for those of you who don’t know about osheaga already… well now you do, and you’re welcome. but seriously, osheaga is one of the highlights of my summer. it’s a huge music festival in montreal (a mere 90 minutes from burlington, pending border traffic…) and the 3 day festival has a wide variety of bands and artists playing on 6 different stages during the day and into the evenings. this years dates fell over last weekend and we spent our days chasing our favorite artists around the park.
there were 9 people in total from our whole group. due to being total procrastinators we couldn’t find any last minute airbnb housing so we had to split into groups and find some hotel rooms. luckily, we were all able to stay at the same hotel. we found rooms at hotel 10 in the entertainment district of the city. it was a close 4 blocks to the nearest metro, about 6 from st catherine street, and there were hidden restaurant gems within walking distance in every direction.
we left burlington around 12:30 on friday. after a wait at the border and major traffic due to construction coming into montreal we finally arrived almost 4 hours later. a quick freshen up, some food and drinks and we were en route to the park. the two shows we couldn’t miss: the lumineers and flume.
danced the night away with some lovely people. we proceeded back to the hotel where we giggled into the wee hours of the night.
saturday came and we started our day with brunch. put on our best festival clothes and, you guessed it, back to the park we went.
finding clothes that were comfortable, cool (temperature wise) and stylish can be quite difficult. it was HOT. and i mean HOT. the sun was blazing, the dust was kickin’, and there wasn’t a ton of shade to be had. we tried to keep cool with lots of beer/cold vodka, popsicles/ice cream, and dancing. the hat i wore day 2 was a game changer. looking back, i regret only wearing it one day….
we opted out of the last few bands for a dinner at [easily one of my top favorite restaurants], dolcetto & co.
sunday funday rolled round and we started our morning with brunch at a local joint. it was amazing. i ordered the house bloody mary with the pancakes and pulled pork – holy moly. it was one of the best breakfasts i’ve had. it was SO good and the best part about the entire thing was that there was no wait for food!! BOOM! it honestly was one of those places we just stumbled upon and it was a rare treat.
back to the park we went for an afternoon of: leon bridges, rufus du sol, foy vance, m83. unfortunately, we had to head back to burlington seeing as that everyone had to work bright and early monday morning. overall, it was a great weekend with amazing friends, delicious food, and groovy music – can’t wait for next year!