SXSW 2015 Days 3 and 4: John Tory takes in a Tanya Tagaq show

Plus Metz and Viet Cong tear it up


It’s Saturday morning at Southby and the Drake/Kanye rumours are hanging over the festival like the rain clouds that have haunted Austin for the past two days.

But for now, let’s look at the shows that have really happened:

Thursday saw a spectacular lineup of diverse Canadian talent hitting the fest. Hometown lo-fi post-punkers Metz performed to a packed house at Cedar Street Courtyard along with Calgarians Viet Cong, who performed tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album. Later on, Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq wowed the ecstatic crowd with her full-body throat singing, writhing and moving onstage like a woman possessed. Toronto Mayor John Tory was spotted on the sidelines enjoying the show.

Over at the Fader Fort, Jack Antonoff-fronted Bleachers opened for an epic performance from Mike Will Made-It, Rae Sremmurd, Riff Raff and Miley Cyrus.

Friday started off strong with a keynote conversation with west-coast legend, Snoop Dogg. Snoop was interviewed by his long-time manager, Ted Chung, and spoke eloquently about his various forays into the world of music, tech and film. The Doggfather was incredibly charming and humble, offering up insights on family, his creative process and his beginnings as a rapper. Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble opened up the discussion. Later on in the day, fans took refuge from the rain at the Radio Day Stage where Southby buzz-girl Courtney Barnett played.

Despite the heavy downpour, festival-goers were in high spirits especially at the packed Central Presbyterian Church, where Tobias Jesso Jr. and Ibeyi both performed to rapturous audience response. The Ibeyi twins’ unique brand of afro-cuban jazz proved the perfect compliment to the church’s beautiful acoustics.

Later on we headed out to see Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins perform tracks off his fantastic The Waters mixtape and another set from SXSW 2015 stalwarts BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface.

Stay tuned for highlights from the last day of the fest, we’ll let you know whether the Drake rumours were another over-heated SXSW fantasy or the real thing.

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