Wavelength Music warms up winter with the 16th annual Wavelength Music Festival running from February 12 to 14, 2016 in downtown Toronto, Canada. #WL16 is a three-night live curated mixtape of the best new independent music coming out of Canada. This year’s line-up includes Duchess Says, Foxtrott, Thus Owls, Foxes in Fiction, Calvin Love, She Devils, Soupcans, Beliefs, Keita Juma, Partner, Steven Lambke, Clairmont the Second and many more. (Full line-up below).
2016’s festival programming is future-focused, as Wavelength has curated a line-up of the newest, freshest and most exciting sounds in the Canadian independent music scene. Highlights include a strong Montreal contingent – including electro-pop crew Foxtrott (recently signed to UK label One Little Indian, also home to Björk), dance-punk vets Duchess Says (who created massive buzz at M for Montreal, with a new album on the way), Swedish/Canadian folktronica project Thus Owls, and ’60s retro yeye-popsters She Devils (who recently made NME’s Top 5 Canadian bands list) – as well as Sackville, New Brunswick’s queer neo-grunge duo Partner, who got a shoutout from the titular Hollywood star for their song “The (Ellen) Page.” The diverse sounds of Toronto are represented by Filipina kulintang ensemble Pantayo, youthful, positive hip-hop emcee Clairmont the Second, shoegaze rockers Beliefs, soulful popster Calvin Love, and aggro noise punks Soupcans. All evening concerts will take place at The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West).
Wavelength will remount last winter’s Pop-Up Gallery exhibition with Wavelength: #ICYMI, a display of concert posters, photos, festival art and ephemera at Mirvish Village’s new community hub, the Markham House City Building Lab. Located at 610 Markham Street, the exhibition will officially open on January 14 and run through February 14. Leading up to the festival, Wavelength will host a free Sunday afternoon talk series at Markham House, featuring an artist workshop with Josh Korody (Beliefs/Nailbiter) on January 17 and a panel discussion, What Makes a Music City?, on January 31. Markham House will also stage Wavelength’s all ages afternoon concert as part of #WL16 on Saturday, February 13 featuring Brooklyn, NY’s hushed space-pop artist Foxes in Fiction, experimental chamber pop artist Merganzer, and singer-songwriter Steven Lambke (of the Constantines).
Toronto’s original independent music community hub, Wavelength is a non-profit arts organization renowned for its curatorial foresight and championing of a diverse array of emerging artists. Wavelength had a massive 15th year in 2015, launching its new overnight camping and multi-arts festival, Camp Wavelength on Toronto Island – which was lauded as one of Toronto’s best festivals of the year by NOW Magazine, BlogTO and ChartAttack – as well as running a Pop-Up Gallery venue, hosting a provocative talk series, and an incredible “Past, Present & Future” edition of the Wavelength Music Festival. Wavelength was recently recognized with a nomination for Torontoist’s “Heroes” of 2015 list, with the publication stating “it’s hard to imagine what Toronto’s music scene would look like without Wavelength’s influence.”
#WL16 Festival Schedule:
Friday, February 12 @ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
FOXTROTT (Montreal / Electro-pop sophistication / One Little Indian / Björk labelmates)
CALVIN LOVE (Toronto / Soul-pop sensation / Arts & Crafts)
KEITA JUMA (Toronto / Spacey psychedelic hip-hop emcee)
PROGRAMM (Toronto / Dream-time drone-pop / Sleepless Records)
ORGAN MOOD (Montreal / Psychedelic immersive audio-visual duo)
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 @ Markham House City Building Lab (610 Markham St.)
FOXES IN FICTION (Brooklyn, NY / Hushed space-pop / Orchid Tapes)
MERGANZER (Toronto / Mika Posen’s experimental chamber pop)
STEVEN LAMBKE (Toronto / Constantines singer-songwriter / You’ve Changed Records)
Doors at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 @ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
DUCHESS SAYS (Montreal / Dance-punk veterans, new album in 2016)
SOUPCANS (Toronto / Noisy aggro garage punk trio / Telephone Explosion Records)
BELIEFS (Toronto / Shoegaze swell-rocker / Hand Drawn Dracula)
PARTNER (Sackville, N.B. / Queer neo-grunge duo / You’ve Changed Records)
VERSA (Toronto / Post-rock meets live painting)
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 @ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
THUS OWL (Montreal / Swedish-Canadian folktronica project / Secret City Records)
SHE DEVILS (Montreal / Buzzing ’60s retro yeye-popsters)
PRINCE INNOCENCE (Toronto / Silken electronic R&B pop)
CLAIRMONT THE SECOND (Toronto / Positive youthful hip-hop emcee)
PANTAYO (Toronto / Filipina kulintang ensemble)
Doors at 7:30 p.m.