Much less busy today since we could just get up and head down to Pemberton after a leisurely morning spent swimming in the lake and cooking breakfast.
The first act up was Sam Roberts and he rocked his music pretty hard. There were a lot more people at the festival today. Probably because the highway isn’t as clogged as yesterday and people aren’t working today. We’d heard rumors that the sea to sky highway was backed up past Whistler yesterday afternoon.
My Morning Jacket took the stage after Sam Roberts. We didn’t know what to expect but we’d all heard good things about their live show. I went up to the front section to hang out with the drunken rowdies so I could get a good view. It had started to rain a little bit which chased loads of people away from the main stage. So My Morning Jacket look like a bunch of hippies who do these jammy kinda songs. At one point the singer, a bearded longhair dude, was wearing a cape and holding a large bunch of cedar leaves.
Next was Buck 65 at the side stage. This is a one-man hip hop show that’s tinged with country flavors. Dude really knows how to work a crowd and is great live.
Tragically Hip back at the mainstage. Gord Downie was a bit of an animal today. Lots of screaming and growling and tossing stuff (like pieces of microphone stands) into the audience. I thourougly enjoyed it! Amanda and Josh don’t like the Tragically Hip so they retreated to the beer gardens since they had cleared out for the Hip. Amanda and Josh are the first Canadians I know that don’t like the hip. I question whether they are really Canadian or whether they are foreign agents in our midst.
Caught a bit of the Black Mountain show at the side stage. Neat band and I enjoyed their show. The last song was all slow and acoustic so we ditched them to get a place for the Flaming Lips.
The Flaming Lips are the whole reason I came to Pemberton. I’ve seen them twice this summer already and twice before that which makes this my fifth Lips show.
I’ll write more later, we’re in a coffee shop in Pemberton and we’ve got to head out to the festival now.
Thank goodness we left early on Friday to get to our camp spot! Pemberton is a small town north of Whistler that was hosting the Pemberton Festival and they expected 40,000 people to arrive. We hit a traffic jam outside of town and it was only noon! About an hour later we’d made it through the town and headed to our camp spot at Birkenhead. Birkenhead’s a great spot with a lake, a river, and is much quieter than the camp spots near Pemberton that are full of drunken yahoos.
After setting up at Birkenhead we headed into the festival. Unfortunately we weren’t in time to see Metric, but we did make it for Wolfmother’s show, which rocked! They’re a throwback to the rock bands of the 70’s and are great to see live in a festival atmosphere. Once we’d been slapped around by Wolfmother, Serj Tankian (singer for System of a Down) took the stage in a white suit and top hat. He was cool to see. Sounded a lot like System but maybe a little mellower.
Interpol were the surprise hit of the day for me. I’ve seen them once at the Commodore before and it was a good show but wasn’t anywhere near as good as their show today! I’m going to have to check out the new album.
The headliners were Nine Inch Nails and they were aweseome. They played a good mix of old songs and new stuff.
We cut out near the end of NIN so we could try and catch one of the shuttles back to our parking lot. Fortunately we chose to park at the “Pole Yard”, a small log home building place on the north end of town. Being on the north end meant we didn’t have to go through Pemberton to get to our car. Unfortunately they didn’t seem to be running any shuttles up to the Pole Yard so we had a 30 minute walk to get to my little Honda Civic. As it turned out the entire shuttle service was in disarray and we made better time than most of the people who shuttled.
Today Shanman and I were running around Mayne Island, which is a beautiful place! We’re staying at the only campground on Mayne and they have Wifi so I can hit up the internet through my Macbook. I took tonnes of photos today and sent a couple of them to my flickr account.
There’s all kinds of parks and beaches to explore, which is what we spent our day doing. This evening we’ve been chilling out at our campsite while seals splashed around in the bay.
Last Sunday night (July 13) my good friend Dave’s Dad passed away after a fight with cancer. Dave, who lives in Tofino, spent the past week in Vernon and came back through Vancouver on Saturday. I haven’t seen Dave in quite some time and it was good to get together, even if the circumstances weren’t the best.
After wrestling our way out of the airport parking lot we headed downtown to the Black Frog for a pint and some food. The Black Frog is one of our favorite places to spend time since it’s modeled after one of our favorite bars in Edmonton, The Black Dog. We spent most of the day catching up on our lives over the past couple of months and finally I dropped Dave off at the airport again for his flight to Tofino.
Sunday was pretty mellow. A couple naps. Bike ride into the south end of town. Packed up for our trip to Mayne Island today.
Mayne Island is one of my favorite islands to visit amongst the Gulf Islands. There’s one campground which is privately owned and is situated on a gorgeous oceanfront location. The campground features an outdoor shower, built using cedar, that’s nestled in the trees so you can look out over the bay while you’re cleaning up. Since it’s tucked in the trees, no-one on the ocean can see you (fortunately!).
I’m sitting at the ferry terminal waiting for the Village Bay ferry to load. It appears to be late since we’re supposed to be leaving right now!