It was the summer of 2008, the first year I went to Osheaga. I had just graduated high school and got the full weekend pass. The headliners that year? The Killers, Iggy and the Stooges, The Kills & MGMT. My girlfriends and I were so excited we spent hours creating our very first summer festival outfits and makeup (including cutoff shorts and fake tattoos, of course). Nine years later, and the excitement is the same.
Considered by many as the Coachella of Quebec, Osheaga takes over Parc Jean Drapeau (home of Expo ’67) for three days each year. Thanks to the festival, I’ve been able to see some of my favourite acts, like Radiohead, New Order, Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala, Caribou, Half Moon Run and Garbage.
Here’s how I’m living it up at Osheaga this weekend.
9 a.m. I start my day with some pampering. First off, I get my hair festival-ready with some temp Colorista hair dye. My current beauty routine includes a light CC cream, colourful lippies by L’Oréal and airy summer scents from Calvin Klein.
11 a.m. Next, I’m meeting friends for brunch at Beauty’s. While there are newer spots, like Arthurs Nosh Bar or Foiegwa (yummm), Beauty’s it’s still one of my favourite places in town, especially for an amazing bagel and schmear on the go.
12:30 p.m. After a short metro ride, we arrive at Parc Jean-Drapeau and make our way to the entrance. My looks for the weekend are inspired by the artists that are set to perform and their unique genres, some more rock, some pop and hip hop. My festival OOTD comes courtesy of H&M, who’s been a sponsor of the festival for many years and creates collections that are just right for Osheaga. Think a denim skirt, flared pants, rock tees and plenty of accessories. I know I’m going to be on my feet dancing all day so I’m sporting my Aldo Mx genderless sneakers.
1:30 p.m. Time for a snack: lemonade and some poutine while Le Couleur is playing in the background. I discovered this local band signed by Lisbon Lux Records a few years ago and have been hooked on their distinctive disco-pop sound ever since. Aside from Le Couleur, for the 12th edition of Osheaga, we get to see acts like The Weeknd, Lorde, Justice, Muse, Major Lazer and Die Antwoord, to name just a few. It feels like the whole city is here and buzzing about the event.
5:15 p.m. Afternoon nap under the trees? Sign me up! We go get an afternoon pick me up at one of the food trucks on site right after. Whether you’re into zesty tacos, a veggie burger, or fresh fish and chips there’s something for everyone… including a vast selection of drinks.
6:30 p.m. On my way to Scène des Arbres. This gem of a stage is always dedicated to local talent, so I’ve made some incredible discoveries here. My sights are set on Kroy, the Montreal-based singer with a mesmerizing voice and a unique look. Note that this all-around talented gal also released a fab collab with Bonlook this summer.
9 p.m. While most of the crowd is headed towards Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile stage, I choose to go to Scène de l’Île Bacardi where Nicolas Jaar is set to perform. I haven’t seen him play since he last came to MUTEK Montreal in 2014 to present his From Scratch concept. What I enjoy the most about these big summer festivals is a well balanced lineup, and a few lounge chairs to wind down between shows.
11 p.m. The day is over, and it’s time to head out to the crowded metro station. My after party plan this Saturday is Bartendresse at Furco. A fun music and dance-filled soirée that takes place on the first Saturday of every month. It’s perfect, because the night is still young!