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The Empathy Council

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“Weird Canada strives to inform visitors and citizens of the myriad of experiences and perspectives of communities across Canada. Our country has been intertwined in systems of oppression since its founding; as a result, the art we make is a reflection of our shared violent history. The Empathy Council helps create a safe(r) space for the marginalized to engage one another with education and various perspectives. It is crucial for people like me (a racialized woman) to feel comfortable in our weird, wild and wonderful arts community.” -M.R. (Wyrd Empathy Council)

In our mutterings and scribblings from the underground, we find ourselves wandering through labyrinthian webs of power and silent conflict. Though we have succeeded in creating something powerful – a nationwide community of people encouraging, documenting, and connecting through creative expression – we feel the growth of a slimy underbelly. It isn’t intentional, and we don’t feed it. But it feeds off us, and our silence allows it to actively grow.

Why is our community so blindingly white? Why are there so few women on the stage and in the mosh pit? Why do most of the people who make music come from upper or middle-class backgrounds? Why aren’t we talking more about the accessibility of our venues, of our spaces?

I’ve written about this before.

We must actively work towards creating a space that challenges our assumptions, or we end up simply replicating the existing culture. The existing dominant culture is ugly, and we don’t want to reproduce it.

These cultural issues are too large for a small arts community to overcome, but we also know that our silence and paralysis perpetuates the nefarious undergrowth.

Meet the empathy council:

The empathy council are a diverse group of people who advise us on specific issues, especially those related to the infliction or unnecessary exacerbation of pain, particularly in circumstances when there is a complicated history of oppression.

Here are a few examples of issues that our empathy council can help us to explore:

  • Someone submits an album to the site and we notice that one of the track names is a racial slur.
  • Someone wants us to sell their album through the distro, and their album is called “I hate women”
  • Someone asks why our show is in an inaccessable venue for someone using a wheelchair.

How the empathy council works:

  1. Identify the Issue: In most cases, Weird Canada volunteers will notice issues and bring them to our attention. In some cases, a community member will bring them to our attention. In any case, we will strive to work as carefully as we can in our response and actions to be respectful, open, and compassionate.
  2. Issue is clarified, researched and documented: Project lead/editor/key person researches and compiles a google document for the empathy council with all the relevant information.
  3. Empathy council votes: Once an issue is clarified, we consult with the members of the empathy council who have expressed experience in the issue (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, mental health, class, agism).
  4. Wyrd leadership decides: We make a decision (so far, always in alignment with the council, but ultimately it is our responsibility). We are not trying to outsource accountability.
  5. Communication: The decision is communicated and closed. We will also provide resources when they are desired. The extent of this step is optional on our end, depending on our capacity and resources, and the perceived receptiveness of the parties involved.

Please note: we at Weird Canada are accountable for our decisions, and we will make mistakes. No one participating in the empathy council claims to have definitive knowledge about these issues.

We consider this a tiny first step, a community led test. If we decide to continue with the project, we will need funding: this kind of work should absolutely not be unpaid, even in an entirely volunteer run organization.

Final Thoughts:

Wyrd’s mandate is to encourage, document, and connect creative expression across Canada, and sometimes that means making room for voices that have no space at the table. We believe that everyone can make whatever kind of art they want. But that doesn’t mean that we (or anyone) is obligated to listen, or watch, or celebrate it. We have curatorial priorities in place, and they guide us in our decisions.

These kinds of issues are really difficult to talk about. There is no easy answer, no magic glasses that reveal the intersecting lines of power and pain, no guide to making the right decisions. Our culture encourages people to sit in silence, rather than taking steps to challenge these issues. And those who do step forward to name the problem are treated as if they created it.

We hope our community will be empathetic as we attempt one small step forward. Talking openly about these issues will make our mistakes very visible. Frustration is inevitable, and even welcomed: it is the first step toward change and understanding.

We can’t externalize accountability, and we take responsibility for everything we do. But we can consult with people who know more than us. The empathy council will help to guide our steps through the underground. Who better to inform our actions than community members who have deep and personal relationships with these issues?

It is our hope that through a dialogue and conversation, sensitive issues can be addressed and spirited courses of action and response can be developed.

For too long our community has pretended that these issues are irrelevant, something that we are above, something that we are beyond. Bigotry thrives in our mouldy crevices, and it is time to dig it out.

Marie LeBlanc Flanagan

« Weird Canada s’efforce d’informer les visiteurs et les citoyens de la myriade d’expériences et de perspectives des communautés à travers le Canada. Notre pays s’entremêle aux systèmes d’oppression depuis ses débuts, par conséquent, l’art que nous créons est le reflet de la violente histoire que nous avons en commun. Le conseil d’empathie aide à créer un espace sûr où les marginalisés peuvent engager un dialogue ensemble par le biais de l’éducation et de perspectives variées. Il est primordial que les gens comme moi (une femme opprimée) se sentent à l’aise dans notre communauté artistique bizarre, folle et merveilleuse. »

-M.R. (Conseil d’empathie de Wyrd)

 

« Il est difficile de parler de ces problèmes, de ces écarts dans la perception sociale qui m’oppriment, moi parmi tant d’autres, mais quand j’ignore tout cela, les écarts grandissent de plus belle. »

-Charlotte (Conseil d’empathie de Wyrd)

Le conseil d’empathie:

Le conseil d’empathie se compose de représentants s’identifiant comme membres des groupes marginalisés qui font partie de la communauté Wyrd. Le conseil d’empathie offre des commentaires sur des questions délicates concernant les relations culturelles et les activités de conservation entre Wyrd et la communauté.

