After you learned to dart past bouncers in those ubiquitous wristband lineups, this weekend's Juno Fest turned out to be inexpensive, had tons of variety, and really strong performances from local and out-of-town bands. I wish I could say the same for the Juno awards in general, but they were a yawn moment - basically what everyone has come to expect.
As far as the JunoFest goes, Newfoundland's Hey Rosetta! really impressed. Other bands that played strong sets were (Just off the top of my head) Beast, Shout Out Out Out, The Trews, You Say Party! We Say Die! I'm sure there are other shows I didn't get to myself - or haven't heard any feedback from - that I'm missing in that list.
East of Main brings you a ton of photos from Juno Fest - click through on the images at the top of the post to see the whole album. Here's what's uploaded so far: Friday's Black Betty and The Manvils performances at The Penthouse /that place could tell some stories/. + Shots from the packed show over at the Media Club (The Midway State, Hey Rosetta!).
A bunch of Saturday photos are coming shortly: Tanya Tagaq, bringing back warm memories of her summer Folk Fest performance here with her appearance at the Red Room, Acres of Lions at the Bourbon; You Say Party! We Say Die! + Sex With Strangers at the Biltmore.