About

 

Our Mission Statement

Weird Canada exists to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.

Our values
  • We are a space for artistic, literary, and musical enthusiasm.
  • We aim to connect the disparate communities that feed the creative cosmos of Canada.
  • We capture the physical ephemera that contains and surrounds art, literature, and music.
  • We welcome the makers of art, literature, and music who take risks and experiment.
  • We welcome excited minds.
Our obligations

We will treat all living beings with dignity and respect. We will listen to each other, and try to understand each other. We will challenge ourselves to be kinder and smarter human beings.

We acknowledge that we are biased, and accept that our bias is not always visible. We strive to make this bias visible, and challenge our relationship with it. We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, misogyny, or any other body-based discrimination.

We exist to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.

Our movements should reflect our vision, and we will remain open to and excited about creativity and community.

PS – This site exists to promote obscure bands; however, if any artist would like to have their mp3s removed, just contact us and they will be taken down promptly.

We have a lot of fun playing with hyperbole.

To reach all of Weird Canada or submit music, art, literature, etc. click here!

Notre mission

Weird Canada a pour but d’encourager, de mettre en contact et de décrire les pratiques d’expression créatrice au Canada.

Nos valeurs
  • Nous offrons un espace consacré à l’enthousiasme pour les arts, la littérature et la musique.
  • Nous tentons de relier les communautés disparates qui forment la constellation créative canadienne.
  • Nous répertorions les objets éphémères qui véhiculent ou qui complémentent l’art, la littérature et la musique.
  • Nous encourageons les artistes, écrivain-e-s et musicien-ne-s prêt-e-s à prendre des risques et à expérimenter.
  • Nous apprécions les esprits vifs.
Nos obligations

Nous espérons traiter tous les êtres vivants avec dignité et respect. Nous nous engageons à nous écouter les uns les autres et à tenter de nous comprendre. Nous nous mettons au défi de devenir des êtres humains plus chaleureux et intelligents.

Nous reconnaissons notre partialité et nous acceptons qu’elle n’est pas toujours visible. Nous nous efforcerons de la rendre visible et de la contester. Nous ne tolérerons pas le racisme, l’homophobie, la misogynie ou toute autre forme de discrimination corporelle.

Nous avons pour but d’encourager, de mettre en contact et de décrire les pratiques d’expression créatrice au Canada.

Nos actions doivent refléter notre vision. Ainsi, nous resterons ouverts et enthousiastes en ce qui a trait à la créativité et à la communauté.

P. S. : Ce site vise à promouvoir le travail d’artistes méconnus. Cependant, si vous souhaitez que vos fichiers mp3 n’apparaissent plus sur le site, contactez-nous et ils seront rapidement retirés.

Nous nous amusons beaucoup avec l’hyperbole.

PPS – Pour joindre tous les rédacteurs et rédactrices de Weird Canada, soumettez votre musique, art, livre ou zine ici!

Lizard Government



Marie LeBlanc FlanaganExecutive Director // God (Perth, Ontario)

marieflanagan.com

Marie founded Wyrd Arts Initiatives. She is a maker and a truth seeker.



Aaron LevinCreative Director // Mathemagician (Waterloo, ON)

aaronlevin.ca

Aaron Levin founded Weird Canada in 2009. Now he does glamorous work like putting up the posts, scanning cheques, and shelving tapes. He enjoys math, machine learning, pure functional programming (Haskell), and vocal drones.



Emily McQuarrieVolunteer Coordinator (Ottawa, ON)

Emily keeps the lizards in line.



Jesse LockeManaging Editor // Mass Emailer (Toronto, ON)

Texture Magazine

On top of his daily activities at Weird Canada, Jesse writes about music and movies for AUX, Offerings, Fast Forward Weekly and his pet project Texture Magazine. He occasionally releases cassettes through the label Planet of the Tapes, and has played drums for bands like the Ketamines, Dirty Beaches, Feel Alright, Silver Dapple and too many more to list. He lives in Toronto with his wife and a pair of cats named Pizza and Crumbs.



Rachel WeldonDirector of Outreach (Wyrd Distro) // Burner (Ottawa, Ontario)

Debaser

Rachel manifests wyrdness in our capital city, daylighting as the producer and host of Debaser on CKCU in Ottawa, and promotes shows and/or serves tables by night. She once served oysters to Jason Priestley. It was without a doubt the apex of her serving career. Among her favourite things are dairy-free coconut ice cream, poststructuralist theory, and attending Burning Man. Her nickname and radio host alias is Rocky LaLune, but her parents call her Rocky Racoon.



