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EXPOSURES: Photos from Kingston’s Wolfe Island Music Festival

Idyllic snapshots of Alvvays, Bry Webb, Cousins, Mozart's Sister and more from the cheery Kingston, ON mainstay.

- Aug 15, 2014
EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off.
We sent documentary photographermusic video director and scene fixtureColin Medley to Kingston, Ontario's Wolfe Island Music Festival with his Canon AE-1, Portra 400 and a handful of 35mm film from Downtown Camera in Toronto to scope out some of our favourite Canadian artists enjoying the beachy atmosphere as the sun slowly fell.  

Now in its sixteenth year, Wolfe Island Music Festival remains a well-curated indie-rock love-in and a perfect way to cap off the summer festival season on a positive note. Taking place on the picturesque island just off shore of the limestone city, the festival still seems to draw most of its attendance from Kingston families and Queens University students. However, with a consistently great lineup, beautiful surroundings (bike rentals are available for those in need), and plenty of space to set up a tent and camp out, Wolfe Island Music Festival is worth the a trip no matter where you live.

This year featured acts such as Shad, Cousins, Alvvays, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Bry Webb on the mainstage, while smaller club shows hosted sets by Grey Lands, PUP, The Luyas, and Mozart’s Sister, among others. I've attended several times now, and decided to return this year in hopes of capturing some of the island magic on film. My only regret is not bringing swim trunks.

Wolfe Island Ferry

You have to take a 20 minute ferry ride to get there from Kingston, but it’s free!

Wolfe Island Ferry Docking

The ferry docks on Wolfe Island lead straight to the “downtown” and festival grounds.

Bry Webb at Wolfe Island

Bry Webb and his band the Providers continued their domination of the summer festival circuit (and the hat game).

Alvvays at Wolfe Island

Some fans enjoying the music… oh wait, that’s Alvvays. They played a great set!

Cousins at Wolfe Island

Cousins came all the way from Halifax, because they care.

The Luyas at Wolfe Island

Members of The Luyas sit on the dock before their set at the Island Grill.

Mozart's Sister at Wolfe Island

Caila Thompson-Hannant a.k.a. Mozart’s Sister, playing coy for the camera backstage.

Shad at Wolfe Island

A moment with Shad as the sun goes down.

Rural Alberta Advantage at Wolfe Island

The Rural Alberta Advantage had plenty of folks singing along.

Wayne Petti at Wolfe Island

Wayne Petti of Grey Lands seems satisfied with life.

The Luyas

The Luyas headlined the Paper Bag Records showcase.

Bry Webb at Wolfe Island

Bry Webb is at peace with his inner hippie.

PUP at Wolfe Island

The bros absolutely loved PUP’s set at the General Wolfe Hotel.

PS I Love You at Wolfe Island

As per tradition, PS I Love You’s Paul Saulnier rocked the decks at the official after party.

Wolfe Island Ending

Time to get some sleep and start dreaming of next year.

Alvvays - Adult Diversion (Official Video)

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