We skipped across Montreal’s music community for two weeks before we finally got to watch it all converge in one place. Returning to Parc Jean-Drapeau, Mikala and I emerged from the Metro to see the island transformed into a single happening across five stages: Osheaga. Locals and visitors poured by the thousands into the gates under the sun; in fact, this year’s fest boasted a record 135,000 attendees, up from last year’s 120,000. Across the three-day lineup, heavy hitters like Vampire Weekend, The Cure, and Phoenix played between quieter gems like Humans, Bob Mould, and Palma Violets. The festival was a joyful sprawl at the end of our wild journey through the city. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, but here are our favorite moments from Osheaga.
Photography by Mikala Taylor/backstagerider.com