The weather people called for rain on Day 2 of TURF and got it right. Nevertheless festival goers were in good spirits taking refuge in the beer tents, which likely added to the jovial crowd at Fort York.
With a stacked line up catering to audiences of all ages, our afternoon really started after the rain ended. Over on the East stage, apologetic for the lack of band backing him up, Michael David Rosenberg best known as Passenger had more than enough personality to fill the stage. His soulful set was filled with stories from the road and a rogue cover of “Gin N Juice” before going into his breakout hit “Let Her Go” to close the set.
We also caught sets by Royal Canoe and Wilco. Wilco in some format (be it Jeff Tweedy or other side projects) are destined to become somewhat of a staple band on the roster for TURF. Speaking of staples, Rich Aucoin played his second TURF set, this time with local favourites Choir Choir Choir. We didn’t think it could be possible for his set to be even more uplifting than it usually tends to be and we were wrong. Covered in confetti and with new friends dressed in giraffe onesies we preached to the church of Rich Aucoin for the second night in a row.
While we’re on the subject of preaching, from the second Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros took the stage to close out night 2 of TURF we watched hordes of young girls in tears glued to Alex Ebert’s stage antics. Feeling it too, we definitely reached out to touch him as he jumped off stage to embrace the audience members packed against the barriers.
Check out our photos from day 2 at TURF.
Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros