The sweltering heat and sun didn’t stop the thousands of rockers from descending down on Downsview Park for Edgefest, a yearly outdoor rock festival hosted by Toronto radio station 102.1 the Edge.

Billy Talent headlined the festival, playing songs from all three albums and also their catchy single, Viking Death March, from their new album to be released in September entitled Dead Silence.

Frontman Ben Kowalewicz rocked the stage in his usual stance, hair in his face, hugging the microphone and one leg up on a stage monitor. The band kicked off their set with Devil in a Midnight Mass and ended the show with the contagious Red Flag.

Drummer Aaron Solowoniuk seemed in amazing physical form after having undergone heart surgery in February.  The rocker and dad of to daughter, Willow, also has Multiple Sclerosis.

Silversun Pickups also rocked the stage with hit songs like Panic Switch, Lazy Eye and The Royal We and songs from their new album, Neck of the Woods.

Death From Above 1979 hit the stage with only one full-length album under their belt, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, which was released in late 2004. The Toronto band, reunited in 2011, played hits Black History Month and Blood On Our Hands.  They wowed the crowd with their heavy, electronic-rock vibes.

The festival had a jam-packed line-up with a variety of bands including Yukon Blonde, Young the Giant, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, The Sheepdogs, The Dirty Heads, The Pack A.D. and brother-sister band The Balconies.

Edgefest 2012 was a hot, sticky and rocking music festival that has become an annual tradition.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

1 Comment

  1. Dianne / Smilenwaven Reply

    Woot! Sounded like an awesome day!! Incredible pics!

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