WOW. WOW. WOW.
All I can say is WHAT AN AMAZING FESTIVAL!
I am whelmed. There is so much brilliance this year, and so much more to come. Such an influx of culture. So exciting. So Inspiring.
I’d like to take a brief moment to encourage you all to check out the PERFORMANCE GALLERY at the Gladstone. It really is truly a remarkable thing, with 6 or 7 performances happening at any given moment. It’s a really special event, with some really exciting, surprising performances. Its running 7-9 every night. It’s Pay What You Can. I’ve seen most of the performances, and they’re all fantastic, and so shockingly varied. The work ranges from incredibly political to a 4-minute dance party.
The Music Series is also going great. The Bicycles and Young Rival played a great show last night. Peter Elkas and Julie Fader are playing tuesday. Julie also plays in Sarah Harmer’s band, and rumour has is that Sarah may be sitting in with Julie (playing the drums!)
On Wednesday, local rock Heroes (and one of Steve Fisher’s favourite bands) The Diableros, are playing with Will Currie and the Country French (recently signed to Sloan’s label, Murderecords).
And, I need not tell you about the theatre, as it is the heart of the festival, and it is what we know and love. There’s some great work this year–I’ve been frequently moved, and very humbled.
Congrats all. Just about to hit the half-way mark, and I can’t wait for the rest!