Summer festivals are in full swing, with participation way up and revolving around the event – that big draw as supported by the recent and astonishing numbers attending the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal over its ten days run. Locally, the Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place in Toronto is seeing an upswing in attendance, with ticket holders lined up around the exterior and out into the parking lot.
The previous two and a half years seem surreal, ones we’d sooner ignore but can’t escape. Yet, Covid is still with us, and the recent upsurge in cases is an indication the virus is still wreaking chaos on events and having a toll on humanity and any return to life as we knew it.
I spoke with Daniel Glick, Evenko's senior director of booking. Evenko, a Québec company is Canada’s most significant independent producer and promoter. Every year, it produces more than 1,200 shows, musical concerts, and family and sporting events in Québec, as well as in the Atlantic provinces and the northeastern United States. Coming soon, Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, now in its 15th year, and set to run July 29 - 31.
One of North America’s biggest and most popular music festivals, Osheaga has become a must-visit stop on the summer festival tour for bands and festival-goers alike at Parc Jean Drapeau on the banks of the beautiful Saint Laurence River, a stone’s throw from downtown Montreal. From internationally renowned headliners to the buzzed-about local, Canadian & international talent, there are over 100 acts this year, including; Arcade Fire (who kick off their 2022 tour at the fest!), Khruangbin, FUTURE, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Idles, Dua Lipa, Charlie XCX, and many more. The festival’s true vocation has always been to give people a chance to discover tomorrow’s greats alongside today’s biggest names, so fans who catch sets from the likes of Wet Leg, King Hannah, and Sophia Bel will no doubt enjoy boasting about seeing them on the side stages when they’re at the top of the bill in a few years. This is where the conversation begins!