Kathy Roussel


THE band I was most stoked to see at Toronto’s Warped, and I was lucky to make it just in time from Ottawa as they played an early set. Architects killed it as usual with an insane performance. Fronted by vocalist Sam Carter, the boys really got the energy going and the crowd moving, jumping, singing, and even on their knees! I have seen them perform a few times in the past and they never ever disappoint! Absolutely unreal show.

We Came As Romans ended the 2013 Warped Tour festival with an insane performance, playing for a HUGE crowd, all of Warped Tour came out the see the band that would end the day! Their set included some past songs, some from their upcoming album (released July 23rd) and even a cover! It may have rained during their set but that sure didn’t stop people from having a good time!

I have to admit this was the performance I most anticipated throughout the day and I wish I could have gone in with the crowd! Blessthefall performed a KILLER SET performing a vast number of songs from their latest album on top of playing a song from their (at the time) upcoming album (‘You wear a crown but you’re no king’), which was also their first single. It may have been pouring during their set but Beau got the crowd moving, and it’s safe to say that Blessthefall made sure no one cared about the cold rain!

Ottawa-based band The Goodluck Assembly performed to a massive crowd on a beautiful afternoon at Bluesfest, opening for Mother Mother and RUSH. Brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos led the performance with a ton of energy and enthusiasm which was reciprocated back by the crowd who seemed very familiar with their music. This band has made a great name for themselves in Ottawa and we hope to see they perform again soon!

One of the most high-energy sets of the day – this is a band that I LOVE but that I had never had the chance to see live. They put on an insane show (I’d say that the photographs almost speak for themselves here!). I would absolutely love to see these guys play again, their set was unreal and full of energy from start to finish and you could tell that the crowd would say the same.

Dan Mangan was in my opinion, the highlight of Folkfest this year. He played a great number of hits which the audience sang along to. In addition, he ended the night with a bang by jumping into the crowd and getting all the fans who had dressed up as robots to come on stage and become part of his performance during his single, “Robots”. I look forward to seeing Dan perform again!