Outdoing itself once again, the 10th edition of Osheaga’s Music and Arts Festival went off without a hitch. Taking into consideration some pitfalls of past installations (like overcrowded stairways, limited access to water, no seating, etc.) the festival runners managed to turn the forest/island of Parc Jean-Drapeau into a magical fairground of massive proportions. With benches, water stations, a bevy of food trucks and an actual swing carousel at the ready for the thousands upon thousands of attendees storming the three-day festival, Osheaga 2015 made sure to up the comfort level.
Run by a small army of security guards, bartenders, wandering sound technicians and a variety of Evenko staff, much of Osheaga’s success should be attributed to the ones behind the scenes; those hustling hard in the heat to make each day even more seamless than the next. Of course, the artists brought out all the stops as well. From the long-awaited arrival of Kendrick Lamar, to the ethereal and hit-driven Florence + the Machine performance, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were curated to satisfy all musical palettes. With people of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes flocking to the festival grounds, Osheaga 2015 was a testament to just how universal live music can be.
So, without further ado, here are (some of) the faces of Osheaga 2015: a diverse selection of the people, from artists to festival-goers, that make Osheaga great.
(All photos by the author)