Summer time! It’s everyone’s favourite season and for good reason. Now, I’m not cool enough to be posting vacation pics in the Caribbean or Europe to make all my Facebook friends jealous because I am staying on home soil this whole 90 days of summer. And I don’t mind it. What is fantastic about Toronto is there is always something fun going in the city. And this year happens to have the 2015 Pan Am Games.
The Pan Am Games is a 16-day event that brings over 41 nations with 6,000 plus athletes competing in 364 events in 36 different sports. But the best thing: PANAMANIA: a 35-day arts and culture festival featuring over 250 unique performances and exhibitions: some to be ticketed and many FREE. There’s a lot of free exhibits, visual arts and theatrical showcases and CONCERTS. Free concerts. That is never a bad thing. They are spread around the Nathan Phillips Square, the Distillery District and the CIBC Pan Am Park (where the Canadian National Exhibition usually is). Schedules are linked to the areas. Suffice to say, I have no issues staying at home. I’ll have my own vacation here
CIBC PAN AM PARK | A TRIBE CALLED RED
I had no idea who A Tribe Called Red was. I came out at the behest of my cousin. It was a bit of a walk to the park and at the end of aSunday, the crowd was sparse. There was a stadium game happening over at the BMO Field. We took a few photos, I bought a few souvenirs and dug in Pachi the Porcupine. We also ate… some ridiculously priced food. Don’t come down here with an empty stomach otherwise it’s $8.50 minimum for some burgers and whatnot.
After eating at around 9 PM, the band started to get things going at the stage. Now I haven’t been to many EDM festivals or concerts but I listen to it a bit. A Tribe Called Red is a unique electronic music group that infuses First Nations music with hip hop, reggae, dubstep and even a little trap.
The first few minutes had a light crowd of around a hundred gathered with a few dancing. There were quite a few hippie-looking folk, some NDN and a mixture of plenty others. I could smell the sweaty smell of the summer. The visuals had some psychedelic footage of random films and videos featuring Native characters. Trippy.
After about an hour in when it started to get dark, it picked up. The music hit a better pace when the more trap and dubstep inspired tracks started to pick up and soon it was pretty crowded with everyone getting into it and dancing. I rarely ever “dance”. But I was getting it. And then the music stopped.
Worst part that could happen to a musical performer: their bass blew. I thought it was a part of the act but it wasn’t. The vibe was quieted down but they kept playing and nobody left and it was still a great night overall. Some reefer goodness too.
Stayed tuned as I come back for more concerts :D