Toronto is amazing. Clean, environmentally friendly (recycle bins, bicycles, pedestrians...), culturally diverse, the weather was great (albeit it was not winter). Big city, extremely liberal, fantastic Indian food, friendly, more expensive than I expected. What should have I expected when the friggin' U.S. dollar is so weak?
The festival was incredible. All I have to say is BJORK. Wow. (I hear the hipster mumblings... "she's over... past her prime... not like her 'Post' days"... blah blah blah...). She was incredible. You have no idea what Hyper-ballad sounds like live. Her new stuff did not seem out of place at all. Drove the crowd into a frenzy.
DECLARE INDEPENDENCE! DON'T LET THEM DO THAT TO YOU!!
Interpol was aight. Nice to hear the new stuff but considering they went on before Bjork on the main stage (ie. highly billed) they sounded quiet (and we were close). Explosions In The Sky, Blonde Redhead... awesome! Climbed one of the stages and danced my ass off with a local band that I will be showcasing later this week.
The venue was beautiful. A island just off the city, accessible only by ferry (suuucked on Saturday night when 35,000 + people leaving at once...). The grounds were impeccable. I think I could count the amount of garbage I saw on the floor with my hands. Weird "beer gardens" (or drunk pens like I like to call them) where you had to consume your beer (Bud or Bud Light ONLY... double UGH).
I have pictures and videos to come.
Checked out some more local music outside of the festival. Saw The Cansecos and a couple of other local acts before Peter Hook DJ'ed (still out of touch with what is cool, oh well) at The Drake Hotel Underground (awesome place... ran into Fisher Stevens from Short Circuit/Hackers there. Matt Damon was rumored to be showing up but we were too drunk to notice.) It felt like a smaller version of the I/O main room. Velvet curtains and all. Weak drinks, great bartenders.
I got some new music for you guys fresh out of Toronto... but alas work beckons. I got home a day later than expected. Stayed overnight in Florence, Kentucky. So things have unexpectedly backed up.
I know this was a tease post.
By Chris on 9/11/2007