It’s not often you find a huge mountain in the middle of an East Van parking lot, but this weekend you can catch psych rock superstars Black Mountain, along with top acts they hand-picked, outside the Waldorf Hotel.
“Since we moved into this space two years ago, we really wanted to use the parking lot area to do special events because it’s so big,” says brand manager Daniel Fazio, who expects 800 to 1,000 people for the show. “And right from the very beginning, we wanted to do it with Black Mountain.”
The band – which has opened for Coldplay, performed at festivals from SXSW to Bonnaroo, and landed on myriad year-end lists – also curated the day-long fest, and chose indie favourites Ladyhawk, Basketball, Von Bingen and Toronto’s Quest for Fire to share the stage.
Wondering how you’ll refuel? The hotel is serving tacos, grilled corn and other barbecued eats, and you can tip a tall cold one in the beer garden; inside, the cabaret will serve cocktails and screen rock ’n’ roll movies.
When the outdoor concert ends at 11, the whole party moves inside.“A rock show of this size in the middle of the city is a cool thing,” Mr. Fazio says. “We have outdoor shows, but they’re in places like Deer Lake and Malkin Bowl, so they’re a bit of a trek. This one is right in the neighbourhood.”