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The Brampton Indie Arts Festival 2006 - Program (subject to change)

February 8-11, 2006
The Heritage Theatre: 86 Main Street North, Brampton, L6V 1N7
Beaux Arts Gallery: 74 Main Street N. Brampton, L6V 1N7
Festival Pass: $25 festival pass - only 100 passes are available, so don't slack!
Nightly tickets (at the door): $12 each or $6 student (must have proof)

Advance ticket price per night: Just $10

Driving/accomodations

Sponsors:
The City of Brampton, Japan Foundation, terminus1525.ca, CIUT89.5FM, Steamwhistle Breweries, Broken Pencil Magazine, Take One Magazine, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, Howard Johnson’s Brampton (special group rate), and the SOCAN Foundation, Take One Magazine, Musician's Choice, University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.

Click on any date to scroll ahead: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Visual/Multimedia Artists


Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

8:00 The Bathroom Series - Heritage Theatre Washrooms
A first at the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, art too dirty for the mainstage, and gender-specific! Each night of the festival, a special guest artist will perform in the women's and men's washrooms.

Tonight's special guests:
Men's washroom (10-minute sets at 9,10, and 11PM): MC NTSC
Women's washroom (10-minute sets at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30PM):: Eien Hi
8:00 Alternative to the Alternative Series - Beaux Arts Gallery (next door to the Heritage Theatre)

This year, special guest artists will be featured in the "alternative to the alternative" series from the Beaux-Arts gallery adjascent to the Heritage Theatre.

On the opening night of this series catch the Quadriplegic Twelve at 8:20, and Kat Burns at 9:30.
8:00 Opening Ceremony, Heritage Theatre
Curtains, the official puppet MC of The Brampton Indie Arts Festival will get things rolling at the Heritage Theatre with an opening ceremony. Puppet wine, puppet cheese, the whole bit...
8:05 The Mini Parade of Noises (sponsored in part by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music)
A group of over 100 grade four students from Hickory Wood Public School in Brampton will clean the ears of the audience members with a mini Parade of Noises inside the Heritage Theatre. The students will parade inside the theatre using homemade musical instruments, and will be accompanied by professional musicians from the greater Toronto area.
8:20 Film: Benediction
Director: Tess Girard
Genre: experimental
Duration: 11:30

A filmmaker's exploration of fleeting existence. Filtered through a personal story, Benediction is a last attempt to pay homage to those things left and leaving. When faced with the realization of her grandfather's mortality, a young filmmaker journeys to find meaning in the wake of absence and loss.
8:35 I Heart Robot - A rock opera for the new millenium
I HEART ROBOT is an 18-minute multimedia extravaganza featuring over 20 musicians, and actors. Members of The Haymakers and Faceless Lazers will provide the live soundtrack, accompanied by onstage dancing robots, and an animated film. This piece was written in part as a simple re-tooling of the Frankenstein story mixed with the dangerous themes of the computer age and the loneliness of the computer nerd. WORLD DEBUT!
8:50 INTERMISSION
9:00 Five Blank Pages
Bridging pop hooks and grunge distortion with delicate harmonies, FBP brings foorth a medley of raw emotion and a spectrum of style on their debut 6-song EP "Spaces to Occupy and Abandon". FBP provide a new edge to indie rock while remaining accessible to a wider audience.
9:15 Comedian Levi MacDougall makes his debut to the Brampton Indie Arts Festival stage.
9:30 Film: The Truth about Standing Still
Director: David Aronson
Genre: drama
Duration: 15:00

"The Truth About Standing Still" is the director's 5th short film and it features the music of Gentleman Reg.
9:45 INTERMISSION
10:00 The Vulcan Dub Squad

Eight years on, the steady road travelled by The Vulcan Dub Squad remains much the same as the band continues to create their own blend of garage/soft-psych and indie/shoegaze-pop music veiled in theatre and high energy shows. Successes have in turn laid the foundations for their latest offering 'Just Watch Us' (2005), a self recorded/produced masterpiece that melds a lo-fi, AM-radio styled wrapping to songs lush with vocal melodies and densely layered arrangements that sonically fall somewhere between the notes of The Kinks, The Free Design and Godspeed! You Black Emperor.


Thursday, February 9th, 2006

8:00 The Bathroom Series - Heritage Theatre Washrooms
A first at the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, art too dirty for the mainstage, and gender-specific! Each night of the festival, a special guest artist will perform in the women's and men's washrooms.

