One majorly annoying aspect to Osheaga, or any music festival, is trying to keep track of your friends. Massive crowds make it uber-difficult to navigate anywhere on Parc Jean-Drapeau, and conflicting performances ensure your group will get split up at some point. Cellphones aren't functioning (because everyone is on 'em) leaving you alone, or worried about where the hell your drunk as hell friend is. The solution: Jägermeister's Festival Friend Finder.
A tool designed specifically for jam-packed music festivals, the Friend Finder is an electronic tag that keeps you in touch with your friends through radio waves, rather than cellphone networks. With a range of 1, 640ft, the Friend Finder will point you in the direction of your crew via beeps and flashing lights.
Right now, the Friend Finder exists solely as a prototype, but has been, and will continue to be, tested at festival in the UK, according to Daily Mail. An official cost or release date has yet to be released, but Jägermeister hopes the Friend Finder will be available to all festival goers in the near future.
It may seem like overkill to have hardware solely for finding your friends, but if you've been to Osheaga, or a simiarly large festival, you know how much of a shitshow it can be to find/re-group your friends. Osheaga should definitely offer these for daily rentals next year and make everyone enjoy the festival that much more.
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But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.
If you missed ÎleSoniq this past weekend and are still hoping to experience a live outdoor music festival before the cold weather hits, you're in luck. After having to cancel last year, Osheaga is finally happening again from October 1 to 3, 2021.