Sat. Apr 23, 2016

Now that we’ve all had time to recover from and reflect on the festival, I thought it was a good time to talk about how freaking amazing the music lineup was. Let’s be frank, it was the best Outdoor Concert Series in recent memory, if not ever – thanks to FIDO. I would lean towards ever for depth and breadth of talent but that’s just me and almost everyone I talked to.

The festival kicked off with Tribe Called Red and they set the tone for the rest of WSSF. They’re unique mix of traditional First Nation’s music with electronic beats coupled with their signature dancer made experiencing their show both enlightening and engrossing. You can’t help but dance at a Tribe Called Red show.

Monster Truck was the headliner for the first Saturday of the festival and the rock crowd had a grand ol’ time. Their style isn’t really my thing but they sure do know how to put on a show and the hometown audience was really feeling it.

BADBADNOTGOOD, Bear Mountain, and Modern Space were all so good but it was the local talent – Willa and IMUR that got everyone hyped up. Willa, or as she’s known off stage – Ali Milner, was particularly polished. She is about to drop a new album and she brought her A game for the friends and family that gathered at Main Stage to hear a preview. I’m relentlessly blown away by her talent; every time I go to one of her shows, she is immeasurably better than the last time and there is no end in sight for that trend.

Obviously the last weekend of WSSF was absolutely bonkers with local favourites, SkiiTour and Case of the Mondays, on Friday night followed by the most insane day of music the festival has ever seen. The Hairfarmers kicked Saturday off with their characteristic dance on the tables set, followed by the almost-excessive-but-not-quite MarchFourth! Mat the Alien spun and got the people on their feet and they definitely didn’t sit down for Five Alarm Funk. The rain was coming down but that didn’t stop the crowds from pouring into Skier’s Plaza. It was a few thousand strong by the time Chromeo took the stage and no one seemed put off by the weather. I danced my heart out and even though it was a DJ set from Chromeo – they are really good DJ’s so it didn’t change a thing for me.

Now truth be told, I’m not a huge country fan but even I have to say that country Sunday’s is pretty great idea. Tim Hicks and Andrew Wyatt were just what the people needed after 10 days of debauchery. They were wholesome and feel-good and washed everyone’s sins away.

I don’t know what next year will bring but one thing is for sure – I hope that FIDO is involved.