By Zev Citron, Senior Editor. Summer started off with a bang last Saturday at TD Echo Beach with the 2016 installment of the CBC Music Festival, celebrating music exclusively from Canadian artists. Here are my top 5 takeaways from the scorching hot day.
1. The Crowd
CBC Music Fest always attracts a very diverse group of people because of the diverse list of artists performing, but kids under 12 received free admission to the festival, making it a fun-filled event for all ages. However, one couple in the audience stole the show during traditional throat singer, Tanya Tagaq’s set, freely and interpretatively dancing to her unique and captivating sound.
2. The Food
The organizers of the festival came through with a stellar lineup of food trucks to satisfy any craving including Toronto’s famous Caplansky’s Deli.
3. The Planning
The organization of the festival was flawless. Two large stages operated at the same time with other smaller stages operating as well. Patrons had easy access to both stages and did not feel too crowded or rushed. Ultimately, it was a very well-planned day with some amazing Canadian talent on a scorcher of a Saturday in May.
4. The Venue
TD Echo Beach is a very underrated venue in Toronto. However, given its location by the water and sandy beach, CBC Music Fest truly felt like the beginning of summer. The crowd was divided into a standing area and a sitting area, where patrons brought beach towels to soak up the sun, relax with a beer, and enjoy the music.
5. The Lineup
This year’s big-name talent included Alvvays, The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, and Hey Rosetta!, each delivering one amazing setlist after another. The CBC has such a significant importance to these artists because they are probably responsible for most of their audience outreach in the early stages of their careers. It was nice to see these bands give back in a way to the CBC to support public broadcasting while playing their music for the crowd to enjoy.