Wonderment 2019 culminates in the Wonderment Festival Weekend, taking place over the BC Day Weekend… Join us for two free, all-ages showcases of downtempo and ambient music, and night-time programming…
About the Artists…
Obsolete Components, Sub-Static, Cynosure, 7th City, Eclipse Music, Deep Data, Helena, Assemble
For over 25 years, Matt Thibideau has been involved in making electronic music. Growing up in the small Ontario town of Wallaceburg, Matt was in close proximity to the Detroit techno scene in its early years.
Over time Matt’s interest in electronic music grew and he relocated to Toronto where his music career began in earnest. He dove into making ambient, minimal and dub techno music after experiencing some of the local underground parties. This lead to several releases under the “Altitude” moniker on Blue Recordings in the mid to late 90’s. This started a chain reaction of working with other Toronto labels such as Chair and Cynosure Recordings. Matt and his twin brother and fellow synth enthusiast, Mark, also have a project called Repair, featuring vocalist Dawn Lewis, and run the boutique label “Obsolete Components” – based on their use of vintage synthesizers and recording equipment. Matt and Mark were featured in the 2014 film, “I Dream of Wires”.
Matt has performed live at several venues and festivals, including Tresor (Berlin), Mutek Festival (Montreal), Watergate (Berlin), and The Bunker (NYC). His performances focus on the use of Analog and
Digital hardware without a laptop. Throughout Matt’s Career, he has performed with the likes of Monolake, Deadbeat, Mike Shannon, Mathew Johnson, Daniel Bell, Krihan, S.I.T., Mike Huckaby, Octave One, Christina Sealy (Orphyx), Molly, Barbara Preisinger, Falko Brocksieper, Nicholas Jar, Eric Miller, Pantone, Akufen, Audio Werner, Raresh, Deepchord, Vera and Isolee amongst many others.
Woodwork Recordings, Definitive Records, Thoughtless Music
Producing music in obscurity since the early 1990s, Pete Grove’s production ethos breaches a myriad of styles and genres. Pete remains low key while diligently pushing forward with creative energy… performing and producing electronic music as sunkissed, hues, motion sensor, and streetlights while writing modern new wave pop as candlewax, his works are weathered by experience, but pure with curiosity and innocence. Pete performs on Saturday, August 3rd at West Bridge Plaza.
Silent Season, Teknofonika, Sem Label, Dronarivm, Slow Flow, Tokyo Droning
Segue is Jordan Sauer from Vancouver, Canada, who has produced music as Segue since 2006. Segue’s draws inspiration from a wide range of musical influences and his early years studying classical violin, and his productions take dub-electronic in a more melodic, uplifting direction than the genre is typically known for. With each composition, Segue transports the listener to lush green forest landscapes, bucolic mountain vistas, and deep blue tropical island scenes. He has released several albums, EP’s and collaborations, and is looking forward to his third LP, ‘The Island,’ out on Silent Season summer 2019. His 2013 release, Pacifica, listed in Resident Advisor’s top 20 albums of that year. His new album, “The Island”, is a collection of reflections on locations throughout Vancouver Island. Segue performs on Sunday, August 4th at Banfield Park.
Jules Chaz pioneered the new-school approach of merging improvisational jazz with electronic music alongside Cobblestone Jazz’s Danuel Tate around the turn of the millenium (back then, his principle vehicle for such explorations was the Victoria trio Eep Op Orp). He has since released on the Wagon Repair imprint and continues to make eclectic jazz-influenced electronic music, on his own, as part of the extended Cobblestone Jazz family, and with hip-hop artists such as Moka Only. Jules Chaz performs on Saturday, August 3rd at West Bridge Plaza.
Cindy Reichel is a co-founder of the Seattle synth store, Patchwerks, and a leader in electronic music education in the Pacific Northwest. Cindy first came to Victoria as part of GCEMS’ collaboration with the Computer Music Course Union at the University of Victoria, and performed live at Wonderment in 2018. Cindy performs on Sunday, August 4th at Banfield Park.
The SoLow is Ian Kennington, who in the physical isolation of Ucluelet has made a name for himself through online live performances transmitted by video stream to synth enthusiast groups around the world. Ian debuted as an in-person performer at Banfield Park last summer and was one of the highlights of the 2018 Wonderment series. Working with a modular system, his music evokes the era of early Orb and Aphex Twin ambience. The SoLow performs on Sunday, August 4th at Banfield Park.
Psychic Pollution – Victoria – Eat Glass Records
There’s a cold neu future brewing and its nostalgic gurgles can be heard in the records of the increasingly prolific Psychic Pollution. Psych heavy and Kraut in scope with sporadic kosmiche sampling that fits somewhere in the Berlin School of electronic music.
MAL/GOD w/ okpk – Victoria – Low Indigo
Mal/God is a new collaboration between bass producer okpk (Dan Godlovitch) and percussionist Colin Malloy. Combining live percussion and analogue electronics, the duo explores the meeting point between the fractured beats of modern club music and Afro-Cuban inspired polyrhythms. Dan Godlovitch is a musician, sound designer, and digital instrument developer based in Victoria BC. MAL/GOD performs on Saturday, August 3rd at West Bridge Plaza.
JVZ is an electronic music producer and pianist currently based in Victoria, who has been releasing music on Bandcamp since 2014. In near obscurity he has produced an impressive multi-genre body of work with a DIY aesthetic, using lo-fi sounds and legacy software, incorporating found sounds, field recordings and noise. Holding an undergrad degree in Music from Vancouver Island University, his work is informed by his studies of jazz theory and improvisation, and draws on themes of the natural world and the human condition. JVZ performs on Saturday, August 3rd at West Bridge Plaza.
Chris Rozek and DJ Dub Gnostic first met in the chill-out rooms of early 1990s Toronto raves. Both have been making electronic music since the mid-90s. Reunited in Victoria BC in 2009, they’ve been making music for the dance floor and chill-out room since 2010, merging the diverse influences from their youth – from Detroit to Berlin to Bristol – always with a dub flavour. Caascadia Sound perform on Saturday, August 3rd at West Bridge Point.
JP Meldrum is best known for his work with local favorites Formidable Licorice, but has been producing and performing ambient and drone music on his own for years. JP will perform on Sunday, August 4th at Banfield Park.
Updates and other information may be found on the Facebook Event Pages…
Wonderment is supported by the BC Arts Council, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Public Library, with assistance from Long & McQuade, MODO Car Co-Op, Sunbelt Rentals and Metropol Industries.