And it begins. The countdown is over and festival withdrawal will be coming to an end (for now). TURF may start on Friday, but the Bonus Concert Series is well underway. Starting yesterday, Lee’s Palace and The Horseshoe opened their doors to the artists of the festival and more importantly the ever-patient music lovers. And quite frankly, it was a big night. While I spent my night fawning over The Fratellis, I couldn’t leave you high and dry without an inside peak at the club shows.
Over at the Horseshoe, Grand Analog shared the stage with Cold Specks. The meld of hip-hop and R&B produced by the five-member set-up fronted by Odario Williams, will be hitting the stage on opening day. Their energy and smooth beats make them a must see.
At Lee’s Palace, six guys from Winnipeg came, played and reminded everyone once again that there is talent in the prairies. Royal Canoe gave a little taste of the energy to be seen at their upcoming set on Saturday, when they’ll be playing the South Stage along with other noteworthy acts like Choir! Choir! Choir!
Previewing their set, Toronto-based, HIGHS, gave their city a show to remember.
The indie rock band will adding TURF to the growing list of festivals they’ve played including Wayhome, Canadian Music Week and NXNE. The band is gaining more and more recognition with their self-titled EP, released back in 2013, that keeps drawing fans in.
Tomorrow night, SATE plays The Horseshoe while Catl will be tearing down Lee’s Palace.
Grand Analog Photos shot by DGMT Photography HIGHS and Royal Canoe by Anthea Thomas
It took one man, and three friends to bring thousands to tears during Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ performance on the mainstage. The crowd was ready for a show as the band walked on the stage to welcomes that made Alex Ebert, frontman; gaze in aw at the crowd. Their performance was emotional. Changing the sound of most songs to incorporate the emotion and audience reaction the band seemed more into sharing the music than just performing. Running off the stage to let fans make up their own choruses to songs, jumping over the barricade to stand and sing in the crowd, and throwing a piece of his sunglasses into the crowd, Ebert was a fan favourite.
Though nothing was more touching than the moment a wheelchair went up in the back. Between songs, Ebert and band stopped and watched with tears in their eyes as a group of three friends carried a friend from middle school, bound to a wheelchair, to the front of the crowd. As soon as the act was shown on the giant screens, the audience cheered fighting off tears.
“You want to come up on stage?” Ebert asked. Fans cheered as he then jumped off of the stage to help security and friends carry the man out of the audience and up to the stage. Letting tears loose, the audience watched as the men took their place on stage for the rest of the set, dancing and swaying along with the band. If there was ever a moment of pure peace and togetherness at the festival this was it, an audience came together to help someone experience something extraordinary.
Finishing up their set Ebert sat on the stages edge and asked a simple question. “Last one. What do you want to hear?”
Without a single disagreement from the audience, Home was selected. Due to the lacking member Jade Castrinos the song, that is a duet, was sung campfire style with the audience. The performance was more than just that. It was a reminder of how touching and binding music can be.
The brother and sister duo have a lush, romantic, dark sound coupled with a pure harmony. There is a romance between the two, an unbreakable chemistry that makes their music seem very personal. It’s a talent when a connection between an artist and listener is established through an album. The two do just that with each one of their three albums. –each album plays up Julia Stone’s breathy voice and experiments with vocals, drums and playing up and downsizing guitar.
Big Jet Plane from their second studio album, Down the Way, is a great way to get into the band. The song will get stuck in your head and you won’t be upset about it.
The self-titled album, released in August, may be the strongest out of their three albums and shows how much the band has found their sound. They emphasize the breathy voice of Julia Stone and focus a little more on the instrumental and how it contrasts with her voice. Heart Beats Slow, is a confession of love. The repetition, persuasive beat and sombre demeanour give the song a separation between regular love songs. Many of the songs on the album seem to have the confessional type feel, mostly when Angus Stone is singing. The personal sound is most apparent in: A Heartbreak, Heart Beats Slow and Roses.
Who are they?
Their music has been featured in films and television shows such as Death of a Super Hero, Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. The singer-song writers have been on the scene since 2006 with their first EP: Chocolate and Cigarettes. Various EPs, three studio albums, three compilation albums, two live albums and a feature song, Love Will Take You, for The Twilight Saga’s: Breaking Dawn Part 1 album followed. Eight years later the two haven’t gone unnoticed. The Stones’ took home five awards, including Best Single of the Year for Big Jet Plane at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards. The two are currently selling out venues from France, Germany to Switzerland with their tour for their new album and playing music festivals including this years Osheaga.