Wavelength Music Festival: FOURTEEN


Wavelength Music Festival: FOURTEEN

February 13-16, 2014 * Toronto, Canada
Celebrating the 14th Anniversary of the Wavelength Music Series



TORONTO, CANADAWavelength warms up winter with the 14th Wavelength Music Festival running from February 13 to 16, 2014 in downtown Toronto, Canada. #WL14 is a four-night live curated mixtape of  the best independent music coming out of Canada (and the US) in 2014. This year’s line-up includes Colin Stetson (Polaris Music Prize nominee), Marnie SternDIANA, Cousins, Phèdre, TOPS, US Girls, The Wet Secrets and Odonis Odonis, among many others (complete listings below.)

Tickets for the festival are priced individually (see listings below) and range from $10 to $25. An all access festival pass is now available for sale online at ticketfly.com for $49 and will be available in Toronto at Rotate This (801 Queen Street West, Toronto) and Soundscapes (572 College Street, Toronto) as of December 19, 2013.

Festival highlights include a showcase at Adelaide Hall with female guitar shredder Marnie Stern and Buzz Records’ Odonis Odonis and Weaves as part of the Red Bull Sound Select emerging artists’ program; a Weird Canada co-presented evening at unique alternative space Polish Combatants Hall headlined by two-time Polaris Prize short-listed saxophonist Colin Stetson; a collaboration with indie electronic blog Silent Shout co-headlined by Toronto’s Phèdre and Montreal’s TOPS; and what will be a triumphant finish by Halifax’s epic indie-rock duo, Cousins.

Wavelength Music Festival FOURTEEN features main-stage concerts taking place at a different, specially selected venue each night, featuring uniquely curated visuals and art installations. Additionally, the festival also includes free programming taking place in local indie record stores. These all-ages-accessible in-stores include two events: a launch for crucial national music blog Weird Canada’s new distribution service and a discussion entitled “The Toronto Music Moment” featuring local music industry insiders, alongside Toronto city councillor Josh Colle, discussing the explosion of global interest in music from Toronto. Each talk is followed by a free concert featuring 416-based talent.

Evolving from its humble beginnings as a weekly indie music concert series that brought the world important early gigs by Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallett and Fucked Up, Wavelength now presents ambitious festivals and special events all year round. With the recent support of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, 2014 sees Wavelength expanding its operations and diversifying its programming. Always committed to championing emerging and original talent, this non-profit arts organization remains one of Toronto’s leading tastemakers – at a time when the rest of the world is discovering Toronto music in a big way.

Wavelength Music Festival FOURTEEN is supported by Red Bull Canada, new broadcast partner Indie 88 FM, Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The SOCAN Foundation, Steam Whistle Brewing, Autoshare, Blog TO and Exclaim!.

#WL14 Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 13 @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave.

PHÈDRE (Toronto / electro-pop R&B decadence from Dan and April of Hooded Fang / Daps Records)

TOPS (Montreal / the missing link between ’80s synth-pop and ’70s soft-rock / Arbutus Records)

Ostrich Tuning (Toronto / massive blissful drones from the Velvet Underground school / Optical Sounds)

Zoo Owl (Toronto – mysterious dance-pop apparition)

You’ll Never Get To Heaven (London, ON – ambient dream-pop duo / Divorce Records)

+ DJ ARP-2600 

++ Projections by General Chaos Visuals + Tough Guy Mountain

Co-presented with Silent Shout 

8pm * $10 adv / $15 door * 19+

Friday, February 14 @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W.
Red Bull Sound Select Showcase:

MARNIE STERN (Brooklyn, NY – America’s guitar-shredding ecstatic-punk goddess,

2013 standout LP The Chronicles of Marnia / Kill Rock Stars)

DIANA (Toronto – romantic ’80s-inspired new wave electro soul / Jagjaguwar Records)
Odonis Odonis
(Toronto – pummeling electro-shoegaze punk / Buzz Records)

Weaves (Toronto – shambolically R&B-inspired garage-pop / Buzz Records)

Matrox (Planet Matrox – interplanetary robots demand your compliance)

+ Projections by Live Action Fezz & General Chaos Visuals

8pm * $17 adv / $20 door * All Ages

IN-STORE: Saturday, February 15 @ June Records, 662 College St. 

Weird Canada: “Wyrd Distro” Launch 

Talk by: Aaron Levin & Marie Claire Flanagan (essential Canadian underground music blog & community hub Weird Canada launches its music distribution service!)

Music by: Carl Didur (analog synth drone-meister)

4pm * FREE * All Ages

Saturday, February 15 @ Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley St.

COLIN STETSON (Montreal – 2x Polaris Prize short-lister and mesmerizing bass

saxophone colossus! / Constellation Records)
US Girls (Toronto – Meghan Remy’s interstellar take on ’60s AM radio pop / FatCat Records)

Petra Glynt (Toronto – Alexandra MacKenzie’s tribal percussion-driven chant-pop / Healing Power Records)

Gambletron (Montreal – Lisa Gamble’s sound-art & noise-electronic

w/ special guests TBA

+ DJ Jesse Locke 

++ Projections by Hard Science (Ottawa) & General Chaos Visuals

Co-presented with Weird Canada 

8pm * $20 adv / $25 door * All Ages

IN-STORE: Sunday, February 16 @ Sonic Boom Music, 782 Bathurst St. 

“The Toronto Music Moment” 

Discussion with: Councillor Josh Colle, Wavelength’s Jonny Dovercourt, Dalton Higgins, Nadine McNulty & more (Topic: Now that the world has officially discovered Toronto music, where does the scene go from here?)

Music by: Evelyn Mukwedeya & Memory Makuri (Zimbabwean Mbira duo) with more to be announced

Co-presented with Batuki Music & Show Gopher 

3pm * FREE * All Ages

Sunday, February 16 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. 

COUSINS (Halifax, NS – epic indie-rock duo, set to release the Canadian indie album of 2014)

Greys (Toronto – math-punk power-quartet powerhouse)

The Wet Secrets (Edmonton, AB – rock’n’roll marching dance band! new album out Feb. 4th)

Lido Pimienta + Kahuna (Toronto – Colombian-Canadian electro-freak-pop singer collaborates with video-game-inspired surf-rock assault squad)

Elaquent (Guelph, ON – creative instrumental hip-hop beatmaker)

+ DJ Slowdown (PS I Love You) 

++ Projections by General Chaos Visuals 

Co-presented with Kazoo! Guelph 

8pm * $10 adv / $15 door * 19+