The Femme Wave lineup is here!
This year’s Femme Wave lineup is finally here and we are so excited to share it with you. Below are all the femme-tastic bands you can expect to see this year. Make sure to check out the Femme Wave website to buy your wristbands now!
Peach Kelli Pop
Los Angeles, CA
This year’s headliner Peach Keli Pop was formed in 2009 by Ottawa native Allie Hanlon. Peach Kelli Pop are the Sailor Moon pop punk dreamboats you’ve been waiting for. Now a four-piece based in L.A., PKP have that whole sticky sweet-fuzzed out thing on lock. They’ve put their last few albums out through Burger Records as well so that alone should let you know they’re cool as hell.
This super-charged duo writes the kind of music that makes you want to drink, dance and sweat until the sun comes up. A little bit country and a lotta rock n’ roll, all rolled into a thrilling live performance. They’ve toured across North America and Europe, gaining new fans and critical acclaim with each note they play.
Forged in the frigid winter landscape of Saskatchewan, Man Meat have established themselves as a badass, answer-to-no-one noise punk band in Saskatoon’s music scene. Producing an original and unique sound fraught with anxious riffs and desperate melodies, Man Meat will pummel your eardrums and leave you wanting more.
This trio of sisters have dreamy harmonies on top of chilled out, prairie garage-psych, doom-wop hooks. If that doesn’t sound perfect, what does?! Their childhood influences of The Beach Boys, Ed Sullivan and The Shangri-Las ring true and lend a retro vibe to The Garry’s catchy, surf tunes.
A multi-talented songwriter, Mercy Lamola is a trained opera singer who draws inspiration for her music through her humanitarian efforts with vulnerable communities. Mercy blends folk, soul and jazz to bring a unique and inspiring blend of influences to the stage, along with her piano, guitar and ukulele. A jill-of-all-trades, Mercy Lamola is an upcoming artist in Calgary you don’t want to miss.
Hailing from Edmonton, Feed Dogs is one of a handful of acts originally formed as part of Not Enough Fest. Since their inception in 2015, they’ve skyrocketed and gained a solid reputation for their sleazy pop punk that’s a little bit 90s, a little bit rough, a little bit sad, and a whole lot of perfection. Their Jann Arden cover is a must-see.
Aurora Boring Alice
Formed in early 2015, this four-piece are outspoken and deeply rooted in the feminist and LGBTQ scene. They take cues from punk, grunge, 90s riffage and throw it all together to get a sound that’s focused and erratic at once. Noisy, scuzzy, jangly. This is a Calgary band to watch.
Harps. Dreamy vocals. The Witch Choir. The Hermitess has it all. The brainchild of Calgary powerhouse Jennifer Crighton, The Hermitess is a visual and musical experience like no other.
Another artist from Not Enough Fest in Edmonton, Prince Bunny already has some pretty dedicated fans. Partly because of the bunny ears frontwoman Ana Klahr wears but mostly because her solo shoegaze, dream-pop tunes about love and heartbreak hit all the right notes. Prince Bunny will hit you right in your heart and stay there.
Amy Nelson in an old-timey, banjo-slinging gem. Amy is making space and a name in the twangy folk scene in Calgary, a scene that is often populated primarily by men. She harkens back to a time when music was not only a form of entertainment, but a way of connecting to the hearts of all people. Amy Nelson will steal your heart.
Quantize is a Drum Machine-centric project from Edmonton. The focus of the music and style revolves around the name which means to sync. Quantize mix dark wave and cold wave for an underground noise feel that’ll have you in a techno-synth dream.
firestarter is the solo project of Jaye Kovach of Homo Monstrous (also playing the festival). Stuck somewhere between a soundscape and a pop song, firestarter sculpts loop-based tracks using drum machines, synths, and guitar. firestarter is non-linear, staticky, anxious noise pop that will surely shakeup your Saturday afternoon.
Preston is the stage conduit for Shakira Graham, a young, talented, witty and tireless musician from Edmonton. Shakira has been writing and releasing music in their bedroom consistently for throughout 2016 – seriously, they have 20 releases since January alone. Preston’s music is stripped down, lo-fi as one would expect from a bedroom project, but it has a 90s slacker punk vibe to it that will melt your heart.
