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Pouzza Fest 2013: Day One

Posted by Christine / May 18, 2013

20130517-Pouzza.JPG Come out and get your fill of punk rock glory at Pouzza Fest, running May 17th through May 19th happening at various venues around the city.

Passes may be purchased through Pouzza's official website. The coveted VIP "all-dressed" pass
gives you access to all venues. The 3-day pass gives you access to all venues except Metropolis and Club Soda, but with your purchase you will get a discount code for all the shows at those two venues. The 1-day pass gives you access to all venues except Metropolis and Club Soda and there is no discount code with this purchase.

Whether you have a 1-day, 3-day or VIP pass, you must register at Pouzza headquarters, which is located at RĂ©sidences de l'UQAM, 2100 St-Urbain. Opening hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I saw Jon Creeden perform his set at 11:15 p.m. last night at Frite Alors! Hailing from Ottawa, Jon, begun his solo project in early 2007. He has played over 200 shows since, with over 100 in the last year. Jon has released five EPs and a split CD with Cory Levesque. In September of 2012, he released his first full-length album, Beards!.

Approaching the stage with a beard as red as the high noon sun, Jon Creeden proceeded to draw the crowd in with his unique brand of acoustic punk rock. On the guitar, he alternated between staccato bursts and fuller strumming. This created a sense of complexity usually reserved for bands. His voice was gravely and pushed to its full capacity, making for a performance that was completely emotionally committed. This sincerity is also evident in his thoughtful lyrics: "We built these homes in each other's hearts, so no matter where we go we're always coming home."

There were some really special moments during this performance. At one point, Jon immersed himself into the crowd, which happily closed in around his powerful bellowing presence. When singing a line tinged with melancholy and cynicism, "And we all just sing along," the audience joined in, repeating the lyrics. The result was a meta moment that was strangely uplifting as their voices soared past the darkness inherent in the verse.

Sleepy and bleary-eyed at 2:00 a.m., I was re-energized by Audio/Rocketry who began their set with their lively song, Mission Statement. I circled the stage like a hunter and took shot after shot. of the band's four members as they played their instruments enthusiastically.

This Edmonton-based band released their third album this past March, much to the delight of their ever-growing underground following. Audio/Rocketry boasts a DIY punk ethos and a love for roots music. Their interesting blend of punk, folk, and acoustic is further enhanced by the inclusion of the electric banjo and mandolin.

Visit Jon Creeden's facebook page here.

Visit Audio/Rocketry's facebook page here.

Photograph of Audio/Rocketry taken by yours truly.

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