Dans nos marmonnements et nos scribouillages souterrains, nous nous promenons dans les réseaux labyrinthiques de puissance et de conflits silencieux. Bien que nous ayons réussi à créer quelque chose de puissant (une communauté nationale de gens qui encouragent, documentent, et se relient à travers l’expression créative), nous ressentons la croissance d’une face cachée visqueuse. Ce n’est pas intentionnel et nous ne la nourrissons pas. Mais elle se nourrit de nous, et notre silence lui permet de grandir activement.

Pourquoi notre communauté est-elle majoritairement blanche? Pourquoi y a t’il si peu de femmes sur la scène et dans le mosh pit? Pourquoi la plupart de gens qui créent de la musique viennent-ils des milieux de la haute société ou de la classe moyenne? Pourquoi ne parlons-nous pas davantage de l’accessibilité de nos salles, de nos espaces?

J’ai déjà écrit à propos de ceci.

Nous devons travailler activement afin de créer un espace qui remet en question nos préjugés, ou nous ne finirons que par reproduire la culture actuelle. Cette culture dominante est laide, et nous ne voulons pas la reproduire.

Ces problèmes culturels sont trop grands à surmonter pour une petite communauté artistique, mais nous savons que notre silence et notre paralysie perpétuent la face cachée malfaisante.

Voici le conseil d’empathie :

Le conseil d’empathie est un groupe diversifié de gens qui donne des conseils sur des problèmes spécifiques, surtout ceux qui connaissent ces problèmes ou en souffrent inutilement, et dans des circonstances où il y a un passé complexe d’oppression.

Voici quelques exemples des problèmes que notre conseil d’empathie peut nous aider à explorer :

-Quelqu’un soumet un album au site web et nous remarquons que le titre d’un des morceaux est une injure raciale.

-Quelqu’un veut que nous vendions leur album dans le distro, et leur album s’appelle I hate women, (« Je déteste les femmes »).

-Quelqu’un demande la raison pour laquelle notre spectacle se déroule dans une salle inaccessible aux fauteuils roulants.

Comment fonctionne le conseil d’empathie :

  1. Identifier la question : dans la plupart des cas, les bénévoles de Weird Canada remarquent les problèmes et nous le font savoir. Dans certains cas, un membre de la communauté nous le fera savoir. Dans tous les cas, nous nous efforçons de travailler aussi prudemment que possible pour que notre réponse et nos actions soient respectueuses, ouvertes et pleines de compassion.
  2. La question est clarifiée, explorée et documentée : le chef de projet/l’éditeur/la personne principale fait des recherches et compile un document Google pour le conseil d’empathie avec toutes les informations nécessaires.
  3. Le conseil d’empathie vote : une fois que la question est clarifiée, nous consultons les membres de la communauté qui ont déjà ce problème (par exemple, la race, le sexe, la sexualité, la santé mentale, la classe sociale, le vieillissement).
  4. La direction de Wyrd trouve une solution : nous prenons une décision (jusqu’à maintenant, toujours alignée sur celle de conseil, mais au bout du compte c’est notre responsabilité). Nous essayons de ne pas traiter la question à l’externe.
  5. La communication : la décision est communiquée et la discussion fermée. Nous fournissons les ressources lorsque demandées. L’étendue de cette étape est optionnelle selon notre capacité et nos ressources, ainsi que selon la réceptivité perçue de ceux qui sont impliqués.

Veuillez noter : à Weird Canada, nous sommes responsables de nos décisions, et nous allons faire des erreurs. Aucune personne qui s’implique dans le conseil d’empathie ne prétend qu’elle a la connaissance définitive à propos de ces questions.

Nous considérons ceci comme une toute petite première étape, un essai géré par la communauté. Si nous décidons de continuer le projet, nous aurons besoin de financement : il faut absolument que ce genre de travail soit rémunéré, même dans une organisation dirigée par des bénévoles.

Les réflexions finales :

Wyrd a pour but d’encourager, de documenter, et de relier l’expression créative à travers le Canada, et parfois il nous faut faire de la place pour les voix qui n’ont pas d’espace à la table. Nous croyons que tout le monde peut créer n’importe quel genre d’art qu’il veut. Mais cela ne veut pas dire que nous (ou n’importe qui) sommes obligés de l’écouter, de le regarder ou de le célébrer. Les priorités de conservation sont en place et guident nos décisions.

Il est difficile de discuter de ce genre de questions. Il n’y a ni une réponse facile, ni des lunettes magiques qui dévoilent les lignes croisées entre le pouvoir et la douleur, ni un manuel qui explique comment prendre les bonnes décisions. Notre culture encourage les gens à garder le silence, plutôt que prendre des mesures pour contester ces problèmes. Et ceux qui font le premier pas et dénoncent ces problèmes sont traités comme s’ils les avaient créés.

Nous espérons que notre communauté sera empathique pendant que nous essayons de faire ce premier petit pas. Discuter ouvertement de ces questions fera ressortir nos erreurs. La frustration est inévitable, et même la bienvenue : c’est le premier pas vers le changement et la compréhension.

Nous ne pouvons pas externaliser la responsabilité, et nous l’assumons dans tout ce que nous faisons. Mais nous pouvons consulter les gens qui en connaissent plus que nous. Le conseil d’empathie aidera à guider nos pas à travers le monde souterrain. Personne n’est mieux placé pour façonner nos actions que les membres des communautés qui ont des relations profondes et personnelles avec ces questions.

Nous espérons que grâce aux dialogues et aux conversations, nous pourrons nous occuper de questions délicates et développer des plans d’action sympathique et des réponses appropriées.

Il y a trop longtemps que notre communauté prétend que ces questions sont hors de propos, qui ne nous concernent pas, quelque chose qu’on a dépassé. L’intolérance prospère dans nos coins moisis, et il est temps de la déterrer.

