#Iwanttodrawyourband does SappyFest
Last August Ehab and I took a road trip out to New Brunswick for SappyFest 9. It was an exciting trip to make after listening to Ehab rave about the festival for about a year. For those of you that know, music festivals are Ehab’s #1 travel priority- and he’s traveled all over North America to go to various shows. (We actually met at Yamantaka Sonic Titan Show, although the last ALL CAPS fest was where- at least in my mind, we really solidified our friendship). Ehab’s seen so many shows he makes me look like a slacker, and yet SappyFest in little Sackville, NB seems to be the festival that comes up the most.
If I was unconvinced before leaving on our trip, I certainly came back from my first SappyFest a convert. Everything about the trip seemed idyllic. Even the drive through the foothills of Quebec seemed a treat. We rolled the the windows down, played album after album of folk music, and let the relaxing pace of vacation wash over us.
Sackville is a pretty small place, with the university accounting for much of the town. When SappyFest rolls into town, the population doubles- creating a second festival city of music fans. Since the majority of them come from out of town, it’s safe to say that the festival attracts some pretty dedicated music fans. It certainly wasn’t rare to find a fellow Torontonian in the crowd. But very unlike Toronto (or any other city existing in real rather than festival time), the crowd was very warm and people were eager to make friends even just walking down the street. And with our live music drawing routine, people seemed especially keen to meet us- including many of the bands. One of my favourite moments from the fest was getting asked to show our drawings to Aaron & Leigh from Cousins on the last night of the fest, while The Constantines played the last set on the main stage.
Ehab and I have been talking a lot about our excitement about going back for SappyFest 10 this year- and maybe even tabling some of our band drawings. Last year the fest was running in a slightly leaner form, but the big 10 will see the fest returning to a larger format to celebrate the anniversary. Tickets went on sale last week, and yesterday the festival announced their first round of line-up picks- including PUP, Doldrums, Angel Olson, Speedy Ortiz, & Frog Eyes.
Check out these drawings from last year, including some drawings of Les Breastfeeders & Muscadettes (we stopped in La Belle Province along the way for a show at Quebec City’s Le Cercle). We’ll be counting down the days til July 31.