McHugh House: 1515 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2E6, Canada
    Doors: 8pm / First Set: 8:30pm / Done by: 11pm 
    Cover: $5 / All Ages: Yes

    One-off show at the cool new McHugh House - at the intersection of Centre Street and 17th Ave South - featuring a trio of returning performers to the Bug Incision stage. 

    Devin Friesen and Nate Waters need little introduction to Calgary's fans of forward thinking musical actions, and to wit appeared at the recent Sled Island fest, and dropped a hot new album on Friesen's Shaking Box imprint (watch out for some exciting news from them very soon). With Friesen's heavily FX'd guitars and Waters' pure columns of air and key manipulation (sax), the two perform a sort of musical dry humping, nudging and pushing at each other's sonic areas, slowly working towards achieving a sort of precarious commingling. They've been at it for some time, and it sounds good. | https:// m/

    Nikki Reimer and Jonathon Wilcke perform arrangements of poetry that combine verbal and instrumental sound. Using the formal structure of poetic texts to suggest improvisational strategies, the duo play with the possibilities of meaning that arise when sound and sense meet in general disarray and inky darkness.

    In addition to being a saxophonist and general humanoid, Jonathon Wilcke plays “ludic instruments,” a collection of flutes, whistles, tubes, clay pots, and invented instruments that he uses for vocal accompaniment. Wilcke is a mainstay in the Calgary free improvisation scene who plays regularly as a soloist and with the groups Not Now, Hamelin (Wilcke, saxophone/Eric Hamelin, drums/Rob Oxoby, bass), the Dadge-Wilcke duo (Chris Dadge, drums), and with the Westwinds Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared on stage with Darren Williams (saxophone), Dave Chokroun (bass), Kevin Romain (drums), Joe Morris (guitar), Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Eugene Chadbourne (guitar), Bruce Freedman
    (saxophone), and Han Bennink (drums) at least once, but never all at the same time, and as regularly as the space-time continuum allows.

    Nikki Reimer is a carbon-based life form residing on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 people of Southern Alberta (Calgary). She writes poetry, non-fiction, and criticism, yells on the Internet, and makes digital art. She has published two books of poetry, including [sic] (Frontenac House 2010), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Downverse (Talonbooks 2014). Her writing also appears in a number of journals and anthologies. She is also a founding member of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund and is the host of the Calgary chapter of the Dinner Party.

    The solo vehicle for Danny Milanese, hailing from the slightly more northerly environs of Ponoka, Gel Nails is the most current iteration of this fascinating artist's musical output. He recently participated in Gerry Morita's improv-based collaborative installtion 'RV There Yet?' in Calgary, and we've been fans of his work for what must be close to a decade, enjoying his previous guises (among them Ultra Bon Bon and others) on a semi-regular basis at the now-defunct Discord series (Bug Incision's electrifed spirit series-brother from the old Emmedia heyday). If you're lucky, DM will hopefully have some of his artwork for sale as well. Always a treat to see this outfit.


  • Program scans from 2006-2009 finally added to Archives section

  • most recent releases available now:

    • Patrick Farmer/Christian Munthe: Angle of Repose
    • Usurper: You Can Do It
    • Cody Oliver: Rodent Landscapes
    • Scott Thomson: Heures Indues

coming soon:

  • new releases:
    • next volume of the Dan Meichel Archives (Chris Dadge Quartet Live At Beatniq)
    • Dadge-Wilcke duo Two Live Pieces
    • Bent Spoon Trio Nine Year Itch

  • photo + video archival materials