After seven successful years in the United States, Canada welcomed Riot Fest with open arms.
Fort York at the Garrison Common in Toronto showcased a day of precious punk rock on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, September 9th, featuring some of the best: Organ Thieves, Junior Battles, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, Less Than Jake, F**ked Up, Andrew W.K., The Lawrence Arms and more.
The anticipation for NOFX to take the stage was almost unbearable. Fans were trying to catch a glimpse of Fat Mike’s blue mohawk (always making a bold statement) before he and the other members graced the stage in all of their punk rock glory. We on the other hand were lucky enough to do just that.
Not only did we have the best seat in the house, we had the best view. Standing on stage, looking out at the crowd knowing that we had something in common with everyone in attendance, a love for punk rock music. What a great moment.
The last performance of the evening was by the Descendents; veterans in the punk biz. A fantastic set that was sure to please many however most fans dubbed out of the evening knowing they had to head to work the next morning. That didn’t stop the Descendents from putting their all into their performance. And to top the evening off, NOFX gave the Descendants’ drummer, Bill Stevenson, a cake to celebrate his 49th birthday. Speechless.
We had the opportunity to share past concert experiences with others while staying shaded under one of the beer garden tents. Plus we had in depth discussions about whose merchandise designs are best at the merch tent.
It truly was a day to remember. Tents and mohawks.
We would like to thank both AEG and Union Events for working with us on another great Toronto event. Cheers to the next festival.
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