Marie LeBlanc Flanagan

New Canadiana :: Bong Sample – Midnight Oscillations

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Here’s a soundtrack to a film that only exists in a man’s mind. Horrifically warm synth scores, channel sweeps like feathers on skin. Amid the slow freneticism and sonorous repetition, your answer(s) await amidst proprioceptive electrocution. Are we always running from something, even if we’re not moving?

Voici la bande-son d’un film qui n’existe que dans l’esprit d’un homme. De fiévreuses partitions de synthé, un balayage des canaux comme des plumes sur la peau. Parmi la frénésie tranquille et la répétition sonore, votre (ou vos) réponse(s) vous attend(ent) dans l’électrocution proprioceptive. Sommes-nous toujours en train de nous enfuir, même si nous sommes immobiles?

Bong Sample – Midnight Oscillations

Bong Sample – Clockwatcher

Wyrd IV Invades Montreal & Toronto May 10 + 11!

Wyrd IV

The fourth installment of Wyrd, Weird Canada’s traveling series of exploration and collaboration, features an incredible lineup of otherworldly sound and vision traveling between Toronto and Montreal. We’re proudly collaborating with two of Canada’s most forward-thinking musical ventures: Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo and Toronto’s The Music Gallery (as part of their Pop-Avant series).

We’re proud to host a unique collaboration between Toronto’s folk goddess Jennifer Castle and bog-lord Wyrd Visions. Harkening to their early, experimental roots the two are recreating their magyk for the first time in years. Joining the ethereal duo is Zachary Fairbrother, taking a departure from the proto-punk shreddery of Lantern to disarm audiences with his multi-amp, multi-guitar feedback-drone orchestra, sure to fill the sacred halls of The Music Gallery (Toronto) and Casa del Popolo (Montreal) with glorious standing waves of dense vibration. Each evening will be ceremoniously opened by Isla Craig‘s sublime choral grooves, amplified through collaboration with her Soul Sisters Supreme Redux 2.0, completing Wyrd’s sonic triumvirate.

In addition to the festive sounds, both Montreal and Toronto have unique additions of their own.

Toronto: A special “Listening Salon” will be hosted Saturday afternoon featuring Weird Canada’s Aaron Levin and Jesse Locke dissecting the many unique releases from Music Gallery Editions (1976 – 1983).

Montreal: opening the Montreal show are The High Dukes, a special collaborative group comprised of members from Kinnta Records.

Event Info

Montreal

Date: Friday May 10, 2013
Location: Casa del Popolo (4873 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC)
Ticket Price: $10 advanced / $12 at the door
Ticket Url: http://wyrdiv.eventbrite.ca/
Doors: 9pm

Toronto:

Date: Saturday May 11, 2013
Location: The Music Gallery (197 John Street, Toronto, ON)
Ticket Price: $10 members / $13 advanced at SoundScapes / $17 regular
Ticket Url: https://www.musicgallery.org/ticketing/raots_start.php/
Doors: 7pm
All ages welcome

!!! Weird Canada Listening Salon !!!
Date: Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 3pm
Location: The Music Gallery, Fellowship Room (197 John Street, Toronto, ON)
Ticket Price: free!!
Doors: 3pm
All ages welcome!

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Wyrd IV

Wyrd MTL II: Meet The Bands + Mix by Hobo Cubes

Wyrd Montreal II - June 14, 2012
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In preparation for our Montreal invasion, we asked all the Wyrd MTL II artists to submit a short introduction about them and their upcoming performance at the festival. The video gives a sneak peek into the imminent wyrdness waiting to take over Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa this Thursday June 14.

In addition to the video, Montreal’s preeminent purveyour of experimental synthesis, Hobo Cubes, has put together a mix of sounds from artists playing Wyrd MTL II. You can catch Hobo Cubes DJ’ing alongside Aaron Levin outside the Casa stage. We can’t wait to see all of you in just a few days!

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Announcement :: NXNWyrd Now WXWC (Wyrd X Weird Canada)

WXWC - Wyrd X Weird Canada Logo
After several rounds of consumer testing, we’ve discovered that WXWC: Wyrd X Weird Canada is a considerably better name for our Toronto micro-fest than NXN Wyrd. So, we changed it. Thankfully we haven’t changed the fantastic lineup, beautiful venues, or bounty of surprise. We did, however, keep the digital home for purchasing tickets the same to ease your conscience mind (and wallet).

We’re also proud to unleash the poster designed and screen-printed by Andrew Zukerman which will be appearing in select Toronto record stores and hang-outs very soon.

WXWC - Poster (Andrew Zukerman)

WXWC: Wyrd X Weird Canada Details

Dates: Thursday June 14, Friday June 15, Saturday June 16
Festival Tickets: $15 (http://nxnwyrd.eventbrite.com/)
Festival Website: http://weirdcanada.com/wxwc
Venues:

  • Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.)
  • Infinite Library (Upper – 664 Queen Street West)
  • Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave)

Full Lineup

  • Astral Gunk
  • Drainolith
  • Doom Tickler
  • Energetic Action
  • Indigenous Nudes
  • John Milner, You’re So Boss
  • Man Forever
  • Man Made Hill
  • Mass Horns
  • Moonwood
  • Pon De Replay
  • Sean Nicholas Savage
  • Sexy Merlin
  • The Soupcans
  • TOPS
  • Young Truck

Show Details

Thursday June 14: Man Forever + Mass Horns + Guests

Featuring:

  • Man Forever
  • Mass Horns
  • (special guests)

Date: Thursday June 14, 2012
Location: Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.)
Price: $10 door. / $0 with festival pass.
Doors: 9pm

Friday June 15: Pleasence Showcase

To celebrate Toronto’s finest polyvinyl imprint, Pleasence has curated an enormous bill of talent from across Canada.

