marc DesRosier

Photo: Marc DesRosier


Overall Experience: 8.7

Value 8
Talent 10
Production 9
Security 8
Hospitality 9
Washrooms 8
Organization 9
Established: 1994
Where:  Ottawa, ON
When: July 4- 14
Style: Blues/Mixed
Price: $60-$200
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 300,000+
No. Days: 11
No. Venues/Stages: 5
No. Performers: 200 approx
Organizer: Mark Monohan

Bluesfest, Ottawa’s annual week long music extravaganza, is a highly developed and well-rehearsed demonstration of the city’s summer entertainment.

Best Performance: Weezer

 

By: Griffin Elliot – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

The 2013 festival ran from July 4th to 14th and included bands, artists and fans of all genres and ages. After much criticism in recent years of the overindulgence of pop music and the departing from an emphasis on the blues style, the Royal Bank sponsored festival made an earnest effort to level out the playing field and make the music more enjoyable for everyone. Despite a few days of heavy rain, 2013 Bluesfest was an inclusive, elusive, impressive, music exhibition that continued the massive yearly success on Ottawa’s Lebreton Flats.

While the festival’s roots may be in blues, the genre is now a minority in the variety of talented acts booked to play. The 10-day lineup consisted of a collection of very popular acts from Jimmy Eat World to B.B. King. Weezer, Rush, The Tragically Hip, Alice in Chains, Frank Turner, Zac Brown Band, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Dixie Chicks, Grand Funk Railroad, Mariana’s Trench, Zed’s Dead, Diamond Rings, fun, Teagan and Sara and Wu-tang, to name a few… The hectic line up made sure that fans were guaranteed to be in earshot of something that they would like, even if they could not navigate through the herd to get there

 

Highlights

1.  Hospitality
The beer flowed with an eloquent beauty that made all who were of age (or of a fake ID) line up in masses to taste the thirst quenching varieties.  While the tents and servers were many, the guests and fans were more. Large lines were well organized and moved quickly in and out by using the classically efficient wristband-ID system.

2. Washrooms
State of the art washroom facilities are available for concertgoers who needed to go. Relatively private and clean as was possible, the restrooms were nicer than most.

3. Security
The security guards were definitely earning their wages. With an absolutely zero drug tolerance policy in effect, no warnings or leniency was given. Everyone from the obvious drug dealer to the four-foot tall high schoolgirl sharing a joint with her friends were ripped out of the crowd at the first sniff. The security was both strict and respectful, for them it was a practiced exercise for the yearly event.

 

Rumors are starting to fly as this year’s line up is being set. While the tickets are quite expensive, the concertgoer typically gets more than enough band for the buck. In a city that has festivals for everything from tulips to fries and gravy, Bluesfest towers above them all both in stature and quality.


 

#8  Ottawa Folk Fest

Photo: Steve Gerecke

Photo: Steve Gerecke

Overall Experience: 7.8

Value 6
Talent 8
Production 7
Security 9
Hospitality 9
Washrooms 7
Organization 9
Established: 1994
Where:  Ottawa, ON
When: September 4-8
Style: Folk/Mixed
Price: $99-$225
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 30,000+
No. Days: 5
No. Venues/Stages: 5
No. Performers: 70 approx
Organizer: Mark Monohan

Ottawa folk festival is like the younger sibling of the mega Ottawa Blues fest.   Although both operate as separate organizations, they share board members, mandates and organizer Mark Monohan.

Best Performance: Chris Hadfield

 

By: Judi Zienchuck – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

A unique five day experience nestled in Hog’s Back Park, Ottawa folk fest dedicates a large part of it’s programming to local talent while still leaving room for a few bigger names.

Here are some of the more familiar names that took part in 2013:  Neil Young & Crazy Horse (cancelled), Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Kendrick Lamar, The Sheepdogs, Shad & Haden

Highlights:

1. Variety
Great mix of performances from up-and-coming folk bands (like Little Stella and Tall Trees), to established performers (like City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Vampire Weekend and Gordon Lightfoot). Even if folk music isn’t you’re scene, performers like Shad, Kendrick Lamar and The Wailers rounded out the sound to attract a wide variety of concert-goers.

2. Free Shows
Certain venues didn’t require a festival ticket to attend, and these shows, which featured Chris Hadfield, Go Long! and Carolina Chocolate Drops (who also performed on a paid stage later on during the festival) often outshone the paid areas.


