Perhaps the most valuable tool at a music festival in 2017 is a well-charged smartphone. How else will you take that perfect snap of a red-mohawked miscreant knee deep in mud, or text your buddy to meet you at the beer tent for seemingly the 200th time? So when I popped into the Montebello Rockfest hospitality area to charge my dangerously depleted iPhone, I was greeted by one of my favourite sights of the three-day event. The converted house featured Toronto’s PUP dinking around on their devices in the kitchen, Calgary’s Belvedere hydrating in the dining room, and Victoria’s own barons of bad taste Dayglo Abortions kicking their feet up in the living room.
Seeing three generations of Canadian punk coexisting under one roof plastered a smile upon my face, and it’s a sight like this that proves microcosmic of the event’s famously attention-grabbing lineups.