Upcoming: Wavelength 300 sixth anniversary
Not to go all Joni Mitchell on anyone's ass, but sometimes it takes almost losing something to realize how much you really appreciate it.
At least that's the case with long-running T.O. weekly Wavelength , the pwyc indie music series/zine/community social that celebrates its sixth anniversary in a four-show extravaganza Thursday through Sunday.
Wavelength's gone through many mutations since its early days at Ted's Wrecking Yard. You may not realize that by the end of 2004, co-founder Jonny "Dovercourt" Bunce , frustrated that he'd ended up shouldering the bulk of the work for what was originally a collective endeavour, was ready to kill it off for good.
"I couldn't imagine it continuing without me," he says sheepishly. "Luckily, there was a huge outcry, and I got the message into my skull that other people could step up. Instead of retiring, I stepped back and let it become a community enterprise again."
Happily, members of the local music scene were willing to take on the project. Despite having little experience booking and promoting shows, Wavelength regular Ryan McLaren stepped up to share booking duties with Dylan Reibling and Keith Hamilton , while local shooter Kevin Parnell - who's been helping document a subculture, part of Bunce's initial motivation for Wavelength - took on more responsibilities.
"Wavelength should be passed on between generations," says McLaren. "I love everything about it. I'm not a musician - I started going as a fan. But I got pulled in, and I still feel in awe of the whole thing."
Having such a community push behind this last year of Wavelength is one reason the sixth anniversary bash is even more ambitious than past b-day blowouts.
Tonight (Thursday, February 9) the event kicks off with panel discussions where folks like promoter Amy Hersenhoren and Duncan "Doc Pickles" MacDonnell debate the meaning of "indie," Bunce, Bernard Kadosh and others sound off on the myth of Torontopia and Christina Zeidler , McLaren and Carl Wilson ponder "Where do we go from here?"
Learn what's in store for the future of Wavelength (pssst... paper zine returns!) or just show up to snarl at the people who dis you from the safe anonymity of their Stillepost. ca avatars.
The panels, 7 pm at Speakeasy (120 Church), are followed by a killer show featuring Anagram , Republic of Safety , Kickers , Feuermusik and more at 9 pm. Friday (February 10) offers punk rock destruction courtesy of the Lullabye Arkestra-No Dynamics collabo LAND , Bloc partying from Lenin I Shumov , the Bicycles and underrated threat Castlemusic at the Boat (158 Augusta). Saturday (February 11) at the Music Gallery (197 John), the vibraphone-happy Hylozoists play alongside Picastro , Ohbijou , Woodhands and more, while Sunday (February 12) Wavelength returns to its regular stomping ground at Sneaky Dee's (403 College) for sets from Henri Faberge & the Adorables , Ninja High School , the Secret Handshake and the Phonemes . Best of all: it's all pay what you can ($5 to $10 suggested).