Well that was fun! Some Facebook creepin’ led me to Emo Picnic 7 hosted by Chris Cammarata from POPPUNKSNOTDEAD.NET. It’s a site that I frequent to find new music so it was great to meet Chris.

The weather man was calling for thunderstorms this afternoon but as luck would have it, the storms steered clear of Christie Pits Park.

We enjoyed some toys and games from the dollar store and some delicious cupcakes, sandwiches and pasta.
















First up was Burlington’s Fire Away. Even though it was an acoustic set, the entire pop punk outfit made the trip to the city to hang out. Mike was even kind enough to buy me an Arizona from the corner store. I’m looking forward to seeing these guys again with Everyone Everywhere on June 26th at Sneaky Dee’s.

Next was Braden Barrie, better known by his stage name of SayWeCanFly. He looked so young but packed a punch with his powerful, clean vocals and intelligent lyrics that really hit home. For fans of Cute Is What We Aim For and The Rocket Summer.
















Last to play was Like Pacific. I can’t help but compare this Toronto band to The Wonder Years. Catchy pop punk (with the odd hardcore breakdown) paired together with Soupy-esque lyrics that feel like you’re talking to a bro. Singer, Jordan, is even a ginger! Great stuff.

Thanks again to Chris for putting on the event and providing goodies for everyone, and thanks to the bands and new friends. See you around.


It was tough to wake up in the morning but today had an exciting itinerary.

We started by going to sushi then hitting up Foufs by 3pm to catch Farler’s Fury, a punk rock group with bagpipes.

A couple of bands later was Saint Alvia. This is one of the bands I had been looking forward to watching at Pouzza Fest. Because of the short set, they opted to play only new songs. However, the new songs were great. I’m looking forward to their new album later this summer.

After reading on the Pouzza Fest Facebook page about some people’s bad experiences with the whole ticket to passes ratio¬† and not being able to attend some concerts, me and Bailey quickly decided to wait in line at Club Soda in hopes to get inside to see Brixton Robbers, Cheap Girls, Tim Barry, The Lawrence Arms and Lagwagon.

We were in line almost 3 hours before the doors opened. I’m glad we went at that time because the line grew pretty quickly. It was apparent that many of the people waiting in line would not make it inside, but I knew we were safe.

We took turns going to the depanneur across the street to pick up 6-packs of beer. The lack of food, hot sun and beer made time go by pretty quickly. Some fans even brought guitars. We all sang along to this group playing American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem:

It was 6 o’clock, still one hour before the doors were set to open, so Bailey ran across to get this smoked meat poutine. This was his 5th poutine during Pouzza Fest (he ate his 6th later that night).

It was probably a dick move on our part, but we just couldn’t let Chris of The Flatliners wait at the back of the line. He texted me and found us in line about 20 minutes before the doors opened.

In case some of you didn’t know, I’ll be Chris’ new roommate in Toronto come the end of the month. He’ll be away on tour in Australia and Europe until mid July so it was great to have a chance to hang out and have a few beer together at the show.

Here’s a photo for other future roommate Bobbie. He wasn’t able to make it to Pouzza Fest this weekend and is a big fan of The Lawrence Arms.

I left Club Soda about 5 songs into The Lawrence Arms set. I’m not sure why, but I was drunk and tired and I wanted to be well rested for the secret acoustic show later with The Menzingers, Chris Cresswell from The Flatliners, and Joey Cape from Lagwagon.

I awoke in my hotel room to four texts and three missed calls from Bailey. It was 1am, the show had finished at Club Soda and Bailey was already at Frites Alors for the secret show. I left the hotel room and ran as fast as I could to the venue. I ran so fast that I didn’t hear the music and went four blocks past the venue. I backtracked and found the venue in time to watch the last half of Chris’ set.

Next up was Joey Cape of Lagwagon. He opened with my favourite Lagwagon song May 16 which was on repeat every time I played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on Playstation.

After the show we celebrated Bailey’s 25th birthday with a fresh, late night pouzza.

Next, we tackle the third and final day of Pouzza Fest.

It has finally arrived! Pouzza Fest 2012!

