Final Eden Fest Report

By Stephanie Garrison

Sunday, July 14, evening

All good things must come to an end. Sometimes, though, the party dies too soon, as it has for the inaugural event of Eden Musicfest at Mosport Park. Last night, many campers stayed up late partying after shows by Porno for Pyros and Live; unfortunately, some concert goers requisitioned two golf carts that were being used by the Eden crew , the only act of vandalism reported in an otherwise extremely peaceful weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, organizers announced that the scheduled list of main and second stage acts would each be moved up between one to two hours earlier, and perform shortened sets. The slot reserved for the surprise guest artist has been dissolved entirely. Many campers who have remained on site have stayed to catch such popular bands like Catherine Wheel, The Watchmen, Ani DiFranco and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Porno For Pyros (video excerpt)
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Organizers announced that Sunday's bands would perform shortened sets

Mark Drost, president of ICONcerts and the main mover behind the event, said that after today's daily update between organizers, the shortened schedule took shape to help campers leave earlier, thus avoiding the dark and the possibility of rain. It didn't rain.

Overall, Eden was a good time, particularly for average concert-goer. Aside from two stages of music, there was a global village, computer trailer with Internet access and a global village full of fun products. Highlights of this particular attraction including the $10 head shave/t-shirt deal for charity, the hugely popular body painting booth and band signing sessions from Everclear, Shed 7 and the Doughboys at the Chart magazine booth.

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Photo by Dax Ross

Everclear was one of the bands at Chart magazine's signing booth

Already, talent agencies have approached Drost with questions about the next Eden event. After this weekend's test run, Drost says that Eden Musicfest is definitely returning next year, no doubt stronger than ever after proving itself.

Promoter Mark Drost- "Eden Musicfest is definitely returning next year"

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