Osheaga 2016 Sunday Band Planning Guide

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Part 3 of the Montreal Rocks Osheaga 2016 planning guide using the Osheaga lineup schedule and YouTube.

Sunday (SOLD OUT)

1:00 PM

Melanie Martinez (Scene de la Montagne) 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Melanie Adele Martinez is best known for being on The Voice for 5 weeks.  I don’t watch The Voice, nor do I care who wins, but I do know Melanie.  I kept seeing her in my Instagram search and finally was intrigued.  Her videos get 50 to 60 million views.  She starts out the Sunday of Osheaga and I have the impression you will need to arrive early to make your way past all the multicolored hair fangirls/boys.

SonReal (Scene Verte Sonnet) 1:00 PM – 1:35 PM

Aaron Hoffman (aka SonReal) is a hip-hop artist from Vancouver who was nominated for the Junos & won a MMVA award. From mix-tapes to Osheaga, SonReal is growing in popularity.

Alex G (Scene de la Vallee) 1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

Alexander Giannascoli (Philadelphia) does indie rock, lo-fi style.  He prefers to work from his bedroom, rather than a recording studio, but he will leave his bedroom long enough to play early Sunday afternoon.  Inspired by Elliott Smith.  What’s confusing is that there is another Alex G on iTunes that does pop…but this G doesn’t stand for girl, but Giannascoli (G is easier to spell).

Israel Nash (Scene des Arbres) 1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

Mixing Country, Psychedelic and Indie Rock is former New York, now Texas resident Israel Nash Gripka will be bringing some 70s vibe to Montreal. “I don’t live like the others/I see twice as many colors.” says Nash, but most likely Silver will be the main color, being that it is the title of his latest album.

Mo (Scene de la Riviere) 1:40 PM – 2:25 PM

Karen Marie Aagaard Orsted Andersen is a mouthful, so simply call her Mo.  This Danish singer songwriter plays indie pop/electropop.  He collaborated with Iggy Azalea, Major Lazer and DJ Snake.  It’s interesting that she was influenced by Black Flag, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth.  Maybe that punk foundation gives her an edge to her pop that will bring more depth to the genre.

Randal’s Choice:   I will be a fanboy and check out Melanie Martinez.  I hope to be close enough to see the gap in her teeth (which I find endearing), but I doubt it.  I will then wander over to Alex G.

2:00 PM

The Paper Kites (Scene Verte Sonnet) 2:05 PM – 2:45 PM

Indie Folk rock from Melbourne Australia are a bunch of close high school friends.  They will often switch guitars and evolve their music from record to record.  Their album “Twelvefour” is based on a theory that an artist’s creative peak is between the hours of midnight and four AM.  We hope they won’t stay up too late the night before!

Borns (Scene de la Montagne) 2:25 PM – 3:10 PM

Garrett Borns (aka Borns) is an American musician and singer from Michigan and former magician.  His style is described as Indie Pop.  I’m jealous as he played for a TEDx on the ukulele.  Now living in LA, His career was given a boost by an Instagram Post from Taylor Swift who posted a screen shot of the song she was listening to, which is below.

Foy Vance (Scene des Arbres) 2:45 PM – 3:25 PM

Foy Vance, from Northern Ireland who toured with Ed Sheeran with his alternative folk style.  Sporting a serious stache, Vance wrote a song inspired by the daughter of Courteney Cox which she directed.  It’s a private link, so I won’t share it, but this should give you a good idea of what to expect.

The Struts (Scene de la Vallee) 2:45 PM – 3:25 PM

Who doesn’t love a English Rock band?  Montreal needs a little Glam rock and The Struts will come out larger than life with rock-n-roll costumes and attitude.  Their name was influenced by a comment made about how Luke Spiller walked around during rehearsal.  Can’t wait to see them strut their stuff onstage.

Randal’s Choice:  In homage to David Bowie, I’m going to the Glam Jam:  The Struts.

3:00 PM

The Cat Empire (Scene de la Riviere) 3:10 PM – 3:55 PM

Australian Ska Jazz with a little Funk that really defies classification except:  “Music to dance to.”  Apparently, they often close festivals because they are a hard act to follow.  We will be the judge of that.

