by Tiana Feng
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.
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.
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”.
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.