Industrial summer camp take two: the dust is just starting to settle on Calgary after the explosive dark electronic music festival that has become a landmark of the Canadian west coast.
Hosted by the incredibly dedicated owners and operators of Dicken’s Pub power duo Chris & Ambor, Terminus: Impact delivered no less than twenty four world-class acts over the course of three days.
Before we dive into the performers, I have to call out again what an incredibly tight ship our gracious hosts run here. Artists took to the stage back to back in perfect cadence, and each sound, each lighting cue, each projection was just perfectly coordinated.
Six years of successes culminated in this production of Terminus 2017 and we can only hope the tradition is perpetuated with the next edition: Shockwave.
Terminus Festival: Velocity brought Steve and I to beautiful Alberta and, in our typical power-adventure-duo fashion, we set off exploring the peripheries and hunting choice meats.
Calgary and its vicinity retain a pioneer enthusiasm lost in my home, Toronto. It’s among the western frontiers of urban development, wrapped in some of the most sublime wild vistas Canada has to offer.
Banff National Park
Full disclosure: I’ve never travelled outside central Canada.
Notwithstanding club debaucheries in Montreal and forest adventures throughout Ontario, I’m utterly ignorant of the breadth and beauty of this country.
We landed Thursday morning at YYC and snagged a rental car for the first leg of our adventure: The Rockies.
We dubbed it Industrial Summer Camp, and it was glorious.
Terminus : Velocity was the third incarnation of Calgary’s exclusive dark electronic music festival. With no less than twenty-four amazing acts, it was a superb opportunity to delight in long time favourites and discover new ones.
I use “dark electronic music” as a hypernym for a whole slew of synthesizer accompanied genres: from the retro stylings of synthwave bands, to stomping noise vibes, Terminus encompassed the full gamut of epic.
I don’t use that word thoughtlessly: Terminus was indeed EPIC!
Here is the tale of the three days of Terminus that will leave you saying: What the dickens?
What the Dickens?
Dickens Pub in Calgary has been the gracious host of Terminus for three years running. A huge thank you to Chris, Ambor and all the other staff for their tremendous hospitality, from booking hotels and transport to keeping the whole show on point for the weekend.