An Ode to Summer Festivals: Pt II

The Cabin in the Woods (WE TALKED TO FAMOUS PEOPLE)

We actually did. It was quite an amazing night.
And so with this post I bring the last summer weekend to an end. It was my first ever road trip (as mentioned is the previous post) and I can’t imagine a better way to have spent it.


Well, 5 hours of uncomfortable sleep (YAY TENTS AND AIR MATTRESSES) later we headed on down for another full day of sun and fun and music and all things in between. I built up the nerve to swim for a bit in the frigid ice water and all I will say about that is that thank god the sun was right overhead (Because warmth).

I even walked around the beach a bit to a quaint little cove area with huge rocks just waiting to be explored. Sitting down and looking out over the landscape and frolicking festival-goers I felt at peace with everything in my life at that moment.

Then back to the dancing! One of the bands who had played the previous night (Who we also are friendly and familiar with) played again, and with them came back our hippie freedom and dance party.
(Sort of unrelated side note, they’ve just released an album, which I intend to review for my next post).

Thank the stars for that familiarity and friendliness, because we got invited to the yearly after-party at Bob’s cabin (He’s, from what I could tell, known by pretty much everyone who attends this festival). This cabin was built by hand and it the most beautiful home I had ever been inside. Food, warmth, beer, friendly people, friends…I’m not really sure what else you need because I was more than content that night.

ONTO THE EVENING SHENANIGANS: One of the bands that performed at the Festival, The Matinee, also happened to be in attendance of the cabin party. A few of our friends were also friends with this band, and with the way things work out in life we all ended up talking music. The highlight of this night was definitely performing some stripped down Soup the Moose (Also featured on a previous blog post!) originals, and then discussing music and band politics with one of the members of The Matinee, who was extremely impressed and understanding with us and our situation (And so sweet and kind and an all-around amazing individual).

This conversation reaffirmed my will to continue jamming and playing with friends even it the music never gets out of our houses. I did need it, as this time period happened to coincide with a lull in my motivation to put time aside for instrumentation.

After another 5 hours of sleep, packing, tea and coffee, driving, ferry rides, meeting up with friends on ferries, driving, and another ferry, we arrived home. I was exhausted, but collected all of my remaining energy for the Murder By Death concert that was also that night (No regrets. None. I’m so happy I made myself go out).

I definitely can’t wait for next year’s festival. Spending the last free weekend before school on a beach at a festival with friends with no cares in the world is the ultimate definition of freedom. Here’s to a summer of music, dancing, sun, road trips, and good company.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking out to the Pacific


Hello again!…I know it’s been a while…I’m sorry…real sorry…OH HEY CONCERTS!

Well as the title suggests, I am deeply deeply sorry for the lack of blogging that’s occurred with Pertaining to the Present. I can plead insanity due to school and work and volunteering but let’s face facts; pure laziness is the true villain in this story. For the sake of all things beautiful (like cake) let’s hope it’s been put to rest (at least for the time being) because, as a giant fat apology to you and giant kick in the butt to me as motivation to get back into action, I will be posting back to back blogs today and tomorrow, and then intend to make posting a once a week event.

I’m not sure about you, but I definitely feel that one blog post a week is not only manageable but a brilliant way to keep up the good ol’ writing skills. As a student of the sciences my writing is limited to lab reports and academic journal discussion.

SO as the title also suggests this day’s feature will be a review of the concerts I have attended, and those I am beyond stoked to be in attendance of.

To date, 2013 has been an amazing year for me because it’s the first time I’ve been going out to legit concerts. I’ve finally been to outdoor venues and legal 19+ venues and it’s been a huge rollercoaster of excitement pre-concert, dance-mania in concert, and euphoria post-concert (and repeat).

March 2013
March 16th was the day me and four other friends went for the St. Patrick’s weekend party aka Spirit of the West and Good for Grapes aka PARTYTIME which was also the first time I had been to the Commodore Ballroom. I was not disappointed. The venue was absolutely gorgeous, the people were loud and drunk and friendly, and the music was the perfect dose of folk and dancing for the melancholy spring semester I had been experiencing.

May 2013
May 24th.
Okay. This was the big one. Mumford and Sons. My last blog post addressed all the feels pre-concert so you all get a 1.5 month late review of what went down during the concert.
My friends and  got very close to the front, having been in line a few hours before gates opened. Best choice we made. Every minute from 5pm to 7pm was one minute more before I got to witness and experience my favourite band in my home province. They did not disappoint. From the opening chords of “Babel”, the manic dancing to “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait”, to the complete and utter happiness that engulfed me as I and 24999 other fans danced our hearts out to their encore performance of “The Cave”, I still smile to myself when I recall the euphoria I felt on the evening of May 24th.

June 2013
A few months back I clicked on a youtube video that had been hovering around the corner of my vision for the past few videos I had been watching. I clicked, not expecting too much (youtube tends to disappoint me). However, I was NOT disappointed by the band I had just stumbled upon: The Staves, a trio of three sisters from England, and their poetic melodic song “Winter Trees”. June 17th they graced Vancouver with their presence and me and my group of friends had the luck to experience a 1.5 hour serenade of the most lovely harmonies and melodies I have ever heard from a band.

July 2013
Hoo boyyy
 July is/was a doozy. First up there was the Canada Day Cloverdale celebrations July 1st and the Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival July 13th. Both featured one of my favourite local bands, Good for Grapes. [SIDENOTE: if you are in the lower mainland check them out; they are in the Peak Performance Project Top 20 and you will not regret it. ]
This group is full of life and energy on stage, and their style of folk is phenomenal. At these two separate outdoor events me and my friends were dancing our hearts out, which is exactly what summer music events should be all about.
And now, for what’s to come. July 26. I am beyond excited for this date. Caravan Palace, a french electro-gypsy-swing group I was introduced to recently, will be gracing Vancouver with all their class. This is my scene. The joint will be jumping.

September 2013
A break in August before Murder by Death comes by September 2nd to mark the end of a other successful summer break. And then Sepember 19th will be here. And with September 19th comes The Lumineers. Another obsession of mine due to their simplistic, catchy, upbeat, folk sound.

And (for now, at least) that is all! All the music that has come and has yet to come will keep this girl dancing ’til the cows come home.