Perhaps you’ve heard that the Global Marijuana March went down today. Can’t say I was there–it’s a pretty long walk, and I’m sick with pneumonia. No longer a self-contained event, our local march has been incorporated into a larger event called the Toronto Freedom Festival, an over-hyped sit-in/outdoor concert at Queen’s Park.
Being that I run a website called Too High To Get It Right and host a radio show called Smokin’ Green, I’ve been receiving press releases for this festival for several months now. Not sure why you’d need a media pass for a free event, unless you had a camera crew in tow or plans to interview some of the bands. A quick glance over the festival lineup does not present itself with any interview opportunities for yours truly–not for this site or any other outlets that I write for.
Let’s see what we have here… A “hypnotic sitar drum ‘n’ bass circus”? Pass. A hip hop DJ, noted as a “main resident at a majority of Toronto’s leading nightclubs”? No thank you. A Bob Marley tribute band? Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby…
Scrolling down past eight-hours’ worth of MCs, DJs, and a band that’s said to “embody the spirit of the Black Eyed Peas,” I only spot one artist of semi-interest; EOTO, an “electro jam band” featuring two guys from the String Cheese Incident. But their set’s just finishing as I type this. Braving the elements to catch a glimpse of a couple guys from one of the big-name hippie bands amidst a sea of smelly stoners is not my idea of a good time.
Earth to the Freedom Fest organizers: We’re not expecting Garcia Plays Kyuss or a Sleep reunion gig, but there are a few of us out there who happen to think that heavy guitar music goes well with weed. Hopefully you’ll keep this in mind for future installments.
P.S.: I’ll be playing some of my favourite pot-smoking anthems on Smokin’ Green tonite, while showcasing the sludgy state of Georgia. Be sure to tune in from 1 till 3 am at 88.1 fm on yer radio, channel 947 on yer TV or www.ckln.fm on yer computer!