S.C.E.N.E. Fest disrupted quiet St.Kitts for a day
Celebrating their 18th year, S.C.E.N.E. Fest is Southern Ontario’s largest independent music festival, showcasing over a hundred bands across multiple venues – all in St. Catharines, Ont, Sunday, June 9.
Call it the Warped Tour of indie rock, without the tour.
Some of the biggest names and up and comers in Canadian music, like Obey the Brave, Courage My Love, the Balconies, the Treasures, Cai.ro, and the Bokononists graced stages and smaller venues across the city.
“It was really cool to play the (S.C.E.N.E.) festival and hang out with the other bands,” said Jay Jensen, bassist for the Bokononists.
The Balconies have been steadily rising in the last two years, setting stages from here to Europe and back again, and covering every prominent music festival possible from CMW, to SXSE and now NXNE will be next.Obey the Brave are a metal collective branching from Ottawa and Montreal, and true to their motto on Facebook, “we aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel…” they keep their music straight and simple, and stick to the classic elements of thrash music.
Signed to Epitaph Records, their new album Young Blood is now out and ready to demolish sound systems across the world.Epitaph label mate, Nikola Sarcevic of Millencolin was a special guest, and he delighted fans with a solo acoustic performance.Courage My Love is a pop-punk rock trio consisting of 19 year-old twin sisters Mercedes (guitars, vocals) and Phoenix (drums, cello, vocals) Arn-Horn, and Brandon Lockwood on bass.
They just released their debut album Becoming and are now starting their tour across Canada, with this being the first of their shows after being signed to Warner Music.Toronto’s folk-soul-country-Americana hybrid collective, the Treasures, played in the cozy Merchant Ale House just a stone’s throw away from the main stages.
After rocking at CMW and playing an event with CBC, this festival was the logical next venue for them, to be followed by performances at NXNE as well. They’ve seen steady success in the last three years and are now under the umbrella of Universal Music.Last but not least of the interesting features of S.C.E.N.E fest was the tenth anniversary of Winnipeg rockers Comeback Kid, with the return of their original lead singer Sebastian de la Cruz.