Adam BradleyAssistant Editor (New Canadiana) (Toronto, ON)

Wavelength

Adam Bradley is a Concert Programmer for Wavelength Music Arts Projects and Production Manager at Toronto’s premier experimental/post-classical venue, The Music Gallery. Among other publications, has contributed to Exclaim! Magazine and Offerings. Newfoundland roots still spring out of him as from the eyes of old potatoes, though he calls Toronto home.



Javier FuentesEditor (Far Shores / Visual Arts) // Curator (New Canadiana) (Waterloo, ON)

Javier is a secret.



David SteinbergEx Libris Editor // Personification (Vancouver, BC // Eugene, Oregon)

Obscure Seinfeld Trivia

David Steinberg is the proud owner of a Vancouver public library card (despite having recently moved to the USA). He spends his time teaching mathematics at the University of Oregon, trying to write short fiction, and biking absolutely everywhere. He likes lists, the Oulipo, and putting the grapes in his mouth all at once.



Johnnie RegaladoVideos Editor // Contributor (Victoria, British Columbia)

cfuv.uvic.ca

Johnnie Regalado is Program Director at CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria, BC where he and other crusaders champion the Waaay West Coast music scene. He produces a studio performance video series out of the radio station’s tiny basement closet and hosts a weekly Canadian music program called True North. When he’s not trying to revolutionize the music world he’s checking hockey stats or re-watching The Wire.



Christina BellEphemera Editor // Contributor (From Hamilton ON, Resides in Montréal, QC)

Christina is a forever student, researcher, writer and cheerleader for the arts. She’s involved in many different projects.



Eileen WennekersWriting // Ex Libris Editor (Toronto, Ontario)

Eileen Wennekers hails from Alberta but has been in Toronto for many years messing around guitaring and writing and doing Marxist psychoanalytic theory and media archaeology and the philosophy of perception. More importantly: There should be an entire squirrel linguistics project with lots of government funding and Serious Conferences and it shouldn’t matter at all whether or not the research and conclusions of the squirrel linguists are entirely fabricated, because utility is monstrously boring anyway.



Joshua RobinsonImprint Editor // Contributor (Saskatoon, SK)

The Sound & Silence Collective

Purveyor of winter-infused and sonorous blank wall lullabies as Poler Bear, Josh is a co-founder and operator of the Saskatoon, SK-based record label, The Sound & Silence Collective. An avid consumer of Canadian DIY artforms, Josh can be found floating in the space between the here and there, aimlessly pursuing the elusive dreamgazery of northernly caterwauling.



AnneMarie Papillon Cityscape Editor // Collaborator // Translator (Québec, QC)

A House down the Road

AnneMarie rides a bike, laughs and reads. She is hip to the max. She loves to discover so Cityscape made sense.



Matt MazowitaWeb Editor // Durian (Toronto, ON)

Matt maintains the Weird Canada website during breaks from his research in abstract harmonic analysis as a postdoc at the Fields Institute. He was born in Ottawa and now resides in Toronto but calls Edmonton home. His interests include math, art, travel, coffee, durians, and enthusiasm.



Max CotterPodcast Producer // Contributor (Toronto, Ontario)

@maxcotter

Max teaches, researches, facilitates, studies, produces, and engineers audio. He likes to make things.



Magnus TiesenhausenAssistant Editor (Departures Revisited) (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Vibrational Aesthetics

Halifax-based minimal techno/new age super nerd Magnus T. is interested in making Canada a safer space, understanding his own privilege better, and combating oppression particularly within the zone of cultural production. One half of Halifax electronic duo Organ Magic, and two halves of Vibrational Aesthetics, he can usually be found painting his nails, listening to Lewis’ 1983 soft-reigning album “L’Amour”.



Pavan BrarIdeas Section Editor // Contributor (Mississauga, Ontario)

Pavan Brar grew up in Mississauga, has been playing guitar since the age of thirteen, and has been a David Bowie enthusiast since his high school days. He should be completing a BA in psychology by the summer of 2014, and currently spends most of his time doing his best to juggle academic endeavours with his involvement in weird canada, as well as writing and recording music.



