Wyrd IV

The Music Gallery, Suoni Per Il Popolo, and Weird Canada Present



Jennifer Castle + Wyrd Visions (special collaboration)
Zachary Fairbrother Feedback Guitar Orchestra
Soul Sisters Supreme Redux 2.0 (featuring Isla Craig)
+ Weird Canada / Music Gallery Listening Salon (Toronto only!)
+ The High Dukes (Montreal only!)

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

Montreal: May 10, 2013

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: May 11, 2013

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!

Interviews & Information

Toronto Interviews & Information: David Dacks via email (david {at} musicgallery {dot} org)
Montreal Interviews & Information: Aaron Levin via email (aaron {at} weirdcanada {dot} com)

Previous Wyrd info below…

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


La Sala Rossa
21:30 :: Brave Radar
22:30 :: Dog Day
23:30 :: Actual Water
24:30 :: Coca Cola (U.S. Girls + Slim Twig)

Casa del Popolo
21:00 :: Drainolith
22:00 :: Crosss
23:00 :: Tenderness
00:00 :: 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.

… present …

Wyrd III

Weird Canada’s Traveling Festival

Wyrd is a double-stage, multi-city music marathon curated by Weird Canada, recently named by CBC Radio 3 as the “Best Indie Music Website in Canada.” Our traveling caravan of music features nineteen emerging Canadian bands from coast-to-coast in an explosive happening of audible euphoria. Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver will play host to the Wyrd caravan, offering a singular opportunity for Western Canadians to explore and discover the best of new Canadian music in one unforgettable evening.

The format is simple; we employ a two-stage setup bouncing performers back and forth between stages, making optimal use of our time and space by creating a continuous stream of live music.

The philosophy is bolder; we do not rely on known names and instead leverage Weird Canada’s ethos of discovery, encouraging people to explore new directions in Canadian music.

The result is an abundant feast for the ears; an unabashed celebration of ground-breaking Canadian music with a creative and nonstop set-list where every performer is a headliner.

Wyrd III is the third incarnation of the wildly popular Wyrd Fest. Wyrd I materialized exclusively in Edmonton, Wyrd II expanded to Calgary and Lethbridge, and Wyrd III encompasses more of Western Canada by reaching all the way to Vancouver, BC.

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/////////////// WYRD III :: Dates, Venues, & Lineup ///////////////


This wyld traveling caravan (plus local shreddery and other surprises) will be bursting through the following cities:

MAY 20 :: EDMONTON @ Dinwoodie
MAY 21 :: CALGARY @ No. 1 Legion [Sled Island Warm-Up Party!]
MAY 22 :: VANCOUVER @ Waldorf Hotel

Red Mass (Montreal, QC)
Dirty Beaches (Vancouver, BC)
Tonstartssbandht (Montreal, QC)
Wyrd Visions (Toronto, ON)
Famines (Edmonton, AB // Montreal, QC)
Long, Long, Long (Halifax, NS)
Hobo Cubes (Montreal, QC)
Femminielli (Montreal, QC)
Velvet Chrome (Montreal, QC)
Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)
Silver Dapple (Calgary, AB // Montreal, QC)
Ketamines (Lethbridge, AB)
Makeout Videotape (Montreal, QC)
Manic Attracts (Vancouver, BC)
Role Mach (Vancouver, BC)

Wyrd III is organized, curated, “funded” and executed by Mammoth Cave Recording Co. executive Paul Lawton and Weird Canada founder Aaron Levin. 


Date: Friday May 20th, 2011
City: Edmonton, AB
Time: Doors at 5:30pm, bands start at 6pm.
Location: DINWOODIE (Students’ Union Building, Univ. Alberta Campus)
Price: $20
Ticket Location: Blackbyrd Myoozik, Listen Records, and online.
Facebook: here
All Ages Welcome

Joining the traveling caravan will be local bands:

Energetic Action
Jessica Jalbert
The Joe

SAT. MAY 20 :: Wyrd III :: CALGARY :: Sled Island Warm-Up Party!

Date: Saturday May 21st, 2011
City: Calgary, AB
Time: Doors at 5:30pm, bands start at 6pm.
Location: Royal Legion No. 1
Price: $20
Ticket Location: Sloth Records (736b 17th Avenue SW – available April 11, 2011) and online.
Facebook: here

We’ve made the Calgary date extra special by teaming up with our friends at Sled Island to turn this evening in to the Sled Island Warm-Up Party!

Joining the traveling caravan will be local bands:

Topless Mongos
The Gooeys
Faux Fur


Date: Sunday May 22nd, 2011
City: Vancouver, BC
Time: Doors at 5:30pm, bands start at 6pm.
Location: Waldorf Hotel
Price: $20
Ticket Location: Zoo Zhop (223 Main St. – Available April 11, 2011) and online.
Facebook: here

Joining the traveling caravan will be local and traveling bands:



/////////////// WYRD III :: Schedule ///////////////


Time Edmonton Calgary Vancouver
5:40pm Babysitter
6:00pm The Joe Faux Fur Needles//Pins
6:20pm Jessica Jalbert The Gooeys B-Lines
6:40pm Energetic Action Topless Mongos Grown-Ups
7:00pm Makeout Videotape Ketamines Manic Attracts
7:25pm Feral Children Wyrd Visions Role Mach
7:50pm Hobo Cubes Tonstartssbandht Velvet Chrome
8:15pm Long, Long, Long Femminielli Dirty Beaches
8:40pm Silver Dapple Red Mass Famines
9:05pm GOBBLE GOBBLE Manic Attracts Makeout Videotape
9:30pm Ketamines Role Mach Feral Children
9:55pm Wyrd Visions Velvet Chrome Hobo Cubes
10:20pm Tonstartssbandht Dirty Beaches Long, Long, Long
10:45pm Femminielli Famines Silver Dapple
11:10pm Red Mass Makeout Videotape GOBBLE GOBBLE
11:35pm Manic Attracts Feral Children Ketamines
12:00am Role Mach Hobo Cubes Wyrd Visions
12:25am Velvet Chrome Long, Long, Long Tonstartssbandht
12:50am Dirty Beaches Silver Dapple Femminielli
1:15am Famines GOBBLE GOBBLE Red Mass


/////////////// WYRD III :: Partners ///////////////


Touring Partners: Beatroute Magazine, CBC Radio 3, and Sled Island
Edmonton Partners: Pop Echo Records, Blackbyrd Myoozik, Listen Records, CJSR FM 88.5, and VUE Weekly
Calgary Partners: Sloth Records, CJSW FM 90.9, and FFWD Weekly
Vancouver Partners: Mongrel Zine, CiTR, Discorder, and Zoo Zhop