Featuring:

  • Sexy Merlin
  • Young Truck
  • Drainolith
  • Pon De Replay
  • Energetic Action
  • Astral Gunk
  • John Milner, You’re So Boss
  • Man Made Hill
  • The Soupcans
  • Indigenous Nudes

Date: Friday June 15, 2012
Location: Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave.)
Doors: 7pm
Price: $10 door. / $0 with festival pass.

Saturday June 16: Saturday Afternoon Mellow + Sean Nicholas Savage + Guests

Everyone needs an afternoon of mellowtude. Come and relax within Weird Canada’s HQ. Vintage and authentic New Age meditation music provided by Aaron Levin with environs and aromatics by Spa Kosmische.

Featuring:

  • Sean Nicholas Savage
  • Doom Tickler
  • Moonwood
  • TOPS
  • New Age Meditation Music DJ Aaron Levin

Date: Saturday June 16, 2012
Location: Infinite Library (Upper Floor – 664 Queen Street West)
Doors: 3:30pm
Price: $7 door. / $0 with festival pass.
Set-Times:

  • 16:00 :: New Age music mellowness
  • 18:00 :: TOPS
  • 19:00 :: Sean Nicholas Savage
  • 20:00 :: Doom Tickler
  • 21:00 :: Moonwood

NXNWyrd :: June 14 – 16 (Toronto)

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As Toronto is set ablaze with music during one of Canada’s largest music festivals, we’re proud to join our friends in providing an alternative to the chaos. NXNWyrd is a new micro-festival curated by Weird Canada, Offerings, Pleasence and Burn Down The Capital and is happening Thursday June 14 through Saturday June 16. As an imprint of Weird Canada’s nation-wide Wyrd festival series, NXNWyrd will focus on empowering guests to explore and discover the North American musical underground.

On top of stages shared by bands like Drainolith, Oneida-and-Sightings-related Man Forever, Sean Nicholas Savage, Sexy Merlin, and other emerging artists, NXNWyrd will feature a special Saturday Afternoon Mellow with vintage private issue New Age DJ’ing by yours truly and environs, smells, and comforts provided by Spa Kosmische.

Advance tickets for the entire weekend are $15, or priced individually for each show at the door. The weekend rate presents a deep discount if one plans on going to at least two shows. Full lineup, details, locations, and ticket information below.

Festival Details

Dates: Thursday June 14, Friday June 15, Saturday June 16
Festival Tickets: $15 (http://nxnwyrd.eventbrite.com/)
Festival Website: http://weirdcanada.com/nxnwyrd
Venues:

  • Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.)
  • Infinite Library (Upper – 664 Queen Street West)
  • Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave)

Full Lineup

  • Astral Gunk
  • Drainolith
  • Doom Tickler
  • Energetic Action
  • Indigenous Nudes
  • John Milner, You’re So Boss
  • Man Forever
  • Man Made Hill
  • Mass Horns
  • Moonwood
  • Pon De Replay
  • Sean Nicholas Savage
  • Sexy Merlin
  • The Soupcans
  • TOPS
  • Young Truck

Show Details

Thursday June 14: Man Forever + Mass Horns + Guests

Featuring:

  • Man Forever
  • Mass Horns
  • (special guests)

Date: Thursday June 14, 2012
Location: Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.)
Price: $10 door. / $0 with festival pass.
Doors: 9pm

Friday June 15: Pleasence Showcase

To celebrate Toronto’s finest polyvinyl imprint, Pleasence has curated an enormous bill of talent from across Canada.

Featuring:

  • Sexy Merlin
  • Young Truck
  • Drainolith
  • Pon De Replay
  • Energetic Action
  • Astral Gunk
  • John Milner, You’re So Boss
  • Man Made Hill
  • The Soupcans
  • Indigenous Nudes

Date: Friday June 15, 2012
Location: Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave.)
Doors: 7pm
Price: $10 door. / $0 with festival pass.

Saturday June 16: Saturday Afternoon Mellow + Sean Nicholas Savage + Guests

Everyone needs an afternoon of mellowtude. Come and relax within Weird Canada’s HQ. Vintage and authentic New Age meditation music provided by Aaron Levin with environs and aromatics by Spa Kosmische.

Featuring:

  • Sean Nicholas Savage
  • Doom Tickler
  • Moonwood
  • TOPS
  • New Age Meditation Music DJ Aaron Levin

Date: Saturday June 16, 2012
Location: Infinite Library (Upper Floor – 664 Queen Street West)
Doors: 3:30pm
Price: $7 door. / $0 with festival pass.
Set-Times:

  • 16:00 :: New Age music mellowness
  • 18:00 :: TOPS
  • 19:00 :: Sean Nicholas Savage
  • 20:00 :: Doom Tickler
  • 21:00 :: Moonwood

Performer Details

Astral Gunk (Sackville, NB)

ASTRAL GUNK was formed in September 2011 after 2 years of communicating through touring and email, the four members found themselves living in the same town while their previous bandmates were sprawled across eastern Canada. Drawing inspiration from a melting pot of punk, post punk, garage rock, pop, psych rock and everything in between, the prevailing sound is as much an amalgamation of influences as it is the product of four dudes drinking beer in a shed and avoiding their responsibilities. The gunk rockers are equally influenced by the rich history of rock n roll music as the current onslaught of Canadian and international bands they regard as peers and mentors.

Drainolith (Montréal, QC)

Drainolith is the droned-out, avant-cosmic project of AIDS Wolf guitarist Alex Moskos. We have heard tales of live shows nothing short of incredible.

Doom Tickler (Toronto, ON)

An intense miasma of gremlinized vocal workouts from Toronto’s L. Predy. Incredible, if not totally terrifying.