 

#9  Squamish Valley Music Festival – Promoter: LIVE Management group and Live Nation

 


Overall Experience: 7.4

Value 7
Talent 9
Production 8
Security 8
Hospitality 7
Washrooms 7
Organization 6
Established: 2010
Where:  Squamish, BC
When: August 8-10
Style: Various
Price: $89-$209
$350 – VIP
$80-$150 – Camping
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 25,000+
No. Days: 3
No. Venues/Stages: 2
No. Performers: 42

Surrounded by rolling hills the Squamish Valley music festival in beautiful British Columbia has one of the most stunning settings for a summer festival.

Best Performance: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

 

By: Ty Hooper – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

The festival features rock stars and local talent in a setting that might be considered low key and quiet.  A unique get away for anyone who’s tired of the standard city style summer festival.

Highlights:

1. Talent
Queen’s Of The Stone Age, Macklemore, Matt Mays, Jurassic 5, Dragonette, Pretty Lights, Young The Giant, Band Of Horses, Vampire Weekend…what else could you ask for?

2. Location
Perfect setting for an outdoor summer festival

3. Weather
Sunny and beautiful every day!


 

#10  Pouzza Fest – Productions Pouzza

 

Photo: Darrell Shelley

Photo: Darrell Shelley

Overall Experience: 8

Value 10
Talent 9
Production 8
Security 7
Hospitality 7
Washrooms NA
Organization 8
Established: 2011
Where:  Montreal, Qc
When: May 17-19
Style: Punk
Price: $60-100
Quick Facts:
No. Attendees: 5000
No. Days: 3
No. Venues/Stages: 10
No. Performers: 200
Key organizers: (Hèlène Mckoy & Hugo Mudie)

Pouzza Fest has been increasing exponentially since it’s inception in 2011.  The 2013 installment had so much going on that we didn’t know where to start.

 

By: Darrell Shelley – READ FULL FESTIVAL COVERAGE HERE

Every night was packed with dozens of great shows happening simultaneously across the ten official venues that went into the wee hours of the morning. Tough choices had to be made but Pouzza’s home base at the Université du Québec à Montréal made it easy to pick up information and get tips.  There were outdoor stages and family stuff happening during the days and even something about a movie/popcorn event that we totally slept in on.

If there’s one thing we can say about Pouzza Fest it’s this… “Montreal’s Pouzza Fest gives you the best value for the ticket price of any other festival experience in Canada.”

Highlights:

1. Talent
With acts like Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies, MXPX, New Found Glory and A Wilhelm Scream, Pouzza Fest is hands down the best way to experience Punk and Punk sub-genres in a festival setting in Canada.  If Punk and Hardcore is your music then you’ve come to the right place.

2. People
First of all you’re in Montreal!  Second you’re at Canada’s premier Punk festival!

Some of the quirkiest, craziest and funnest people you will ever meet all in one place.   Every corner turned and venue entered was a new positive experience.

3. Organization
There were a few hiccups with capacity issues and communication between organizers and security guards.  However, given the small team that is L’Ecurie (now Productions Pouzza) vs the scope and size of this festival, it’s a miracle they pulled it off.    Every show was on time, production value for the larger events was top notch and every act brought their “A” game.

In the end the ticket buyers got what they came for, bands made new fans, no one got hurt and organizer Hugo Mudie didn’t sleep for 96 hours.

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Honorable mentions:
Amnesia Rockfest (Montebello, Qc)
CMW (Toronto, ON)
Dragon Boat Festival (Ottawa, ON)
Indie Week (Toronto,ON)
NXNE (Toronto, ON)
Mayhem Fest (Toronto, ON)
Bud Light Sensation (Toronto, ON)
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival (Toronto, ON)
Toronto Frosh Festival (Toronto ON)
Koi Fest (Kitchener, ON)
Leveestock (St. John’s NL)
Otalith Music Festival (Ucluelet, BC)
Riot Fest (Toronto, ON)
EDGE Fest (Toronto, ON)
S.C.E.N.E. Fest (St. Catherine’s, ON)
Wolf Island Music Festival (Kingston, ON)
TD Toronto Jazz Festival (Toronto, ON)
ECMW (Halifax, NS)
Vans Warped Tour (Toronto, ON)

 

 

By: THE SCENE MAGAZINE – Staff and Editors

THE SCENE MAGAZINE 2013

 


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