Osheaga 2016

At the end of July I attended one of Canada's biggest music festivals in Montreal with one of my good friends, Kelly. This was my third time attending the festival, so there weren't many surprises. In the past, going to Osheaga meant standing in crowds holding in our bladders and going out every night. This time around, Kelly and I made it our goal to actually explore Montreal. We visited Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts and discovered some coffee shops. We popped into Pikolo and Crew Labs. 

Pikolo was recommended to us by my friend Paul, a former McGill master's student. It was a neighbourhood favourite filled with a ton of university students. Crew Labs is located on the border of Old Montreal and downtown. Inside a boojy office building, Crew Labs took over the main lobby with their coffee and mini eats. Definitely a place to check out for work and side projects. Its odd location made the entire experience unique.

Instead of booking a hotel for our stay, Kelly and I found an Air Bnb condo near the Gay Village. Surrounded by a ton of food spots, clubs and bars, and a metro station, we found our stay at Pierre's condo great in a prime location, only one train ride stop from the Osheaga festival site. I went to Squamish last year where for the first time I was at a music festival that not only showcased great musical acts, but the mountain ranges of BC as well. I definitely missed that this year. Although Osheaga had some great acts, I realized I wasn't a big fan of how commercialized it had become, and how entrapped I felt in the city.

I chose to see performers including Mura Masa, Lana Del Rey, King, Snakehips, Jack Garratt, Frances, Cloves, Haim, Death Cab for Cutie and Rufus Du Sol. My top picks definitely include Mura Masa and Jack Garratt. Jack Garratt live is definitely something I'd recommend to anyone, since he loops and plays his tracks then and there! Frances sounded just like she did on her records, as well as Cloves being small artists. Haim, Death Cab, and Lana all put on shows I was expecting to see. All photos of these artists are below!

It will be a while till I return to Montreal, so I decided to document this time. Here are some shots I got of Kelly and our walks around the neighbourhood, as well as at the festival. Check in with you next time!

Your friend,

Jon

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