A crowd was gathering at the Scene De La Riviere for the start of the set by 2010 Polaris winners and 2008 long-listers, Karkwa.Though not well known outside of Quebec prior to their Polaris win, the band has been performing and recording for over 12 years at this point, and their following at the Montreal festival was not insignificant. Despite this, after performing Les Chemins de Verre lead off "Le Pyromane," singer Louis-Jean Cormier addressed the crowd. "We're Karkwa, we sing in French so don't worry if you didn't understand. Just dance and smile." The crowd obliged as the band smiled, exchanging looks and jokes.
Extract from "Osheaga 2011: Day 2" LP live music project, Sunday, July 31, 2011