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Switched On Synths: Cold War Night Life Edition w/ RATIONAL YOUTH + Dana Jean Phoenix + Automelodi + DOUCE ANGOISSE

Presented by: Ottawa Synths, House of TARG and Beaus
Doors: 9pm / 19+
Cover: $12

CELEBRATE THE RE-RELEASE of Cold War Night Life - the debut album by Rational Youth and arguably Canada’s first SynthPop Album.

The vinyl edition is in transparent material with added tracks from their first three singles. The CD version includes the same songs in a digipak. BOTH AVAILABLE AT THE SHOW

(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!

DANA JEAN PHOENIX (Toronto Synthwave)
Dana Jean Phoenix is a Synthwave artist from Toronto, who got her start touring internationally as a vocalist for Juno Award Winner Jully Black, and then as the front woman for the Juno Nominated electro-funk band God Made Me Funky.

Dana Jean has since gained a following in the international Synthwave scene, collaborating with Dreamwave and Darksynth heavyweights as GosT, Perturbator, Timecop1983, Highway Superstar, and Sunglasses Kid. Her original music has been featured on 'The Voice' (US), and the original feature film ‘The Walking Deceased’.

In 2017, her collaboration with Dutch dreamwave artist @Timecop1983 'Dreams (Feat. Dana Jean Phoenix)', was featured in the Netflix original films 'You Get Me' and 'Coin Heist'. The song will also be featured in the upcoming video game 'Crossing Souls', an old-school action adventure with RPG touches, that will be released on PS4 and PC on Feb. 13, 2018.

Dana's latest album, 'Synth City' features production from Timecop1983, The Northern Lights, Highway Superstar, Robots With Rayguns, London Lazers, Till Wild, and The Amazing Mr. S and has been featured on the Synthwave scene's leading sites and blogs: New Retro Wave, Vehlinggo, and Drive Radio.

AUTOMELODI (MTL New Romantic italo disco )
It doesn't much better than Automelodi - infectious songs and mesmerizing live performances have delighted Switched On Synths fans on numerous occasions. Shimmering French Vocals backed by authentic 80’s/90’s inspired Euro minimal synth pop. Moody, dramatic & highly dance-able. For Fans of TRISOMIE 21 & GRAUZONE.

DOUCE ANGOISSE (Paris minimal/darkwave)
Douce Angoisse from France, via London, Montréal to Buenos Aires. Provocative electronic musicHer infectious brand of minimal electro is always dark with elements of disco & pop blended with full on punk circuit bending madness to create an unholy & transgressive matrimony. Expect a strange and frantic stage show.


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A special celebration for Canadian poptronica pioneers RATIONAL YOUTH. Universal Music is re-releasing a very special edition of their debut album, Cold War Night Life... Canada’s 1st synthpop record.

The vinyl edition is in transparent material with added tracks from their first three singles. The CD version includes the same songs in a digipak. BOTH AVAILABLE AT THE SHOW

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