Picture a city packed with people, both sprawling and claustrophobic. Above the crowd, a rambling poet orates through the buzz of electrical wires, lamenting yet revering the people with ragged passion. Montreal-based Ought bring the tension and release of the modern world to life with frenetically fuzzed guitar, slinking rhythms, and crafty interplay between musicians. Bubbling anxious passages explode into long waves of tranquility at a moment’s notice, meandering out from the city and into the open air of the beautiful blue sky.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 9:00PM
For the past two years, Darlene Shrugg has been one of Toronto’s most intense live acts, as well as one of its best kept secrets. A veritable supergroup, the band merges established Toronto titans Tropics, U.S. Girls, and Ice Cream into one fiery, hooky blend of off-kilter punk and unrelenting rock, replete with gang vocals and fevered atmosphere. With no recordings or typical online promo, the group has stayed low-key, letting their punchy, ferocious performance speak for itself. And speak it does.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 8:00PM
Conceived as a tribute to the mystical Sable Island, NS, Language Arts’ drifting and dreamlike “Able Island” became a quintessentially Canadian affair. Capturing the wanderlust and shifting scenery of touring cross-country, the band set up their mobile “island studio” in bedrooms, basements and alleyways across the nation. The result is a pristine seaside fantasy, told through Kristen Cudmore’s watercolour vocals and guitar brushing in and out of a poppy, proggy, classically influenced landscape.
THURSDAY JULY 15 - 7:00PM
The twisted sounds of Night Terrors come to you straight out of the dreams of Matthew Beach and David MacKinnon. Influenced by “leaky faucets, scissor sounds, backwards guitars and dial tones,” the pair have spent years crafting debut release “Wardenclyffe,” which has finally reared its monstrous head in the waking world. Possessed rock and trippy atmosphere abound, drifting together with hazy analog experiments to create a new kind of haunting.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 6:00PM
Sparse, winding arrangements and mystic three-part vocals mark the harmonic and naturalistic musings of Montreal’s Moss Lime. Their whimsical and cosmically relaxing post-punk has been described by the trio as “Smurf” -- a portmanteau of “smooth” and “surf.” Expect to see this keen and irreverent sense of humor and style mingling with groovy tropical and dance rhythms, creating one of the coolest chillout sessions imaginable.
Twitter-length: With an irreverent sense of style, Moss Lime bring cosmically relaxing post-punk into union with nature.
SATURDAY JULY 16 - 12:00AM
Through the ever-shifting, never-ceasing pulse of genre-bending performances, Yonatan Gat takes listeners on an all expenses paid musical tour around the world. Blistering improvisations move from surf to psych to Afrobeat to jazz in the twitch of an ear. Virtuoso Gat leads the party with mysterious and dynamic guitar swagger, backed up by the relentless rolling wave of Gal Lazer’s thundering drumming and Sergio Sayeg’s slick dancing bass.
SATURDAY JULY 16 - 1:00AM
After honing his craft by band and instrument hopping in and around North Bay, David Dino White has formed his own unpredictable style that dances between folk, indie, piano rock, flamenco, and more. This eclectic mix is made whole by endlessly melodic vocals and bombastic musicianship, with White recruiting some of the area’s best talents to stuff his adventurous parcel.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 1:00PM
Matt Foy is what Matt Foy does. What Matt Foy does is whatever he pleases, and he always does it with ease. The Sudbury jack of all trades has played and toured with too many projects to count, shifting styles prolifically while never losing his acute oldies inspired edge. Foy knows how to fit a mood with music. Beach stage? He’s got it covered.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 2:00PM
Self-described “music for anxious people.” Local brain-divers Brendan Lehman, Mitch Houle and Meagan Mullally explore the deepest depths of the mind via minimalist electronic textures, futurist ambience, and grimy punk. Try not to get too lost in their soundscape induced hypnosis.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 3:00PM
Take a glitched out Sega Genesis soundtrack and show it to a 1990s robot who wants to start a post-punk band, and the result might be something akin to PHERN. Lo-fi grooves frequently descend into arrhythmia and chaos punctuated by prickly guitar lines and spooky vocals. Though deconstructive and confidently odd, there’s also an underbelly of pop music here. Who says strange and catchy don’t go together?
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 4:00PM
Josh Turnbull has been a session-musician extraordinaire for years, playing pretty much any and all instruments. Now he’s stepping into the spotlight, creating his own folk/blues/rock inspired solo music, as well as starting the polyamorous Field Test project, where songwriters can join together and contribute to each other's work.
FRIDAY JULY 15 - 10:30AM
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