Femme Wave presents: Dance this Mess Around with AEMCON
Welcome to Femme Wave’s first ever DJ dance night presented with the dreamboats at Alberta Electronic Music. Grab your body glitter, drink some gatorade, tell your nearest and dearest you love them, this is going to be a good one.
Anput + Ra/Sol (Pyramid Schema) (Calgary, AB)
This dynamic duo is ready to make all your dancing dreams come true. Partnering up to kick off our ‘Dance This Mess Around’ event on Saturday evening, you’ll want to be sure you show up early so you don’t miss one minute of of the mayhem. Stretch, hydrate, let loose, repeat.
Montreal born and raised and fresh to the Calgary music scene, Anput found a second home on the dance floor and has made a name for herself via her notoriously effervescent home-brewed selections, elusive livestreams and ephemeral theme parties. Invoking the neon ambiance of by-gone discothèques, she’s here to help you lose yourself to sonic intercessions and forget anyone’s watching…but they should be.
Hailing from Santa Fe and based in Calgary and Vancouver, Ra/Sol began exploring the landscapes of dance music at an early age through years growing up as a classically trained dancer, choreographer and rhythmic gymnast. With a penchant for several genres, Ra has become notorious for their archetypal ability to read a crowd with eclectic DJ sets that can span decades, as well as their forward-thinking dance parties that have a focus on inclusivity, harm reduction, and transcendental experience. Inspired by the sun, Ra/Sol is here to remind you that you were born to move.
About Duchess of Dub (Saskatoon, SK)
No stranger to the world of electronic music, Duchess of Dub has been deeply rooted in the Canadian electronic music scene since the early days when it was still very much underground. Originating from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Her Grace was first inspired by the electronic music culture in the early 1990’s. After a personal hiatus the Duchess has returned to her love of Dub, Tech, House and Techno music and has discovered her passion for mixing the sounds she feels eternally connected to.
About Kellarisa (Vancouver, BC)
Kellarissa is Larissa Loyva, a classically-trained Vancouver singer and synthesizer experimentalist who uses a loop pedal to expound on simple chord structures to create intricate pop songs. Kellarissa is a fever-dream of reverberating, disembodied voices and soothing waves of warm synths. Their subject matter includes the vastness of the Universe, the mysteries of Nature and the compelling beckoning of the sea.
About Mother Mary (Calgary, AB)
Mother Mary is Alex Naylor, an organizing and creative force in Calgary’s electronic music scene, and far beyond. Mother Mary, chosen as a queer reinterpretation of their family’s Catholic background, sees Naylor translate their passionate community activism, social work, and grassroots mindset into a captivating onstage performance. Dynamic, sparse, aggressive, downtempo – Mother Mary hits every possible note.
About Kloves (Calgary, AB)
Hailing from Calgary, this techno powerhouse has an insatiable work ethic and thirst for Ableton production knowledge, which is showing no signs of slowing down. In 2017, Kloves was selected to be one of 10 artists given the opportunity to attend Richie Hawtin’s Master class, later performing direct open duties for Hawtin himself at the HiFi Club. When they are not teaching music production, producing their own tracks and touring, they take the time to give back to their community by specifically scouting out Woman Identifying/Queer talent to join the roster on their record label OBSKUR MUSIC, co-founded with Nomad Black.
Erin Tysowki’s multi-venue poster project ‘Rocket Queen: Leather Dairies’, hypes the exploits of her titular fictional alter-ego. Rocket Queen’s presence is summoned through Tysowki’s posters, inviting us to witness her heavy metal voyage through music venues and public space. ‘Rocket Queen: Leather Dairies’ will be installed in and around all Femme Wave venues.
Alyssa Duckchief’s zines ‘Save the Man’ and ‘Untitled’, two parts of a series collectively titled ‘An Acknowledgement of Land, Language, and Culture’, are a material act of reclamation. Utilizing racist text material and her lived experience as an Blackfoot woman, these works bring forth a powerful critique of colonization and a demand for acknowledgement and reconciliation of the Blackfoot culture, land, and language, and for Canada’s Indigenous populations at large. By manipulating, collaging, and drawing over these found texts, Alyssa subverts their meaning and highlights the gravity of the issues faced by Indigenous people today. A limited number of Alyssa’s zines will be distributed for no cost at all Femme Wave venues throughout the festival.
Femme Wave acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Femme Wave is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.