2020 events:

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover

    Cryingsnice (Chris Dadge on violin, Eric Hamelin on drums) will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Nate Waters. Dadge and Hamelin have been carving out their own soundworld over the last year and have a record primed for release on Bug Incision for early this year.

    First-time trio of guitarist Devin Friesen (aka Bitter Fictions and runner of Shaking Box Music), drummer Andrew Hume (Cold Water, Pale Lobo), and guitarist Evan Van Reekum (ex-Fist City). While the former two have logged many hours on BI bills, EVR has been more elusive, so we're excited to see them all on stage together.

    Tugboat is comprised of the ever-prolific Cain Davis and Jack Sinclaire, two of the leading lights of the newest generation of improvisors and sonic provocateurs in town. Not much is known of this duo aside from some "minimalist' leanings, so don't miss it.

    As a wonderful last minute addition to the bill, Laura Leif will provide a short set of vocal loops and pieces. Leif has been based in Finland the last few years, so chances to see this consummate singer-songwriter have been fewer than one would like. And this is a slightly different realm than usual for her, making it all the more juicy.

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover

    4 SOLOS:

    Over the past few years, Ethan Mitchell has established himself as one of Calgary's most exciting and adventurous cellists. Whether navigating the turbulent waters of ad hoc improvising groups, sitting in with established groups like the Bent Spoon Trio, or accompanying at one-off performance art showcases, Mitchell displays a strong, fluent command of the instrument, evidenced by his supple technique and big ears, but also maintains a good handle on more static, texture-inclined modes of playing.

    Whitney Ota has been a presence in western Canada's creative music world for over a decade now, initially making waves in Calgary with a duo called Wild & Majestic, and his much-missed label Unit Structure Sound Recordings. Since then he's worked with a dazzling variety of units, including free-rock trio Burro, electronic madness purveyors Dada Centauri, and his long-running kosmiche-fueled solo project Yankee Yankee. His recent activities have seen him focused on the bewildering range of possibilities offered by his modular synthesizer, on which he will perform for this night.

    Like Mitchell, Rob Oxoby also sits at the forefront of Calgary's adventurous stringed instrument-wielding community, here at the double bass. Oxoby has played and recorded with the likes of Joe Morris, Tatsuya Nakatani, Stephen Haynes, and others, and maintains a regular playing schedule with other Calgary free music stalwarts Eric Hamelin and Jonathon Wilcke in their trio Not Now, Hamelin. One of the inherent pitfalls of the double bass is its tendency to occasionally get lost in a mess of other instrumental noise, so it will be a pleasure to hear Oxoby sans distractions.

    Mary Cleland is an unaccompanied experimental undertaker whose sound settles amidst hard-techno and harsh-noise. It poses as an audible pleasure, yet a detectable facility for vexation. Writhing in the entrails of the interdisciplinary artist, it is commonly gorged in Calgary's outsider experimental and noise music scene. Mary’s sounds of distress are occasionally consumed in D.I.Y. venues such as alleys, basements, blackened truck bays, and historical sites.

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover


    For those not in the know about these guys, the lapse could be forgiven: the Vertrek name had been out of commission for the last 19 years, and this new trio version of the group only played together for the first time last May. (The core of the Edmonton-based group - then an "Ensemble" comprised of Vadim Budman on guitars etc and Ron de Jong on drums etc - were recently joined by guitarist Jason Scott.) Those who had their ears to the ground those near-two decades ago will remember them from their albums with past Bug Incision guest and ex-Calgarian Eugene Chadbourne and (!) Derek Bailey, in addition to a lot of other worthwhile activity (including releasing a juicy CD of Bailey with Eddie Prévost). In a weirdly perverse turn of history, Bug Incision's existence fits pretty neatly inside that stretch of time during which these guys weren't up to as much - if Bug Incision was around in the late 90s, we surely would have seen the Vertrek name on loads of our bills. So, this reunion is happily filling that hole in our network of improvisors, and the group (with Budman at the Bass VI this time out) sounds great, as evidenced by their recent issue of that first trio session - just as spiky and questing as ever. Check it out:

    And their album with Derek Bailey:

    We are excited to be presenting a new mutual friend of our buddies in Sound of the Mountain, fellow Montrealer Dominic Jasmin. From his bio: "Dominic Jasmin is a composer and electronics improviser from Montreal, Canada. He explores the duality of fixed media and spontaneous composition, looking to bridge the perceived esthetic gaps between both practices. His music is based on musique concrète techniques like looping, sampling and effects used in a freely improvised setting to create complex layers of sound which are articulated in response to one another in realtime."


    Another long-overdue installment of Mark Fleischhaker's unhinged solo project. Fleischhaker has been known to select pockets of people in Saskatchewan and Alberta for his work as a vocalist, drummer, and conceptualizer of strange bands for the better part of 30 years. As a vocalist, he can cover a lot of ground as a master of heartfelt, guerilla karaoke one day, and the next rip in a truly adept fashion as an improvisor, utilizing his killer range and masterful effects manipulation. He's similarly flexible behind the kit, one of the city's best drummer that doesn't get heard nearly enough (his trio with Scott Munro and Chris Dadge, Lord Something, provides ample evidence however). The Terrible Crayon project is always shifting slightly, so it's tough to say what blend of vocals, domestic field recordings, and electronics he'll be packing, but it's always concise and good. Recommended!

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