Let`s get hype.

A lot of time, a lot of thought and a lot of excitement goes into picking our bands. Every year it’s without a doubt, the highlight of assembling the festival. We spend months scrolling through new applications and old, trying to remember all the best shows we’ve attended in the last year and scouring the internet for bandcamps and youtube videos. Throughout this process I get an ecstatic phone call or text every couple days from Kellan,

“Listen to ‘36?’ They are like a two faced indie psych god!!”
Orphan Mothers, Surf Dads, Foam Lake, That would be a slick sunset”
Chron Goblin is perfect!” “boogie infused face punch rock n roll, gawd yes”
Ellen Froese for some girl power!”
“Just confirmed The Dudes. Boom!”

And of course, because what’s better than booking all the best bands you know to throw a giant party for all your friends and future friends!

Kellan spent an incredible amount of time this year meticulously scheduling each artist after hours of listening to compiled playlists of bands from all over Western Canada, trying to create some sort of congruence between our vastly different genres. He says, “I’m stoked on every band on this list. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working on.” (You should probably listen to the GCP Soundcloud playlist that Kellan put together. It's pretty great.)

I don't think we could ever lose that excitement. It's while compiling the line up that we start to imagine what the upcoming festival might feel like, and where we get to represent what we love about local music. 

 The Basement Paintings at Grilledcheesapolooza 2015

The Basement Paintings at Grilledcheesapolooza 2015

A few of Grilledcheesapolooza’s returning artists have been with the festival from the very beginning, and we’re proud to say, have used the festival to help kick off their music careers. We’d like to thank returning artist, Jim Cates of ‘Sessions 2’, known amongst several GCP attendees as former grade 9 English teacher and guitar teacher, for playing a huge role in encouraging GCP`s first musicians while they were still in highschool.

“When he (Paul Hillacre of Soft Cotton & The Basement Paintings) was in Grade Nine I asked him how much he practised each day, and he said about 6 hours. I was stunned. With Evan ( Evan Knouse of Soft Cotton, Sessions 2 and The Basement Paintings ) I remember jamming in my classroom for these long sessions that were half playing and half talking about music. I'm just really thrilled to be able to do a little music with these guys - they are so very talented.'' - Jim Cates

We love that we're able to invite Jim again to the Grilledcheesapolooza stage, this time to open for his daughter Zoe`s band `Malick`

We also have Mikhaila Anderson of Soft Cottonwho debuted on the Grilledcheesapolooza stage as a very talented and nervous teenager, returning this year as a truly unforgettable and powerful performer.

 Soft Cotton performing at the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon. 

Soft Cotton performing at the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon. 

''The first time I played GCP everything felt so big, as it was, and it's interesting to see how Soft Cotton has grown, just as GCP has been getting bigger. Pleased to say this may be our biggest year yet, for all of us!" - Mikhaila Anderson

I just wanted to take a moment to share these stories because they reside at the very core of Grilledcheesapolooza, back to the very beginning of teenagers honing their skills in basements and backyards. Being able to give back to these local talents, while connecting with budding and established artists from all over the region is really what this is all about. 

Shout out to Triple Phat Latte and Highkicks who will also be returning to GCP, And of course, ‘Thunder Face,’ an undeniable local talent, but I’m sure you’ve heard all about them already. We'd also like to high five The Moon Runners who are kicking off a tour at Grilledcheese this year!

And of course, we're incredibly excited for our headliners this year, The Dudes and The Wild! who, to quote one ecstatic GCP fan, "kick fucking ass!" 

 Grilledcheesapolooza extends the warmest of welcomes to all the bands playing this year and many thanks to all who applied. Perhaps one day we'll be able to host you all. We also want to encourage all of our musicians to meet each other, hang out, collaborate, become facebook friends or whatever, and reconnect. This lineup is incredibly talented and we think you could make cool things together.

Stay weird. Grilledcheese loves you. <3

Logan McManus


Let's get real

When we started Grilledcheesapolooza, we had no idea where we were headed. 

I’d like to think that those 17 year old versions of us would be proud. I've been trying to remember the moment when we decided to build a music festival, and I can't. It happened organically. Well, maybe we had some help. Somewhere between year two and year three, Darrell and Jackie Thackeray decided that Grilledcheesapolooza was bigger than their backyard, and by that I mean the glamour of having their sons metal band perform in the backyard had worn off. 

I’d like to think that today’s Grilledcheesapolooza would blow our little 17 year old minds. 

