The Feather Loto-Québec Stage, Quebec City QC, July 10

The Feather Loto-Québec Stage, Quebec City QC, July 10
Photo: Shane Parent
For those living outside of Belgium, the Feather — singer-songwriter Thomas Medard's dynamic, nuanced and subtle indie pop side project — probably doesn't ring any bells. But after a spot-on opening performance at Festival d'été's Loto-Québec Stage to kick off day two of the festival, it seemed like he'd found a whole new following in the Québec capital.
As the first act on a three-part bill featuring Canadian heroes the Tragically Hip as headliners, a 7:00 p.m. set time didn't seem like the best place to be to make new fans in a new country. But given that it was the first Friday of the festival, families and thousands of concertgoers had packed the festival's second biggest stage close to capacity before the band even went on.
Such a sizeable crowd clearly didn't faze them, with Medard and his band delivering a superb set that fully showed off his knack for Syd Barrett-esque song structures and breezy baroque pop that was bolstered by a second percussionist splitting time between vibraphone and stand-up drum set. Although some of the more seasoned rock fans in Fully Completely tour t-shirts stood still, arms crossed and unable to get into the groove, the band's compositions and strength live was undeniable.