In seven short years, Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has become one of Canada’s preeminent destinations for hundreds of bands and fans. According to folklore, Osheaga was the first name used to describe the area that would eventually become Montreal by its European settlers, a word descended down from the native Mohawks as the place “where they met the people of the shaking hands.” These days, there are still plenty of shaking hands…and fists…and crowd surfers…and yeah you get the idea, hopefully! O-she-ha-ga, as it’s pronounced, may as well stand for, “Most awesome music fest in Canada!”
From Friday, August 3rd to Sunday the 5th. It’s less of an itemized checklist and moreover a series of suggestions to, as the Osheaga organizers themselves put it, “have the time of your life!” As Gilles so kindly points out, it’s an all out crying shame having to limit himself to just a small playlist while gearing up for the three day festival
At Osheaga or planning a trip next year? Be sure to get advice from an advanced concert-goer, as Gilles breaks down what it takes to survive Osheaga!