Energetic Action (Edmonton, AB)

Hailing from the petroleum wastelands of Edmonton, Alberta, Energetic Action have single-handedly revived the D.E.Y (Do Everything Yourself) aesthetic that defined the British post-punk invasion. In one fell swoop they have conjured an punk-driven intensity that compares to nothing the world is ready for.

Indigenous Nudes (London, ON)

Rude, nude, and dudes. We’re kidding. This avant-collage project from the unlikely town of London, ON, heralds back to a time when the Nihilist Spasm Band ran rampant through the streets of tinsel town, Ontario.

John Milner, You’re So Boss (Toronto, ON)

Intense punk crustaceans from Toronto’s underground nether maze. As brilliant live as their name is long.

Man Forever (Brooklyn, NY)

John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida. Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience. John also plays in Brooklyn-based band Sightings.

Man Made Hill (Toronto, ON)

Man Made Hill is a breathtaking work-out of sexual funk jams that has Susan Johanson getting busy on the dance floor. If you can match Man Made Hill’s dance regime, you’re guaranteed to loose 50 in 30. We’ll let you define the units and time frame. In the interim, GET FONKAY.

Mass Horns (Toronto, ON)

  • file under: avant-drum-psych intensity
  • why we love them: n/a
  • official website: n/a

A blistering side-project of Young Mother, the drum-based guitar wrenching insanity will completely melt your face, body, mind, soul, wallet, children, home, job, and universe. This will be the last thing you ever see. Die fantastically.

Moonwood (Toronto, ON)

Moonwood conjure a choking atmosphere of worldly instrumentals. Their drawn-out explorations touch upon every ephemeral state. Their new jams stray from the acoustic cosmos occupied on their first album and dive deep into heavy Krautrock territory. We’re excited to see the climax of their being. Join us.

Pon De Replay (Toronto, ON)

We say it’s warbled tape jams because this collage project is just that. Can you deal with it? Or will you dance to it. You decide.

Sean Nicholas Savage (Montréal, QC)

Edmonton ex-pat and now-Montreal crooner extraordinary, Sean Nicholas Savage has established himself as the go-to man for all things love. It’s pop, it’s personality, it’s beautiful. Sean Nicholas Savage is nothing short of a miracle.

Sexy Merlin (Toronto, ON)

Easily the best-named band in canada, Sexy Merlin is an unstoppable erectro-drum kit explosion. harkening back to a time when Liquid Liquid filled cavernous halls with their insatiable drum-dance to the mother-land, Sexy Merlin will fill your mind with ecstatic sensations of eclectic euphoria.

The Soupcans (Toronto, ON)

Toronto’s Soupcans will vomit trashy punk jams of the highest calibre, and you will eat the spew up with utter delight owing simply to their incomprehensible personality the band emits on stage. An incredibly unique experience and worth ditching your dinner date to catch the sloppy seconds. What?

Spa Kosmische (Toronto, ON)

Spa Ksomische is the musically-inspired spa product-line of Naomi Hocura. We are talking bath salts inspired by Can. Do you need any more?!

TOPS (Montréal, QC)

Birthed from the ashes of Montreal-by-way-of-Edmonton’s Silly Kissers, Arbutus recording artist TOPS have redefined soft-pop into a mirrored acquiescence of mellowed delight.

Young Truck (Toronto, ON)

With an incredible knack for thrashing genre boundaries and creating a beacon of non-wave dance
euphoria, Young Truck have become the premier gravity well for all things angular.

Partner Details

Burn Down The Capital

Burn Down The Capital puts on shows in Toronto. Our booking policy in dictated by personal taste, although we do tend towards noise, jazz & punk in the avant-garde, we are opened to pretty much any genre. We have been putting on shows in Toronto for about 5 years now & hope to continue doing so in the future. If you think we’d be into your music, please feel free to get in touch. Even though we can’t help everyone, it’s nice to hear from people who are into the same stuff we are.

Pleasence Records

Pleasence Records is owned and operated by Deirdre O’Sullivan and James Lindsay. We release music on vinyl records. Pleasence Records loves no one specific genre more than another, though we prefer bands and artists with a flare for the oddball and experimental. Pleasence Records would like to meet you.

Spa Kosmische

SPA KOSMISCHE is an exploration of the therapeutic relationship between sound and scent. Each product is hand-blended using pure botanical essences chosen for their therapeutic and aromatic qualities. Inspired by kosmische musik (cosmic music) and krautrock, a genre of experimental music that emerged in Germany in the late 1960s, Spa Kosmische creates meditative environments to help your body return to earth while sending your mind into orbit. Created for people who enjoy exploring outer and inner space.

Weird Canada

Weird Canada is an award-winning publisher of diy / fringe / experimental / self-released musics from Canada. Weird Canada explores the Canadian musical cosmos through the lens of physically-released ephemera across all formats, genres, and experiences.

Wyrd MTL II :: Thursday, June 14

Wyrd Montreal II - June 14, 2012
We are excited to announce the second annual Wyrd Montreal festival occurring Thursday, June 14 2012! Once again, we have teamed with beloved experimental music festival Suono Per Il Popolo to offer a multi-stage showcase of boundary pushing artists from the northernly fringes. Alongside the returning Mega Merch Bazaar (featuring a selection of Canada’s best record labels) Weird Canada will be taking over both La Sala Rossa and Casa del Popolo simultaneously for a one-night-only cornucopia of sinusoidal delight. This will allow fans the chance to bounce back and forth between the two bars conveniently located across the street from one another. Should fans find themselves needing a respite between wondrous electronics and/or bludgeoning chaos, experimental DJs Aaron Levin and Hobo Cubes will take residency in Casa del Popolo delivering a strange brew of new age, electronic, and avant psychedelics.

