Wavelength Music, Toronto’s non-profit independent music community hub, presents three free concerts by three emerging artists in three historic buildings as part of the Music Series at Doors Open Toronto, supported by TD Bank Group, on the afternoon of Saturday May 27. As a celebration of sustainability and the city’s bicycle culture, the three concerts/buildings will be connected by a bike tour led by DIY collective Bike Pirates. Admission is free – bring your wheels and open ears.
Follow the bike tour to Bike Pirates for the licensed evening after-party starting at 9pm, featuring more performances by local talent performing live in a DIY bike repair shop!
Fresh Snow – R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant – 12:00pm
Contact plays Allison Cameron: A Gossamer Bit – Evergreen Brick Works – 2:15pm
Kurt Marble – Masonic Temple – 4:00pm
Wavelength at Doors Open Toronto – Official Daytime Programming:
Fresh Snow @ R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant – 12:00pm – FREE
Fresh Snow is an acclaimed instrumental, psychedelic noise-rock quartet from Toronto. Signed to local label Hand Drawn Dracula Records, the band has been seen on the cover of NOW Magazine, and nominated for the esteemed Polaris Music Prize. The Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner called their music “transcendental” and “overwhelming in the best sense possible.” Fresh Snow will perform their tidally charged drone rock right next to the fresh water at “the Palace of Purification,” 1941 Art Deco masterpiece, the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant.
Contact plays Allison Cameron: A Gossamer Bit @ Evergreen Brick Works – 2:15pm – FREE
Toronto’s Contact combines 21st century classical/experimental music with the sensibilities of rock and jazz to form a hybrid chamber ensemble that defies genres. Praised by The New York Times as “mesmerizing,” Contact has premiered countless works by Canadian and international composers. For this concert, they will perform pieces by Toronto composer Allison Cameron heard on their 2015 album A Gossamer Bit. Performing on the bucolic terrace of community environmental centre the Evergreen Brick Works, Contact and Allison Cameron’s music will facilitate a meditative communion with the natural world.
Kurt Marble @ Masonic Temple – 4:00pm
From the charming Northern Ontario outpost of Espanola, comes Kurt Marble. Though cleverly disguised beneath layers of fuzz, his music is at its core sweet and good-natured pop, reminiscent of early 60’s doo-wop and rock’n’roll. Starting out as a solo project, Kurt Marble has since ballooned into a full-blown live spectacle. This show at the century-old Masonic Temple – formerly the site of rock music venues the Concert Hall and the Rock Pile (where Led Zeppelin played in 1969) – will follow the release of the band’s new EP, Friend of Mine.
Wavelength After-Party (Not Affiliated with Doors Open Toronto) @ Bike Pirates – 9:00pm
The Holy Gasp
Toronto’s one and only klezmer-jazz-punk party band, bringing bongo frenzy and daily affirmations to displaced urban bohemians everywhere. https://theholygasp.bandcamp.com/
Pure garage punk minimalism, the Toronto-via-Sackville, NB crew once known as Kappa Chow makes a catchy racket and look good doing it. https://protruders.bandcamp.com/
The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band
Vegetables matter, and so does this Hamilton collective of produce obsessives with names like Asarahguts and Zucchini Jackson, who slice and dice dissonant guitar riffs and pureed beats. https://pucumber.bandcamp.com/
New Toronto post-punk quartet, with great songs and dynamics inspired by the likes of Sleater-Kinney, The Ex, and Fugazi. Not to be missed! https://torontospoils.bandcamp.com/
DJ New Jewel Movement
Melissa Vincent is a new addition to the Wavelength crew, a music journalist and also one of the organizers of Toronto’s recent It’s Cold Outside festival, which aimed to bring together isolated factions of the all-ages hardcore scene.
INFO FOR THOSE JOINING THE COMMUNITY RIDE WITH BIKE PIRATES!
There are MAX 50 SPOTS for riders, so please sign up in advance:
Please meet us at CORKTOWN COMMON at 10:30am
Ride will leave promptly at **11am** in order to arrive in time for FRESH SNOW’s set!
Things to bring:
– a bike in good working order
– rain coat (just in case)
– sun screen
– snacks *there will be an opportunity to grab something at the Evergreen Brickworks cafe*
– a friend!
About the ride:
We will be riding as a group and going at a pace that is comfortable for all riders. The ride will include shared/multi-use trails (like the Waterfront Trail), bike paths, main roads and side streets, some of which have bike lanes. All of the ride is on paved surfaces but some paths have debris and standing water from the recent flooding.
Riding in a group is a lot of fun – please keep it fun and SAFE for everyone, by staying aware of your surroundings and being predictable. If someone shouts directions please help pass them through the group (i.e “stay right” “slow down” “streetcar”). More details on how to safely ride in a group will be shared at the beginning of the ride.