Penny ClarkHow-To Editor // Overlord (Vancouver, BC)

agamemn.tumblr.com

Penny Clark enjoys paperwork, swimming in lakes, and orchestrating universal mind-melds. She has a BA in Political Philosophy, and Nardwuar the Human Serviette has said that she has her Master’s in CiTR 101.9 FM. Currently, she plays the guitar in a band and occasionally mails stuff for Mint Records.



Alexandra JaworiwskyLive Music Cartographer // Petrichor Enthusiast (London, Ontario)

weirdcanada.com/events

Alex dreams of playing bass in a pop-punk band. Her only problem is that she cannot actually play bass. For now, she is content with staying Weird and working towards making the world a beautiful place.



Jenya DoudarevaEditor, Weird Stage // Contributor // Platypus (Toronto, Ontario)

w: Jenya’s Wormhole

One day Jenya felt that Weird Canada would benefit from a little drama and went on to mastermind the performance arts reviews, while remaining a loyal contributor to all things music and literature. She will never pick a favourite. A bit off topic, but Jenya is also applying math and general nerdiness to problems in Canadian healthcare. She is a bookworm, lover of guitars, and potentially, a platypus. She will neither confirm nor deny that claim. Finally, Jenya writes short fiction and poetry, and strums without a pick. Sometimes.



Marcin Lasinski Visual Arts Editor // Contributor (Vancouver, BC)

mtbcreativedesign

Marcin maintains a tenuous grip on reality in Vancouver’s mediascape. When he isn’t dragging the bloated carcass of a BA in Communications & Publishing through the wasteland sands of SFU’s Neverending Undergraduate Degree, he is a screenprinter, graphic designer, and programmer at CFRO and CiTR.

 

Lizard Army

 



Aaron MangleContributor // Volunteer (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

COUSINS



Adam BinetContributor // Volunteer (Moncton, New Brunswick)

@adambinet

Adam is a high school technology teacher by day, an avid music fan, drummer and all around promoter of music the rest of the time. Adam has worked and been a programming at both CHMA 106.9FM (Mount Allison University) and CKDU 88.1 (Dalhousie University).



Alex BourqueVolunteer // Contributor – (Montreal, Quebec)

Alex lives and writes songs in Montreal.



Alex MicatiTranslator // Volunteer (Montreal, Quebec)

Éditos & poésies



Amanda BalsysWriting // Editing // Hosting (Toronto/Kingston, Ontario)

Amanda plays in a bunch of bands, and enjoys writing, editing, and hosting travelling musicians at her pad in Kingston.



Andrew NevilleFriend (Perth, Ontario)

@andrewneville

Lazy but well meaning supporter of all good people. Occasional singer of songs.



Ariel YangContributor // Dead Beat (Toronto, Ontario)

deadbeatproductions.ca

Having been named after one of the Disney princesses by her sister when she was six, Ariel has made it her lifelong goal to the be antithesis of that mermaid. Born in Toronto and raised in the ‘burbs, Ariel spent her teen years bumming around in the Newmarket punk scene. She has worked with the online music publication, Chartattack, as a videographer and editor. Currently, she is working with NXNE 2014, is finishing her undergraduate degree in Media Production at Ryerson University, and producing her first documentary short on the Toronto Noise Punk community.



Barb CrawfordVolunteer // Loser (Saint John, New Brunswick)

barbbarbbarb.com

Barb is a Saint John lover, a municipal engineer, an arts supporter, a board sitter, a local music listener and blogger. She has 3 cats.



Benoit ArcandAmancheur // Contributor, Languages (Québec, Québec)

Passeur de lettres, ourdisseur de fonds sonores, trameur de langage, Benoit a fait le pari du sens oblique et pris le parti de la sensibilité à bout portant dans tout ça au moment où ça compte, ici et maintenant. // Benoit handles literature and believes in a spiritual connection through music to seal all semantic loophole.



Benoit PoirierPasseur // Contributor (Montréal, Québec)

brbr.tfo.org

Benoit sait que c’est pas tant l’enjeu, mais apprécie l’effort oblique francophone, par souci d’étayage des avenues à développer avec la prosodie nourricière. Il aime aussi beaucoup les choses en bois. / Benoit knows it’s not a main issue, but enjoys the oddball franco effort. He also really loves things made of wood.