Date: Thursday June 14, 2012
Venue #1: La Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal)
Venue #2: Casa del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal)
Cost: $10 (adv.) / $12 (door)
Doors: 8pm

Lineup

La Sala Rossa
Brave Radar
Dog Day
Actual Water
Coca Cola (U.S. Girls + Slim Twig)

Casa del Popolo
Drainolith
Energetic Action
Tenderness
Bobo Boutin

Artist Bios

Coca Cola (U.S. Girls + Slim Twig) (Toronto)

Continuing Wyrd’s philosophy of unique collaborations, we’re proud to include a rare performance by this duo known as Coca Cola. Combining the rhythmic polyphonies of Toronto’s Slim Twig with the miasmic chaos of U.S. Girls, Coca Cola conjure an arpeggiated ethos of Cluster-inspired jammery. Expect a fantastic array of electronic drone and perturbed psychedelics.

Actual Water (Toronto)

Born in the depths of Ben Cook’s (Fucked Up, Young Guv, Bitters) epic space in East Toronto, Actual Water’s jangled power-pop transforms their 12-string anthems and insatiable marimba-laced punk into vocal bonanzas and summery attitudes. Every song is laced with their flowering ’60s slacker vibes and live the whole calamity is wrapped by frontman Tony’s enigmatic ‘tude. Stoked!

Drainolith (Montreal)

Drainolith is the multi-throned oscillating 8-bit transmigration of Montreal native Alex Moskos (ex-guitarist for the now defunct AIDS Wolf). Diving deep into polyrhythmic hood jams and clamouring solos of synthetic marvel, Drainolith hams heavy, agnostic experimentalism into a creative vehicle the world may or may not be ready to digest.

Energetic Action (Edmonton)

Edmonton, Alberta is home to many improbable entities, and Energetic Action’s revisionist goth-punk paradigm is no exception. Straddling the unknown line between The Pop Group and This Heat, their impossible rhythms and extravagant performances wrap an undisturbed nascency into music hardened by generations of nuclear waste. A certified western anomaly.

Brave Radar (Montreal)

Local Montreal darlings Brave Radar have kept quiet a long time. So long, in fact, that we reluctantly started to believe their demise. We can barely conceive they’ll be back on stage with brand new oblique pop sweetness.

Bobo Boutin (Montreal)

Ex-Les Georges Leningrad drummer Bobo Boutin inhabits a delirious world of warped electronics. One man, yet an overwhelming performance slowly mounting into a frenzy of nightmarish proportions.

Dog Day (Halifax)

Dog Day’s bent alt-rock resonates with grand designs. Seth and Nancy are husband and wife, a charming duo who constantly keep slinging sharp and heavy anti-heroic hooks at every corner.

Tenderness (Toronto)

With bizarre loop sampling wizardry, cracked electronics and sexy sax swoons, Chrissy Reichert redefines any conceivable notions of contemporary R & B. Tenderness is not to be missed, because true originality comes in small doses.

Transfusion :: Wyrd MTL

With less than a week until Wyrd MTL we’re excited to offer a quickie sampler mix spotlighting the 10 artists from this year’s inaugural lineup. All have been previously featured on Weird Canada, and will appear in the flesh on Monday, June 20 at La Sala Rossa. Grip your tickets!

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Track-listing

[00:00] :: Lantern – “I Don’t Know”
[03:50] :: Ultrathin – “Glass City”
[06:40] :: Dreamcatcher – “Dr. Clawk”
[10:15] :: Hobo Cubes – “Through The Ages”
[12:57] :: Dirty Beaches – “Coast to Coast”
[17:17] :: The Friendly Dimension – “Executive Koala”
[20:25] :: Shortpants Romance – “Heatwave”
[21:15] :: Man Made Hill – “Er Her”
[23:20] :: D’eon – “Thousand Mile Trench”
[29:08] :: Headaches – “Poor Decisions”

Wyrd MTL :: Realities Emerge on Monday June 20, 2011!

We’re proud to officially announce the eastern expansion of the Wyrd cosmos. Thanks to the exceptionally hard-work of Jesse Locke, Gabriel de Jasmin, and Suoni Per Il Popolo, Wyrd MTL will invade Montreal on Monday June 20, 2011. The format and philosophy remain pure; a double-stage frenzy of fringe adjectives will blaze through an evening stacked with over ten performers. With a secondary stage built specifically for Wyrd MTL, the folks at La Sala Rossa have gone the extra-extra mile and are housing a “MEGA BAZARR” of merch featuring visual art, purveyors of printed matter and Canada’s finest record labels. There is also tell of a taco truck hitting the pavement at 7pm. Full line-up and set-times below! For further information, visit here.

8:00 :: HEADACHES (Toronto, ON)
— Cortex dream jams from the cyborg mind of Landon Speers
— why we love them: here.

8:30 :: SHORTPANTS ROMANCE (Montreal, QC)
— Blitzkrieg garage punk and femme fatale charms
— why we love them: here.

9:00 :: ULTRATHIN (Montreal, QC)
— Scab-blasting noise-rock from three skinny dudes
— why we love them: here.

9:30 :: THE FRIENDLY DIMENSION (Halifax, NS)
— The black holy vortex into total freak-rock oblivion
— why we love them: here.

10:00 :: MAN MADE HILL (Toronto, ON)
— Dungeon dwelling one-man funk machine
— why we love them: here.

10:30 :: HOBO EXPANDING CULT BAND (Montreal, QC)
— A one-off collaboration from Hobo Cubes, Femminieli, JLK, Sundrips, Element Kuuda and more!
— why we love them: here.

11:00 :: DREAMCATCHER (Montreal, QC)
— Mind-smudging experimental spookery
— why we love them: here.

11:30 :: LANTERN (Montreal // Halifax // Philadelphia)
— Psych-blues freak-outs from the Zachary Fairbrother smoke ring
— why we love them: here.

