The tenth annual Wolfe Island Music Festival is happening in Kingston, Ontario this weekend. Interestingly enough, it will take place on Wolfe Island, one of Kingston’s most beautiful places and probably the world’s most perfect spot for a small indie music festival. I’m obviously biased, but if you’ve ever had the chance to catch the free ferry that goes from downtown Kingston right through to where the Cataraquai River empties into Lake Ontario, across to where the ferry docks right on the island’s main street, well, you’ll know what I mean. Add some excellent music to the mix, some drinks, some camping and some good friends and there’s actually nothing better you could ask for. Actually.
I’ve only made it to the festival once before, but I am still forever talking about the experience. It usually runs for two days – the Friday and Saturday of the second weekend in August – and features awesome Canadian indie bands. Last year I had the privilege of catching Handsome Furs, the Abrams brothers, Land of Talk, the Acorn, and Plants and Animals among many others.
If you don’t have plans to come pitch a tent over here for the weekend and kick back with a cold one, bring your laptop outside (if it’s not raining) and chill out with my Wolfe Island Musicfest ’09 playlist.
To start is Sarah Harmer. A Kingston local, she’s always sure to turn up at a rocking indie show as a guest drummer or vocalist. This weekend she’s got her own gig at the General Wolfe Hotel and it’s sure to be breathtaking. This is the first Sarah Harmer song I ever heard, and once I heard it I was hooked for life.
Next is Ohbijou, who will be playing on Saturday, set up in the island’s baseball diamond while we lucky listeners will either be getting baked in the sun or drenched in the rain. The forecast doesn’t look too good, but nothing will keep me from catching these phenomenal Toronto-based musicians; especially not from their soulful layers or Casey Mecija’s unique vocals. This track is from their latest release, Beacons.
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Guess who else is going to be at the festival? Ca Va Cool favourites the Rural Alberta Advantage! We’ve been writing so much about them, it’s going to be great for me to finally see them! Here’s one we haven’t dished out yet.
Attack in Black
Welland, Ontario natives Attack in Black are going to be there, hopefully showcasing songs from their new album Years (by One Thousand Fingertips). The folksy feel of this latest album will certainly add to the overall vibe of the festival. How perfect will it be listening to this song while surrounded by corn fields? With a nod to some other amazing regions of Ontario, this is ‘The Greater Niagara Circle Route’.
My playlist is deviating from the festival’s set list a bit. Amazing pseudo-electronic band Holy Fuck will be headlining on Saturday night, but I’m not waiting any more to get this track played. Does Holy Fuck need much more introduction? Even though ferrying to a beautiful island where the most exotic wildlife are a couple of deer, off of their 2007 album entitled LP, we’ll give the weekend a bit more edge with ‘Safari’.
As the sun goes down and it gets dark on Saturday evening you can bet things are going to get a little crazier. Well, hopefully not too crazy. Security will be tight, but this is a purely rural island. Unless it’s farmers hunting, let’s hope we don’t have to worry about any of this business!
I absolutely can’t wait to see these guys. Toronto based Woodhands is sure to get everyone dancing like there’s no tomorrow, and really, tomorrow can wait anyway, that’s fine with me. I have yet to see these guys live but I have high hopes that the show will be unreal. This track is featured on Dan Werb and Paul Banwatt’s debut album Heart Attack.