Brendan LehmanContributor // Conscious Brain (Sudbury, ON)

CKLU 96.7 FM

Brendan is a suburban Torontonian happily stuck in Northern Ontario. He’s trying a masters degree in Biology looking at consciousness and video games. He hosts Clark’s Fortress of Solitude on CKLU Saturday night in Sudbury. He makes his own video games sometimes. He gets political sometimes too. Always exploring, rarely sleeping.



Brennan McCrackenContributor // Social Media (Halifax, NS)

Ocean of Antics

Brennan is a writer and student from the far shores of Halifax, interested in the accessibility, diversity and documentation of do-it-yourself art scenes. When he isn’t enthusing about music for Weird Canada, you can find him preparing a guide to safe, all ages and DIY spaces in Canada, trying his hand at show promotion and asking lots of questions.



Brian FauteuxContributor (Madison, WI / Toronto, ON)

brianfauteux.com

Brian is currently stationed between two lakes in Madison, Wisconsin, where he researches and teaches on radio and music. He has a PhD in Communication from Concordia University and he is writing a book about campus radio in Canada. His work is motivated by an impulse to help document, reflect, and sustain local and independent musical activity.



Brian SchirkCulture Blogger (Toronto, Ontario)

Kazoo

Brian Schirk is a multidisciplinary artist and events coordinator from the wyrd bubble of Guelph, ON. Currently living in Toronto, he consistently spreads himself thin by sticking his hands in as many projects as he can. He is a programmer for the Guelph based Kazoo! Collective, curating events for Kazoo! Fest, and the Kazoo! event series.



Bryan PoetzComputerer (The Forest, Ontario)

under construction.GIF

Bryan enjoys classic information superhighway GIFs and staring into the abyss. One day he will put a weird bbs on the internet.



Catherine DebardCollaborator, translator (Montréal, Qc)

Jeunesse Cosmique

Guru of love, dreamer, stargazer, co-director of space label from Montreal Jeunesse Cosmique, musician as YlangYlang and in many psychedelic projects like A sacred cloud and Les Ghost’s of Ghazals. She is also booker in different creative gatherings and is looking for freedom and peace in a post-new-age world.



Chizz MbamaluNew Canadiana // Beyoncé Stan (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

class=”volunteer-bio-website”>http://flavors.me/chizzwrites

Chizz is a music writer. She is currently the Music and Good To Know editor at The Pulp Zine and works with Bitchtopia. Also here. Yeezy taught her well. Except for math.



Christelle Saint-JulienWriter/Translator (Montreal, Québec)

Music.Art.



Christopher BatemanOccasional contributor // Delitene (Edmonton, Alberta)

infinestyle.wordpress.com/

Having only contributed a scant number of posts, Christopher maintains this space on Weird Canada’s about page simply by being the person who introduced Marie and Aaron to each other.



Christopher EversFriend // Distribution (Toronto, Ontario)

reelcod.com

Chris is a founder of Reel Cod Records, played in a couple bands called and Mescal Buttons that don’t play much anymore. Listener, supporter, maker, facilitator, softie.



Colin Alexander Forbes FisherWriter/Nice Dood (Toronto,ON)

Not The Wind, Not The Flag

Local Weirdo, Musician, Cosmic Traveller



Colin MedleyPhotographer/Videographer (Toronto, ON)

colinmedley.com

Colin is a documentary photographer and music video director.



Claire Marie GuimondContributor (Montreal, Quebec)

Appreciates the opportunity to just do the thing!



Craig Currie,Contributor (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

chiefthundercloud.com / Scribblerband.com

Craig currie has been making music in Halifax for just about a decade.



David B HobbsEx Libris // Contributor (Brooklyn, USA)

David is a writer and an academic.



Derek BrooksVolunteer // Critical Thinker (London, Ontario)

plays well with others. performance artist at heart.



Don L’OrangeContributor // Rat Priest (Burnaby, BC)

Don L’Orange

Donald is a spiritual servant for cults: Stamina Mantis, Total Ice, and N.213′s Group Vision. He exorcises using visual arts, channels beings from alternate realms for psionic assistance, and studies ancient scrolls within the confines of an institution. Don believes his most important contribution to society is his creation of nothing.



Doreen GirardVolunteer (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Doreen Girard is a filmmaker and musician living in Winnipeg, MB, and a founding member of the Negative Space Artist Collective.



