I have already professed my love for Montreal many times. It was a city that I once wanted to make my home and I go back any chance I can get like last summer’s Montreal Jazz Festival.
So when Cailin from Travel Yourself told me she was heading there for the weekend for Osheaga I knew I had to get over there. Last year I went to the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. I’m not a huge fan of big concerts, I prefer smaller venues. But there is something about music festivals that make a summer special.
It’s when the hippies come out.
I learned the first day that I was grossly overdressed as the uniform for Osheaga was a bikini top and shorts. This was actually a very practical decision for many as it was very hot but also periods of rain.
No one seemed to care and the vibe at Osheaga was very relaxed with lots of art installations, and this knitting circle.
While I was most excited to see my favourite band Metric, Feist and the Black Keys, the biggest talk of the festival was the unveiling of Snoop Lion. Apparently Snoop Dogg was inspired by a trip to Jamaica and has decided to rebrand. People were afraid he wouldn’t play the classics but this video from Cailin shows that Snoop’s no fool.
The air got very…ah…smokey…and as he went on stage he played all that was expected of him. I have to admit I’m not his biggest fan but it was definitely an entertaining show.
And I wonder what is in the future for Snoop, will he stay a lion? This is a man that once had a foray into country music and appeared on the Martha Stewart show to make mashed potatoes.
Whatever he does I’m sure it will be entertaining and he won’t stop singing Gin and Juice
Disclosure: I was a guest of Tourisme Montréal and they covered my train ticket, hotel and Osheaga pass. They did not request that I write a favourable review or wear a garbage bag when it started to rain because I didn’t even bother to look at the weather forecast before coming.