One of the most exciting moments in Canadian music last year was when Weird Canada announced that their $50,000 FACTOR grant would help fund Wyrd Distro, hyped as “a one-stop-shop where both music fans and record stores can purchase limited edition physical releases and ephemera from Canada’s most exciting new artists and labels.”
To kick off its launch on February 15th, free parties in major cities will be held all across Canada (and for once, that actually means all across Canada), where you can see bands, win prizes and grab a commemorative Wyrd Distro mixtape (and that means an actual tape). You’ll even be able to talk to omnipresent Weird Canada honchos Aaron Levin and Marie LeBlanc Flanagan through the (paradoxical) magic of the internet. No word on who’s playing what or at what venue, but here’s the list of participating cities:
“Victoria (BC), Vancouver (BC), Saskatoon (SK), Calgary (AB), Edmonton (AB), Winnipeg (MB), Toronto (ON), Guelph (ON), Ottawa (ON), London (ON), Montreal (QC), Quebec (QC), Sackville (NB), Charlottetown (PE), Halifax (NS), St. John’s (NL), Yellowknife (NT), and Iqaluit (NU). Lineups and other details to follow.”
Leave your Bandcamp links at home and bring your physical, lovingly designed demos to your nearest major metropolitan area on February 15th for a chance at a future filled with fame and jewels, and a better chance at a good time. That means you, free-noise sextet in PEI.