Emma ShulistVolunteer (Kitchener, Ontario)

Emma is a full-time student in Waterloo. She spends most of her time attempting to help others and trying to translate her thoughts into words. For now, she is keen on retaining her curiousity and keeping her nose in a book.



Eric RumbleVolunteer // On-call brain pickee (Kitchener, Ontario)

ericrumble.typepad.com // lpwtf.tumblr.com

Eric edits and curates too many things, and sometimes he puts words into neat little piles. He ate the rest of his bio — it wasn’t as juicy as he’d hoped.



Erin FlynnJill of no trades (Ottawa, Ontario)

playbackontheradio.blogspot.com

Erin is totally in to helping out.



Jackson ReedCulture Blogger (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

EARS AND EYES

Jackson Reed does fun things in Sault Ste. Marie. He organizes folk/indie rock shows, plays in bands, and promotes local artists through his Sault-focussed culture blog, EARS AND EYES.



Halloway JonesContributor (Toronto, Ontario)

hallowayjones.com

Pacing up and down the aisles, looking for hot dads to start noise bands with at your local Costco.



Kyle Valade1337 syntax errorz // Contributor (Vancouver, BC)

kylevalade.com

Vancouver by way of Montreal by way of Detroit, Kyle Valade is not to be trusted.

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Harriet WildVolunteer // Writer // National Parks Junior Ranger (Wellington, New Zealand / Vancouver, BC)

Harriet found herself in Vancouver, BC. Fortunately, she also found Weird Canada. Unfortunately, she is now back on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, but her dreams are still Northernly.



Hugo HyartTranslator // Padikwol (Pornic, France)

https://jesuisundeontologue.bandcamp.com/

Hugo is not Canadian and have infiltrated this organisation for obscure purposes, obviously he must go to Canada some time. He likes perfect ricochet pebbles and dislikes when people leave their garbage behind.



Jacinthe LaplanteTraductrice (Montreal, Quebec)

jacinthetraduit.com

Historienne de formation, Jacinthe travaille comme réviseure en attendant de terminer des études supérieures en traduction. Dans ses temps libres, elle satisfait sa curiosité en participant à des projets stimulants comme Weird Canada.



Jame LindsayContributor (Toronto, ON)

Pleasence Records

James Lindsay is a poet, music writer, bookseller and co owner of Pleasence Records. He lives in Toronto with his partner and dog.



Jared MajeskiWorkin’ Man // Contributor (Edmonton, Alberta)

Words, Music, Other

Born in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Jared has been contributing (mostly) Edmontonian missives to Weird Canada since 2011. An actual Edmontonian for some time now, he makes a living writin’ about and researchin’ Alberta’s history and heritage. He plays drums in heavy psych band Krang and twangs and croons for good-time rock quartet Bonspiel. Dislikes include the series comma. His favourite baseball player is still Kelly Gruber.



Jim CumingEditor/Proofreader (Edmonton, Alberta)

Offhand Reviews

Jim’s around.



Josefa CameronContributor (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Josefa Cameron was born on an island in Nova Scotia, sent to etiquette boarding school and now resides in Vancouver working as a freelance journalist, drumming for Hooves and studying Anthropology at UBC. In hopes of a career in cultural journalism, she plans on moving east at some point in the future. Until then, she remains dedicated to writing, dancing, reading, studying and picking flowers.



Joseph-Stephenson-TaylorContributor (Montreal, Quebec)

JosephSTaylor.com



Josh Boguski Contributor (Calgary, Alberta)

coming soon

Guitar-pop enthusiast



Julie ForgetTranslator (Montreal, Quebec)

Julie Forget lives in Montreal. She received a Bachelor specialized in translation and a major in Spanish at Concordia. Her passion for arts and for words reveals itself on Weird Canada.
Julie Forget vit à Montréal. Elle a étudié à Concordia et possède un baccalauréat specialisé en traduction et une majeure en langue espagnole. Sa passion pour les arts et pour les mots se traduit bien sur le site de Weird Canada.



Justine GabiasTraductrice/Translator (Vancouver, BC)

Justine Gabias

Justine grew up in the comfortable cotton of Québec in the 80’s and now lives in Vancouver, BC. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and shares her time between her desk at Emily Carr University, her bed, and the beautiful BC outdoors.
Justine a grandi au Québec dans le coton ouaté des années 80 et réside maintenant à Vancouver. Elle a un Bac en Arts Visuels et partage son temps entre son bureau a Emily Carr University, son lit, et la nature abondante et fabuleuse de la Colombie Britannique.



