I get a lot of questions from prospies and students at other colleges about what I do in my free time since Dartmouth is "so rural," and whether I'm bored in the summer without the Miami beaches that I'm used to. First of all, most students at Dartmouth during the summer are taking a full course load, so free time is limited. Don't get me wrong, sophomore summer has been a blast and a half so far, but it is a "real term" of classes and not just ten weeks of hanging out at the river like some upperclassmen tend to describe it as. Anyway, when I get asked what I like to do in my free time at Dartmouth, I usually answer with things that I do on a fairly frequent basis - the river, clubs, and organizations on campus, hiking, and other outdoor activities in New Hampshire, but this time I ventured across the border to Canada for a weekend away. Every year, Montreal hosts a three-day long music festival called Osheaga, which is perfectly situated right in the middle of sophomore summer. Many people don't realize just how close we are to Canada here at Dartmouth; after a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive, you are at the border, and another hour and a half after that you are smack dab in the middle of downtown Montreal. Montreal is about as easy to get to as Boston in terms of time, but unfortunately, the Dartmouth Coach doesn't have a Canada route yet (can we start a petition to make that happen?).
This weekend, a group of about 15 friends and I decided to book a big Airbnb and head to Canada because the lineup of musicians playing at Osheaga was just too good to miss out on. Tickets were a bit pricey, starting at about $115 CAD for a single day or $325 CAD for the whole weekend, but with all the jobs I am working on campus this summer, I had saved enough to make it work for the first two days of the festival. I was most excited to see Travis Scott (who played on the day his new album AstroWorld dropped), Tyler The Creator, Kali Uchis, Anderson. Paak and The Free Nationals, The Arctic Monkeys, ODEZSA, and Future Islands, but the lineup included so many more big names like Post Malone, Florence + The Machine, Brockhampton, Khalid, Rae Sremmurd, and Tash Sultana. As my first music festival experience, Osheaga did not disappoint. Anderson. Paak and The Free Nationals was one of the best concerts I have ever seen in my life, and Tyler and Kali Uchis tie for a close second. There was a show for every genre you could imagine: hip-hop, R&B, EDM, oldies/classic rock, chillwave, pop, rap, the list goes on and on. Luckily for us, the weather was not quite as hot as it had been earlier in the summer in Montreal, and since the festival was located on an island, there were nice breezes flowing through the grounds pretty much all day. My group of friends and I were definitely not the only Dartmouth students at the event -- I saw at least four other groups of people I knew from campus there. Besides the impressive schedule of musicians during festival hours, there was great food and drink available on the festival grounds, and lots of after-parties to attend to keep the night going. Montreal is a great city for young adults -- there is so much to do at all hours for all interests, like live music, great restaurants, lots of eccentric thrift shops and art galleries, and pretty views from Mont Royal. Of course, we spent the majority of our time in the city at the festival, which had over six different stages and acts going on from 1 pm to 11 pm. I would highly recommend Osheaga to anyone looking to spend a fun weekend away during sophomore summer -- I hope you have as much fun as I did!