MXTS 2011 Wrap up
“Well, that was interesting.”
–Kyle Morton of Typhoon at the conclusion of their semi acoustic set.
That pretty much sums up how we feel too. HSP Co-Owner Joseph Strickland here with a recap of Music by the Slice 2011, definitely the most unique one we’ve done yet.
This was our 6th year hosting this party and it definitely did not lack for excitement! From the thrill of seeing Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson share a stage for only the 2nd time ever, to the unexpected delight of completely unplugged sets from Versus, Lost in the Trees, Apex Manor, Fredrik and The Boxer Rebellion among others, there was never a dull moment in the 3 days of this year’s party.
Although our issues getting a sound permit from the city – and subsequent need to unplug at times – were not something we’d ever like to experience again, it did lead to some of the most amazing performances we’ve seen in our 6 years hosting this party. And thanks to the generosity of our rad sponsors, the thirst of the beer and beverage buying public, cooperation from the weather Gods, the generosity of our friends and staff members who offered up their acoustic instruments, and most importantly the willingness of the artists to DIG DEEP, throwing away their rehearsed sets to improvise, acoustically on the fly, we were able to raise 10 thousand dollars for our charity: YouthLaunch’s Urban Roots program!!!!
So all in all, we are psyched with how it all turned out and wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe the volume!
Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with making this happen, we love you all!!!
And hey don’t miss these sweet videos:
Ivan & Alyosha “Glorify”:
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down “Bag of Hammers”:
Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson “Delicate Cycle”:
Lord Huron: “The Stranger”:
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz “Big Bang”:
Typhoon “The Honest Truth”:
The Cave Singers “Haller Lake”:
The Twilight Sad “Cold Days from the Birdhouse”:
Great Lake Swimmers “I Could Be Nothing “:
Lost in the Trees “Walk Around the Lake”:
Rural Alberta Advantage: