January 24-27, 2013
A Waste Odyssey
Five young gentleman too big for Selkirk, MB. Well-oiled guitars and purposed vocals sung with anthemic urgency. Leave your baggage at the door, steal your dad’s car and let's drive into the sunset.
The Angry Dragons
A three-headed rock ‘n’ roll beast featuring both bubblegum-chewing ballads and trashy rock 'n’ roll. Equal parts attitude, hairspray and leopard print, their howling vocals, growling rhythm and soaring power-surf solos will leave you shakin'.
Whispered rock ballads and guitar solo jangle. Think a backpack full of king cans, a bike and a bush party. This is the soundtrack to your jaded teenage drunkenness: lazy, washed out and awesome.
With a dark sound and a well-lit live show, The Bokononists are ready to set themselves on fire - because there is nothing left to burn. Clash-esque dance rock to fill the empty lives of teenage girls.
A Newfie ex-patriot takes boozy leadership of a group of musical delinquents and tries to right the wrongs in life. The songs are familiar and comforting like a 24 at a campfire. Edgy and self-loathing in a Cobain kind of darkness. You're not the only one drunk on a Sunday afternoon, so come introduce yourself.
He continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically-acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with his new album Hope In Dirt City.
As innocent and honest as sprinkle party cake ice cream. Cannon Bros. play lo-fi ‘90s pop that might actually make you miss high school.
Abstract digital glitchery is juxtaposed with hand shot, performance-art-influenced footage of experimental sensual delights to create a space of hypnotizing bent reality that is infused with concepts of visual music.
Songwriter Claire Morrison was born where two rivers meet, and makes music because she must. Her rich, resonant voice can take you away and bring you home, her words can cut you deep and lift you up. Whatever the case may be, this Manitoban songstress offers up spare, stormy folk with a lot of heart.
You can't fake the sincerity and energy these guys bring. Raise your standards high and get ready to fist pump the '90s-esque melodic punk rock that will have you chanting along.
Doug Hoyer (Edmonton, AB)
Single white prairie boy seeks Hawaiian folk pop for ukulele serenades in canola fields. Edmonton’s Doug Hoyer is both an enthralling entertainer and a perfect gentlemen. Cinematic love songs for romantic conquest.
The new synthesizer project from Pat Short (This Hisses, ex-Under Pressure), Kindest Cuts writes synth-pop for dystopian romantics - a soundtrack to urban antipathy.
Straight ahead pop rock with sweet ghostly vocals. Wipe the fuzz off shoe-gaze and polish it with a Michael Cera movie. The unknown B-side to your favourite lost mix tape.
You’ve survived the apocalypse and all you have left is your iPod. Glass Random will be your only friend by serving up a reverb-laden melancholy and assuring you that everything will be alright.
Ida: "Big Fun just asked for a three sentence bio. Can you think of something? All I can think of so far are puke and cum references."
Daniel: "Three able musicians form cover band with only their scum and pukesmanship."
Jeans Boots (Saskatoon, SK)
Jeanette Stewart’s alter ego, Jeans Boots, is a fuzzed-out ode to ramshackle rock. However, Stewart weaves deceptively simple lyrics that are a picture postcard of morning-after tenderness wrought from an increasingly familiar sense of foreboding.
With a dark awareness of changing landscapes and the tenuous thread by which we live, Jenny Berkel's deep and smoky voice will guide you through the winding images of ghosts, dreams, cityscapes and lost love.
As a dance music DJ and producer and Jon Vaughn aka Dreamaniac's roots are firmly planted in school of minimal techno yet raised on the eclectic and inclusive early dj styles of Miss Kittin and Ellen Allien. Vaughn seduces the dance floor with a constantly evolving mix of genres that traverse and find connections between different time periods, finding unique blends and mash-ups that define his 'storied' style.
Beautiful pop melodies wrapped in a orchestral blanket. The Liptonians are like a fine scotch, equal parts smooth, complex and sweet. This band will leave a tune on your moustache that will have you humming for weeks.
Matthew "Lawrence Lee" Foster is a whispered crooning, growling and thirsty voice. Thirsty for life - all its lows and highs alike. A joy, a depression, a meanness, a whole crowd of sorrows. All are welcome and treated as guests in this man's house. Listen - there is no less love in his dark thoughts than his happy celebration.
Eighteen metric tons of beer and sweat led to Loose Nukes first show and it hasn't slowed down since. Transcending mental asylum consciousness and oozing unadulterated energy with every line, they play hard, fast and love to rock.
A turbo-charged Thunderbird cruising rapidly through your skull. Penny stripers and greased black hair, this is the golden age, where guitars drag race straight to the centre of the dance floor.
As director of MEMETIC, Manitoba’s Electronic Music Exhibition, Nathan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge electronic music. Recently, he has been DJing an eclectic mix of 21st century ethno-electric music highlighting new possibilities in dance-floor-friendly beats.
Phelgm Fatale grew up loving the fairy tales of rock goddesses and pop princesses. These girls do it all, combining melodic songs, club dance beats, entrancing vocals and gritty guitars. These two are ready to take over your heart and leave you with a kiss.
Aside from the rap he has been making for over 20 years, Pip Skid is interested in eating roti, drawing monsters and spending time with his cat. Humans and most everything else are generally of no interest to him whatsoever.
Quality as a live act and commitment to the stage is unquestionable. The catchiness of their songs and intimacy of their lyrics lead to full-blown crowd singalongs, and their home-style brand of rock ‘n’ roll varies from folk-tinged ballads to upbeat rockers - with an occasional hard rock scream thrown in for good measure.
Salinas write songs that reflect the isolation and potential embedded in Manitoba's fabric. Crisscrossing political commentary with desperate romanticism, their songs and live show can best be described as a calculated emotional wrestling match.
Casting thunderbolts from the top of the mountain, this four-piece dreadnought has the power of the old gods. Comprising members from some of the most influential aggressive bands to come out of Winnipeg in the last decade, Warsaw is a powerhouse of energy, rhythm and sound.
Yes We Mystic
Cinematic ballads from fresh hearts, front man Adam Fuhr puts conviction behind every line. Cello, violin, mandolin, banjo, guitar - what’s not to love?