St. Lucia (Scene Verte Sonnet) 3:25 PM – 4:10 PM

Worldwide guests continue as Jean-Philip Grobler (aka St. Lucia) from South Africa, but now based out of Brooklyn will bring his Electronic Synthpop to the stage.  Having sung the National Anthem in front of Nelson Mandela during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, right after the fall of apartheid.  They are known for their live shows that dazzle.  Go for it.

Foals (Scene de la Montagne) 3:55 PM – 4:45 PM

I first heard of the Foals while I was watching the Coachella live stream.  Considered Indie Rock and interestingly Math Rock (hum…it doesn’t add up), this band from Oxford England put on an intense performance.  Catchy tunes and lots of energy, frontman Yannis Philippakis likes to crowd surf and jump off balconies.  Should make for an interesting afternoon.

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Randal’s Choice:  Because I’m allergic to cats, I will see Foals.

4:00 PM

Dilly Dally (Scene des Arbres) 4:10 PM – 4:55 PM

From Toronto, Dilly Dally is a grungy Alternative band.  Related to Tokyo Police Club (Katie Monks is the sister of David Monks), they are often compared to The Pixies, which I’m sure is either annoying or a complement.  It’s annoying to be compared to someone, but what an honor to be compared to The Pixies.  I say…take the compliment and rock on.

The Strumbellas (Scene de la Vallee) 4:10 PM – 4:55 PM

A mixture of Alternative, Country, Indie Rock and Folk, this Canadian Band produce catchy tunes.  Probably the only band that has their own 8-bit video game!  They won a Juno award, so might be worth a listen.

Leon Bridges (Scene de la Riviere) 4:45 PM – 5:40 PM

Todd Michael Bridges (Leon Bridges) is another guest from Texas & guest on SNL that does a mixture of R&B, Blues, Soul and Gospel.  The video presented for you here “River” was filmed in Baltimore, the site of Freddie Gray’s death.  With waves of violence bombarding us on the nightly news, and many in fear for their lives simply because of the color of their skin, I hope this performance will unite us with hope.

Skepta (Scene Verte Sonnet) 4:55 PM – 5:40 PM

Joseph Junior Adenuga (Skepta) is a British Hip-Hop artist from Tottenham.  His album “Konnichiwa” peaked at #2 in the UK charts.  He was not able to make it to Coachella because of Visa issues, let’s hope he makes it to Montreal.  This MC battle winner is part of the London Grime scene.

Randal’s Choice:  Dilly Dally to for starters, then Leon Bridges to hear some inspiring music.

5:00 PM

Grimes (Scene de la Montagne) 5:40 PM – 6:40 PM

Canada’s own Claire Elise Boucher (known as Grimes) is from Vancouver, but started recording while attending McGill University.  This college dropout chose music over classes, and the world agrees with that decision.  Grimes confesses that her music has an ADD element to it, but it also won her a Juno for Electronic Album of the Year (2013).  The Globe and Mail called Grimes the coolest girl in Canada.  I will have to judge for myself.

Little Simz (Scene des Arbres) 5:40 PM – 6:25 PM

Simbi Ajikawo (Little Simz) in another London Rapper.  When British singers sing most styles of music, their accent disappears within the sound, but not so with Hip Hop.  At the age of 9, she picked up a mic and hasn’t looked back.  Her MC skills are “technically astonishing” according to The Guardian.

Nothing But Thieves (Scene de la Vallee) 5:40 PM – 6:25 PM

Alternative Experimental Rock from the UK.  A mixture of Dom who is a classically trained guitarist with his mates who just feel the music makes for a juxtaposition of order and chaos in their sound.   A well chosen band to warm us up and complement Radiohead.

Randal’s Choice:  I want to be at the Grime scene and see for myself what all the hype is about.  I will stick around for Nothing But Thieves.

6:00 PM

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Seats (Scene Verte Sonnet) 6:25 PM – 7:15 PM

Although I knew the name, I first heard the sounds of Nathaniel Rateliff at a mate’s house in London, England.   Bringing a little Indie Soul infused Folk, Nathalie was awakened from his Christian Rock existence by the discovery of Imagine (John Lennon).  His bio says that you don’t just listen to his album, you FEEL it.  How much more so when he performs live.

