Read the Bastard!
Vancouver BC September 22-25
By Alan Ranta
Similar to Victoria's Rifflandia and Calgary's Sled Island, Olio is a festival that takes place across its host city's many venues. While Vancouver's standing as "No Fun City" remains in the eyes of the public, Olio hints at the city's artistic possibilities, which proved themselves easily capable of overcoming its reputation if given just a little more encouragement by higher-ups.
Olio's Thursday kick-off saw Vancouver-based anachronism The Junebugs at Venue, taking Tom Petty's "You Don't Know How It Feels" and R. Kelly's "Ignition" to the turn-of-the-century folk roots they never had. The group had fun with it all, but covers of The Band and The Kinks did reveal some deficits in their harmonies and precision. …