Published Oct 24, 2013This December, a new Vancouver-based music festival dubbed Big Joy is poised to boost the profile of the West Coast experimental music scene, with a number of local artists, including White Poppy, taking part in the inaugural event.
Spearheaded by organizers Shaunn Watt (Siskiyou) and J.P. Doucet, Big Joy will host four shows between December 5 and 7 at various local venues, with goals to shine the spotlight on underrepresented acts in the city.
"We're hoping to present a broad spectrum of what Vancouver's weirdo music scene has to offer, encompassing everything from drone and harsh noise, through to ambient and electronic music," organizers said in a statement, adding that "Vancouver has a thriving underground music scene that we feel is underrepresented."
Acts set to appear at the inaugural Big Joy include rising dream-pop explorer White Poppy, long-running local ambient solo project Magneticring, decadent drone crew Nurse and a solo set from In Medias Res founder Andrew Lee, as well as a noise performance from V. Vecker.
Other artists tied to the fest include Hierarchies, Collapsing Lung, the Passenger, Kristen Roos, Ian William Craig, Drogue, Diadem, Aerosol Constellations, Waters and more. You can see the full line-up and venue info over here.
A cover charge at the door floats between $5 and $10, depending on the show, but festival passes will soon be available for $20 at various local businesses. Full details on where you can pick one up has yet to arrive.