Tonight's special guests:
Women's washroom (10-minute sets at 8:30, 9:30, & 10:30PM):: Erin Crickett, sound bent toys
Men's washroom (10-minute sets at 9,10, and 11PM): Jeff Burke, bassoon
Alternative to the Alternative Series - Beaux Arts Gallery (next door to the Heritage Theatre)

This year, special guest artists will be featured in the "alternative to the alternative" series from the Beaux-Arts gallery adjascent to the Heritage Theatre.

Tonight catch Kingston's Kyra & Tully at 8:15, and Oshawa's Kimberley Pritchard (accordion)/Kristen Theriault (harp) at 9:00.
8:00 Hector Moreno (cello), Aleksandra Labinska (violin), Mohsin Bhujwalla (viola)
8:15 Film: Oh My God
Director: John Bryant [USA]
Genre: gore
Duration: 9:52

It's been a bloody awful end to the day for this Texan, unfortunately it only seems to be getting worse.
8:20 Film: Academy Stripper
Director: Ric Raxlen [Victoria, BC]
Genre: burlesque
Duration: 2:00

BC director Ric Raxlen has worked in film for over 30 years. His recent work focuses on rotoscope and short avant garde animation. His work is featured in Pacific Cinemateque and Cinematque Quebecois.
8:25 Reily
Reily is a collision of styles and influences - with a sound that is loosely described as the meeting of folk and indie rock. The sound strives to be simple, direct, yet unpredictible.
8:40 INTERMISSION
8:50 Bedtime, Sleepyhead

Often compared to the alternative rock bands from the 90s, Bedtime Sleepyhead prefer to call their sound dark indie pop. No matter what their music is called this GTA band likes to make noise.
9:05 Film: The Uninvited Ghoul [2004] *world premiere
Director: Matt White [Alton, ON]
Genre: horror
Duration: 40:00

Matt White grew up watching the classic horror films of Vincent Price and Hammer Studios. The Uninvited Ghoul is a result of those inspirations. Starring indie rock legend Ryan Masters.
9:45 INTERMISSION
10:00 The Most Serene Republic are an electronic based indie rock band, ala the Postal Service, from Milton, ON. The brain child of Adrian Jewett & Ryan Lenssen, the band has now grown in numbers to include Nick Greaves on guitar, Adam Nimmo on drums, and Andrew McArthur on bass. Their live shows are not to be missed. Their Arts and Crafts debut album now in stores, titled “The Underwater Cinematographer” is filled with beautiful songs that evoke the great lush musical interplay of Broken Social Scene and the amazing pop sensibilities of Death Cab for Cutie with inflections of that raw Flaming Lips indie rock feel. They recently returned from a tour with label mates Broken Social Scene overseas. Don't miss their trumphant return to the BIAF.


Friday, February 10th, 2006

8:00 The Bathroom Series - Heritage Theatre Washrooms
A first at the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, art too dirty for the mainstage, and gender-specific! Each night of the festival, a special guest artist will perform in the women's and men's washrooms.

Tonight's special guests:
Men's washroom (10-minute sets at 9,10, and 11PM): Dollarama
Dollarama is a duo, it is Aaron Bronsteter and Eric Warner. Dollarama is a collective, it has rotating members. Every instrument can cost no more than $1 + tax and no member can spend over $25 on their finds, if they do, they are not true members and not allowed to perform. Dollarama is better than most bands you see on television. Dollarama is the band you wish you thought of first. Literal trash pop from what could be a nine year olds’ birthday party. You bring the cake, Dollarama brings the unabashed fun.

Women's washroom (10-minute sets at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30PM): Toronto soprano Kristin Mueller sings Verdi on every hour..."Kristin Mueller-Heaslip is a Toronto-based singer and pianist. Recent appearances include the role of Ciel in Judith Thompson's 'Enoch Arden' and Andrew Staniland's 'tampobata' for singing piano player."
8:00 Alternative to the Alternative Series - Beaux Arts Gallery (next door to the Heritage Theatre)

This year, special guest artists will be featured in the "alternative to the alternative" series from the Beaux-Arts gallery adjscent to the Heritage Theatre. Tonight catch Scott Thomson (trombone) at 8:40, Michael Keith (Solo Guitar) at 9:15 and Nadja at 9:45
8:00 The Imports
Local indie heroes the Imports deliver an incomparable live show. The 2005 winner of the Jam Van Battle of the Bands, we are excited to present them in their debut BIAF performance.
8:15 Toronto poet Ryan Bird reads from his chapbook "Running Away, Screaming Like a Girl" [2005]
8:20 ONE MAN MACHINE (USA) is....

