By: Cassandra Popescu
What: KOI Music Festival
When: September 25th-26th, 2015
Where: Kitchener, ON
Downtown Kitchener was alive with the sound of music last weekend and brought audiences a stellar line-up of amazing, talented musicians who each brought their own unique sound to the stage. In case you missed it, or just want to relive the memories, Canadian Beats is here to bring you a photo re-cap of all the exciting performances from some wonderful Canadian musicians that graced the stage over the weekend.
Friday September 25th
Rich Aucoin brought the party to the main stage, armed with parachutes, confetti guns, and rad dance moves. His interactive set got the crowd moving as he jumped into the audience several times to dance with his fans, and really brought the excitement to the first day of KOI.
The crowd was buzzing with excitement as they waited for July Talk to hit the stage, and they surely did not disappoint. Keeping it weird and awesome, July Talk played an explosive set full of all their hits, and some new music.
Saturday September 26th
SayWeCanFly performed a heartwarming acoustic set full of emotion laden original music discussing issues that anyone can relate to. The intimate performance brought a lot of joy to the fans that were eagerly listening and singing along.
Auras hit the main stage to remind the crowd what modern metal music is really about. This four-piece progressive metal group performed with non-stop energy and vigor. I can easily say they are now one of my favourite metal bands.
illScarlett threw it back and played some of their biggest hits, getting the crowd riled up and excited. The band played an energetic set full of some funky blasts from the past and put on an exciting performance.
Harbour proved that punk-pop really isn’t dead and performed their set with amazing bouts of energy and dedication, complete with gravity defying jumps, excellent stage presence, and a crazy crowd.
Kandle and the Krooks brought something new to the festival with authentic, bluesy original tunes and beautifully captivating vocals. Each song was expertly written and performed, so if you missed their set, this group is definitely worth checking out.
The winner of 102.1 The Edge’s Next Big Thing, Ivory Hours started a dance party during their set at KOI. Performing catchy and upbeat alt-pop music, the trio brought the energy up and brought positive vibes to the festival.
Birds of Bellwoods played an amazing set full of folksy, passionate music and an interesting array of instruments. The crowd was reluctant at first, but in no time a large group had formed around the band and the audience was dancing and having a good time. The band definitely brought a unique sound to the festival.
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I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.