Montreal music fans rejoice because your favourite festival, Osheaga, is coming back this fall. But it'll be a mini version of the festival you all know and love.
The Osheaga "Get Together" is a mini-festival that will feature three days of music with some of the brightest Canadian talent out there.
Charlotte Cardin, Jessie Reyez, and Half Moon Run will headline a three-day celebration of up-and-coming local music for the adoring ears of a limited number of fans in an "intimate outdoor setting," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The festival starts on October 1 with Quebec-born indie-pop darling Charlotte Cardin, who has quickly risen to the top of the charts with her new album Phoenix.
On the following day, the Toronto-born and multi-Juno award winner Jessie Reyez will light up centre stage with her delightful RnB pop sounds.
And finally, on October 3, Half Moon Run, Montreal's super talented indie rock idols, will headline the closing night of the festival.
"We are thrilled about this announcement, because we promised fans that we would do everything in our power to get them to Parc Jean-Drapeau to be united by live music again as soon as possible, and we are going to make that happen!" said Nick Farkas, Senior Vice President, Booking, Concerts and Events at evenko and founder of Osheaga.
Single-day and three-day passes will go on sale Friday, July 23 at noon on Osheaga's website.
Tickets start at $85 for a single day and $245 for a three-day pass.
Like a refrigerator or a pair of washer-dryers purchased at a retailer, you can purchase your Osheaga 2021 passes in four equal payments. But, be aware that tickets are more expensive than we're used to.
Osheaga, one of Montreal's most popular summer festivals, recently announced this new feature on social networks.
Payment plans are available for purchases of $325 or more, with no interest and no fees.
With Osheaga 2021 announcing its main headliners for the upcoming festival, we couldn't help but wonder: how does Evenko know that such a large event will take place?
While the festival announced that it will be "bigger and better than ever next year, how and if this will pan out is still a bit up in the air.
"Since last March, we are in constant communication with public authorities, but at this time no one can tell with 100% certainty what will happen in the summer. We will follow whatever rules the government lays out," Evenko's media relations told us.
We’ve spoken to the bands and they want to — and have to — start planning for the future, as we do.
The event company explained that planning a festival as big as Osheaga takes time, so they needed to start in advance.
"When the world is ready to safely start rolling again, we need to be ready and have our ducks in order. That cannot be done with a two-month lead time."
We can be rest-assured that Osheaga will follow safety protocols. "Whatever we do, we will be 100% sure that we are doing it responsibly according to whatever guidelines the government and scientific community advise us are the proper ways to proceed, in the ever-evolving situation that we’re living through."
Evenko releasing Osheaga's three main headlines a whole seven and a half months before the actual event was as a way to "remind people that things will get better and we will be able to return to some of the things that give us enjoyment."
Weekend passes for the festival planned for July 30 – August 1, 2021, are already for sale on Osheaga's website.
So, here's to hoping that with a vaccine against COVID-19 on its way to Quebec, we can expect to have a normal summer 2021 here in Montreal — filled with music festivals.