Kazoo! & Wavelength present: DEL BEL / FRESH SNOW / MOST PEOPLE – June 27th @ Ed Video
Kazoo! & Wavelength Present:
THE WAVELENGTH ROADSHOW
Featuring 2013 Wavelength Artist Incubator bands:
Del Bel began as a personal recording project of Tyler Belluz, evolved into a collective of players ranging from all types of disciplines, and finally morphed into the live band it is today. Momentum accelerated when Ontario Arts Council decided to fund the project in their Popular Music Grant Program in 2011. Near the middle stage of recording, two Hollywood productions hired Tyler to compose music for a short and full length feature film respectively. Along with unreleased material, Del Bel lent some cuts from their record Oneiric to each.
Getting attention after the initial handful of shows, Del Bel released their debut album November 2011 on Out Of Sound Records. Stylistically, Del Bel embodies an eerie cinematic sound infused with darkened soul and surf rock qualities. Members and performers on Oneiric also play with Do Make Say Think, the Happiness Project, Bry Webb & the Providers, Lisa Bozikovic, The Flowers of Hell, Ohbijou, The Sunparlour Players, L Con and Gregory Pepper & His Problems. Oneiric was voted one of the 25 best albums of 2011 by the Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner.
Fresh Snow play an immersive form of minimalist psychedelic rock rooted in the sounds of influential 1970s German groups such as Faust, Neu!, Can and Amon Duul II, with an affinity for cut-and-paste electronics, heavy rock distortion and the occasional pop melody. They view their music as a distinctly Canadian take on this global movement.
Though Fresh Snow is a new project which came together only recently in 2011, it is made up of experienced members of Toronto’s independent music community – Tim Condon, Bradley Davis (Lake Holiday), Andy Lloyd (The Bicycles) and Jon Maki (Tropicalia). Tim Condon studied to be a sound engineer in his native home of Australia, while Andy Lloyd has performed as a touring member of Polaris Music Prize winning act Caribou and currently tours the world with Warp Records act Born Ruffians. The group is often augmented by guest artists and musicians, who add horns, strings, visual art, and projections to their live show and recordings. Some of these players have worked with Do Make Say Think, Del Bel, Vitaminsforyou, Triple Gangers and more.
Most People is a pastoral pop project from Torontonians and multi-instrumentalists Brandon DeGroote and Paul McEachern – relative newcomers to the Toronto music community. Based around a guitar/bass foundation, they incorporate programmed electronics, double-drumming, and harmonized vocals into their live stage act – a truly mesmerizing display of musical multi-tasking. In December 2012, Most People self-released their self-titled debut album at a Wavelength-presented event at art space CineCycle, and the release set the Toronto indie music blogosphere ablaze with positive reviews.
Toronto – Wavelength goes on the road in June!
The Wavelength Music Series is a legendary institution in the Toronto independent music community, with a 13 year track record of creating accessible, genre-smashing live concerts that have become a crucial incubator for emerging Canadian artists. 21st century indie breakout acts from Broken Social Scene and Feist to Grimes and METZ performed legendary early shows as part of the Wavelength series, and playing the Wavelength stage has become a “rite of passage” for an entire generation of musical artists.
Wavelength also offers a unique live concert experience, with the addition of projections, installations and other multi-arts happenings. For the first time, the Wavelength “experience” will go out on the road in the “Wavelength Roadshow,” which will hit cities in Eastern Canada in June.
The live musical line-up will consist of up-and-coming Toronto area artists Del Bel, Fresh Snow and Most People – all three of whom are participants in Wavelength’s inaugural “Artist Incubator” pilot project, a collaborative showcase of artists identified by Wavelength series curators as the Toronto region’s most original and exciting musical exports. The tour will also incorporate Wavelength’s in-house projection artist, General Chaos Visuals and installation artist Alexandra MacKenzie, who will create a mobile, immersive installation “environment” at each venue. A local band will also perform on each stop of the tour, to help forge connections between musical communities.
Three of this tour’s major stops are at significant festivals for independent music. The tour will stop in Montréal for a presentation at the annual Suoni per il Popolo Festival presented by the Casa del Popolo venue, one of North America’s leading festivals for emerging and experimental music, in addition to a showcase at the Ottawa Explosion Festival co-presented with the Arboretum Arts Festival, and a hometown Toronto Wavelength showcase at the North by Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival and Conference. Other like-minded presenters involved include Homegrown Hamilton, Kazoo! (Guelph) and Half a Dino (London).
Projections by General Chaos Visuals
Mobile art installation by Alexandra MacKenzie
Thursday June 27th @ Ed Video Media Arts Centre (40 Baker Street)
All Ages / LIC – $8/PWYC