February 20, 2021
Wavelength Winter Festival 2021: Backxwash + Zoon + Maryze
February 20, 2021
Wavelength Presents –
In partnership with Harbourfront Centre, as part of Kuumba
The Wavelength Winter Festival 2021 – First Saturday
Saturday, February 20th
9 PM – Backxwash (Montreal – DIY rapper/producer & 2020 Polaris Music Prize winner)
8 PM – Zoon (Toronto – Indigenous-led, swoony shoegaze noise-pop / Paper Bag Records)
7 PM – Maryze (Montreal – electro-pop singer, Hot Tramp Management)
Saturday, February 20th, 2021
ALL AGES // FREE
Tune in: http://bit.ly/WL-YOUTUBE
Welcome to first show of our month-long Winter Festival! This online concert is set to carry you across a slew of sonic realms. We’re going to start in the electro-pop realm with Maryze, then to the swoony shoegaze noise-pop world of Zoon, then to the metallic rapper/producer AND 2020 Polaris Music Prize winner BACKXWASH. Pack your bags because this is one hell of a trip to go on!
Recorded at La Sala Rossa + The Diving Bell Social Club in Montreal and Palace Sound in Toronto, this show is worth inviting all of your friends to “hangout” at.
Order drinks from Collective Arts Brewing – free delivery w/ promo code “WAVELENGTHFRIENDS” !
About the artists
“Although chances are that you may have first heard of Backxwash from the many music critic co-signs, culminating in her Polaris Music Prize win in October 2020, no one deserves credit for the success of God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It but the rapper-producer herself. Across a scant 22 minutes, the Montreal-based/Zambia-born musician manages to pull together a hefty and unlikely range of sounds, influences and moods, coming off compellingly dark and gothic on “Into the Void,” expertly melding a Black Sabbath sample into the album’s potent title track, and sharing the spotlight with a variety of expertly curated guest stars. God Has Nothing to Do with This is a sonically raw, emotionally honest and starkly creative piece of art that completely blows minds, challenges how we think about the art of hip-hop, and — most importantly — stands on its own merit.” — Daniel Sylvester, Exclaim (album of the year)
In the Ojibway language, the word Zoongide’ewin means “bravery, courage, the Bear Spirit.” It’s no wonder Daniel Monkman adopted Zoon as his musical moniker. The Tkaronto-based musician has spent the better part of his 28 years finding and channelling his strength to overcome such adversities as racism, poverty and addiction. Music saved Monkman’s life. And, on Zoon’s debut album, Bleached Wavves, he paints a message of hope and fortitude, lessons he learned studying the Seven Grandfather teachings after experiencing the lowest point of his life. Bleached Wavves is the first true document of what has been dubbed “moccasin-gaze,” a tongue-in-cheek nickname for the amalgamation of Monkman’s shoegaze influences with traditional First Nations music. Like My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, a record that changed everything for him, Zoon pushes forward that famously quixotic, effects-laden sound with a distinctive, new approach.
Maryze is a bilingual alt-pop artist based in Montreal originally from Vancouver. Her stormy-sweet world blends haunting introspective lyrics with contagious beats offering a refreshing voice with fiery honesty.
Poster design by Juliana Carlevaris
About Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba Presented by TD The Ready Commitment
Through dialogue and artistic expression, Kuumba 2021 addresses the international struggle for Black liberation today. We aim to strengthen Toronto’s Black community by connecting with voices beyond our City Lines. This year’s Kuumba is a series of events that runs throughout the month of February featuring the work of choreographers, authors, musicians, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada. Stay tuned to Harbourfront Centre’s channels on harbourfront.live for more info as it becomes available and share your ideas online as we celebrate the Black community standing in their Blackness.
Wavelength Winter Festival 2021 is supported by The Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, Harbourfront Centre, Kuumba Presented by TD The Ready Commitment, The SOCAN Foundation, Exclaim! Presents, Indie88 FM, and Collective Arts Brewing.
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