12:00 :: DIRTY BEACHES (Vancouver, BC)
— Film noir nomad riding on a lonely highway
— why we love them: here.

12:30 :: D’EON (Montreal, QC)
— Terry meets Teddy Riley on a g-funk rollercoaster
— why we love them: here.

Wyrd III :: Your Guide to Wyrd

We are five days until Wyrd III, so I figured it was time to unleash this beast of a playlist. Below is the proverbial “sip of the juice.” A sprinkling of audible treats from each artist playing Wyrd III. However, like all great maps, the details are not exact. Your final destination is only truly experienced by traveling. We can’t wait to see you at Wyrd III.

Long, Long, Long (Halifax, NS)

File-under: Haligonia.
Why we love them: Halifax’s hypernetic double-pop quarter ceaselessly pushes all the limits of catch. They’re deep-ear diving into a power-pop tornado, channeling chaotic waves into torrential harmonies and six-string rhythmania. Definitely the most exciting thing happening east of Montreal!
Long Long Long – Ponytail Ambition

Wyrd Visions (Toronto, ON)

File-under: Slooooooow.
Why we love them: They call him the bog lord for good reason. Meditative journey’s through finger-picked oblivion, Wyrd Visions holds the title for best acoustic Black Metal cover and longest song featuring a Canadian signing in Swedish.
Wyrd Visions – Freezing Moon

Red Mass (Montreal, QC)

File-under: weird.punk
Why we love them: Legendary collective from Montreal birthed from the ashes of the great CPC Gangbangs. Blistering walls of psychedelic punk with terrifying levels of Danzigian vocal delay and gyrating bass-lines. Hands down one of the best phenomena currently recordable.
Red Mass – Terrorizer

GOBBLE GOBBLE (Edmonton, AB)

File-under: Neon explosion.
Why we love them: Immutable neon barnacles bursting infinite within every spurt of creative marvel. GOBBLE GOBBLE are without a doubt the most singular dance sensation to be experienced by humankind.
GOBBLE GOBBLE – Wrinklecarver

Famines (Edmonton, AB)

File-under: Bezerker garage.
Why we love them: Berserker garage duo Famines lay a relentless drum-pattern rampage paired with split-guitar mayhem. Intenseintenseintenseintenseintense.
Famines – Syllables

Hobo Cubes (Montreal, QC)

File-under: NASA.
Why we love them: Existing within the submerged foldable of a hyper dimension psychedelic jungle, Hobo Cubes capture the untamed reverberations emanating from the core of unknowable places.
Hobo Cubes – Onde Astrali (w/ Bernardino Femminielli)

Dirty Beaches (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: Smoke.
Why we love them: Dirty Beaches’ low-bit explorations through reverb hell have reached an all-time high on the synesthesia scale. Bubbling, smokey pulses of burnt low-end colour his spectrum of hazy crooning and rolling bass lines. Rockabilly for an entirely new generation of smoke.
Dirty Beaches – 16 Coaches Long Akai Tape

Femminielli (Montreal, QC)

File-under: SEX.
Why we love them: Bernardino Femminielli has completed his transformation from a levitating shaman to the sexiest man in subterranean showbiz. Whispering, crooning, and commanding, Femminielli’s signature lusty leer follows in the Gainsbourg tradition of aged lechery set against an alien chorus of skin-chilling pulsating synths. SEXY.
Femminielli – Estados Alterados

Tonstartssbandht (Montreal, QC)

File-under: Druid brotherhood.
Why we love them: With a choralic thunder unmatched by any stream of sinusoids, Tonstartssbandht have crossed every genre-boundary, bringing gifts from musical forms yet to be imagined. From a psychedelic accapella to throws of droning guitar wrenchery, Tonstartssbandht are not for the weak of heart.
Tonstartssbandht – Hymn Our Garden

Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)

File-under: Prairie psych.
Why we love them: A forward-thinking, genre-hybridization of trends existing in the ethers of our musical consciousness.
Feral Children – Safe Language

Silver Dapple (Calgary, AB // Montreal, QC)

File-under: 90s adora-pop.
Why we love them: In our infinite adoration of mellotude emerges a trio so pure the mere letters that spill their name tell tall tales of a majestic sky.
Silver Dapple – Slip Stitch

Ketamines (Lethbridge, AB)

File-under: Cocaine.
Why we love them: Line, by line, by line. Line, by line, by line. It’s my world. Pretty much the greatest pop song ever.
Ketamines – Line by Line

Velvet Chrome (Montreal, QC)

File-under: Dual-masked readymades!
Why we love them: Desolation, litter, and decrepit rides breaking through our mourning light; a psychedelic vision from oracles and witches brewed for your stereo.
Velvet Chrome – Drowning in Space

Manic Attracts (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: Grippin’ and flipping’ garage-punk.
Why we love them: Drenched in the high-fi red-line popitude we’re only capable of conjuring in the depths of a creative zenith, Manic Attracts multiply this intense wave of grage-punk into a veritable factory of sound.
Manic Attracts – Death Of Your Heart

Role Mach (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: There’s 9 people in this band.
Why we love them: There are nine people in this band, but the most important part is the full horn section. Horn-rock is back. Throw away your Grand Funk Railroad albums and get ready to embrace the new wave of fonk.
Role Mach – Black Manhattan

Il nous reste cinq jours jusqu’à Wyrd III, alors je pense qu’il est grand temps qu’on lance cette bête d’une liste de chansons. En ci-dessous, vous pouvez siroter le jus proverbial. Un sapoudrage de cadeaux audibles de chaque artiste qui joue à Wyrd III. Cependant, comme toutes les grandes cartes, les détails sont pas précis. Votre destination finale sera seulement vraiment vécu par voyager. On a hâte de vous voir nombreux à Wyrd III.

