Tidal ~ Signal 2017


Advance tickets available online for $10: http://tidalsignal.brownpapertickets.com/
or $15 at the door. Arrive early! Doors open at 6:00pm the show ends by 11pm at the latest.

Tidal ~ Signal is a festival of exploratory music and sound taking place on Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC). The event aims to be inclusive, accessible and anti-elitist, and features a diverse array of musics encompassing noise, ambient, electronic, drone, experimental techno, improvised, sound and performance art. As organizers, we operate from a core set of anticolonial feminist ethics, and seek to disrupt patterns of gender disparity in music programming of all genres. Our aesthetic mandate is reflective of this, with a particular focus on highlighting women, transgender, genderqueer and intergender artists working in left-field genres. 

2017 will be the second year running for Tidal ~ Signal, and this year we are presented in partnership with Quiet City.



★ gran am

gran am is an interdisciplinary artist based on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She combines aural and visual mediums to create improvised, experimental performances which are motivated by themes of idealized femininity, and normalized oppression.

★ Sabrina Schroeder

Sabrina Schroeder builds live performance systems using tactile transducers and self-built mechanics to dig into heavy sound spaces that are as much about body-feel as they are about audible sound. She’s been part of composer-performer collectives creating scored and improvised music, a back-up-band coordinator for teens in mental health housing, and has taught on the faculty of the iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts) department at Rensselaer Polytechnic (upstate New York), the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester UK), and at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. 

★ Sasha Mannequin

Sasha Mannequin makes club music that tells stories about displacement, paranoia and survival. She works with modular synthesis, programed drums, snippits of sampled conversations, and her own voice to create her songs, which take cues from synthpop, techno, grime, jungle and more. Her latest album, (((echoes))) is about fractured connection with jewishness, focusing on telling the stories of jewish socialist history through recontectualized Yiddish songs, and reacting to the reinvigorated anti semetic far-right. Sasha also plays with band Crazy Bitch Separatist, who make pop anthems for survivors, dissociated ravers, and of course, our beloved Crazy Bitches. Expect Qwerty keyboard mashing, synth gurgles and maybe a heartfelt ballad or two from her second-ever solo set, which she is thrilled to preform at this year’s Tidal ~ Signal.


You know how in The Charlie Brown and Snoopy show when the teachers talk to them but all they hear is a trombone with a plunger mute? That’s what everything in the world sounds like to me. Nevertheless, it’s a privilege to be selected to pound the erasers.

★ Wallgrin

With reverence for female mythological figures, Wallgrin delves into the space between extremes of beauty and dissonance, expressed through layers of strings and exploratory human vocals. Self-produced recorded material incorporates a variety of eclectic instruments, drum machines, and field recordings, while live performances consist mainly of violin and vocal electronic manipulation. Wallgrin is now working on a debut album entitled Bird/Alien, due for release in 2018.

And INSTALLATIONS from Tidal ~ Signal alumni:

★ Brady Marks

Brady Ciel Marks is an artist working in sound, light and interactive sculpture. She works with technology and against technological thinking. She holds an M.Sc. (Interactive Arts) and was born near a beautiful mountain.

★ prOphecy sun

prOphecy sun’s interdisciplinary performance practice threads together both conscious and unconscious choreographies, sound, and environment, to create exploratory works that invoke deep body memory, celebrating where art and life are inseparable, and inexhaustibly overlapped. Her doctoral research takes up these ideas alongside what theorist Jane Bennett calls vibrant objects, across thresholds, into domestic geographies, considering how the maternal body responds to the agency of things in the world. Over the last 9 years she has been self-releasing music, choreography, compositions and videos using smartphone technology as a capturing tool. She is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University and holds a BFA and MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at the Surrey Art Gallery, One Art Space, L’alternative: Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, Festival Miden, Unit/Pitt Gallery, IAC Gallery (Berlin), Institut für Alles Mögliche, Cinethesia Feminist Film Festival, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Push Festival, Fazakas Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, ISEA 2015, DIS 2014, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Dancing on the Edge, Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 12 Min Max, Fontanelle Gallery, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the International Experimental Cinema Explosion, Exploding Cinema Festival, Festival des Musiques Creation, and the International Festival of Live Networked Performances.

★ Sara Gold

Focusing her new music practice on Live Electronic Instrument based works, Installations, Recording, High Concept Audio/Visual works and conducting workshops, Sara Gold brings her passion for the past and how it informs our future into her work. Her Spinning Wheel Ensemble has been assembled of primarily vintage natural materials, Wood, Metal, Fur, Fibres and is powered by pumping the treadle of each spinning wheel. Connecting human movement to sound in a repetitive, cycling drone as the wheel spins, transferring energy from a simple motion to a selection of instruments.

★ smalltime magic

smalltime magic is a sound art duo made up of musicians/playmates Alanna Ho (allie) and Alexandra Spence (affie). They present audiovisual performances and installations that explore the idea of ‘play’ as an entry-point into the world of sound and technology (often featuring toys and unusual sound sources). Initially Vancouver-based, this duo is now correspondence-based between Vancouver and Sydney, as a result their work examines sound in relation to notions of place, identity and daily experience.


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