East End Community Centre Grounds
In partnership with Brandon Pride. Free for everyone!
July 12, 2018 ● 7 p.m.
A five-piece group from Winnipeg, Yes We Mystic grabs ideas and aesthetics from all over the map and ventures to morph them into something entirely different. They take their favorite bits of folk, rock, and R&B, hurl strings and mandolins together with synthesizers, pedals, and samples, and come up with music that can mellow and groove but climb in an instant to towering, frenzied heights. Throwing opposites together creates a space. Yes We Mystic prides itself in living in these spaces.
In 2014, Yes We Mystic toured the country multiple times on their Head in the Sand release Floods and Fires, including highlight performances at NXNE, M for Montreal, and Breakout West, sharing the stage with Dan Mangan. Amidst the touring and writing, they found time to record a 7” record entitled Vestige with John Paul Peters (Tanya Tagaq, Royal Canoe) mixed by Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, We Are the City, Andy Shauf) which was released in May to nationwide acclaim. 2015 will be their biggest year yet. Besides releasing Vestige, they have completed work on their debut LP and will tour across Canada many more times.
Their 2013 EP Floods and Fires was hailed as “a complexly orchestrated masterpiece of the blossoming indie folk genre” (Willow Grier, Beatroute Magazine). Yet it was in Vestige that Yes We Mystic began to reveal what they had long been planning. music with the same heart, but with a different face. The folk of Floods is an element still incorporated, if de-emphasized, in their newer work. by approaching genre as a tool rather than a barrier, a wider swath of sounds is available to convey the same style and emotion that the band has valued since the start. The result of this “fearless creative energy” (Sarah Murphy, Exclaim Magazine), was hailed as “simply gorgeous” (Julijana Capone, Beatroute Magazine). Their debut record was recorded this summer in Montreal by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade).More Info
In partnership with Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Free for everyone!
August 9, 2018 ● 7 p.m.
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of Iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her debut single “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women here in Canada.
Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, Iskwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, Iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.
If you had to put a finger on it, perhaps the best descriptor for the band’s sound is “intense, cinematic art pop”. The band took a bold step toward this new direction in their 2015 two-song 7” ‘Vestige’, a change from their folkier 2013 debut. It’s not often that a short EP from a young band stirs up as much excitement as Vestige did. The release, though just a tiny sampling of what was to come, was met with acclaim from all across the country.
Iskwé garnered a win at the 2017 West Coast Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year.More Info
Striking the Stage: Sound tech workshop with Jon Chiupka
6 p.m. | BU School of Music, Room 1-43
Songwriting workshop with Yes We Mystic
BU School of Music, Room 1-43
6:30 p.m. | City of Brandon Youth Centre
100th Meridian Concerts is replacing the Summer Lights Concert Series, which aimed to bring top-notch Canadian and Manitoban musicians to Brandon and produce high quality concerts, while allowing local and emerging talent an opportunity to perform alongside established musicians. 100th Meridian Concerts will continue that pursuit, but will also focus on community development through collaboration with different community organizations.
The program will present concerts throughout Brandon, bringing live music to sections of the community where it may not have been before. 100th Meridian Concerts will also continue the mentorship program that has proved useful to so many young Westman musicians and artists by providing free workshops facilitated by headlining musicians and industry professionals.