 Logan's journal entry, Feb. 8, 2013: &nbsp;"I need to stay a part of this. &nbsp;We can create beautiful things. &nbsp;I need to be a part of beautiful things"

Logan's journal entry, Feb. 8, 2013:  "I need to stay a part of this.  We can create beautiful things.  I need to be a part of beautiful things"

Gloating aside, it hasn’t been easy. 

To say that starting a music festival “has a steep learning curve” would be a significant understatement. There is no manual. There is no 12 step guide. No one will tell you how to do it, and If you are lucky enough to find them, listen to them. 

In the beginning, the planning committee was composed of a half dozen or so interested volunteers, most of us in our teens, some of us just starting university.  None of us had any experience organizing events. Everything we’ve accomplished has been through trial and error. More often than not, we’ve had to learn from our mistakes. 

For the last 5 years the Grilledcheesapolooza planning committee has been largely made up of the same core 6 volunteers. We have motivated and inspired each other. We’ve lost sleep and have worked ourselves sick for each other and for this thing that we helped create.

Our hundreds of hours spent have all been volunteered for a few moments of complete euphoria; 

when we see the event going well,

when we stop for a second to watch our friends having fun,

when we watch a young musician take to our stage for the first time, 

when the community believes in the event; (and after all the dust clears from days of mayhem) 

when the community reminds us to believe in it too. 

The support we've received from fans, friends, family and the Kindersley community has been astounding. It is because of this support that Grilledcheesapolooza has been able to continue.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Moving forward into Grilledcheesapolooza 7 we find ourselves in transition. Our core planning committee has grown up, received degrees, started careers, and some of us will be moving on. In future years were hoping to collaborate more with our fans and our community. We would like to welcome anyone who’s interested to reach out to us and get involved. We think it’s important to keep you all up to date on what’s happening with the festival and to tell our story however we can. 

It’s been a wild ride and a lot of it is very worth sharing. 

Keep in touch. Grilledcheese loves you. 


Logan McManus 

Volunteers Rule

We'd like to give another huge thank-you to last years volunteers who are renowned for being especially friendly and competent. There were great stories of camaraderie, and some put in countless hours or happily took extra shifts for us. We are incredibly grateful; the festival could not have happened without you.

It is a key priority in planning this year's festival to continue to improve our strategy for the effective use of your volunteer hours. Volunteer coordinators will be in increased contact with the volunteer team leading up to the event to minimize vacant shifts. We also plan to offer an orientation session to get everyone excited for the weekend and on the same page. It is very important to us that those who apply to volunteer have an enjoyable experience and get to take part in all the dancing and grilled cheese eating as well. If you volunteered last year and have any further suggestions on how the experience could be improved, please feel free to get in touch at general@gcpmusicfest.com  

We hope you understand that we are, after all, just a small group of volunteers ourselves trying our best to improve every year in order to bring you an amazing event, and this year is one of our most exciting lineups yet. 

With all our love - The Grilledcheesapolooza Organizers

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Grilledcheesapolooza 2015!!

We are happy to announce that this year's Grilledcheesapolooza will be held on August 7th and 8th in Kindersley, SK!! With planning well underway, we've decided to start this blog to elaborate on the way we think about things to those who care to read. For the first installment, we would like to share some thoughts on the festival lineup to be released in May.

Applications have been pouring in and we are very excited about it! We will be constructing our lineup from the 80+ applications that we've received from across the province so far. During the difficult process of choosing Grilledcheesapolooza's lineup we feel a strong sense of responsibility towards both our artists and our audience. 

On one hand, our mission is to nurture artists within the region by providing a platform for them to develop their work.  With so many great applications, we truly wish that we could accept them all, but there is only so much time over the course of the weekend. Therefore, we must also cater to the audience and utilize our limited resources as best as we can by also selecting performers who best suit our audience and capture the spirit of the event at this point in time. We sincerely hope that bands who are not included in the lineup will understand we are doing our best to balance these responsibilities and will continue to develop their art.

We hope to bring in some of the most interesting and established bands in Saskatchewan, while not forgetting about the roots of the festival, as a place for any local band to show up and show their work to their friends. We also hope that seeing the top acts from around the province in person will be a positive learning experience for developing artists, while our more established performers will get to see all the up and coming talent. We believe that through these interactions valuable connections and ideas will be formed. 

For more information on the mission of the festival, check out our original Philosophy, and feel free to comment below if you want to share any thoughts :)

Also, please don't forget to apply here to perform! All submissions are reviewed no matter how established the project is, and will be accepted until April 15th. The sooner you can apply, the better. Until next time, friends...

Grill the cheese // Hail the cheese