A Toronto Transformation

Gentlemen of the Road

Gentlemen of the Road Simcoe

Well, pets. I am happy to report I survived my first tent-sleeping, foot-stomping, sing-along-ing music festival.  And while I have no photographic evidence of the performances themselves, since I was informed by some overzealous security guards that I couldn’t bring my camera into the stage area as its detachable lens qualified it as a “professional” camera and therefore strangely verboten, I did manage to snap a few of the rest of the festivities to share with you.

I was in the best of company and the music was outstanding, and I’ve decided if i could steal anyone’s voice, it might have to be Jade Castrinos’.

I’m definitely glad I went, but I think I have confirmed my own suspicion that I’m not really a three nights in tent city with no shower music festival kind of gal. I love my comfy bed and my fridge and get fairly claustrophobic in crowds. Particularly crowds made up of people who think it’s all right to PEE ON MY FRIENDS in the middle of a concert and then, when they react by shouting, to tell my friends “Get out of my town!” Despite the pretty diverse age range of the crowd, I definitely found myself thinking, on multiple occasions: I’m too old for this. Although then we found the free rollerskating and escaped from the unrelenting sun and I cheered right up again.

Gentlemen of the Road mustache welcome sign

One of the coolest things about the weekend was how incredibly psyched this sleepy little town was to be hosting it. You couldn’t walk two feet without coming across a welcome sign or a moustache. Or in this case, both!

Manual Labour Coffee Trailer

I don’t think elated is too strong a word to describe our reaction to discovering that Manual Labour Coffee’s ridiculously adorable little trailer was in attendance after our first night of attempting to sleep through the 9 hour drunken singalong and flip cup game outside our tents.

Simcoe Farmer's Market

The on-site farmers market was a strange mix of delicious local produce….

blacklock longboards

…and really pretty skateboards.

Red Pets a horse in Simcoe

We met some animals (a baby cow licked my arm!)

Sheep shearing

I don’t think this guy was 100% on board with the direction his barber was taking if his incessant baa-ing was any indication. Or maybe he was just affronted by the concept of sitting on his sheep butt.


drying tobacco

We chatted with a woman who began working in the tobacco industry when she was 11 years old before posing with this “kill” of the stuff (not tie-dyed tea towels – my first guess)

tent city

Vamping in tent city like a champ

Fake train

Then we did a little of this.


You’d never know we’d never done this before…until we tried to move.


Mustache Tattoo

9 Responses to Gentlemen of the Road

    • metamorphocity says:

      It really was! Although I must admit it feels like it was a bit of a delirious heat-stroke blur. Did you like the pretty skateboards? I told the vendor about you and your new board. haha.

  • Emily says:

    Yea I’m totally with you on the tent/music festival extended stay – I love an outdoor music fest, don’t get me wrong, but you hit it on the head with wanting your bed/distance from the drunk annoying-ness.

    That’s a pretty cute little moustache tattoo!!

    • metamorphocity says:

      Why, thanks! Yeah, lame and old and privileged as it makes me feel/sound, I think I’m all right with how much I crave and value some peaceful slumber. I’m also partial to showers.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Unbelievable, right? Fortunately that was on the last night, so we all got to have glorious urine-free showers in the comfort of our own homes the next morning.

  • Irela says:

    If somebody peed on me I would probably punch them in the face. Are you kidding me?! I have horrible anxiety when it comes to germs and bodily fluids lol It would just be an automatic reaction, I wouldn’t even have to think about it lol

  • I went to the GOTR Stopover in Troy, Ohio last weekend and IT WAS AWESOME! I had so much fun and I want to see Mumford & Sons again as soon as I possibly can. We camped too and the only think I didn’t like was not sleeping since it was loud all night and it was incredibly hot.

    I literally jumped out of my chair when I read this post. I’m still on a post-concert-excited-I-can’t-get-enough-of-GOTR high. I had to take my T-shirt off and force myself to wash it this weekend..but we won’t get into that…. 😉

    • metamorphocity says:

      The bands really were amazing! So cool that you were at another stop! Did your stop also have a crazy indoor beach party/cooling station that felt like the twilight zone?

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