Jenn KitagawaVolunteer (Toronto, ON)

Jenn Kitagawa

Jenn Kitagawa is a graphic designer and artist living and working out of Toronto. Her work explores the simplicity and intricacy of the relationship between shape, colour and type using both digital and traditional mediums.



Joannie PharandTranslation coordinator (Montréal, Quebec)

traductionjp.com

Based in Montreal, Joannie recently completed a graduate degree in translation at Concordia University. She has a Bachelor in contemporary dance and was a former co-host of the podcast Dirty Feet on the No More Radio Network.



Joni SadlerContributor // Writer (Montreal, QC)

ckut.ca

Joni Sadler is the music department coordinator at CKUT in Montreal, Quebec. She holds an MA in Communications focusing on Canadian experimental music and localized music industries. Over the past decade she has worked in a record store, helped coordinate festivals, curated a digital music archive, and done freelance publicity. She currently organizes shows as part of Montreal promotion collective Loose-Fit and plays drums in Public Transit, Lungbutter, and Harsh Reality.



Joel FrenchContributor (Toronto, Ontario)

Site

Joel lives in Toronto



Joel E. ThibertContributor//Inferred Views Editor (London, ON)

facebook.com/J.Ernest.Thibert

Joel writes and edits things. He wants everything to be okay for us all. He hopes you are having a lovely day.



Josh SilverContributor/Volunteer/General Weirdness (Toronto, Ontario)

Coming Soon

Greetings Earthlings. I come to you from the city of Toronto although my travels have allowed me to reside in Calgary. I come to your strange planet to comment on the great and venerable musical tradition I hear so much about. When I’m not subjecting myself to diverse music, I study architecture and spend much quality time with my sketchbook. I am an avid traveller and document the world with the help of my trusty Nikon film camera. I enjoy reading and don’t own a TV. The drums are my instrument but I also Tap Dance; its all rhythm huh? It seems as though I fully experience your interesting and diverse culture. TRANSMISSION OUT.



Kate FaneVolunteer (Toronto, Ontario via Vancouver, BC)



Kelly MacNeilContributor // Other Stuff (Wolfville, Nova Scotia)

http://thespiritcrumplers.bandcamp.com/

Kelly writes words and noise. Sometimes together, sometimes apart.



Kevin HaineyContributor (Toronto, Ontario)

Inyrdisk.com

Hi, I’m Kevin Hainey. Writer, filmmaker, musician, visual artist… Currently living in Toronto, where I run the Inyrdisk private press label, write fine literature, and generally hope for the best. Proud former member of Disguises, The Pink Noise, and Cave Dudes. I have regarded music at length for such publications as eye Weekly, Exclaim!, Skyscraper, and Offerings.



Kevin StrangVolunteer// Contributor (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

www.facebook.com/bonzerrecords

Kevin Strang lives in Winnipeg and spends his time playing drums in Pop Crimes and running Bonzer Records. During the day he is a support worker for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Kevin has an English degree from the University of Winnipeg.



Khari Wendell McClellandRad music maker and community member (Vancouver, BC)

Fell from the Detroit skies landing amidst the musical landscape of gospel, soul, rock and roll, hip hop, and electronica. He carries these forms forward in his hobo chic sachet, hopping the trains of contemporary and old time music to create a familiar and transcendent sound. You might find him walking the rails alone with Bari uke in hand or with his gospel troupe The Sojourners.



Laura StanleyContributor (Toronto, Ontario)

Laura Stanley

Laura is a writer of things, listener of music, reader of books, and haver of emotions when it comes to fictional characters



Liam KennedyNywsletter co-editor/Contributor (Ottawa, ON)

Kid-Scissor Hybrid

Liam grew up in Eastern Ontario’s heartland and now lives in Ottawa. He is an aspiring writer and historical researcher who works in libraries, museums, and archives.. This one time he was in a stoner/black metal band. He likes the stuff you like with a few notable exceptions. His favourite movie is probably, embarrassingly, Quest for Fire (1981). You can see some of his words if you subscribe to the Weird Canada Nywsletter.



