Wavelength Winter Festival 2019 is back with a killer lineup and it’s going to be packed with so many amazing acts this weekend, February 15-17 at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West). Wavelength Winter Festival is jam packed with Canadian talent from all over, and not just musicians but artist of all kinds. From the blues to pop to indie, this festival is going to be one that you will not want to miss.
Check out our list of the five must-see artists this year.
This Montreal native is a pile of talent. Her music is defined as being a mix of roots, folk and the blues, with every style revolving around her power vocals. Mélissa’s first album was released in 2006 and then got picked up by No Format!, which is a label based in Paris where she has released two of her albums. She comes back to Canada to perform at the festival this year, bringing along her newest album, Radyo Siwel, for the ride.
Québec is always producing amazing artists, and this woman is going to blow your socks off. Juggling all kinds of projects from documentaries about Inuit people in Nunavik to albums with her band Taima, Élipapie is always busy, but it never shows in her work. After winning the Aboriginal Recording of the year at the Juno awards back in 2005 for her album with her band, she went solo and released her first album in 2010. Her awards don’t end there and I don’t doubt they will stop at all.
This outrageously talented band of three comes all the way from Edmonton, specifically the Amiskwaciwâskahikan Treaty 6 Territory. Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal and Marek Tyler have come together to create music that is culturally strong and rich with story. Their music is full of wooden drums and synthesizers that work so well that it melts your mind. Catch them with their newest album, starlight.
Be ready to get sent into the future, as this band is nothing like this era. A group split between Los Angeles and Toronto, they get inspiration anywhere they go, taking pieces of genres and smashing them together to create their own unique sound. Luke Correia-Damude, Mike Lobel, Antonio Naranjo and Will Culbert have put together a group that just puts the clock in overdrive and brings you this auto-tuned, extremely energetic pop music.
Kingdom of Birds
Kingdom of Birds is probably the youngest band that will be at the festival. Aging from 10 to 15 years old, this group of musicians has accomplished so much already. Having released three albums of original music, this band sees nothing but success in the future. Ása, Sam, and Ewan have seriously made a mark with their genuine tunes that feel like no other. They also have a podcast where they interview Canadian artists that have inspired them and helped pave the way.