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July 25, 2005

Hillside 2005 or How Arts and Crafts took over Guelph

With prior commitments in place I did not get to experience the full-on Hillside experience. I did however manage to take in most of the main acts. It started Friday night as I walked (a very long walk) down to the island, Lowest of the Low were just starting up. Missing them in their heyday and not knowing many of their songs I was surprised that they didn't rock out a little harder. It probably had something to do with the daylight still flooding the stage and 98% of the crowd still sitting down. Next up was The Weakerthans who despite some power problems turned out a stellar show. They rolled out a few new songs which were great, it would be nice to hear some details on when we can expect a new disc.


Saturday I made it into the park a little later than I wanted to (or so I thought). I wanted to catch Sarah Slean who was on before the Stars. Not knowing any of her music but hearing her name before I didn't know what to expect but figured it would be good. By the time we got the stage Sarah was already on the stage doing her best Celine Dion impression sans chest pounding. It couldn't be over fast enough for me, way too much melodrama.

If I wasn't busy earlier on Saturday I would've got to check out The Hidden Cameras, and Cuff the Duke on the Island Stage. As I found out while watching the Stars, Apostle of Hustle who were sandwiched between The Hidden Camera and Cuff the Duke and I would've seen just by default put on the show of the day. Oh well, at least I'll know for next time.

The Stars came out next and totally blew me away. Joined on stage from time to time by members of Broken Social Scene and The Stills they sounded really tight and put on a fantastic show. I'll be there next time they roll into town.

After the Stars was the big draw of the festival, The Arcade Fire. I had seen them last summer, pre-funeral and was blown away then. I knew what to expect and knew that all these people who were wondering if they would live up to the hype would not be disappointed. They started out with Neighborhood #2 at a manic pace and kept it up for most of the show. Aware of their new found fame they joked about Neighborhood #3 being their one-hit-wonder before they unleashed the hightlight of the festival.


I left late again and this time I missed Most Serene Republic, another Arts and Crafts band and I missed it...idiot!

Buck 65 was just being introduced as we hit the grass. Say what you want about not liking different genres of music but I don't care who you are and what you listen to, Buck 65 will entertain you. After Buck 65 was the the last minute addition, Broken Social Scene. The ring leaders of Arts and Crafts took the stage with the core group of 10 people which quickly swelled as every other act from their label joined them. Emily Haines of Metric as well as K-OS dropped in as BSS put out the greatest and tightest set of the 3 times I've seen them. I can only hope that they somehow managed to capture this on their new disc which is due out soon.

Sam Roberts was on next to close out the festival. I'm not a huge Sam Roberts fan but I like his stuff. I didn't know if he would be able to top the Broken Social Scene. I was wrong, Sam Roberts and company pulled out an awesome show and had K-OS and members of Broken Social Scene were back on the stage with him for the closer brother down.

Posted by hypnobee at July 25, 2005 12:55 PM


"tight"!?! when the hell did you become a rapper? Maybe this is because of the influence of the guy you stood behind during Arcade Fire on Saturday? Did you catch something from him when you were there? When are you going to start waving you hand in the air? Whatever you caught from him, make sure you take something for it. Otherwise I am "bouncing" from this website!

Posted by: Bacala at July 26, 2005 8:33 AM

Tight:the mood or spirit between members of a music group who are having a particularly excellent performance.

I would've been musician but I couldn't bring myself to say the word "gig"

Peace out

Posted by: hypnobee at July 26, 2005 11:00 AM