Louise ReimerIllustrator (Vancouver, BC)

w: tobinlouisereimer.com

Louise Reimer is an illustrator and artist living in Montreal, QC. Her recent work is influenced by time spent in the Yukon, as well as Greek mythology, woven textiles, and weird flora. She graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in 2012.



Lyndsey K. BrowneContributor ( Currently New York // Formerly all the parts of Canada)

LKB began formal education in Sackville New Brunswick mostly at George’s Roadhouse and/or The Ralph Pickard Bell Library. Between stints in Montreal she has since carpet bagged/corduroy satcheled all over the country using all the old terms of phrase and coining new ones at the drop of a hat. Maintains an excellent hat collection and fairly shoddy Tumblr.



Mark StreeterNywsletter co-editor/Contributor (Montrèal, QC)

Mark is a music enthusiast.



Matthew Lazenby Contributor (Montreal, Quebec)

windupradiosessions.com

Matthew Lazenby is an English expat musician and writer living in Montreal, Quebec.



Matty JeronimoContributor (Vancouver, BC)

mattyjeronimo.com

Matty writes about music for Weird Canada and plays in every local band he can get his hands on.



Michael DeaneWriter (Guelph, Ontario)

http://psychichandshake.com/

Michael lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, helps out with Kazoo Fest, co-runs Psychic Handshake with his long time sweet pal, and plays in Start Something with his long time sweet pals.



Michelle MacklemContributor (Victoria, BC)

michellemacklem.com

Michelle is a Wryd contributor. She is a music lover, audio enthusiast and radio broadcaster.



Mike HowardVolunteer (Montreal, Quebec)

elusiveyouth.com

Musician, Sorcerer, PR Planet. Really into River Phoenix, Music, and all things related to Gregg Araki. Really.



Natalie BindaAssistant Imprint Editor (Gatineau, QC)

Natalie is a student at the University of Sherbrooke, doing a degree in Communication, writing and multimedia while finishing her certificate in Translation. She has been an avid music lover her whole life and plans on integrating her passion for it into her future job.



Nick SmithNew Canadiana // Ex Libris volunteer (Moncton, N.-B.)

Port Vanderlay

I’m a musician and run Port Vanderlay out of Montreal and Moncton. I play in these bands : Uaxyacac, Cosmicdread, Hiroshima Shadows and Ernie Coombs.



Nick SchofieldContributor, Ephemera (Montreal, Quebec)

nickschofield.com

Nick Schofield is a Montreal based musician with a BFA in Electroacoustics and Music Technology from Concordia University. He works as a music journalist with CKUT, Cult MTL, Northern Transmissions, Drums Etc and has performed at SXSW, Pop Montreal and CMW.



Nicolas CoutléeTranslator-Contributor // Combat Cyclist (Montréal, QC)

antipodes

Driven by a constant pursuit of pathological productivity and a rare fondness for Québecois swear words, Nicolas is only satisfied with his translations when it reaches that include at least one word ending in “oune.” He writes things and stuff, but his biggest dream is to score a spin-o-rama goal in his street hockey league.



Nivedita IyerContributor (Calgary, Alberta)

Only slightly superstitious.



Paisley V. SimContributor (Calgary, Alberta)

sledisland.com

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Paisley is a producer and grant writer. She started sending postcards to Murder Records in 1996, and finally got one back from Chris Murphy in 1998.



Paula Perri Volunteerr (Toronto, Ontario)

Paula is a concert promoter in Hamilton ON and loves cheese and Beyonce probably more then she should



Peter BradleyStill Northerly (Sitka, Alaska)

Peter was Music Coordinator and Station Manager at CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph, Ontario, before moving to the beautiful but unweird Sitka, Alaska. He makes music as .



Phil RegaladoVolunteer (Toronto, Ontario)



Pierre RichardsonContributor (Ottawa, Ontario)

pierrerichardson.com

Pierre is a co-founder of Bruised Tongue, creator.



Rhys Cameron GallVolunteer / Dishwasher (Montreal, Quebec)

Superbloom

Raised in Edmonton, Albera. Lives in Montreal, Songwriter for dance group Superbloom, Resident of collective art and venue space 1601



Robin JenkinsContributor New Canadiana/ Ex Libris (Toronto, ON)

@Roberachi

Robin Jenkins is currently biding his time in Toronto. When he isn’t researching new Canadian arts he is researching solutions to problems in semantics and epistemology.



