Wavelength Music Arts Projects

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Wavelength Music Arts Projects
Genre Experimental, Pop, World
Dates weekly
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2000 present
Website wavelengthtoronto.com

Wavelength is a music series and annual festival held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The project was founded in 2000 by Jonny Dovercourt, Duncan MacDonell (Doc Pickles), and Derek Westerholm. It was founded on the basis that many others would share their enthusiasm for independent music from Toronto. The concept evolved from an open-table meeting of musicians and enthusiasts on September 11, 1999, this then developed into a weekly Sunday showcase [1] and annual festival.

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The first instalment of the music series took place February 13, 2000 at Ted's Wrecking Yard, featuring Toronto legends Mean Red Spiders and Neck. Wavelength became well known as a hotbed for Toronto's creative music community and featured breakout shows by such notable Canadian bands Broken Social Scene and The Constantines. During Wavelength's second month Canadian artist Michael Snow personally screened his legendary 1967 piece "Wavelength" before his performance at Ted's Wrecking Yard. Wavelength moved to Sneaky Dee's in 2002, finally moving to the Garrison in 2009 to complete the run of the Sunday showcases at exactly 500, 10 years to the date of the series' launch. [2] [3] Wavelength currently organizes a series of special music events, including the yearly ALL CAPS! Island Festival. [4]

Mean Red Spiders are a Canadian alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Their music is largely guitar-based indie rock influenced by psychedelic music. The band makes extensive use of distortion, digital keyboard loops, recorded voice samples, and effects pedals, creating a repeatable orchestrated wall of sound style with vocals. Usually categorized by some reviewers into the shoegaze, dream pop, or space rock genres.

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Michael Snow Canadian artist

Michael Snow, is a Canadian artist working in a range of media including film, installation, sculpture, photography, and music. His best-known films are Wavelength (1967) and La Région Centrale (1971), with the former regarded as a milestone in avant-garde cinema.

Artists representing a wide range of genres have performed at Wavelength ranging from Feist, The Constantines, Broken Social Scene, Peaches, Ghost Bees, [5] Exhaust, [6] Do Make Say Think, Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya, [7] Sook-Yin Lee, and Canadian hip hop artist Cadence Weapon. During its first decade, more than 1100 bands have played Wavelength. [8]

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Wavelength incorporated as a not-for-profit as Wavelength Music Arts Projects in 2007.

Wavelength is currently programmed by Jonny Dovercourt, Duncan MacDonell, Ryan McLaren, and Kevin Parnell and continues to present music events in and around Toronto.

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