by Tiana Feng
This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Edgefest, but it’s the first time I was covering it. The day was hot, so much that I bought 3 $6 lemonades to quench my thirst. There were 3 stages, the main stage, side stage as well as the EDM tent that was introduced this year. I managed to get some of all three.
THE EDM TENT
This year was the premiere of the new electronic tent at Edgefest. It was a cute little setup with the stage being the top of an actual fire truck! There was an interesting turn out of people in the tent, some who were there to dance and rave and others who were just hiding from the sun but found themselves falling in love with some beats. I caught parts of Toronto’s playful Stereotronique, Brighton’s Tim Mason mixing some house music and moombahton master Jay Fay.
The SIDE STAGE
The side stage hosted some of Canada’s local indie talent. It’s probably what lures me to actually go to Edgefest more so than the main stage. I only saw the end of Acres of Lions set so I don’t remember too much of it. The Balconies however rocked it. I wish I had rock star hair like Jacquie.
Acres of Lions- Forgive and Forget
The Balconies- 300 Pages
I’ve watched both The Coppertone and The Darcys grow up. I saw them back in the day in small clubs with audiences of less than 20 and yesterday even though they were on the side stage there was a huge turn out to both acts. Amanda rocked a sexy little outfit. She was joined by the lovely Emma Lee on background vocals. The last time I saw the Coppertone was a year ago at NXNE, and this was probably my favourite set by them yet. They were energetic and confident and just sounded really good. I thought The Darcys would be a bit out of place with their atmospheric music, but the crowd dug it.
The Coppertone- I Know The Dead
The Darcys- BLack Cow
I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing Said the Whale. This is probably the 3rd time this year I’ve seen them but I love them each time. They always pick the right songs to play and the crowd joins in singing each time. I love being in that audience.
Library Voices was another one I was surprised to see play Edgefest. The team of 7 definitely gained some new fans yesterday. Plus, who doesn’t like whenever a musician pulls out a saxophone?
I thought I was going to miss photo call for Death from Above if I saw Yukon Blonde but I took the risk anyways. The band with their Jesus lookalike front-man is always a ton of fun as well.
Said the Whale- Lines
Yukon Blonde- Stairway
Library Voices- Generation Handclap
THE MAIN STAGE
The first band I saw on Saturday was The Pack AD. Already, there was quite the crowd enjoying themselves to the duo’s garage rock.
USS riled up the crowd even more with their hype man jumping in to the audience and performing all his usual crazy shenanigans. This was the perfect stage for them. They know how to work a crowd no matter where they’re playing.
California’s The Dirty Heads might not have been my thing at first, but I actually kinda dug their rock hip-hop fusion. Not to mention they’re such nice guys!
Young the Giant (another Californian band) took the stage afterward. Their songs had thumping percussion and stretched out instrumental parts in song endings. The build up definitely got the audience excited.
I can’t believe that only last year, The Sheepdogs played the XM Sidestage. This year they were on the mainstage. They’re kind of like the Canadian version of the Black Keys and this was even more apparent when they played some of their new songs.
The band I was most excited to see at Edgefest was Death From Above 1979. Jesse and Sebastien probably set off the most amount of crowd surfers with their noise-rock. After taking some photos, I joined in the audience and was swept away by the energy.