Purple Metropolis trying to redraw Edmonton’s music-festival map with 80 acts beginning Thursday

From DJs to folksingers to rappers to headbangers to indie-darling headliners together with !!! and Shannon and the Clams, Purple Metropolis is a big musical hydra with a number of heads

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Probably the most formidable competition occasions in Edmonton’s historical past, Purple Metropolis Music Pageant hits each side of the river beginning Thursday at Metro Cinema, operating by way of Sunday night time with dozens of occasions on 9 levels.

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Put merely, it’s Edmonton’s reply to Calgary’s famend Sled Island.

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“Sled is a large affect, for certain,” says competition producer Ryan Rathjen, “and the playing cards are most undoubtedly on the desk.”

With exactly 80 acts starting from DJs to folksingers to rappers to headbangers to indie-darling headliners together with Sacramento rockers !!! and Portland, Oregon’s The Shivas, Purple Metropolis is a big musical hydra with a number of heads.

“It’s a bit difficult, and I do know it’s exhausting to make it non-complicated,” Rathjen laughs earlier than explaining the setup, which as its nucleus is centred on two days of outside programming 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre, the place the competition’s essential headliners talked about above will play, together with quite a few native and previously native bands. These embrace Mitch Davis, Michael Rault and The Velveteins on Saturday main as much as !!!, and Aladean Kheroufi, Jom Comyn and Saskatoon surf trio The Garrys opening up for The Shivas (changing late-cancellation Shannon and the Clams) Sunday.

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The total lineup and schedule are at purplecityfest.com — put together to scroll, then scroll some extra!

Two park levels

Moreover the amphitheatre’s musical lineup, a secondary stage within the park exterior the large tent referred to as Purple Metropolis Picnic will characteristic DJs together with well-loved Edmonton ex-pat Dane and the legendary Lion-S spinning in a licensed space, additionally operating 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“If in case you have an amphitheatre ticket or a full-festival wristband or a day cross, you possibly can go to each of these levels,” Rathjen explains. “However you can too simply go to the DJ stage if you wish to simply dance.”

Additionally beneath the Purple Metropolis Picnic banner are two late-night occasions at Grindstone Theatre (10019 81 Ave.), Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.

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This brings us to the competition’s different half: its multi-venue programming.

“Evening time,” says Rathjen, “it’s choose-your-own-adventure downtown and in Previous Strathcona, with DJ stuff taking place at Grindstone, after which we’ve got all of our core venues with what I’d name the marquee names.”

Priyanka has a special live show 8 p.m. Friday at Metro Cinema, part of Purple City Music Festival.
Priyanka has a particular stay present 8 p.m. Friday at Metro Cinema, a part of Purple Metropolis Music Pageant. Photograph by Priyanka

This would come with a Friday-night drag present topped by Canadian celebrity drag queen Priyanka at Metro, New York rockers A Place to Bury Strangers at Starlite, and the mighty Black Thunder at Aviary — all with a number of bands backing them up.

Only a pattern of Saturday reveals contains Toronto’s superior Dilly Dally with WARES opening up at Freemason’s Corridor, native snarling punkers The Actual Sickies at SOHO, and over at Rocky Mountain Ice Home, Ayla Brook & The Sound Males sharing the payments with quite a few openers.

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Sunday, lastly, sees Joe Nolan heat up for Sister Ray at Rocky Mountain, Demise Valley Ladies high the Freemason’s roster, and Vancouver pop undertaking Leathers headlining Starlite Room.

Movie element

And kicking all of it off on Thursday is the fest’s first-ever movie element, Goodnight Brooklyn, a documentary about dying venues that includes A Place to Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann, who will do a Q-and-A with Sarah Hoyles earlier than Cassia Hardy, Marek Tyler and Matthew Cardinal’s model new ambient undertaking Askô hits the stage, adopted by Takleef Ensemble and Mas Aya.

It’s a mind-numbing, formidable lineup, and Rathjen thinks it’s what town wants.

“Our mandate is to be tremendous youth-focused,” he explains, “attempting to herald new, extra underground bands, attempting to construct one thing for the youthful musicians within the music scene.

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“You have a look at what folks fest has constructed for his or her crowd and their competition, it’s an enormous accomplishment, and we’re attempting to create our personal competition expertise in our personal approach, the place younger individuals may be part of it and assist construct the long run.”

Rathjen, who’s been concerned with Purple Metropolis’s earlier life as up+dt since 2013, is actually placing his cash the place his mouth is when it comes to supporting the locals. Moreover the bands talked about above, everybody from Motorcycle James to Kimberly MacGregor to Black Mastiff pepper the schedule, the latter sludge-rock band together with Bobby Yiannakoulias, Clay Shea and ex-pat Allan Harding.

“It’s undoubtedly obtained quite a lot of hometown in it by design,” says Rathjen, “even with Allan Harding, one of many co-founders of the (up+dt) competition, taking part in with Mastiff, but additionally bringing his different bands Swather out from Vancouver. I believed it was necessary to have him come as a result of, actually, Purple Metropolis wouldn’t even exist with out him.”

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Tickets, by the way, may be purchased in a number of methods, from single reveals — just like the opening night time movie with Mas Aya for $15 — to single-day wristbands for $100, to full weekend passes operating $240. You will discover hyperlinks to those all around the purplecityfest.com web site.

Booked by style

Rathjen was cautious to program every venue by separate genres to attenuate conflicts.

“At different festivals, I simply hate it when I’ve to make robust choices. So there’s a hardcore present, a Petunia sort of present for the North-Nation-Honest crowd, DJ units over at Grindstone. And you may go see all of the daytime stuff at Hawrelak and it’s all achieved so that you received’t miss something at night time.

“You may sort of catch all of it.”

Requested for reveals to not miss, Rathjen leans native.

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“I’m actually excited for the Religion Healer present — they haven’t performed in years and have been engaged on new stuff. And The Archaics reunion, I actually simply pushed them to do it as a result of they launched an album however due to the pandemic by no means obtained to play these songs stay.

“And I’m actually excited to have Mitch Davis again on the town, too — I really like his new materials.”

He additionally mentions a pair Toronto bands.

“I believe Dilly Dally goes to explode large. After which Basement Revolver is a band not many individuals learn about, however they’re doing this actually superior dream-pop shoegaze factor.

“However, you recognize,” he laughs, “I’m clearly sort of into each band within the lineup, so dig round and see what catches your eye.”




Purple Metropolis Music Pageant

The place: Hawrelak Park and varied venues round city

When: Thursday by way of Sunday

Tickets: Single reveals begin at $15; $100 day passes; $240 full weekend cross

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