Bluesfest continued…

Sunday July 11th.

Relaxation station on Sunday. I love Sundays. I really do. If I had to choose a favourite day of the week, Sunday would totally win. And when you get to lay in the sun on the grass with Timber Timbre playing 15 feet away from you, that makes a Sunday even better!

Taylor Kirk’s voice is soft and strong all at once. He wore a mosquito net over his face and looked at us rather shyly. He seems very timid onstage. Watching the band perform is like slowly easing yourself into a hot bath. It’s so quaint, warm, and comfortable. We all appreciated the echoes of music and his deep vocals. What a sound. So much power comes from within his lungs and out of his mouth. his voice takes my breath away, to be completely honest. ‘Magic Arrow’ practically haunts me. But in the best way possible, of course. So does ‘Demon Host’, one of my favourites on the self-titled album…

Charlie Winston was to take the stage at 7:15, but still hadn’t when 7:45 rolled around. I was disappointed that they would overlap with Rush, and although I would have liked to stay I was swept away to the main stage where Rush performed.

If you’ve seen the trio before, you know what you are in for will be completely epic and even it even comes with an intermission. And you always wonder what will be taking the stage with Geddy, Alex and Neil. The last time I saw them on their Snakes and Arrows tour, they had rotisserie ovens with chicken cooking slowly throughout the show. And in the past they have also had household appliances, like washing machines. Strange, but awesome.

This time around, it seemed like giant jukeboxes from far away. But actually, they seemed to be…time machines.

Three hours of Rush. Yes, three hours, plus intermission. And a complete performance of Moving Pictures. Yeah, the whole album, live, in your face, right there. It was amazing. Completely and utterly amazing. It’s one of my favourite albums, so really, I can’t complain. No one can. They still no how to excite a crowd. And I love Alex Lifeson so much it is unreal. Just sayin’.

The fact that they make a real interesting show out of their concerts is awesome. The mini movie at the beginning, middle, and end just makes the show that much more entertaining.

Last I saw them was in Detroit, where they included clips of Bob and Doug Mackenize. Totally necessary, in my opinion.

So much talent in a three-piece. So, so, much. Hope you didn’t miss it.

I apologize for the lack of quality…too much blur, but so much goodness otherwise. Promise.

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What are you doing Saturday?

My train ticket is booked and my ticket has been staring down at me from my tack-board since January. It’s safe to say I’m a little bit more than excited for Toronto Island this weekend. An all day jam with some of my favourite bands? Yes, this will be an epic weekend.

Pavement, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Beach House, Timber Timbre, Zeus, The Beauties and Flash Lightnin’.

Can you say “amazing”. I know, I know…I am also stuttering. It’s been almost a year since my last rendezvous with BSS, and EXACTLY one year ago today if I remember correctly since I bumped into the lovely Mr. Brendan Canning at Grizzly Bear, where Feist made a special, and awesome appearance…

I’ll be posting photos, but unfortunately my SLR will not be able to enter. They are “prohibited” so the photos I post won’t be of uh, the best quality. Sadness, right? That’s why instead of looking at my photos, you should just get your hands on a ticket and sail on over!

If I never return to post again it is because I have died from an overload of awesome.

Plans for the end of a soggy, and rather depressing April

You can end the month with a bang, but I’d hate to sound cliché. Truth is, there might be a bit of a whimper, but I’m sure May can only get better. April 30th will bring Timber Timbre to Ottawa. While I would love to go, packing and moving furniture beckons me, so if the rest of you could just enjoy it without me, it’s quite alright. Hopefully the show is just as good at Toronto Island and BluesFest.

Image via Lastfm

For the next few days I will be shoving my life into suitcases and boxes, and slowly unpacking them when I arrive at the new place. This weekend will include: good food, good fun, and family comfort. All three I could really use right about now. Well, I guess I’ve been getting the good fun down pat lately.

I recently bought my Bluesfest pass. A solid investment for the month of July! Only 250 bones, but the prices will soar, and HST will kick you in the ass. I know I got impatient but the line-up is not only thoroughly impressive, but also incomplete! So there could be more surprises to come!

Unfortunately, this means missing my hometown’s Bayfest for a second year in a row. The bands are similar, but it’s totally different when you can walk on down from your mom’s house to the water, and not have to worry about being capable to ride that bicycle home. Four blocks is just too easy…

When this month ends, I’ll be happy. It will be bittersweet, but it will be good. I’m already excited to have more time to go to the mayfair, even though I’ll be working full time and going home for a little over a week. Must-see movies this month = Chloe, A Single Man, The Coca Cola Case, Cape Fear, Casino, Taxi Driver, Raging bull, Birdemic (!) and most likely Back to The future. It’s definitely [and obviously] a Scorsese month, and I have been thinking that Shutter Island should be added to my list. It’s really growing. I’ve already had to eliminate the double feature on May fourth [Mean Streets and Good Fellas] but for VERY reasonable circumstances. ie: Toro y moi & Caribou.

I think the packing/unpacking of my life will be the worst to come. That and surviving another couple weeks without my hairdresser…what? I am picky and I miss her.