After a few weeks of shows and talks at Wavelength's pop-up gallery/music community hub at Huntclub Studios, tonight is the official start of Wavelength Music Festival 15. And on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Wavelength, the DIY provocateur-turned-indie-institution, we met up with co-founder Jonny Dovercourt (a.k.a. Jonathan Bunce) at Huntclub to give us a short history of the Toronto indie music scene, from 2000 to present.
Dovercourt shared some never-before-scene footage of Wavelength's early days at the now-defunct venue Ted's Wrecking Yard shot by Stephen Lindsay of General Chaos Visuals, which shows Toronto's turn-of-the-millennium "sleepy small town" mentality and the music series' challenge to it. By the time 2003 hit and bands like Broken Social Scene and Constantines started breaking out on an international stage, Wavelength became associated with the idealistic Torontopia era, which died soon afterwards (and Bunce has some theories why).
From there, we move into the present "post-everything" era, the challenges that remain to emerging Toronto bands, the double-edged sword of arts funding, and the potential bright future of Toronto's music community, united by a new slogan: D.I.T. - Do It Together.
Wavelength 15 starts tonight at Sneaky Dee's in a show that commemorates the history of Wavelength and the Toronto scene, including the return of mid-2000s relics Controller.Controller (also featured in this video). Before you head there, this video will catch you up.