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CBC Music Festival 2018: sights and sounds

By
Editorial Staff

The CBC Music Festival took place Saturday, May 26, at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, and what a day we had.

With four music stages, plus the CBC Kids' Zone and the CBC Comedy Stage, the day was packed with performances and things to check out. (Not to mention all the food truck options for when you just needed to sit on a grassy knoll and take a second to soak it all in.)


Everything you need to know about the 2018 CBC Music Festival


If you weren't able to attend the festival — or want to relive it — we've got you covered. We took photos and video snippets throughout the day of all the highlights, and you can check out what went down below.


Aquakultre, this year's Searchlight winner, kicked the day off at the q stage with a lively, danceable set.

Searchlight winner Aquakultre performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

Also happening on the q stage: T-shirt cannon-ing.

Tom Power shooting a t-shirt canon at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

The sun came out just in time for the festival to start.

The main stage area filling up at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

"We are the Jerry Cans from Iqaluit and we are all overheating," joked band member Andrew Morrison as the sun came out just in time for the Jerry Cans' festival set.

The Jerry Cans performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
The Jerry Cans performing at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

"I'm a rebel, I don't go by what society tells me. I make my own path," Ammoye, right, said during her set on the q stage.

Ammoye performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

Moscow Apartment kicks off one of our new stages, the River Bar stage.

Moscow Apartment play the CBC Music Festival.

A Tribe Called Red got everyone dancing at the CBC Kids' Zone.

A Tribe Called Red in the CBC Kids' Zone at the CBC Music Festival.

As Fortunate Ones set up their song “Steady as She Goes,” which was written as a response to the wild fires in Fort McMurray, Andrew James O'Brien said: “We wanted to write a song about the ray of light that we noticed at that time: the EMTs. We owe a lot to our first responders, so we wanted to write a song for them.”

Fortunate Ones performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

Photographer Vanessa Heins was taking portrait photos of artists all day (keep an eye out for those this week!). Here she is with Montreal's Caveboy.

Vanessa Heins photographs Montreal's Caveboy.

Jenn Grant played a beautiful set on what seemed like a scorching-hot stage by the time 5 p.m. hit.

Jenn Grant performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

It turned into a perfect afternoon to get into the water — in supposedly non-tippable yaks.

It turned into a perfect afternoon to get into the water at the 2018 CBC Music Fest.

Sunshine couldn't stop the dark-pop of Milk and Bone from hitting people right in the heart on the q stage.

Milk and Bone performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

Montreal electro-soul group Busty and the Bass took over the main stage mid-afternoon, and they stopped by to chat with Here and Now host Gill Deacon to explain their band name.

The Rural Alberta Advantage had a stomping/clapping party for all ages.

The crowd enjoys a concert by the Rural Alberta Advantage at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
The Rural Alberta Advantage performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
The Rural Alberta Advantage performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

This is the place for hardcore CBC fans.

Charlotte Day Wilson's voice rang across Echo Beach with a gorgeous set, and a shoutout to BadBadNotGood when she sang "In Your Eyes," the song she sang with the Toronto group.

Charlotte Day Wilson performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
Charlotte Day Wilson performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

"They have more energy than that in Calgary!" joked Kardinal Offishal to get the crowd hyped up for the Northern Touch All-Stars. "If hip-hop is live and well, let me see two hands in the sky!" he continued — and it didn't take long to get everyone bumping.

Northern Touch All-Stars performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
Northern Touch All-Stars performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

Kardinal even jumped into the crowd at one point.

As soon as Northern Touch All-Stars finished up, A Tribe Called Red fired up the main stage, complete with dancers.

A Tribe Called Red performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

July Talk headlined the festival, and while co-frontperson Leah Fay was recognizing the unceded territory where the festival was taking place, the band's "welcome" message remained onscreen.

The welcome message for July Talk's CBC Music Festival show.

There's nothing like an explosive July Talk show under a nearly full moon to end the night.

July Talk performing live at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
July Talk performing at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
July Talk performing at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.
July Talk performing at the 2018 CBC Music Festival.

More to explore:

Get your tickets to the CBC Music Festival

Everything you need to know about the 2018 CBC Music Festival

Your guide to the CBC Main Stage lineup at the 2018 CBC Music Festival

Your guide to the CBC q stage lineup at the 2018 CBC Music Festival

Your guide to the CBC Festival Stage lineup at the 2018 CBC Music Festival

Your guide to the River Bar stage lineup at the 2018 CBC Music Festival

Here's your 2018 CBC Music Festival schedule

Jenn Grant, Zaki Ibrahim, Kacy & Clayton added to the 2018 CBC Music Festival lineup

Is it Yanny or Laurel? Watch July Talk weigh in