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The Hidden Highlights You Might Have Missed at Osheaga 2013

August 7th, 2013


Osheaga 2013 was a festival for the ages. Obvious highlights include Mumford and Sons covering Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and a Tegan & Sara cameo during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” – but with five stages playing host to over 100 artists, it’s simply not possible to have witnessed all of the magic. Here’s a few of our favourite things that you might have missed:

While most artists on the bill stuck to the obligatory “bonjour” and “merci beacoup,” England folk-rocker Frank Turner took things to the next level, translating his entire song Eulogy into French. (Search YouTube and you’ll also find versions in Swedish, Dutch and German.)

Yes, that’s two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White, who signed autographs and took photos with fans for well over 30min after an impressive performance with his LA-based band Bad Things. And yes, he’s wearing gold around his neck, as usual.

Osheaga isn’t just a music festival – it also features some incredible art throughout Jean-Drapeau park, including this massive grafitti-covered “Montreal” stairwell at the very back of the festival grounds.

This resourceful crowd-surfer brought an inflatable raft to the festival and managed to reach the front of the main-stage crowd during Flogging Molly’s raucous afternoon set. She was brought to land safely by security and politely sent on her way, while singer Dave King laughed, “I don’t blame the vodka…I blame the Red Bull.”

If you stayed out late Saturday night, you might have opted to stroll into the festival later than the 1pm opening acts on Sunday afternoon. If that’s the case, you missed out on Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba (who hasn’t aged a bit despite nearing 40) and his new folk outfit Twin Forks. Their sweet sounds were a beautiful start to the final day of the fest.

Love was in the air during Hollerado’s set. As singer Menno Versteeg was dedicating a song to his wife, a fan in the front row interrupted with a very specific request – he wanted to propose to his girlfriend onstage! She said “yes,” of course, and the happy couple were soon showered in confetti.

Check out MUCH’s full coverage from Osheaga 2013 at and watch the one hour special featuring interviews with Mumford and Sons, Icona Pop, Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding, Vampire Weekend and more on Friday, August 30 at 6E/3P.

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