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CBC Music Festival

The summer’s concert continued last Saturday at Deer Lake Park with the Festival. The weather wasn’t too friendly, but the crowd sure was, braving a West Coast-style mixture of rainy and, well, less rainy. Luckily, ponchos and tarps were in abundance for the audience, and the bands were not dissuaded by the damp skies. In fact, if anything the crowd seemed doubly determined to take it all in. The acts were scheduled back-to-back on the two stages, and it was practically a stampede from stage to stage to see the next group.

The acts themselves were a veritable who’s who of Canadian talent, with Spoon, the token Americans, thrown in for good measure. The greenest musician to take the stage was Lauren Mann, winner of the CBC’s Searchlight Talent Competition, but she fit in splendidly. On top of her opening set on the Courtyard Stage with her band The Fairly Odd Folk, she got to play her winning song, “I Lost Myself”, solo on the Lake Stage (what the commoners might refer to as the main stage). Despite pointing out that she had never played to a crowd so large, she seemed right at home with her bright pink Hawaiian dress and ukelele.


From the veteran side of the pool, Dan Mangan was his usual charming self on stage. Comfortable and engaging, his performance was simple with one moment of splash: two girls wearing homemade robot heads had their day made when he pulled them up on stage for his signature hit “Robots”. If you’re looking for a highlight, however, look no further than The Arkells. Not only are they all over the radio waves these days, but they were clearly having a blast on stage. There is nothing more entertaining than watching people have fun at what they’re doing, and they were no different. In an incredibly high-energy set they bantered, they altered their song lyrics to fit the festival, and, for four glorious minutes, they brought Jian Gomeshi on stage to sing the Talking Heads’ cult hit “Psycho Killer”. By the end of the day the on-again-off-again weather had taken a turn for the rainy, but at Sara pointed out during the opening of Tegan and Sara’s set, a little rain has never gotten in the way of a Vancouverite having fun. Their set was the perfect closer to the night – a full light show, and all their newest hits, plus a few old ones, all with the same old Tegan and Sara charm. The Music Festival was the perfect addition to the summer concert series at Deer Lake Park. Missed the concert but still want to get to know the bands? Check out Fanny’s Get to Know the Artists post! Future concerts at Deer Lake Park include the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival, Beck, Jack Johnson and Jack White! Enter to win a weekend in Burnaby to see one of the above concerts as well as accommodation, dining & shopping! Enter Now!