Cellphone, Look Vibrant, Mozart’s Sister, Fresh Snow, New Fries, Tenderness, BART @ The Garrison 2/15/2015 #WL15

Sunday, the final night was my favourite of all the nights. It best represented Wavelength’s ideals of promoting emerging Canadian talent. I had not seen most of these bands (with the exception of Mozart’s Sister) prior to this night and I ended up loving the entire bill.

Members of Ruby Coast and The Elwins make up BART, who opened the night. They delivered their psych-pop with intense energy and were easily the best new band I saw the entire weekend.

Going in an entirely new direction was electronic artist Tenderness. Chrissy Reichert brought her own visuals which synced to her off-kilter electronic tunes.

Weirdo punkster New Fries blazed through a set of quick songs. It didn’t matter that before you could think too much about the lyrics the song was over. They were delivered through snarls, short yips and other craziness by vocalist Anni Spadafora.

Every time I see Fresh Snow, they get better and better. This was the first time I saw them play without gimmicks. There was no masks, no strange TV, no weird ghost costumes. This time it was all about the music and they delivered transporting the audience into different soundscapes and encouraging them to move along with the music.

The “headliner” of the night was Paper Bag Records’ Mozart’s Sister. It also happened to be Caila Thompson-Hannant’s 30th birthday.  There were no dancers this time but Hannant still commanded the stage and kept the audience dancing.

The night actually kept going afterward (The Garrison had a 4am last call for the night). Look Vibrant happily took the stage to play for the people who were kind enough to stay (and there was still a fair amount of people). Their indie-pop music as well as their smiling faces were infectious. They seriously chose the perfect band name for themselves.

Closing out the festival near 2am was Toronto’s Cellphone. The synth-punksters certain ended everything on a loud note.

Wavelength’s music festivals have consistently been my favourite. They do a great job of encouraging people to listen to different music, either from the present or reigniting past flames. There’s literally no other festival where getting people to love the bands is their main goal, and it really shines through. The community they create is not about “Doing it Yourself” but “Doing it Together”.