March 26th – Whistler ft. PIQSIQ, Matthew Cardinal & Stephanie Kuse, Exquisite Ghost
Vaccine passports required.
Indigenous & Afro-futurist film screenings with cash bar.
7:30pm Indigenous Welcome followed by performances.
Spacious seating in-the-round with surround sound.
Limited parking is available onsite off Blackcomb Way; additional parking is available along Blackcomb Way (2 hours max street parking) and in the #1 and 2 Day Lots (a 10 minute, lit walk along the Valley Trail from SLCC.)
The Garden City Electronic Music Society presents an intimate evening of indigenous futurism in sound, visuals and film.
With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they leave their listeners enthralled with the infinity of possible answers to the question “what is the meaning of life.”
With roots in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Kivalliq Regions, the sisters grew up in Yellowknife, NWT, where endless sunlight shines for two short summer months and deep, wintery darkness consumes the rest of the year. These environmental extremes had a huge impact on Tiffany and Kayley’s overall aesthetic and the pair have always engrossed themselves in creating soundtracks to life that reflect this natural phenomenon.
Matthew Cardinal is an amiskwaciy (Edmonton) -based musician, composer, and sound designer, known for his work with Polaris Short List nominee group nêhiyawak. Cardinal’s solo full-length album Asterisms was released in October 2020 on Arts & Crafts. His music moves from delicate, minimalist pieces to vast drones and sparkling, modular synthesizer compositions.
STEPHANIE KUSE | Saskatoon | Sparkling Naturescapes
Stephanie Kuse is a Saskatoon-based media artist working with digitally manipulated video footage of natural textures to create painterly abstract video art. She amplifies and distorts details pulled from patterns and textures found in nature. The resulting compositions are vibrant and synthetic, maintaining the organic energy and movement derived from the source material. She has produced multiple audio/video installations, created projections for music videos and theatre productions and performed live projections on several tours throughout Canada in addition to touring Germany in the fall of 2019.
Exquisite Ghost creates the type of music people will tend to wrack their brains over – that is, complex, yet vague. In his world are beats that stay steady and others that skitter off course at will, always propelling themselves through the layered and often swirling soundscapes that surround them. A wealth of organic and acoustic motifs merge with aureate synths, glitched fills and smokey-room jazz chill. There’s a sense of pristine spaciousness within this music, facets of its being gliding about the frameworks of the tracks, coming to the forefront at times and simply melting into the atmospherics at others, seeming to occupy a three-dimensional space with the other elements of the productions. The architect of ExGhost’s expansive structures is Jordan Thomas, constructed from his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Curated by Tobias c. Van Veen
Sound & lighting by XL/AV
This event is supported by the Government of Canada, the BC Arts Council, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, XL Audio Visual, PIQUE Newsmagazine, Do604, and Modo Carshare Cooperative.