by carl wilson

Guest Post: Mind-Expansion in Meaford

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Thereminist Dorit Chrysler appears this weekend at the Electric Eclectics festival.

In this post, Zoilus site helper and local bonne vivante Erella Ganon offers a suggestion for musical action this weekend. If you have access to the Globe and Mail archive site, you can see my article about last year's inaugural Electric Eclectics festival here. - Carl W.

Irritainment, oh yes. My 13-year-old roommate keeps on threatening to make a video of paint drying. She's serious about it, just as I am when I tell her it has already been done.

Let's Paint TV is a Public Access TV show hosted by artist John Kilduff. Many of the shows involve him running on a treadmill, painting a portrait while accomplishing some otherwise mundane activity. Catch him frying pickles while multitasking as he interviews a poet, discussing Ivor Cutler. It would have been fun to see Kilduff on America's Got Talent in June - imagine the comments about him from David Hasselhoff.

That this version of Art (note the capital letter) exists in the YouTube universe with a huge following is not remarkable, but that he's coming to small-town Ontario to perform at the Electric Eclectics sound art and media festival is something to notice. Meaford, a sweet town in the picturesque Owen Sound area will be blown asunder for the long weekend, Aug. 3-5. There are sound poetry displays, music and other unusual happenings throughout the region. Most of it culminates at the Funny Farm, a private expanse on a hill that will be transformed for this three-day event. The original Funny Farm was in nearby Markdale, Ontario. A former inn was made into part-gallery, part-installation, part-funhouse over years of meticulous kitch collecting by artist Laura Kikauka. She's very much involved with this festival - her husband is the creative director, composer Gordon Monahan.

The curatorial decisions for this festival have been made with an equal amount of imagination, sensitivity and enviable networking acumen. Most of these performers appear in public occasionally at best, such as theremin master Dorit Chrysler; filmmaker, composer and musician Tony Conrad; London, Ont., noise pioneers the Nihilist Spasm Band; Canadian cult songbird Mary Margaret O'Hara and many lesser-known artists.

Any part of the series is worth the price of admission, but the choice of staying over makes it more appealing since it is out of town. Camping is certainly not something that I think about often, but to be in the midst of like-minded folks who appreciate similar visual and aural art is a lure too hard to resist. No worry about drinking and driving - just stay in a tent; it doesn't cost much more. And it's certainly more entertaining than watching paint dry.

See the full lineup here. - Erella Ganon

THE FUNNY FARM PRESENTS
ELECTRIC ECLECTICS
AUGUST 3-5, 2007
MEAFORD, ONTARIO

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd from 7pm:

7:00 BLUBE (Montreal)
7:45 FOSSILS (Hamilton)
8:30 HALLICRAFTERS (ALGIS KIZYS/ERIC HUBEL) (NY)
9:15 LET'S PAINT AND EXERCISE TV! - JOHN KILDUFF
supported by MICHAEL EVANS (NY) & GROUP (Los Angeles)
10:00 TONY CONRAD (Buffalo)
10:45 dd/mm/yyyy (Toronto)
11:30 BARRY SCHWARTZ (San Francisco)
12:15 JAYMZ BEE'S COSMIC VISION (Toronto)
1:00 WHIPPOORWILL (Toronto)

DJs:
DJ FAILURE (Brooklyn)
RECORD PLAYER (Meaford)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th
(DJ @ 4pm, performers @ 5pm):

5:00 BITCHIN' (Toronto)
5:45 NILAN PERERA (Toronto)
6:30 ROZASIA (Toronto)
7:15 GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX (Toronto)
8:00 DORIT CHRYSLER (NY/Vienna)
8:45 NIHILIST SPASM BAND (London ON)
9:30 MARY MARGARET O'HARA (Toronto)
10:15 ALEXANDER HACKE + DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO (Berlin)
11:00 LARY 7 (NY)
11:45 EDWIN VAN DER HEIDE (Rotterdam)
12:30 BRAINFUDGE (Toronto)
DJs:
SHELDON DRAKE (New York)
SIR SPINNER (Toronto)
Filmic Interludes provided by The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film (Durham)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th from 4pm:

4:00 AS IS (Owen Sound)
4:45 CLOCKDIN (Grey County)
5:30 WOMEN IN TRAGEDY (Newmarket)
6:15 MR + MRS HYPNOTIST (Toronto)
7:00 LET'S PAINT AND EXERCISE TV! - JOHN KILDUFF
supported by MICHAEL EVANS (NY) & GROUP (Los Angeles)
7:45 DISGUISES (Toronto)
8:30 ANNE BOURNE (Toronto)
9:15 I/O MEDIA (Toronto)

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, July 30 at 6:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

COMMENTS

Thanks for the fantastic write-up!

I just want to mention that for those car-less persons who want to come from Toronto to see the festival, a shuttle bus will be available, departing Toronto for Meaford at 6:00 pm, arriving in Meaford ca. 8:30 pm.

The bus will depart from Grange Road, which is the truncated road-turned-parking lot immediately south of OCAD, branching off of McCaul St., and terminating at Grange Park. Be on time, bring your camping gear and everything else you need. We've arranged a flat rate of $25 per person, which, combined with your weekend camping pass, brings the grand total to $85 per person.

There may be a return bus organized, but this has yet to be confirmed. If it doesn't materialize, you may choose to hitch a ride back with one of the many people who will be returning to Toronto from the farm, or, alternately, you may opt to take the Greyhound back from Meaford.

This will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call 1-519-378-9899 and speak to Gordon Monahan, (or email info{at}electric-eclectics{dot}com to reserve your spot on the shuttle. So, please don't hesitate to secure your place. Tell your friends!

Chris Worden
Assistant Director,
Electric Eclectics Festival

Posted by Chris Worden on July 30, 2007 11:24 PM

 

 

 

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