Osheaga, a festival started out by Evenko as a fringe music festival, is double digits and the celebration should be worthy of that achievement. Osheaga has become the biggest arts and music festival of its kind in the world. With each edition Osheaga gets bigger and better. The multi-day music festival held on Parc Jean Drapeau is in its tenth year and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.
Starting off as a much smaller two day festival, Osheaga has now grown to a three day music monster. In the past it has attracted such musical noteworthies as Coldplay, Eminem, Ellie Goulding, Jason Mraz, Elvis Costello, Jack White, The Cure, Beck, Outkast, Mumford & Sons, Lorde, Arcade Fire, and New Order. One great thing about Osheaga is that it features music from all different genres. Rock, pop, hip hop, rap and electronica will be represented. Musical acts this year include established artists like Florence and the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, Iron & Wine, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Nas, Tyler, the Creator, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Interpol, Ariane Moffatt, St. Vincent, The Black Keys, and Gary Clark Jr. as well as acts to discover like Tove Lo, James Bay, Charli XCX, Banks, Milky Chance, Young the Giant, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Marina and the Diamonds, George Ezra, A Tribe Called Red, and FKA Twigs. That is a whole lot of music to take in over three days. To accommodate all this there are now six stages to move around amongst.
To round out your Osheaga experience there is stuff other than music going on. Begun in 2010 a music industry gathering called Osheaga Meg Pro happens at the same time as the festival. Designed for people in the music industry like producers, publicists and promoters, there is a series of networking activities and concerts that gather them together. There are also art exhibits happening throughout the festival space.
Proof that this is a hugely popular festival is that the day passes and the 3-Day Passes for all three days are sold out. All that is left is Gold Single-Day tickets.
-Dates: July 31 – August 2, 2015
-Venue: Parc Jean Drapeau
-Ticket Purchase: www.osheaga.com