Long, Long, Long (Halifax, N-É)

Classification: Haligonia.
Pourquoi on les aime: Le quartette double-pop hypernétique de Halifax continue de repousser sans cesse les limites des accroches. Ils plongent en oreille profonde dans une tornade de power-pop, en puisant les ondes chaotiques dans les harmonies torrentielles et la rythmanie de six cordes. C’est certainement la chose la plus palpitante qui se passe à l’est de Montréal!
Long Long Long – Ponytail Ambition

Wyrd Visions (Toronto, ON)

Classification: Leeeeennnntttttt.
Pourquoi on les aime: Il y une bonne raison pour laquelle on l’appelle le maître du marécage. Avec les voyages méditatifs à travers l’oubli gratté à doigt, Wyrd Visions a produit la meilleure reprise acoustique de Black Metal ainsi que la chanson la plus longue qui met en vedette un Canadien qui chante en suédois.
Wyrd Visions – Freezing Moon

Red Mass (Montreal, QC)

Classification: punk.bizarre
Pourquoi on les aime: Une coopérative légendaire de Montréal qui est née des cendres du grand CPC Gangbangs. Les murs torrides de punk psychédélique avec les niveaux éprouvants de retard du chant façon Danzig, et de mélodies tournoyantes de basse. Haut la main un des meilleurs phénomènes maintenant enregistrables.
Red Mass – Terrorizer

GOBBLE GOBBLE (Edmonton, AB)

Classification: Explosion fluo.
Pourquoi on les aime: Les barnaches fluo et immuables qui éclatent infiniment dans chaque giclée de merveille créative. Sans aucun doute, GOBBLE GOBBLE sont la sensation de danse la plus singulière que le monde ait jamais vu.
GOBBLE GOBBLE – Wrinklecarver

Famines (Edmonton, AB)

Classification: Garage fou furieux.
Pourquoi on les aime: Le duo de garage fou furieux Famines crée une fureur incessante de la batterie jumelée au pagaille de split-guitare. Intenseintenseintenseintenseintense.
Famines – Syllables

Hobo Cubes (Montreal, QC)

Classification: NASA.
Pourquoi on les aime: Dans le pliable submergé d’une jungle psychédélique et hyperdimensionale, Hobo Cubes saisissent les réverbérations sauvages qui émanent du cœur des espaces inconnaissables.
Hobo Cubes – Onde Astrali (w/ Bernardino Femminielli)

Dirty Beaches (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: La fumée.
Pourquoi on les aime: Les explorations low-bit de Dirty Beaches à travers l’enfer de réverbération ont atteint un record absolu sur l’échelle de synesthésie. Les pulsations pétillantes et enfumées de low-end brûlé faussent sa palette de chantonnements flous et de mélodies déferlantes de basse. C’est le rockabilly pour une toute nouvelle génération de fumée.
Dirty Beaches – 16 Coaches Long Akai Tape

Femminielli (Montreal, QC)

Classification: SEXE.
Pourquoi on les aime: Bernardino Femminielli a fini sa transformation du chaman lévitant en l’homme le plus sexy au showbiz souterrain. Soit qu’il chuchote, commande ou chantonne avec son régard caractèristique louche et chaud, le chant de Femminielli suit la tradition de Gainsbourg de la luxure âgée à côté d’un refrain extraterrestre et un paysage éthéré qui donne des frissons construit des synthés pulsants. SEXY.
Femminielli – Estados Alterados

Tonstartssbandht (Montreal, QC)

Classification: Fraternité druide.
Pourquoi on les aime: Avec un tonnerre chanté inégalé par aucun flot de sinusoïdes, Tonstartssbandht a dépassé chaque limite des genres, en apportant les cadeaux des genres qui ne sont pas encore imaginés. Depuis l’a capella psychédélique jusqu’aux lancers d’arrachements bourdonnants de guitare, Tonstartssbandht ne sont pas pour les cœurs sensibles.
Tonstartssbandht – Hymn Our Garden

Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)

Classification: Prairie psych.
Pourquoi on les aime: Une hybridation progressiste de genres qui existe aux cieux de notre conscience musicale.
Feral Children – Safe Language

Silver Dapple (Calgary, AB // Montreal, QC)

Classification: Adora-pop des années 90.
Pourquoi on les aime: Dans notre adoration infinie de moellotude, un trio apparaît qui est si pur que les simples lettres de leur nom racontent les histoires d’un ciel majestueux.
Silver Dapple – Slip Stitch

Ketamines (Lethbridge, AB)

Classification: Cocaïne.
Pourquoi on les aime: Line, by line, by line. Line, by line, by line. C’est mon monde. C’est grosso modo la plus grande chanson pop de tous les temps.
Ketamines – Line by Line

Velvet Chrome (Montreal, QC)

Classification: Préparé et double-déguisé!
Pourquoi on les aime: Le désespoir, les déchets, et les voyages décrépits transperce notre aurore; une vision psychédélique des oracles et des sorcières brassée pour ta chaîne hi-fi.
Velvet Chrome – Drowning in Space

Manic Attracts (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: Garage-punk fou et loufoque.
Pourquoi on les aime: Trempé de la popitude hi-fi et ligné en rouge qu’on peut seulement faire apparaîtres dans les profondeurs d’un zénith créatif, Manic Attracts multiplient cette vague intense de garage-punk en une usine véritable du son.
Manic Attracts – Death Of Your Heart

Role Mach (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: Il y a neuf personnes dans ce groupe.
Pourquoi on les aime: Il y a neuf personnes dans ce groupe, mais la partie la plus importante est la section de cuivres au grand complet. Le cuivre-rock est de retour. Débarrasse-toi de tes albums Grand Funk Railroad et sois prêt à épouser la nouvelle vague de funk.
Role Mach – Black Manhattan