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.
If you’re part of the Alternative Electronic music community in Canada today, know well that you owe your scene’s existence to pioneers like Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn.
Rational Youth were proudly baffling stage managers with their 808 and MS-20 setup in the early ‘80s, and telling the world to dance atop the infamous wall three years before Bowie started inciting riots in East Berlin. Howe’s relentless ambition to reclaim the synthesizer out of the hands of boring scholars and put it at the forefront of the concert stage produced a novel and visionary experience for listeners around the globe. Read my full review on The Spill Magazine
Conjure One‘s new release came across my feed as an unexpected yet pleasant surprise. Having seen him live just this past summer at Aftermath Festival, I was very excited for the new sound.
No lie, this album almost reduced me to tears.
Miscreant is one of the most wonderfully tragic tracks I have heard in a long time.
Rhys Fulber’s sound is complex and profound, which is to be expected from the Canadian alternative electronic music hero. Holoscenic came out on Armin Van Buuren’s record label and as such it is one of the most accessible works by the Front Line Assembly and Delerium veteran.
With guest vocals from Aruna, Leigh Nash and Christian Burns (anybody remember BBMak? HA!) Holoscenic connects the darkest fringes of esoterica to seminal progressive house vibes, serving as a gateway between the alternative and mainstream electronic music scenes.
Aftermath was a rapid-fire drill of illustrious acts, spanning many dark electronic music genres: industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthwave, noise, darkwave, aggrotech.
Aftermath is the only festival of its kind in Toronto and I’m extremely grateful to Darker Side of Light Promotions for bringing all this amazing talent to our doorstep. The 2015 edition was a mind-bending bombardment of incredible performances.
The afterparty of the festival also marked the end of a long-standing Toronto venue, Velvet Underground, and there was a lot of feeling packed into this farewell.
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.