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Gig Pick: Hopped and Confused Day 2—08.24.19

By Stephane Dubord on August 24, 2019

After a great Day 1 featuring NOBRO, Alexandria Maillot, Weaves, and the amazing July Talk, Hopped and Confused is back at it tonight, and all signs point to yet another fantastic summer night.

While we mentioned some of the food and drink options in yesterday’s article, a new addition to the festival this year is the market with a variety of vendors, including Sunsational Soaps, Petit Désir Fou jewelry, in addition to Dine Alone Records. Grab a beverage and head over to peruse their wares between sets.

Speaking of sets, tonight has a formidable foursome hitting the stage, so make sure you get out as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

First up is Taylor Knox (6:30pm). With his rock-infused indie pop sound, he’s a perfect launching point for the night’s festivities. While he might not be a household name yet, his list of collaborators certainly is, with members of July Talk and Tokyo Police Club appearing on his new album Here Tonight.

Next up is duo Cleopatrick (7:30pm), who have been picking up significant momentum over the last year. Their blast of energy is bound to get the crowd moving to their rock set. Their ode to their hometown of Cobourg provides a glimpse of what to expect from them tonight. They may only have an EP out to date, but already are garnering international attention so catch them now before they blow up into the next Glorious Sons.

In contrast, the Born Ruffians (8:30pm) have been around for 15 years and have five albums and three EPs of material to draw from tonight. Their latest release, 2018’s Uncle, Duke & The Chief, builds off their tradition of indie rock, honed through the years with hit singles “Hummingbird” and “Needle”, as evidenced by “Miss You” (the creepy video being directed by July Talk’s Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis).

The last of the four to hit the stage, and the only act not originally from Ontario (though now located in Toronto), are Nova Scotia’s own, the legendary Sloan (9:30pm). The four-piece has defied the odds in a number of ways. First, they’ve been together continuously for 27 years without a lineup change. Furthermore, they’ve managed to continue to release music over that time without ever losing relevance. We’ll be delving into some of these themes, and their distinct approach to songwriting, in our interview with Jay Ferguson (coming soon to Apt613). While their last single “Spin Our Wheels” off 2018’s 12 is probably most front of mind, don’t forget that Sloan has been producing bangers for decades.

Once the live music ends, Hopped and Confused has one more feature that other festivals in town can’t match. The party keeps going inside with Live 88.5’s Saturday Night Hard Drive with DJ Noah extending your summer night a tad bit longer. Now if only they could extend the summer a tad bit longer too…


Hopped and Confused is being held at Mill Street Brewpub, 555 Wellington Street, Friday August 23rd and Saturday August 24th. Doors open at 5pm each day. Some tickets still available online, for $40 per day.