What a weekend in Burlington, Ontario at this years Sound of Music Festival. We managed to take in more artists than we ever thought we could in the span of the festival from Headliners like The Trews, Moist, The Road Hammers and USS to emerging artists like Ascot Royals and The Darenots. For being a FREE festival it really surprises me at the level of talent they are able to secure on a year in / year out basis. With so much going on: the food, the rides, merchandise vendors and of course the cold beverages, we can definitely say that this years festival was a huge success. The festival takes over Spencer Smith Park on the Burlington waterfront each year and is jam packed with music, activities and oh my gosh the food! But it’s the music front and centre, and there is literally something for everyone of all ages. We were very excited and proud to be able to bring some images and a little feel of what went down at this years party on the water.
Check out some of the team’s shots from over the course of Thursday to Sunday.
Thursday June 15
Today’s festivities got underway with local band The Reason (Anthem Records / Warner Music) who delivered a great opening set. Based just a few minutes away in Hamilton, The Reason sure must enjoyed playing a hometown gig like this. They were followed up by Halifax indie rockers Wintersleep (Dine Alone Records) who also delivered an excellent set of music, and we are so glad they made the trek from the east coast to entertain us.
The headliner for the day was another band originating on our east coast (Antigonish Nova Scotia to be exact) but are currently based locally: The Trews! They are certainly no stranger to us here at The Bus, and have a tremendous following – no wonder when they deliver music like they did here at Sound Of Music Fest! Great job boys, and a super way to celebrate this festival hitting it’s stride for 2017.
Friday June 16
We start off our Friday with Toronto/LA rock act Grandson. An energetic and passionate young artist whom we are sure to hear about for years to come. Next to hit the TD Stage was the five piece indie folk band Reuben and The Dark (from Calgary). This is a great team of musicians who gave the well packed park a great show. Happening simultaneously at another part of the park, The Mahones brought their Canadian Irish punk to the headlining spot on the Burlington Hyundai Stage (one of the many stages deployed by the festival). Killer band. Killer show.
Ending off the night on the main stage, was USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) delivering their frantically paced alternative rock show to a hugely receptive crowd. It’s all energy with these guys and they smashed it. Freaking amazing show.
Saturday June 17
Over at the Burlington Hyundai Stage we caught up the some slick beats being delivered by DJ Prince. He stayed put to deliver the sounds for the next artist Karan P who hails from Buffalo NY. Karan gave a spirited performance with a great groove and the knack for getting people up and moving. As the afternoon progressed, we got a taste of Hamilton’s Gung Ho Catalyst. These are some talented artists who know their craft. Due to a throat infection, they had a good friend sit in for a couple of songs to deliver some vocals but it certainly did not detract from the show at all. Solid sound. And it got people moving, sometimes in a very awkward and original manner (see photos). Their Facebook page says : “Organic musical noise. Groovy, funky, have fun and dance”. We say: Yup!! Toronto band The Darenots followed up next and with their mash-up style of combing rock, reggae, hip hop and just a ton of energy – they certainly were well received by the growing crowd. Another solid band!
On the TD Stage, the lineup for the day was pretty rockin’ and it went like this: 3:1, Penske File, The Lazys, Bleeker, Ascot Royals, Barstool Prophets, and Moist to close it all out.
Down at the opposite end of the park, the OLG Stage was all about the country music today. Emerging artist Dani Strong who hails from Barrie, Ontario got things underway with her original sound and amazing style. She is so gifted! Following Dani was The Lovelocks (MDM Recordings), providing their bright roots country music, rich with gorgeous harmonies. And the country just kept pouring out with Doc Walker (Open Road Recordings) who raised the temperatures just a little with their music by delivering hit after hit from their 20 years of performing. Then Johnson Crook stepped up to deliver what has been described as “a heart throbbing, boot stomping, harmony making four piece band based out of Toronto” and they absolutely were, and we did. David James (MDM Recordings / Universal Music Canada) came on next delivering what he self describes as “melodic pop-rock influenced country” and he sure made a lot of people happy that they were in the crowd to watch him. Closing out the night at the OLG Stage were Canadian country rockers The Road Hammers (Open Road Recordings). These guys bring energy, powerful guitar laden songs, and a rockin good time. They’re kinda crazy and just a ton of fun. It’s hammer down from start to finish at a Road Hammers show and they had a huge crowd totally eating it up.
Sunday June 18
The final day of this huge festival was another fine one. Down on the OLG Stage we took in David Francey followed by Steven Page.
While on the main stage, we rocked out to Brothers Of North, an amazing and energetic indie rock band from Aurora, Ontario. This was a fine way to start things off and set the tone for a great day of music at this end of the park. The Odds (Pheromone Records) brought their alternative rock sound out next to keep the day rolling along nicely. These guys are from Vancouver and made the cross-country journey to give us a great day and were joined on stage by Steven Page prior to Steven performing his own set down at the OLG stage a little later. Another alt rock outfit, Chalk Circle (Park Music) , closed out an abbreviated last day. The rains came hard and heavy so we were unable to get to Finger Eleven as a final act, but Chalk Circle did a great job and sounded awesome – memories of the songs I enjoyed in high school. And still as strong.