Wavelength 15 Best Bets

Don't miss the next indie breakthrough

This weekend, the Wavelength Music Series celebrates 15 glorious years of indie music. What started as a weekly concert series has turned into an annual festival that showcases some of Canada’s best up-and-coming talent. If their past-performers are any indication, Wavelength is your chance to see the next indie breakthrough.

The festivities will take place over three nights this year; February 13th – 15th, at multiple venues around the city. If you’re trying to decide which shows to check out, here are 5 must-see sets.
 

LOWELL

February 14 | Polish Combatants Hall | Tickets

You may be familiar with this pop songstress. Her debut record Loved Her Dearly was released last year, and she opened up Indie88’s first birthday last September. Her live performances are filled with passion, confidence and energy – not to mention her beautiful voice. If you’re looking for tunes to help you get your dance on, this is the act to check out.


 

NEW FRIES

February 15 | The Garrison | Tickets

Maybe you caught these guys opening for Fucked Up when they played at The Horseshoe Tavern last year. If you did, you probably left a fan. Their straight-forward approach to spazz-rock makes for a boisterous live outing that you don’t want to miss.


 

BART

February 15 | The Garrison | Tickets

BART is a band with a great name and a great array of members. They consists of former members from The Elwins and Ruby Coast, but their live group also steals members from Biblical and Hooded Fang. The band makes an infectious brand of prog-rock, and it’s clear this isn’t their first rodeo when it comes to making music.


 

CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER

February 13 | Sneaky Dee’s | Tickets

This Toronto band hasn’t played a show together in quite some time. In fact, they met their demise in 2006 and went their separate ways. Now, to celebrate 15 years of Wavelength, the influential crew has came together to play night one of the festival at Sneaky Dee’s. It’s a reunion that would be silly to pass on.


 

THE ACORN

February 14 | Polish Combatants Hall | tickets

These Ottawa natives are making the 6-hour journey down the 401 to the big smoke for a set filled with indie-folk perfection. Although the band has played a few scattered shows here and there, this is slated as their “official” reunion show. Catch them as one of the many great acts on “lovers day” at Polish Combatants Hall.