Coming up later this month is the Wavelength 10th Anniversary Festival; marking 10 years and 500 shows of the weekly music series founded a decade ago by a loose collective of independent musicians who wanted to create a regular meeting place to expose local artists to new audiences and generate more excitement about Torontos then-overlooked independent music scene. With a mandate to encourage cross-pollination by putting acts from different genres onto the same bill, to nurture a sense of community and co-operation between artists, and to make indie music accessible through a Pay What You Can admission price and a print zine that interviewed the bands playing the series, Wavelength launched on Sunday Feb. 13, 2000 at now-defunct College street club Teds Wrecking Yard, with a show by Mean Red Spiders and Neck, two pioneers of the 90s T.O. indie sound that were also affiliated with the Wavelength Crew.
For the 10th Anniversary milestone, Wavelength 500 expands to a record five nights at five different venues, with five bands playing each night. With 10 years, 500 shows and over 1100 bands to look back upon, Wavelength 500 is not just a best-of-the-year but also a best-of-the-decade fest. With a 100% homegrown line-up, Wavelength 500 is a living, breathing time capsule of Toronto indie rock in the 2000s.
10th Anniversary Festival
February 10-14, 2010
Wednesday, Feb. 10th @ The Music Gallery, 197 John St.
Pony Da Look
Deep Dark United
7pm $12 adv
Thursday, Feb. 11th @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner St.
The Russian Futurists
8pm $18 adv
Friday, Feb. 12th @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.
From Fiction (reunion)
The Bicycles (reunion)
9pm $12 adv
Saturday, Feb. 13th @ SPK / Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley St.
Rockets Red Glare (reunion)
8pm $20 adv
Sunday, Feb. 14th @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
Kids On TV
The Barcelona Pavilion (original line-up reunion)
Mean Red Spiders
9pm PWYC (door only)
FESTIVAL PASS $50 GET INTO EVERYTHING!!
Buy passes and single-night advance tickets (except for Feb. 14, door only) at:
Soundscapes, 572 College St.
Rotate This, 801 Queen St. W.
ON SALE THURSDAY, JAN. 7TH.