Photos by the one and only Ian Gibb
Myles Deck and the Fuzz
Union of the Snake
This just in: It was too nice a day to feel pain. But was it magic? The sheer power of a sun so bright, and a festival spirit so thickly enthusiastic you could wrap yourself in it?
When asked how it feels to house the festival's box office and Artist Market, the North Street Church groaned open its tremendous wooden mouth, blinked his window-shutter eyes and said "Well yes, I like it just fine. Especially those soaps, did you get your hands scrubbed yet?"
From within the Artist's Market on Friday, one man's crystals threw light onto eco-chic clothing. While the lenses in pairs and pairs of Ruby Boutique vintage glasses glimmered and gleamed. One young married couple greeted each other as if at an airport, embracing after the longest absence, when this reporter in fact knows it had only been a day. Witnesses looked on in happy awe, and silently ate their shortbread and rice krispy squares from the Queen's concession.
Then the Queen's opening night party was taking off like a bottle rocket in the middle of the commons-- with excited squeals emitting from the onlooking creators underneath.
Jenocide served hotdogs while peddling her tasty grrl-ectro jams. The stage was rushed at the appearance of Tupperware Remixers from another time continuum. Windom Earle chanted "Long Live the Queen" and served up a full platter of rock for frenzied dancers. The debut of a three-piece Ruby Jean was accepted with open arms. And Diamond Rings disrobed on stage to the tune of Janet Jackson. It was a beautiful beginning.
Later, at Gus' pub, folks reconvened to sample the likes of Cursed Arrows, Union of the Snake, Bike Rodeo, Myles Deck, and Iron Giant. Deck is rumoured to have "shaken what his mother gave him", only to be followed by Iron Giant's singer belting his perfect voice and gripping his special chain-link microphone stand.
Sources say one and all enjoyed a calm walk home in the cool night. Some guests returned home to their loved ones and cats. Others found a bouquet of flowers in her door handle.