Riot Fest Toronto kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Toronto. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the second day of Riot this weekend as well!
City and Colour
While it’s easy to cry away one’s nights dreaming of an Alexisonfire that is still united, one would be remiss to deny the sheer brilliance of Dallas Green’s songwriting as showcased by his work with City and Colour. Green demonstrates his subtle touch for creative wordplay not only in the name of his solo project, but also in the way he delicately crafts simple yet endearing lyrics wrought with subtle allusions. Not only is Green a surefire crowd-pleaser, but his birthplace in nearby St. Catharine’s makes him a must see during day two of Riot Fest Toronto.
Death Cab for Cutie
Some bands play the game, while few change it; Death Cab for Cutie falls into the latter category and their earnest, but biting take on hook-driven indie rock has been delighting fans for over a decade. Frontman Ben Gibbard and his supporting cast of variable experts make for an all-encompassing live show that refuses to disappoint, as each member constantly feeds off the other to create a whirlwind of emotional instability and moments of pure musical trance. If this smattering of compliments doesn’t convince you to check out the boys from Washington, keep in mind that Riot Fest Toronto will be one of Chris Walla’s last shows with the band and that is history in and of itself.
Die Antwoord literally means “The Answer” in Afrikaans, and the South African rap duo have been providing answers, as well as inciting questions since their inception in 2008. Falling under the self-proclaimed banner of the “Zef” subculture, which is defined by its virtual explosion of all things trashy and gaudy, Die Antwoord attempts to shock people into consciousness by any means necessary. While Riot Fest Toronto is certainly a punk festival and Die Antwoord’s musical style may not fit on an aesthetic level, the band’s dedication to raising awareness about social and cultural issues makes them a perfect on a more ideological level.
We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!
Riot Fest Toronto Lineup Announced
Riot Fest 2014 is coming, and PropertyOfZack is so excited once again to be sponsoring the best festival you can buy a ticket for. First up for announcements is Toronto, and the lineup features Death Cab For Cutie, City And Colour, Brand New, Rise Against, The National, and more. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineup below after the jump!