Inspired equally by John Coltrane and Iggy Pop, One Man Machine takes the soul of jazz and the energy of punk rock and marries them, the results are wonderful. Born and raised between the cultures of rural Louisiana and NYC Harlem. ONE MAN Machine’s life experiences are broad and this is apparent in the music that he creates. He has a range and depth that is profound.t

8:40 Film: Steve Englehart's "Coyote"
Filmmaker: Daniel T. Fischer & Daniel Fusca [Brampton ON]
Genre: action
Duration: 8 minutes

The nefarious shadow cabinet has devised a plan to send Coyote and Scorpio Rose into a lethal confrontation. Based on the Marvel comic series created by Steve Englehart (Batman, Captain America, The Hulk). Adapted by the award-winning filmmaker Daniel T. Fischer and becomer, Daniel Fusca.
8:50 INTERMISSION
9:00 InsideAMind
InsideAMind emerges from Toronto as a four-man scratch band, further stretching artistic boundaries by performing live original compositions with vinyl.
9:15

Film: Meat Love
Filmmaker: Jan Svankmajer
Genre: experimental
Duration: 1:00

9:17 Film: Role Playing Norweigan Style
Director: Eliza Crosland [Fergus, ON]
Genre: experimental
Duration: 12:50

Eliza and Megan Crosland, sisters since birth make digital films in and around the Wellington County.
9:30 Film: The Heart of the World
Filmmaker: Guy Maddin {Winnepeg, MB]
Genre: experimental
Duration: 5:00
9:35

Voted Favourite Folk/Roots Artist at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings. Tonight Tony will perform a solo set of songs.

9:50

INTERMISSION

10:00 Wheels on the Bus
Wheels on the Bus are four good friends striving to make honest and sincere music. Forming in 2001 and hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Wheels on the Bus continue to impress their loyal fan base and peers with their brand of gut-wrenching punk, metal and rock. Since their inception, they have played over 200 shows, toured Canada, and released two indie CDs. The BIAF is proud to welcome them to the Heritage Theatre for their debut performance at this festival.


Saturday, February 11th, 2006

4:00 Indie Zine Fair, sponsored by Broken Pencil Magazine.
8:00 The Bathroom Series - Heritage Theatre Washrooms
A first at the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, art too dirty for the mainstage, and gender-specific! Each night of the festival, a special guest artist will perform in the women's and men's washrooms.

Tonight's special guests:
Men's washroom (10-minute sets at 9,10, and 11PM):: Tiny Bill Cody
Women's washroom (10-minute sets at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30PM):: Kristen Theriault, harp
Alternative to the Alternative Series - Beaux Arts Gallery (next door to the Heritage Theatre)

8:15 - catch London, Ontario's Boot Disk is an experimental audio/visual performance trio that mixes sound and image live. Part electronic music/part cinematic cut & paste; Boot Disk is at the forefront of a/v experimentation. Boot Disc is a collaboration between electronic musician Thomas Cermak, turntablist Matti Paquiz, and video guru Skot Deeming.

9:00 - Poet Lynn Harrigan reads from her new book "Moon Sea Crossing" (Black Moss Press) accompanied by ambient soundscape artists dreamSTATE (Scott M2 and Jamie Todd).

9:45 - The Houseplants like to sing and write songs with friends. Featuring Perry Joseph, Gordon Shawcross, and Michael Herring.
8:00 Flotilla
Montreal's Flotilla was formed around singer/songwriter Veronica Charnley in 2004, adding drums, bass, classical harp and electronics, Flotilla present a unique brand of melodic alt-pop.
8:15 Film: The Mousey Spinster
Director: Eliza Crosland
Genre: experimental
Duration: 6:30

Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Reel 48 Hour Film Festival 2005, this movie was made in 48 hours using a submarine, a pez dispenser and kazoos..
Eliza and Megan Crosland, sisters since birth make digital films in and around the Wellington County.
8:25 Nathan Coles Outfit
In addition to sharing the stage with such artists as Cuff the Duke, Barmitzvah Brothers, and Constantines, the Nathan Coles Outfit were recent featured artists at the Ottawa Bluefest in 2005.
8:50 Intermission
9:00 Bob Wiseman and Anand Rajaram present...Cowboys and Indians
Mime, Indian classical dance and cinema. A new mythology for a new age. Minimalist theatre with maximum impact.
9:45

Brampton's deranged ten-piece orchestra, The Lollipop People, under the direction of Friendly Rich, will perform songs from their new CD "We Need a New F-Word" to be released later this month.

