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EE 2024: Advance Discount Tickets available now!

Friday Aug. 2, 4 pm – Sunday Aug. 4, Noon

Electric Eclectics Festival Advance Discount Tickets – choose day passes or weekend passes. A single Day Pass can be used for either Friday or Saturday. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Each ticket admits one person. Designated camping area is at the festival site.

The EE Experience

Our artist lineup will be announced in spring 2024. As always, we will feature a unique program of adventurous music and art that will culminate in another unforgettable EE experience. Electric Eclectics takes place on a farm overlooking the scenic Big Head Valley, just outside of Meaford, Ontario. The farm features some of the best sunsets you will ever see. Each year, we assemble an eclectic program of avant-garde and crossover musicians, as well as art installations, and DJs.

Adventurous musicians and artists

Past highlights include Suzanne Ciani, Dreamcrusher, Mykki Blanco, Silver Apples, Lido Pimienta, Iskwé, Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer, Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter, US Girls, Jennifer Walsche, Julianna Barwick, Damo Suzuki, Tony Conrad, Laura Ortman, Tim Hecker, HEALTH, The Gories, John Oswald, Glass Orchestra, Carla Bozulich, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Katie Stelmanis (Austra), Chelsea Wolfe, Let’s Paint TV, Petra Glynt, Alexander Hacke, Danielle de Picciotto, Edwin van der Heide, Shelley Hirsch, Lary 7, and Dorit Chrysler.

Highlights from EE 2023:

Live Stream Saturday Dec. 23, 2023 at 5 pm ET

Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan
Sound of Mind and Body
Watch the live stream on the EE Twitch TV channel

The production of this video and livestream has been made possible with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

This collaboration by Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan uses concepts of human-to-computer brainwave interfacing to manipulate and produce real-time music, sound and lighting, integrated with dance, body performance and slapstick. An EEG interface worn by dancer-choreographer Coleman sends data to several Max/MSP software patches in real-time. As Coleman shifts through various states of mental and physical concentration and movement, he is able to produce and control alpha-brainwaves while dancing. He uses these alpha waves in conjunction with Monahan’s software manipulations, to produce various responses in musical instruments such as piano and percussion, to control the fading of stage lights, and to control sound spatialization and audio processing. Monahan simultaneously controls several Max/MSP software patches on stage that harness Coleman’s brain signals to sculpt soundwaves, light, instrumental composition and kinetic actions into a progressively layered multi-media artwork.

Historical note:.

This piece follows in the tradition of brainwave music composition pioneered by Alvin Lucier, David Rosenboom, Richard Teitelbaum, and others, beginning in the 1960s. In fact, the history of brainwaves and sound reproduction dates back to 1928, when the British scientist Edgar Adrian (1889–1977) was the first to successfully sonify human brainwaves (EEG) in laboratory experiments.

Free Workshop at Heartwood Hall, Sunday, Oct. 29, 3-5 pm followed by live concert.

Interested in learning about classic 1960s/70s analog synthesizers? Join us for this free workshop at Heartwood Hall, 939 2nd Ave. E, Owen Sound, featuring instructor TImothy Glasgow (London ON). This will be an informal session demonstrating some basic and advanced techniques on how to use an analog synth. All ages are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. If you’d like to participate, please send us a quick email to pre-register at info@electric-eclectics.com

Later on, there will be a live concert with Ace of Wands (Toronto) with opening act Woodworker (Owen Sound.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

We have several volunteer positions which we would like to fill. We need some volunteers to arrive at the festival by Thursday Aug. 3 in the evening, or early on Friday Aug. 4, to assist with setting up. We also need volunteers to assist with takedown on Sunday Aug. 6. Please send an email to info@electric-eclectics.com with your name, cellphone number, and which days you are able to help on. If you are accepted as a volunteer you will receive a free weekend pass as well as backstage access. THANK YOU!

EE 2023 Lineup Announced

August 4-5, 2023, Funny Farm, Meaford, ON

Electric Eclectics returns with our classic camping-and-concerts weekend at the Funny Farm outside of Meaford, ON, featuring the Berlin duo Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto, world-renowned Thereminist Dorit Chrysler (Berlin), Toronto’s Hot Garbage, Glass Orchestra founding members Miguel Frasconi & Eric Cadesky (“Half Glass Full”) and many more adventurous and experimental performers and artists. Click on the LINEUP tab above for a full list of performances, installations, and DJs. Additional artists will be announced soon.

Attendees at Electric Eclectics can expect to see an expansion of our truly unique blend of stage performers, installation artists, and DJs, all under the open skies and glorious sunsets of rural Ontario.

Discounted tickets are on sale now — click on the Early Bird Weekend Pass tab above to purchase. All weekend festival tickets include free camping.

Canada’s Weirdest Experimental Music Festival” — Vice

The complete opposite of the concentration-camp experience of any given corporate-sponsored summer music fest” – Wavelength

One of the most offbeat music festivals in Canada.” – Exclaim!

Best festival in the universe!” – Alexis O’Hara

April 15 Concert Cancelled due to Covid!

Sadly we are announcing the cancellation/postponement of our April 15, 2023 concert in Owen Sound. We have just heard from Berlin that Alexander Hacke has tested positive for Covid and therefore cannot board an airplane or cross the Canadian border!! We wish Alexander all the best for his health and wish him a speedy recovery. We have re-booked Alexander and Danielle www.hackedepicciotto.de to perform at our EE concert weekend on Aug. 4-5, 2023. You can purchase EE weekend passes by clicking on the link at the top right of this page. A full lineup for this summer’s festival will be announced soon! We are also working to re-book a separate EE show at Heartwood Hall this summer or fall.

EE Early Event: Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto in Owen Sound, April 15, 2023

Heartwood Hall
939 2nd Ave East,
Owen Sound, ON

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Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto are legends of their own making: Danielle de Picciotto moved to Berlin in 1987, to become the lead singer of the band „Space Cowboys“, the co-initiator of the Love Parade, and a collaborator of the Ocean Club with Gudrun Gut. Alexander Hacke is founding member and bass player of Einstürzende Neubauten. The artist couple has creatively interacted with countless international projects for two decades besides regularly releasing their own compositions.

Danielle specializes in unusual instruments such as the Hurdy Gurdy, the auto harp and the Cemence besides playing the violin and piano; Alexander is master of the bass, guitar and drums. Together they create beautiful, existentialistic, acoustic soundscapes, which roar and vibrate, simultaneously leaving their audiences shaken but overjoyed.

Supporting acts for Alexander Hacke And Danielle de Picciotto will be local performers Thresher and Osound.

To learn more about Danielle and Alexander’s music, you can read a recent interview here.

To discover why Einstürzende Neubauten is actress Cate Blanchett’s favourite band, have a look at this video clip.

Electric Eclectics launches their 2023 season with this early event, culminating with their annual summer festival at the Funny Farm in Meaford on Aug. 4-5, 2023.

https://www.hackedepicciotto.de/

EE 2023 Advance Tickets on Sale

A limited number of discount Early Bird Weekend Passes are now on sale!

Our artist lineup will be announced in Spring 2023, and as always, we will feature a unique program of adventurous music and art that will culminate in another unforgettable EE experience, as we have presented for the past 17 years.