M83 (Scene de la Riviere) 6:40 PM – 7:40 PM

M83 is a French Electronic Dream Pop band who forever captured my attention with stunning snowboard videos for “The Art of Flight”.  They craft a dreamy landscape that as you close your eyes create images for your own feature length dream.  If they end up being boring on stage, simply close your eyes and enjoy your own perspective of the show.  I think this will be a big dance party, so feel free to let loose.

Randal’s Choice:  I want to see Nathaniel and feel M83.  Both will be amazing performances, I’m sure.

7:00 PM

Haelos (Scene des Arbres) 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

I hope Osheaga charted a plane from London, because we have yet another British trio.  In what could be called Dancefloor Blues, Lotti Benardout says this is the music you play after the club.  They believe it’s impossible to move your body without listening to your own heart.  This introspective set should be interesting.

Koriass (Scene de la Vallee) 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Quebecois rap from Emmanuel Dubois who is a Franglais MC.  Emmanuel promotes woman’s rights, especially speaking about feminism and the rape culture prevalent today.  Koriass tries to infuse an intellectual aspect to Quebec Rap versus the “fast food” rap without substance that he sees around him.

Disclosure (Scene de la Montagne) 7:40 PM – 8:50 PM

Another band on that UK plane is Disclosure.  Collaborations with Lorde (Osheaga Allumni), Flume, they have their own style of Garage, Dubstep, Soul, Jazz and 90s Hip Hop.  These brothers will continue the dance party.

Randal’s Choice:  Curious about Haelos, so that is on the list, then head back to see Disclosure.

8 PM

Mac Miller (Scene Verte Sonnet) 8:00 PM – 8:50 PM

Mac Miller, or the floating head as I call him based on his artwork is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  I saw what he can do with a crowd at the MRCY festival last year, so I’m sure this stage will be jumping like the night will never end.  Wonder what he will say about Donald Trump, his 2011 track.

Allie X (Scene des Arbres) 8:50 PM – 9:40 PM

Alexandra Ashley Hughes is from Canada but lives in LA, I’m sure for the weather and not the Poutines.  Her style of Synthpop was given a boost by Katy Perry via a Tweet to her more than 50 Million Twitter followers.

Dead Obies (Scene de la Vallee) 8:50 – 9:40 PM

Experimental Hip Hop from the South Shore.  Finalists at the 2013 Francouvertes, the 5 MCs and a producer are getting attention in Quebec.

Radiohead (Scene de la Riviere) 8:50 PM – 10:50 PM

Called the “most innovative and provocative bands of the 1990s and 2000s” but Rolling Stone Magazine, Radiohead will be the finale of this weekend on the big stage.  I remember listening to Pablo Honey that spawned the hit Creep and hearing about a gig that would be at Woodstock Bar (the same night as Nirvana at the Verdun Auditorium).  I kick myself to this day to not have seen either band.  This year, I can at least catch Radiohead as they warn us of groupthink and authoritarianism on the latest video.

Randal’s Choice: My head will be at Radiohead.

9:00 PM

Tory Lanez (Scene Verte Sonnet) 9:40 PM – 10:40 PM

Canadian Hip-Hop artist who describes his music as Swavey.  Maybe Drake will end the Feud these two Toronto artists have started with a rap battle…what an end to the event that would be!

Randal’s Choice: I’m still at Radiohead…then I sleep for 3 days.


Out of the big 3 headliners, Radiohead has the biggest pull for me.  I also have to admit that Melanie Martinez is on my highlights list…she is the Punk of Pop.

I think I’m most excited with the bands I don’t know like White Lung, Dilly Dally who capture that punk sound that I grew up with.  Bloc Party, Noé & Best Coact have caught my attention and I want to attempt to dance at M83.  I’m not into French music, but Charlotte Cardin and Coeur de Pirate looks promising.  Silversun Pickups will be a must see for me as well the shenanigans of The Struts.

I leave it to you dear readers to follow your instincts and craft the perfect Osheaga plan.  See you there!

Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and Business coach with a passion for live music.  You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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