Electric Eclectics 2020 Cancelled

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of EE 2020, due to COVID-19. We wish to thank all of our artists, staff, volunteers, audience and sponsors for their support. We look forward to presenting EE again next year on the weekend of July 30 – August 1, 2021.

All those who have purchased tickets for this year’s festival will have the option to transfer their tickets to next year, or to receive a full refund. All ticket holders for EE 2020 will receive an email from us regarding their options.

COVID-19 Update

At this time we are waiting to see what develops with the virus pandemic. We will continue to plan for our festival this summer with the hope that this health crisis will pass by then. We guarantee refunds on all advance tickets purchased for EE2020 in the event that we might have to cancel the festival due to the virus. Advance tickets are still on sale for those who wish to make purchases and support EE.

We hope to announce a preliminary lineup by April, with updates to be posted as the greater situation develops. We send our best wishes to all for continuing health and safety through this challenging time.

Additional Headliners for 2019 Announced

EE announces the duo of Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) and Pierre Guerineau (Essaie Pas), as well as New York composer David First (Notekillers) — joining previously-announced artists Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer — as headliners for our 14th annual festival.

The recently formed duo of Zhang Hungtai & Guerineau will make their debut at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn in July of this year before arriving at EE in Meaford.

Also headlining is David First, a New York-based composer who has performed on guitar with Cecil Taylor, created a significant ouevre of analog electronic music dating to the 1970s, co-founded the seminal 1980s psychedelic punk band Notekillers, and has released a significant number of drone-work recordings to critical acclaim. First has been called a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young” in the Village Voice.

Additional headliners include Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer performing their collaborative work for suspended electric guitar and film/video projection. Ranaldo and Singer physically immerse the audience in a sound and image spectacle as Ranaldo’s guitar plays and swings in pendulum arcs through the performance and audience space while interacting with Singer’s overlaid projections. The duo has performed this piece at numerous international venues in Rotterdam, Reykjavik, Italy, New York, Shanghai and elsewhere.

For a full list of our preliminary lineup please go to our Lineup page.

$80 gets you 3 days and nights of camping and festival attendance, while supplies last!

Preliminary Lineup Announced for 2019

Headliners at Electric Eclectics 2019 will feature Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer performing their collaborative work for suspended electric guitar and film/video projection. Ranaldo and Singer physically immerse the audience in a sound and image spectacle as Ranaldo’s guitar plays and swings in pendulum arcs through the performance and audience space while interacting with Singer’s overlaid projections. The duo has performed this piece at numerous international venues in Rotterdam, Reykjavik, Italy, New York, Shanghai and elsewhere.

Other performers at EE 2019 include sonic explorer Hélène Barbier (Montreal), multidisciplinary artist and musician Alexis O’Hara (Montreal), post-punk foursome Bonnie Doon (Ottawa), electronic duo Cares +WHQB (Toronto), sound artist Adam Basanta (Montreal), DJ 1KW (Munich), Lee Paradise (Toronto) and Freaky Boos (Hamilton), among others.

For a full list of our preliminary lineup please go to our Lineup page.

$80 gets you 3 days and nights of camping and festival attendance, while supplies last!

EE Assistant Director Chris Worden Stepping Down

We regret to announce the resignation of EE assistant director Chris Worden. Chris is a co-founder of EE and has served as main curator of the festival (among many other tasks) for the past 13 years. He is leaving to devote his full-time attention to his PhD studies at the University of Guelph. He will be greatly missed and will be irreplaceable. Electric Eclectics will continue presenting and celebrating experimental and adventurous sound and music in Meaford into the future. We wish Chris great success with his future academic and musical adventures!