That's Brendan Canning, those of you not well-versed in the backs of rockstars. I have pictures and video, but nothing uploaded to prove that I got interviews so here's the rundown: interviewed a number of people about their love of Canadian music, interviewed Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Amy Milan and Evan Cranley of Stars and BSS, Jesse and Al from MSTRKRFT, and Sam Roberts of the band with the same name. I was so glad to see Sam again as it was an interview with him that inspired the film. Had a wonderfully strenuous time and had some really beautiful experiences, even if it meant walking 30 minutes for a semi-clean toilet and getting dirt in my nostrils.
I'd like to thank Jo-Ann Goldsmith for helping me navigate the festival and being an absolute pal and say thanks again to the guys in the Sam Roberts camp for letting me spend some time in an air conditioned trailer and eat proper food; Eric, James, Dave, Denton, Patrick and Sam, you guys are tremendous. I'd like to thank Aaron Brody (You rock!) for vouching for me and helping me get an in with BSS and Robin Laananen, their tour manager, for being truly wonderful. Robin is a saint and a hell of a photographer. Joe and Bryan from Guster for telling me they'd see the film when it was done. Andrew Whiteman for shooting the breeze with me for a bit about film and being a super nice guy. My parents for helping me get going and checking to make sure I wasn't passed out in someone's tent or falling asleep at the wheel. Nick, Sebastian and Sarah for checking in with me, making me feel a little less lonely in the slower hours. I want to thank Erica Bruce whose blog allowed me to go to the festival without the additional cost of a ticket and for helping me get there incident free. Kevin Drew for stealing my camera and getting a few artistic shots of the woods; also for holding the mic during my interview with Evan and Amy, two of the most genuinely nice people I've ever met, you could just feel how much they cared standing a few feet from them. Just in general, Kevin Drew made the film feel possible and I'm glad to have finally met him; he's a hero. Brendan Lynch for putting his arm on my shoulder and letting me know that things were gonna work out. And of course Sam, Jesse, Al, Brendan, Evan, and Amy for making time for me and my little film and making me feel like an old friend even if I'd only just met some of them.
These are terrible photos, I admit, but I'm saving my good ones for the blog I got sent there to write for, so go to Between Love and Like in the coming days and you'll see the good ones. You should also just go there because it's a great site and Erica is a great person. And then there are the little people that I'd like to thank. Sonny, Reynolds, and Maura who work for Livity. Maura for smiling at me and asking how things are everytime I wandered by looking lost, Sonny for giving me a sweatshirt when I got cold and Reynolds for making some time for me to talk about Canadian music. Thanks guys. Then the other folks I stopped and talked to, down on the grounds or up in the press tent.
It's tough living by yourself, sleeping in a car near portable toilets and having to pay eight dollars for awful food but thanks to the people I met driving 26 hours to see a couple indie bands in a festival full of jam bands didn't seem like the craziest idea in the world when I was coming home. I don't know that I'll ever go again, but I felt like a part of things when Declan from BPMTV, his fiance Leah and Sam Roberts gave me a Canadian flag to take home with me. Moments like that stay with you. I hope I can give back to you guys with this film.