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Can Osheaga challenge the likes of Coachella and Lollapalooza and come out on top? We certainly think so.

Say what you will, Montreal is a music hotspot. We always knew it – and were damn proud of it too – and judging by the record-breaking turnout at this year’s Osheaga festival, the rest of the world is finally starting to catch on.

Now in its seventh year, Osheaga drew 120,000 music lovers to Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 3-5 to watch 105 acts perform their asses off in everything from scorching killer heat to monsoon-worthy storms. For the first time ever, all three days were sold out, making history and proving that we have a pretty good idea about what it takes to offer local and international music-loving fans a good time.

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The music, the sweat, the rain, all documented in RRR’s Osheaga photo essay!

If there is anything to say for Montreal’s summer weather, it is certainly unpredictable. Not necessarily what you want when heading into a music-filled festival weekend, but hey, what can you do? Bracing the elements, from scorching heat on Friday and Saturday to torrential downpour on Sunday, yours truly and photographer Andrej Ivanov set out to take in all Osheaga had to offer. A full review will be coming later this week, but to satisfy your curiosity in the mean time, here is Mr. Ivanov’s photo essay, encapsulating the good, better and greatest of the weekend.

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Open Source Rebellion talks roots, rock orphanages and calls out to DJs who want to add rock to their set

Open Source Rebellion is an electro-rock hybrid that combines dirty synths with guitar-driven rock and roll riffs. Elements of bands like ZZ TOP, Queens of the Stone Age and Muse definitely stand out. They have a great heavy rock n’ boogie sound with just enough electro and synth thrown in to really get things moving and a groovin’. I recently spoke with Dela from Open Source Rebellion.

Q: How did Open Source Rebellion form and can you tell us more about the band’s history?

A: A few years ago my old band, Black Diamond Love, went into the studio to record our first LP. We had a sort of artist development arrangement with Westlake Studios and through them we were paired up with a young engineer (erock) who had been sort of an apprentice to Al Machera, who was one of the two owners of that studio. During this time, erock and I became good buddies and we worked together on the eight or so songs that BDL was recording. Around March or April of last year I decided that it was best to leave BDL and I went off and started working on some new things.