Spirit 150 Victoria and The City of Victoria

On Saturday, July 1st The Main Stage on The Legislature Lawn will host a diverse lineup of locally and nationally renowned performers. The Family Zone and food trucks will be open as well as the return of The Coast Capital Savings Living Flag.

Emerging at a time when the internet had thoroughly disrupted the way we make, consume, and think about music, the Arkells’ 2008 debut, Jackson Square, inherited the dying-embered torch for a certain old-school, rock ‘n’ roll ethic and poured a fresh gallon of gasoline on the flame. They came from a notoriously tough industrial outpost Hamilton, Ontario armed with songs about punching clocks and punching faces. And though they were spurred into action by the mid-2000s Canadian indie-rock renaissance back when bands like the Weakerthans, the Constantines and Wolf Parade were channeling punk-fueled passion into anthems for the overeducated and underemployed the Arkells were also keen students of the classics. They named songs after John Lennon and pinched lines from Elton John, and if you got them drunk enough, they could play you an hour of spot-on Motown covers.