10:10 Film: Walk for Walk
Director: Amy Lockhart (Vancouver, BC)
Genre: experimental animation
Duration: 10 minutes

Created using over 1000 hand painted paper cutouts, puppets and backgrounds, Walk For Walk follows a group of surreal and cutesy characters as they walk and sing childish, creepy songs.

10:30 Moneen is a band from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1999 after the dissolution of another band named Perfectly Normal, the original members included Kenny Bridges (vocals and guitar), Chris "Hippy" Hughes (vocals, guitar), Peater Krpan (drums) and Mark Bowser (bass). In 2002 Bowser was replaced by Hippy's cousin Erik "bronze cat" Hughes. Moneen released their first two albums on Smallman Records but later signed on to Vagrant Records (although Smallman Records still distributes their records in Canada). They are currently working on a new album.

Moneen has toured with Brand New, Choke, Alexisonfire, Braid, Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard and Senses Fail. This is their debut performance at the Brampton Indie Arts Festival.


Visual and Multimedia Artists

Featured Visual Artist
Mendelson Joe
Renowned Canadian painter Mendelson Joe will present a rare exhibit of his portraits at the Beaux Arts Gallery.

Born Birrell Josef Mendelson on July 30th, 1944 in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Joe is a great Canadian original who has established himself as a consummate multi-media artist.

A self-taught guitarist since age eleven, Mr. Joe's musical career spans four decades; he is a prolific songwriter and a recognized guitar master.

In 1975, Mr. Joe rescued some derelict paints from the garbage, and tried painting "just to see what it was like". A distinct style soon evolved. Today, Mendelson Joe's painting's are internationally recognized as outstanding, unique, examples of contemporary Canadian art. His work is housed at the Art Bank in Ottawa, and in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

In March 2000 Mendelson Joe realized his longtime dream and exited the city of Toronto. He now resides in a log cabin surrounded by forest in the Almaguin Highlands.

The Brampton Indie Arts Festival 2006 is proud to welcome these visual artists to the gallery in the Heritage Theatre:

John D. Botelho - Photographs
Freestyle photographer. Colour and b&w pieces.

Adam Earle - Visual art
The Geofriends are a small group of geometrical shapes that live happily in their own world...except for Circey. How will he cope with the other shapes idiocy this time?

Leah-Anne Goyeau - Multimedia
A 29 year-old Bramptonian woman who died from corporate suffocation and public sector boredom ressurects as La Fee Verte - an elegant, yet somewhat creepy creature of myth. Upon her ressurection, she brings with her an eclectic portfolio of artistic inspiration from the Underworld in the form of graphic images, t-shirts, and stationary.

Laura Elliot - Oil painting
Laura is a 4th year drawing/painting student of the Ontario College of Art & Design. She enjoys using her art to reveal the twisted inner working of people's minds.

Scafin Meht-Meht - Photographs
Skafin was born in Suriname in 1974. He immigrated to Canada in 1997, and has been a proud resident of Brampton since then. In addition to photography, Skafin suffers a chemical imbalance that causes him to enjoy marathon running. On a recent trip to Europe, he contracted a virus that caused him to puke and/or poo dribbly Nutella syrup every hour for 24 hours. This is the first time his photos have been shown in public.

Vijay Gauswami (India)
Traditional rangoli powder artist.

Roger Parnis - Photgraphs

Brampton's City Hall - World Heritage in Japan
Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, for the entire month of February visit the City of Brampton's City Hall (2 Wellington St.) atrium to view this engaging photo exhibit. Extended hours Feb. 8th to 10th until 10PM.

In conjunction with the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, The Japan Foundation presents the photo exhibition, World Heritage in Japan, on display at Brampton City Hall from February 1 – 27, 2006. This exhibition has been assembled by the Japan Foundation to bring awareness of the World Heritage Convention and the natural and cultural sites in Japan protected under the Convention.

The exhibition features colour photographs from designated World Heritage sites in Japan. Sites include Himeji-jo castle, Yaku-shima island, Shirakami-Sanchi mountains, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Itsukushima Shinto shrine, the Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, the villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, and the monuments, shrines and temples in Kyoto, Nara, and Nikko.

Photographer Profile: MIYOSHI Kazuyoshi was born in 1958 in Tokushima prefecture. He received the 1985 Kimura Ihee award for his book of photographs Rakuen (Paradise). His work is in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in the U.S. His book, The World Heritage in Japan, was published in 1998.

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