On Sunday night I attended my first Steve Fest. This year’s edition was held at Toronto’s Hard Luck Bar and included NLP, Zebra And The Bandit, Johnny Nocash & The Celtic Outlaws, Dawn Valley, Her Majesty the King, and The Curse Within.
Additional bands which hit the stage before we arrived included This Is A Crisis, Words Like Wildfire, Hashmarks, Jen Marks, Cole Hermer, Part Nerd and Microfierce. Now as I alluded to above, this wasn’t the first Steve Fest. Originally held in Steve Prince’s backyard, Steve Fest brought together live performances in Steve’s backyard in the name of celebrating Steve’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Steve.
You might be wondering who is this Steve Prince? Well, he’s a family friend, an Edge 102.1 intern and a guy who knows a few people in the Toronto music scene.
Steve definitely took it up a notch this year and we’re happy that we were there to see it happen. Bands took to the stage some time after 5:00 pm and went well past midnight, not bad for a Sunday night. A great mix of music and the first time we’d seen any metal music live in a long time. It’s been too long. The music was all over the map and included metal, rock, country, punk and more.
We’ve included links above to the band’s pages, check ’em out and check out our super dark photos from the dark depths of Hard Luck Bar.