by Tiana Feng
Aside from the Soundclash finalists on the Redpath stage, the Westjet stage held some amazing artists on Saturday. In the afternoon Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk took over. They party-funk troop (of at least 10) was highly entertaining and perfect for the all-ages audience. They told strange tales of things like pegasus and icecream men. Musically, they were tight even though they had a silly demeanour on stage.
The Belle Game led by power house vocalist Andrea Lo dazzled the audience with their distinctive pop tunes. They showed off tunes about a missed opportunity for love from their latest Ritual Tradition Habit.
Headlining the night was Midland, Ontario’s Born Ruffians. The majority of the set consisted of songs from this year’s Birthmarks. They did however open up their set with “Badonkadonkey” and threw in classics like “Hummingbird”. It was an all ages audience so most acted like they’ve never been on a show. Few even jumped up on stage half-naked. The band did seem peeved of this, stopping mid-encore until things got a little bit more under control. All ages crowds can sometimes be annoying, but I’m actually glad the younger generation is appreciating local indie music.