Indeed the pulse of Toronto was beating strongly as Arts & Crafts celebrated their 10th anniversary with an all-day concert featuring 15 bands. Gold & Youth kicked off the fest at the Fort York Stage, while Still Life Still held it down at the main Garrison Common Stage. The Fort York Stage was surprisingly intimate, which worked well with Cold Specks’ gorgeously, haunting voice and the bellowing beats of Timber Timbre. Over at the main stage, Bloc Party and Stars had a huge crowd dancing and singing along furiously to every song. But you could tell everyone was awaiting the headliners Feist and Broken Social Scene.
Feist, as always, put on an incredible live performance. She switched up the arrangements to her songs to keep things fresh but her powerful voice stayed the same and perfectly echoed across the giant crowd. The sun was setting and when the darkness came, Broken Social Scene walked out to loud cheers and screams and You Forgot It In People commenced. They played the entire album and it was flawless. “Almost Crimes” got everyone jumping around and “Lover’s Spit” had the crowd swaying. But lead singer Kevin Drew’s words were just as powerful as the music; reminding everyone about the importance of love and Toronto coming together. He also took a few blows at Mayor Rob Ford and encouraged the the audience to rebuild the broken city. It was those words that made us realize that the festival was not just about the music but it was about Toronto celebrating our city together in one place.
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A FEW HIGHLIGHTS IN A FEW WORDS:
- Amy Millan bringing out her daughter while singing with Jason Collett.
- Spotting Feist watching Timber Timbre’s set.
- La Carnita’s fish tacos.
- The surprisingly not-so-smelly Porta Potties.
- Feist telling the crowd that she biked to the festival.
- Metric’s James Shaw surprising BSS on stage and Kevin Drew’s heartwarming reaction.
Photos by SoTeeOh
Posted by Simone Zucker