Wavelength Winter Festival announces 2019 lineup

Last week, Wavelength Winter Festival announced new All Ages programming for its 19th edition, which will take place in downtown Toronto from February 15th-17th 2019. The festival is a three-night live curated mixtape of the best new indie music from the Canadian underground scene. With the aim of making independent music more accessible to the next generation, as well as working families, Wavelength is partnering with Exclaim! to present an all-ages concert featuring Indigenous space-rock trio nêhiyawak and under-age indie-rock band Kingdom of Birds, on Sunday February 17, at 3pm at the Monarch Tavern. This show is in addition to the already announced night-time line-up at the Garrison, including Mélissa Laveaux, Anemone, Elisapie, Twist, Lex Leosis, Beams, Myst Milano, Future Peers, Luna Li and Isla Den.

Wavelength is also hosting a pre-festival panel discussion, entitled “Navigating Unwritten Codes,” Tuesday Feb. 12 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (7-9pm, FREE admission), which is being organized and moderated by this year’s Guest Curator, Emma Bortolon-Vettor. Emerging out of discussions at Wavelength’s recent Community Consultation event, this panel featuring key curators and artists from diverse underground DIY music scenes in Toronto, will attempt to crack the “unwritten codes” which construct and negotiate scenes. Panelists include: Carmen Elle (musician, DIANA), Rosina Kazi (curator, Bricks & Glitter Festival, Unit 2; musician, LAL), Daniel Mack(Unit 2); Kayla McGee (executive director, The Music Gallery), and Les Seaforth (curator, $5 Rap Show; musician, More or Les), plus an opening live set by avant-pop act Heaven, co-presented with City Hall Live.

New additions to the previously announced nighttime line-up include queer electro-pop duo Precious Jewel (celebrating the release of new video) performing a late-night set, and drag performance artist Pearle Harbour joining the line-up as guest host (both on Saturday, Feb. 16 only). And festival artists Isla Den will be augmenting their Saturday evening performance with an interactive art installation – the “analog.world” video mixing station – on display through all three nights of nighttime shows (Feb. 15-17) at The Garrison (19+).

Single tickets are affordably priced, with the daytime all ages show $10, each night just $15 in advance, and an all access festival pass is on sale for $35. Panel discussion admission is free. Tickets and passes will be available online at ShowClix.com and in stores in Toronto at Rotate This (801 Queen Street West, Toronto) and Soundscapes (572 College Street, Toronto).

For more information, the full line-up and to buy tickets, visit www.wavelengthmusic.ca.

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