Presented by: House of TARG, Collective Arts Brewing
Doors: 9pm / Show at 10pm / 19+
S.O.S.fest - Ottawa's Synthesizer Festival
Ottawa’s popular electronic music series SWITCHED ON SYNTHS presents 5 evenings of synth fuelled events and concerts featuring legendary & emerging performers from Germany, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal & Ottawa all in the comfort of a true classic arcade. Expect to be transported across the wide spectrum of electronic music including SYNTHPOP, Hi-NRG, DARKWAVE, TECHNO & EXPERIMENTAL
PSYCHE (Edmonton/Germany Darkwave Legends)
Using a term like LEGENDS is unavoidable in this case. Psyche are a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany. They debuted as a trio in 1982 (with Dwayne Goettel - Skinny Puppy on keys) & went on to release the pioneering dark wave albums Insomnia Theatre (1985) & Unveiling the Secret (1986). To this day Darrin Huss & Stefan Rabura continue to add to an already prolific and influential catalogue. This is the real deal!
RATIONAL YOUTH (Canada's 1st SynthPop Band)
Rational Youth was formed in 1981 in Montreal & is considered to be one of Canada's first synthpop groups. Their debut 7” release “Cite Phosphore / City Of Night” (a song that is in heavy rotation during TARG Toughen Up! Free-Play Sundays) paved the way in expanding Montreal’s local new wave scene into both the discos and clubs. In 1982 Cold War Night Life was issued as the first all-synth pop release in Canada and became one of the biggest selling Canadian independent LPs. Fast forward to 2016 - Rational Youth founder/Vocalist Tracy Howe (The Normals, Men Without Hats, Heaven Seventeen) & his wife Gaenor perform live as a duo. Rational Youth has never sounded better!
BRUSQUE TWINS (MTL Dark Industrial/Techno)
Montreal's Hollie Hensman and Derek Evan George have been making music together under the moniker Brusque Twins since 2010, Their tunes cover a lot of ground from experimental to post-punk but techno tinged industrial is convenient way to describe what will be a very exciting performance at S.O.S.fest 2018
RAAS (Ottawa Circuit Benders/Experimental)
RAAS is the electronic duo of Kerry Campbell and Michael Caffrey. they work with a circulating array of synths, sequencers, tone generators, beat machines, homemade and circuit bent devices, to perform and record live electronic music : while generating raw, hacked and manipulated visuals.