Sam AllenContributor (London, Ontario)

runcoyotemusic.com

Sam believes it is important to support local arts, culture, and music. He plays guitar and sings in the band Run Coyote.



Selina KoopContributor (Vancouver, British Columbia)

SelinaKoopandtheblank

Selina currently breathes in Vancouver where she teaches piano and plays in bands. Farm girl turned music enthusiast, she spends her time equally in the garden, and promoting and playing music in Vancouver.



Shawna NaklickiContributor/Volunteer (Elliot Lake, Ontario)

Sound Vat

Shawna is a young grasshopper from a Northern Ontario retirement town. Her time is occupied with learning, working multiple part-time jobs, attempting to master the art of playing the pipe organ, and enthusing about Canadian music. She enjoys pointless trivia, colourful vinyl, shag carpet, truth, and those tiny powdered donuts.

Shawna est une jeune sauterelle originaire d’une ville de retraités dans le nord de l’Ontario. Son temps se partage entre l’apprentissage, de multiples petits boulots, tenter de maitriser l’art de jouer de l’orgue, et enthusiasé sur la musique canadienne. Elle aime les anecdotes inutiles, les vinyles colorés, les tapis à poils longs, la vérité et les petits donuts soupoudrés de sucre.



Simon FrankContributor (New York, NY/subject to change)

Hot and Cold

Simon is a graduate student. He lived in Toronto until recently, plays music in Hot and Cold, and can’t quite remember how many primers on ‘experimental music’ he’s written for student newspapers.

Stefana Fratila Traductrice?// la chouchoute (Vancouver, British Columbia?)

w: ?stefanafratila.com

Stefana Fratila was born in Sibiu, Romania and immigrated to Vancouver as a young girl. By day, she studies Political Science and works as a Court Interpreter. By night, she is an experimental artist. Sometimes between day and night, she plays Balinese gamelan with Gita Asmara underground the Nitobe Japanese gardens.

Stefana Fratila est née à Sibiu, en Roumanie et elle immigré au Canada comme une petite fille. Durant le jour, elle est une étudiante de la science politique et l’histoire à UBC. De nuit, elle est une artiste avant-gardiste. Parfois, entre le jour et la nuit, elle joue le gamelan balinais sous les jardins japonais Nitobe.



Stéphanie St-Jean AubreVolunteer (Hull, Québec)

L’ensemble Vide

Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre est une artiste multidisciplinaire. aka W.I.L.L.I.N.G -illustratrice, sérigraphe, chanteuse, artiste en performance, comédienne, universe-
Manquant cruellement de focus, elle se pitche partout. Entre plusieurs villes, entre plusieurs pratiques, elle laisse des traces. Elle fait des choses, elle s’essaye et elle espère. Sa passion: participer.



Steven ReedVolounteer (Whitehorse, Yukon)

shootingguns.ca

Steve makes hellish noise and is increasingly enthusiastic about useless ideas.


Thom GillNew Canadiana // Thought-mon (Toronto, Ontario)

isthisthomas.bandcamp.com

Thom is a recording artist and concert-meister living in Toronto but also freelancing with various other wingèd voluptuants across the earth.



Trevor Blumasorganizer of letters and words. Semiology mystic (Toronto, Ontario)

Heretical Objects Cooperative

Trevor is co-founder /co-chair/ co-everything of Heretical Objects Cooperative . He also plays musical instruments in some bands and also constructs moving images and video works for other bands.



Tyler ButlerVolunteer (Edmonton, Alberta)

tylerbutler.bandcamp.com

Tyler is a folk musician, writer, skater and salesman.



William AndersonContributor (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Will splits his life, evenly, between Vancouver and Seattle. He runs a fake design company called Sandy Graphics, Inc.



Virginie LangloisTranslator and proofreader (Toronto, Ontario)

Sadly, Virginie Langlois cannot play any instrument and only sings to her daughters but what she can do is use her passion for language and music to translate very esoteric stuff from Weird Canada very creative writers.



Yacine Bouzid Master GA (Toronto, Ontario)

Yacine Profile

Born and raised in Annaba ( Algeria ), Yacine left his beautiful Mediterranean city for the pleasure to discover the world, his first destination was France after living in different cities for study and work, he took flight to Canada for improving his English and increase his international experience in web marketing. In addition to contributing in Weird Canada, Yacine spends his time after work at TKMT for his Muay Thai and Kick boxing training.

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