In preparation for the third installment of the annual Go North Music Festival on St. Joseph Island, SooToday reached out to the participating artists to have a little fun getting to know these hard working musicians.
Next up on our Road to Go North series, we meet Sun K frontman Kristian Montano.
What are your three favourite things about touring northern Ontario?
- The camping!! Honestly we always camp when we go through northern Ontario and it's always a blast.
What are three ways you battle through bug season in northern Ontario?
- Campfires and joints. Smoke keeps the bugs away.
What are the three most important things to pack for festival season?
- Water, sunscreen and a hat.
What are your top three road trip listening essentials?
- Every Neil Young record, Tom Petty Wildflowers and Ol Town Road.
What are your three favourite ways to pass time on a long tour?
- Reading, sleeping and writing songs.
What are your three favourite Ontario skinny dipping spots?
- Can't give up my secret spots!!
What are your three favourite Ontario craft brews?
- Henderson's, Woodhouse, Longslice.
What are your three favourite topics to read about?
- Science, Science Fiction, music biographies.
Besides being a musician, what are three skills you'd like to learn?
- Carpentry (so I can build my own studio), farming (eat my own food), photography and video editing!
What are three things you know about St. Joseph Island and/or Sault Ste. Marie?
- Kalle Mattson is from the Sault! I've heard a lot about some sort of "puddingstone" which I've been told is inedible. Aside from that, I am a bit naive to the wonders of Algoma Country!
The Go North Music Festival is a one-day event held in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island on July 13.
Headlining the 2019 lineup is the Juno award-winning blues/country artist Crystal Shawanda. Also included on the entertainment roster are Birds of Bellwoods (alt-rock), Sun K (rock), Skye Wallace (folk-rock), Sarah Smith (singer-songwriter), and Another Crush (indie rock), as well as local acts Jesse Merineau (indie pop-rock) and Dustin Jones and The Rising Tide (celtic punk rock).
Other festival highlights include food vendors, locally-crafted beer, and local artisans and producers. In addition to the main stage, there will be activities for kids and a kids stage with performances by the main stage acts (kids 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free).
Overnight camping will again be available for tents and trailers with an additional night of camping available on the Friday night before the festival. For today only (June 26), tent camping is included ($20 value) with the purchase of a regular festival pass available here.
Full festival details and ticket information can be found here.