Completing it’s seventh year, showcasing 44 diverse musical bands and solo artists on three stages, Riverfest Elora 2015 provided an incredible spectacle for the record crowds.
This year’s festival featured an incredible line-up including Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers and headliners Metric and Sam Roberts Band over three days in picturesque Elora, Ontario.
When Metric powered onto the stage, decorated with fluorescent green horse heads that had glowing amber eyes on top of a huge backdrop-wall of lights, the audience cheered on James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key, Josh Winstead as the first notes of the song “Stadium Love” started. Emily Haines took to the stage in under the veil of purple and blue lighting and continued that energy throughout the rest of the show including hits such as “Black Sheep”, “Empty”, a beautiful acoustic version of “Cascades” to the final encore song, “Breathing Underwater”.
The pop-rock aesthetic dynamics of the Tokyo Police Club braved the sweltering heat and humidity only to raise the temperature higher as they took to the stage for a solid 45-minute set. Josh Hook, Greg Alsop, Dave Monks and Graham Wright rocked the festival with an incredible excessive energy and stage antics. From solid rock to a few laughs along the way, Tokyo Police Club proved to be a crowd favourite. Later on that same day, Dave Monks performed a solo acoustic set at the small and intimate third stage to the delight of the crowd.
The New Pornographers, rocked the evening with their familiar soothing rhythms and dynamic lyrical rides. Old and new fans alike were cheering non-stop throughout their performance of this exuberant indie rock. The energy was alive as was the fun the group was having throughout their performance.
Sam Roberts Band hit the stage full throttle with the song “Shapeshifters”, and hit after hit, for 90 minutes and never looked back. As each song was presented such as “Metal Skin”, “Detroit ’67” and “Them Kids”, the sold out Riverfest crowd grew louder and louder with cheers, clapping to the beat and singing, chanting out each word of his songs. With such an energy packed set, and even after a three song encore, Sam Roberts Band finished the night with “Brother Down” and a promise to return to the town of Elora once again.
August 14-16, 2015
Photos and review by Mike S. Fowler – https://www.flickr.com/photos/msfowlerarts/sets/