Kicked off the morning with a coffee and picked up our passes. I got this fancy guy:

A quick trip to the deppaneur and we were back at the UQAM Residence to predrink with Dustin and friends. Me and Bailey got a good buzz going and we were getting hungry so naturally we decided to start things off with some pouzza.

We didn’t want to miss out on the bands at Foufs so we went about an hour before doors opened. We were pleasantly surprised by their beer specials; $4 tall cans of PBR and 4 bottles of Molson for $10.

Doors opened at 5pm and everybody funneled into the venue. We met up with a fellow friend from Ottawa, Jeff Seguin and caught the first few bands together. I should point out that The Hunters and Dig It Up are fucking rad. Much better than what I was expecting as opening bands. They will definitely be going on my post-Pouzza playlist.

The Menzingers took the stage after The Blacklist Royals. The Menzingers are one of my favourite bands and this being my first chance to see them in concert, I rushed up to the front of the stage. The first chord was strum and the crowd went nuts! My glasses were knocked off my face and were instantly lost in the sea of legs that surrounded me. Jeff lost his plugs during the same song and another unfortunate concert-goer that was next to me also lost his glasses. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the music. People were like popcorn rushing up on stage to dive into the crowd, while others moshed and started to crowd surf.

I left near the end of their set to rush over to L’Absynthe to catch Dustin in Stay Home. Their set list was cut short by the sound guy due to the previous band finishing late but they still played a fun set of fast, catchy punk rock. Click their name above to check out their music.

I wanted to get back into Foufs to check out The Flatliners, Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music but the venue was packed and there was no chance of getting back in. I guess these things happen for a reason. Next up after Stay Home was Pentimento from Buffalo, NY. This 4-piece rock outfit reminds me of Polar Bear Club and Against Me.

Apparently there are some student protests that have been happening over the past few months in Montreal. From what I gather, they’re protesting the rising cost of tuition in the province. It was amazing to step outside of the venue and run into this:

I’ve got some words and photos of the next two bands, The Snips and Junior Battles, but I’ll just let the videos do the talking. Great energy from the crowd. Amazing night.

The Snips. Can somebody please tell me what hit Ricky in the eye? I can’t tell from the video, but it definitely doesn’t look like the mic.

Junior Battles featuring Matt from Dig It Up doing a bit of screaming.

Of course, everybody gets hungry at the end of the night. While me and Bailey ate pizza, this guy decided to munch on something else.

Montreal. We’re here.

After a short walk from the Greyhound station me and Bailey checked into our hotel room. We got the budget suite. I suppose you get what you pay for. We even get to share a bathroom with the entire floor!

Of course, we won’t be spending much time in the hotel room, so we set off to find some food and explore the city. Walking downtown we encountered many street performers including musicians, dancers, and even an aerial drape dancer. As it turns out, it was Montreal’s birthday hence the reason for all of the street performers.

Oh yeah, Bailey found some poutine. Let’s see how many he gets up to this weekend. Here’s a look at #1.

We walked a lot! A quick pit stop in the room and some searching on Google we then headed out to find the best Montreal smoked meat in town.

Well I think we found it at Main Deli. The meat is slow-cooked to perfection. The tender beef just comes apart in your mouth with no need to chew. I recommend checking this place out if you’re ever in Montreal.

We walked off the meal on our way to the subway. We met up with an old hometown friend, Dee, for some karaoke at Maz. This little joint had cheap beer and a decent crowd. It was fun. I tried to get Bailey up on stage to sing some Blink 182, but he wasn’t having any of it. Maybe he just needs to drink more next time. I sang What’s My Age Again with Dee, and Jack & Diane with Dee and Scott. Here’s a photo of Dee and the two Scotts singing some Bon Jovi.

We didn’t want our night to end so after a short taxi ride back downtown, me and Bailey trekked our way to La Banquise. It’s a 24-hour poutinerie. The restaurant was full and the lineup went well out the door. Luckily, we were able to sneak in and order for take out. Many consider La Banquise to have the best poutine in town. Though the poutine was delicious, I feel that Montreal has more to offer but I wouldn’t be surprised if we find our way back before the weekend has finished.

Now it’s time to start the day and pick up our passes for Pouzza Fest. Tonight should be pretty stellar.