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Damian: Doubling Up At Osheaga

September 7th, 2011

Osheaga 2011 was the greatest weekend of my life…. j/k… but it was a pretty awesome time. My Osheaga experience was almost of two minds this year as I arrived a performer but left as an interviewer (journalists are people that risk life and limb for news stories, interviewers are people that talk to bands). Though it was kind of maddening at the time, I think the very different perspectives gave me a different take on the festival than I would have had if I had only done one of the two tasks.

As an artist it’s your job to provide the content for the people at the festival, while as a spectator (and a journalist by extension) your job is to receive the content and react to it. Festivals like all concerts thrive on this relationship. But the two are really kept to separate worlds: the plush backstage for the artist and the grungy front area that is the domain of the festival patron. Although journalists are given glimpses of the backstage world through artist interviews, the world of backstage is still secluded and on the same note, very few artists ever venture beyond the comfort of the backstage for the unwashed masses.

I can tell you that Osheaga was a festival that I experienced on both sides of the line: with The Wedge cameras there to capture all the gory details. On this week’s episode we will take you from the plushness of the artist catering area all the way to the hellishness of the techno dance area. And what good would a special be without a few guests? You will see Dallas Green, Shad, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and if that is not enough, my main man Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene is practically the co-host too. Watch as The Wedge makes the the Osheaga Festival into the Osheaga Bestival.

@leftfordamian

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