Shona Rae & the Voodoo Hand
This swampbilly, rock’n’roll powerhouse band is celebrating their sixth year and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on a Femme Wave stage. Shona Rae has spent her time in the Calgary music community not only playing with The Voodoo Hand, but actively encouraging other women “of advanced age” to make their rock n’ roll dreams come true. They are a musical visual sight to be seen and set out to destroy sexism…and ageism.
Homo Monstrous is Regina’s only queercore fantasy band/performance art duo. They’ve been told they sound like an “aggressive Chad Vangaalen” and bill themselves as “gender carnage” so it’s tough to say what to expect out of their show. It’s easy to say it’ll be memorable, life-altering, mind-shattering, boundary-crossing, noisy, glitter grunge goodness.
FOONYAP is something we can’t write enough about, and you just need to experience for yourself. But we will try… Fresh off the release of their highly anticipated album, Palimpsest, FOONYAP dazzles audiences with their delicate soundscapes and wildly expressive live performance. Raised on an upbringing of classical music studies, Catholicism and traditional Chinese culture, FOONYAP has managed to harness the freeing abilities of self-expression through music to position themselves as one of Calgary’s most renowned musicians.
All Hands On Jane
All Hands on Jane are a serious force. They can crush riffs as well as they can crush beers, and they’ll have you high-kicking and hand-banging so hard you won’t be able to walk for a week. Mix two parts grunge with one part psychedelia, shake well and serve.
Another amazing project to come out of Edmonton’s Not Enough Fest, Truster strike the perfect balance of harsh noise and tenderness. Their vulnerability can be felt with every vibration they produce, and their sometimes unconventional instrumentation use will make you wonder why you’ve never yelled into a snare drum. They also do a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ that is painstakingly beautiful.
Having fun is top priority for this Edmonton group, and their previous experience in bands such as Switches, Whiskey Skeiks and Midnight Crisis promises that they’ll sound great while doing it! Self described as trip-pop doom-hop, their surf guitars and synthy beats are the perfect soundtrack for a dance party with your pals.
TEETH are weird and wonderful and harsh and doomy. The dark theatrics of their front person combined with unapologetic feminist lyrics make for a wonderful spectacle that you don’t want to miss.
Symfan is the bedroom electro-pop diary writings of producer Hannah Haderlein set to sparing drum beats and melancholy synth vibes. Her salty pop vocals lay it all out there, exposing this one-girl project as the raw talent that she is.
Girls Rock Camp Showcase
We all love Girls Rock Camp and this showcase was a fan favourite last year, and promises to be even more incredible this year. Camp alumni promise to bring hits from this year’s camp like “Black Tea Anarchy” and “1862” written about the Salem witch trials.
Your favourite shredders are back for another year to show us all how much talent can be contained in a teenage body. Vamp also profiled them earlier this month in an article you can read here.
KP Smith doesn’t write love songs. Facing the frustration of interruptions and explanations that often come to a woman who speaks her mind, she realized nobody could interrupt her if she stood on a stage with a microphone. KP Smith tells the stories of unsung heroes and untapped emotions, and she’ll be damned if anyone tries to correct her.
Whether in an opera house or in a local cafe, Katie is passionate about using the universal language of music as a way to communicate with others. Throughout her career Katie has explored different genres of music such as opera, jazz, classical, pop, musical theatre, folk and gospel. Her love for music led her to complete a Diploma in Voice Performance at Mount Royal University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Ambrose University College, and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia.
Rebecca Dawn is an underground Hip Hop emcee who got her start in Mexico, and is now at work in YYC with Jayzen, and their crew ContraVerse Collective. In February 2013 Rebecca won the ‘Beat Street Battles West’ MC competition, and in March she co-founded the Freestylimpics – a critically-acclaimed multi-skill emcee competition. During her time in Calgary, Rebecca has maintained her position as an official femcee on the Girls on Decks roster, Calgary’s longest-running all-female DJ collective. Rebecca also teaches freestyle workshops through programs with not-for-profit organizations in Calgary.
Kate Melvina is a soul singer and pianist based in Calgary, Alberta. Kate was raised in a family of musicians and was surrounded by jazz at an early age. In her teen years, she discovered her passion for old music and soul singers – from Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. She is also an accomplished classical piano player and has won awards for her playing. Kate currently fronts MELVINA, a fun funk/rnb/soul band that plays regularly around Calgary. She also has regular solo spot at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.