Best of the Riff: BeatRoute’s picks for Rifflandia 2016

Tuesday 13th, September 2016 / 14:21
By Joshua Erickson, Jamie Goyman and Lucas Kitchen
Lee "Scratch" Perry  is among the lineup for this year's Rifflandia festival.

Lee “Scratch” Perry is among the lineup for this year’s Rifflandia festival.

VANCOUVER — With 148 artists playing the festival this year, who do you choose to see? Well, like we do every year, BeatRoute is presenting night shows at the Copper Owl at Rifflandia 2016, and we highly recommend you check out all of those acts. That is one option. However, there are also a tonne of great acts playing outside of our stage. Here are 10 of our picks of acts not to miss out on at Rifflandia 2016!

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

A story worth telling over and over again, Charles Bradley is the stuff of legend. The soul singer reaches audiences and commands attention with his showmanship and raw emotion. He is passion at its finest.

Sunday, September 18, 5:40 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Eshe Nkiru

Eshe Nkiru’s got his shit relatively together. At 16, the producer/rapper has successfully released the electronic/hip-hop EP NKIRU. The skill shown in each track ensures heads are nodding. We can’t wait to see where this goes.

Saturday, September 17, 8:30 p.m. at Woodhall.

John River

Fresh talent with flow that never breaks and lyrics that could cut if they wanted to, but instead push a story stacked with knowledge. This guy could be the future of hip hop, tune in.

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 p.m. at Phillips Backyard.

Kaylee Johnston

Be sure to check out Kaylee Johnston’s self-titled debut where her solid vocals and indelible music will have you humming her songs well before and long after her live show.

Saturday, September 17, 9:30 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre.

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry is the godfather of Dub. His early effects and remixes helped bring a mind-bending and innovative instrumental sound to reggae, remixing pre-existing vocal tracks in an alien way that mystifies the masses.

Friday, September 16, 6:45 p.m. at the Rifftop Tent.

No Sinner

With the May release of their sophomore album, Old Habits Die Hard, fans of No Sinner are once again treated to the strong vocal driven rock that lead singer Colleen Rennison provides. They will blow you away and then pick you back up only to knock you down again.

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 p.m. on the Main Stage.


You know that CD you bought in Grade 7 that got stuck in the CD player in your mom’s minivan so you had to listen to it on the way to every soccer game in the summer of 1999? That CD was Prozzak’s Hot Show and now Simon and Milo are back to hit you with that late-90s nostalgia.

Saturday, September 17, 11:00 p.m. at Capital Iron.

Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long

Poet and writer Shane Koyczan has continually shown why he deserves the acclamation he’s received from audiences, bringing spoken word to the foreground in Canada; his words resonate with people in a truly human way.

Friday, September 16, 10:30 p.m. at Alix Goolden Hall.
Sunday, September 18, 4:55 p.m. at the Rifftop Tent.

Wolf Parade

Fresh off a five-year hiatus, indie-rockers Wolf Parade are back on the road again. Their aptly named fourth EP, EP-4, is a return to form for them and the chance to see them on stage should not be missed.

Sunday, September 18, 7:15 p.m. on the Main Stage.

The Zolas

Vancouver indie band The Zolas have been creating catchy hooks for years and with the release last year of their latest effort, Swooner, it has been harder than ever to keep a their music out of your head.

Saturday, September 17, at 3:10 p.m. on the Main Stage.

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