The extended program slated for Day 3 at Rifflandia presented an exercise is aural endurance for even the most rabid live music superfan. With performances stretching from 11:00 am at the MusiCounts TD Lounge at The Atrium through to 9:00 pm at Royal Athletic Park, and long into the night at Electric Avenue and other venues around town, Saturday at Riff left us battle-tested.

Fighting for honour (and street cred), Team Rocktog was back in action early on to capture performances from Jon & Sierra, Youngblood, Hannah Georgas, and WiL at the MusiCounts TD Lounge. Proceeds from these bonus sets on both Saturday and Sunday go to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which provides instruments and scholarships to support and grow school music programs.

And of course we were on hand for another highly eclectic array of artists at the park, including the Fleetwood-Mac-inspired British DJ duo Fleetmac Wood, a killer main stage performance from Hannah Georgas, and a (secret/surprise) set from local favourites Towers and Trees (from an undisclosed location somewhere in the Rifflandia expanded universe). Other highlights included a frenetic onslaught from New York subway trio Too Many Zooz, as well as memorable performances from the fantastic Dear Rouge, accomplished DJ crew and Rifflandia veterans A Tribe Called Red, and an upbeat, highly danceable headlining set from British electronic artist Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, who is featuring a live ensemble while touring in support of his new album Migration.

Dispatches from the night stages: we caught up with the effervescent Rykka at the Capital Ballroom, checked in at Capital Iron for a scorching performance from “violinistextremist” Kytami, peeped a DJ set from Felix Martin of Hot Chip at Phillips Backyard, and braved the crowd at Lucky Bar for local hip hop crew Illvis Freshly.

ocie.elliot – photo by webmeister Bud

Youngblood – photo by webmeister Bud

Youngblood – photo by webmeister Bud

Hannah Georgas – photo by webmeister Bud

Hannah Georgas – photo by webmeister Bud

WiL – photo by webmeister Bud

Fleetmac Wood – photo by webmeister Bud

Twin Bandit – photo by webmeister Bud

Neon Dreams – photo by Lindsey Blane

Neon Dreams – photo by webmeister Bud

Hannah Georgas – photo by webmeister Bud

Hannah Georgas – Photo by Tyson Elder

Towers and Trees – Photo by Tyson Elder

Too Many Zooz – photo by webmeister Bud

Too Many Zooz – photo by Lindsey Blane

Band of Rascals (with Jesse Roper) – photo by webmeister Bud

Band of Rascals – photo by Lindsey Blane

Dream Warriors – photo by webmeister Bud

Dream Warriors – photo by Lindsey Blane

Dear Rouge – photo by webmeister Bud

Dear Rouge – photo by Lindsey Blane

 

Dear Rouge – Photo by Kirsten James Creative

Dear Rouge – Photo by Tyson Elder

Dear Rouge – Photo by Tyson Elder

A Tribe Called Red – photo by webmeister Bud

A Tribe Called Red – photo by Lindsey Blane

Bonobo – photo by Lindsey Blane

Bonobo – Photo by Tyson Elder

Bonobo – Photo by Kirsten James Creative

Rykka – photo by webmeister Bud

Rykka – photo by Lindsey Blane

Kytami – photo by webmeister Bud

Kytami – photo by Lindsey Blane

Hot Chip – Photo by Tyson Elder

Hot Chip – photo by Lindsey Blane

Peach Pit – photo by Lindsey Blane

Shiloh Lindsey – Photo by Tyson Elder

Illvis Freshly – Photo by Tyson Elder

Line at Lucky Bar – Photo by Tyson Elder

Line at Lucky Bar – Photo by Tyson Elder