by Tiana Feng
Chuck Bucket @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
The last official weekend of summer was marked by a few outdoor music festivals. This year instead of heading over to the Junction, I stayed in the Annex for the Bloor and Ossington Folk festival. Despite a few logistic mishaps and the rain, dedicated concert-goers still turned up. There was food served from local eateries and a beer garden sponsored by Beau’s where bands with names like Chug Bucket serenaded you as you ate/drank.

Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
The schedule was shifted around, as the side-stage became non-existant due to the pouring rain. Kicking the music off was Guelph’s Minotaurs. The rain only got worse and worse but that didn’t stop the 8 piece from performing their jazzy tunes enthusiastically on stage and people from standing in the rain. It reminded me of TURF all over again! Nathan Lawr pranced about like it was any other Minotaurs’ show.
Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Minotaurs @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013



Grand Analog @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
Grand Analog started their set with a tribute to Maestro Fresh Wes’ “Let Your Back Bone Slide” commemorating his addition to the Walk of Fame. Their set attracted newcomers despite the weather including a random drunk rastafarian dude holding a giant stick. People even howled along to their rendition of “Howl Like Wolves”.
Grand Analog @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013



Kevin Kane @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
Kevin Kane from Grapes of Wrath followed up with a solo set (though he did play some Grapes of Wrath songs), which seemed tame in comparison to the act he followed.
Kevin Kane @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Kevin Kane @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013



Memoryhouse @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
As the sun set, Memoryhouse provided the perfect dreamy soundscape to the pink-tinged sky. We’ve yet to hear new material from Memoryhouse but at least the band still sounded decent live.
Memoryhouse @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Memoryhouse @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013



Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival
The audience grew as Pick a Piper played their percussion-heavy dance tunes. Someone yelled “I like the drummer” and Brad Weber replied, “We’re all drummers.”
Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival Pick A Piper @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival



Julie Doiron @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013
Closing the night was folk songstress Julie Doiron. With a 7 week-old baby she had planned not to perform for a while so it was a major treat. She was a very modest performer with the most awkward and endearing stage banter. Her band members were also in Jenn Grant’s band, who was playing later that night at Lee’s (more on that later). The day might have started dreary and rainy but by Doiron’s set, many didn’t want it to end.
Julie Doiron @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Julie Doiron @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013 Julie Doiron @ Bloor and Ossington Folk Festival 9/21/2013