Top 5 acts to check out at Wavelength Winter Festival 19

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Wavelength Music has announced new All Ages programming at the 19th annual Wavelength Winter Festival, warming up winter from February 15-17, 2019 in downtown Toronto, Canada. #WL19 is a three-night live curated mixtape of the best NEW independent music from the Canadian underground scene. We’ve picked the top 5 acts we think you should check out at the festival (Don’t worry, you can see the full schedule below).

  • Isla Den will be augmenting their Saturday February 16 evening performance at The Garrison with an interactive art installation – the “” video mixing station but it will be on display through all three nights of night time shows (Feb. 15-17) at The Garrison (19+)
  • Buzz Records’ new wave garage-poppers Twist will bring their beautiful indie sound to the Garrison on February 16.
  • Cathartic drone-pop from Montreal Anemone will hit The Garrison on February 16. It’s also their album release for ‘Beat My Distance’.
  • nêhiyawak from amiskwaciy [Edmonton] on Treaty 6 territory bring their indigenous space-rock trio to the Monarch Tavern for a day show in February 17.
  • Toronto psych-folk collective Beams are playing February 17 at The Garrison.

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. (See below for full panel details.)

And 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 .

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 and in stores in Toronto at Rotate This (801 Queen Street West, Toronto) and Soundscapes (572 College Street, Toronto).

Regular Wavelength concert-goers may also purchase a Wavelength Passport, which permits entry to all three nights of Wavelength Winter Festival 19, as well as admission to Camp Wavelength 2019 and every event of the Wavelength Monthly Music Series for the whole year – for the low price of $99.99.

#WL19 FULL Festival Schedule:

Dates & Venues

Pre-Festival Panel Discussion: Feb. 12 at Toronto Media Arts Centre (FREE, All Ages)
Nighttime Shows: Feb. 15-17 at The Garrison (19+, ticketed)
Daytime Show: Feb. 17 at Monarch Tavern (All Ages, ticketed)
All venues are Accessible.

Tuesday February 12

Pre-Festival Panel Discussion
Presented in partnership with City Hall Live

Carmen Elle (DIANA)
Rosina Kazi (Bricks & Glitter, Unit 2, LAL)
Daniel Mack (Unit 2)
Kayla McGee (The Music Gallery)
Les Seaforth ($5 Rap Show, More or Les)
with moderator, Emma Bortolon-Vettor (Wavelength, Bonnie Trash, FPOP)

Plus! Live set by Heaven (cosmic avant-pop)

Panel Abstract: DIY scenes are built on unwritten codes in how we construct and negotiate scenes, and for a ton of reasons: economics, demographics, and geography are a few of the heavy hitters. Others might be a lack of documentation or mentorship, or different expectations of what constitutes fairness. Let’s write down the unwritten rules of DIY arts scenes and stand them on their heads. It’s time for us to crack these codes and bake a cake with one hell of a recipe.

@ Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar St.)
7-9pm • All Ages
FREE admission (seating first come, first served)


Friday February 15

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Office of the French Embassy in Canada and Alliance Française de Toronto:

MÉLISSA LAVEAUX (Paris FR – Franco-funk/soul-pop from this Haitian-Canadian boundary-breaker)

LEX LEOSIS (Toronto – Hip-hop emcee, spoken word artist & member of The Sorority)

MYST MILANO (Toronto – Queer/punk-rooted hip-hop emcee/producer)

@ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
Doors 8:00pm • 19+
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at the door
Ticket link:


Saturday February 16

ANEMONE (Montreal – Communally cathartic drone-pop / Album release for “Beat My Distance”!)

TWIST (Toronto – New wave garage-pop / Buzz Records)

FUTURE PEERS (Toronto – Indie88-approved synth-pop dance-rock)

ISLA DEN (Toronto – New Age analog dream-pop)

PRECIOUS JEWEL – Late Night Set! (Toronto – Queer electro-pop video release dance party)
With host, Pearle Harbour

@ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
Doors 8:00pm • 19+

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at the door
Ticket link:


ALL AGES DAY SHOW! Sunday February 17

Presented in partnership with Exclaim!:
NÊHIYAWAK (from amiskwaciy [Edmonton] on Treaty 6 territory – Indigenous space-rock trio / Arts & Crafts)
KINGDOM OF BIRDS (Toronto – Youthful pure-indie-rock trio)

@ Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.)
Doors 3:00pm • AA
Tickets: $10 advance / $15 at the door
Ticket link:


Sunday February 17

Presented in partnership with Native Women in the Arts:
ELISAPIE (Montreal – Inuk indie-folk singer/songwriter, digging deep into the Indigenous songbook)

BEAMS (Toronto – Shimmering psych-folk collective)

LUNA LI (Toronto – Dreamy rock & angel pop)

@ The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)
Doors 8:00pm • 19+

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at the door
Ticket link:

Installations and Projections by:

General Chaos Visuals
Roxanne Ignatius
Isla Den: – video mixing station
(Feb. 15-17 at the Garrison only.)

Festival Passes

(includes All Ages daytime programming to be announced)

Ticket link:

(includes access to Wavelength Winter Festival, Camp Wavelength 2019 & Wavelength Monthly Series through 2019)

Purchase link:

Advance ticket outlets

  • Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.)
  • Soundscapes (572 College St.)
  • (exclusive online ticket provider)