I skipped Friday night's Albert Island shenanigans, but was front and centre for Saturday; my sister's family was visiting from out west and they're big Austra fans so naturally we all went off together to check out that show, along with a side helping of other greatness, starting with Ottawa Pipahauntas (a.k.a. Sam from Organ Eyes, though I've seen a lot more of her solo stuff of late).
The warehouse is a very nice space.
The shouty bit!
Then it was time to check out the outdoor stage - also a very nice venue, with a bit of built-in reverb thanks to the stone buildings one either side. Tamara Lindeman, a.k.a. The Weather Station, started her set off with a solo tune before bringing on her band (Ben Whitely, Adrian Cook and Ian Kehoe).
Adrian works the steel.
Tamara sings, Ben handles the low end.
The view from the right.
The whole lot!
Rhythm section action!
Petra Glynt really blew me away when she played the Dom during Megaphono, and I've tried to see her every chance I get since (well, once at the Ottawa Explosion, anyway). She sounded absolutely killer during this set.
She puts on a great show.
And so on!
Fest creative director Rolf Klausener introduces Hayden.
I find Hayden pleasant to listen to, but I can't say he really hooked me.
Bonnie Doonster and all-around arts heavyweight Lesley Marshall (who's also the festival's arts curator) introduce U.S. Girls.
She was certainly looking stylish. This is the first time I've seen her perform as U.S. Girls with Amanda Crist on backing vocals (they also perform together in Darlene Shrugg).
Meg gets a grip.
Then, back inside for some hip hop from art collective Kings College. But first, a little House of Paint chit-chat (another late summer festival, coming Sept. 9-13) and introduction action.
Henchman Frank, Gsaint, alongside producers archie and TBSW, form the nucleus of the group. I believe this is Henchman Frank let me know if I'm wrong.
I'm pretty damn sure this is Gsaint.
TSBW? archie? I know not.
However, on to Austra, the real reason I was there that night. I've seen her twice before (at Bluesfest and at Ritual) and was impressed both times. For this show the group was down to a quartet. Here's some introduction by Rolf and Lesley.
And here's Katie and Dorian.
Maya sings! (She also has a new solo EP out, Princess Century.)
Dorian gets in some bass time.
Ryan works the keys.
Katie on keys.
Maya sings some more!
A fine evening out with the folks.