Stereophonic festival showcases local talent and community radio.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – CHMA is gearing up once again for its annual Stereophonic Music Festival.
Featuring some of the best independent music from around the Maritimes and beyond, the 11th annual Sterephonic will kick off in Sackville tonight and will run through the weekend.
“Like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, Stereophonic is a way of celebrating another year of community radio, local music, and friend's music from across Canada,” says Kevin Brasier, one of the festival organizers.
More than two dozen performers will take the stage at six different venues throughout the four-day lineup, featuring the likes of Julie Doiron, Lucas Hicks, BA Johnston, Baby Eagle, among many others.
“There is something for everyone at this year’s Stereophonic,” says Brasier, “from the softer singer-songwriting of Jennah Barry, to the alt-country sounds of Fiver, and the loud, high energy music of Julie Doiron and the Wrong Guys.”
This year’s line-up will also include a handful of brand new Sackville bands that have sprung up since the last Sterephonic, he says.
“We hope everyone will take the time to see Weird Lines, Kappa Chow, Jerk Damaged, Grease Beast, Boxers, and Max Grizzly and the Entertainment. These new groups prove that Sackville's music community is as strong, and loud, as ever, and have CHMA to thank for nurturing their noisy beginnings.”
The first of the shows get under way tonight (Jan. 15) at 8 p.m. at the Sackville Legion featuring Lucas Hicks, BA Johnston and Max Grizzly and the Entertainment.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Mount A Chapel and the Pond on campus will be the places to be with shows including Michael Duguay, Nick Ferrio, Good Things, Walrus and Grease Beast.
Friday’s performances will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the Vogue Theatre with Pat LePoidevin, Baby Eagle, and Jennah Barry, followed up by a show at George’s Roadhouse featuring The Grubbies, Weird Lines, Construction & Destruction, The Mouthbreathers, Julie Doiron and the Wrong Guys starting at 10 p.m.
Brasier says he is especially anticipating Saturday afternoon’s performances, which will put the spotlight on several local youth who are involved in an all-girls rock camp this week.
“I'm most excited for the Radio Girls Rock Camp showcase on Saturday at the Vogue,” he says.
Radio Girls Rock Camp is a music camp for girls which has been put on with the support of CHMA and Leadership Mount Allison.
“There has never been a program in Sackville that specifically encourages young girls to engage with positive female role models in an exclusively artistic and cultural context. The camp is running all week, and on Saturday the town will get a chance to see what these talented girls can do.”
The show will also include the all-female band Dark for Dark.
On Saturday night, music lovers can take in performances at Struts Gallery and George’s Roadhouse by the Boxers, Wooden Wives, Jerk Damaged, Kappa Chow, Nap Eyes, Fiver, Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers.
Stereophonic is an annual music festival organized by the staff and volunteers of CHMA 106.9 FM, a 50-watt campus-community radio station serving Mount Allison University and the greater Tantramar region.
Now in its 11th year, the festival is dedicated to promoting local talent and volunteerism on all level and celebrating the vitality of independent music.
Festival passes for Stereophonic 11 can be purchased at Stereophonic headquarters at 19 Bridge Street, next to Black Duck cafe, or at the shows. For full details on Stereophonic Music Festival’s schedule, visit the event's blog at http://stereophonicmusicfestival.wordpress.com/