Now in its third year, transmitCHINA is coming to Shanghai with a new lineup of up-and-comers in the Canadian independent music scene. And to commemorate this, organizer SplitWorks is giving you Shanghaiist readers a chance to win two tickets for each night in Shanghai. That’s a pair of tickets for June 3 (Thursday) and another pair for June 4 (Friday). How can you win them? Read below.
Canada has long been the go-to for completely lovable indie acts – Feist, Arcade Fire, Stars, Metric and Rufus Wainwright (and, okay, Nickelback) all hail from the Great White North. For the month of June, transmitCHINA, a trade initiative by transitNOW, is hoping to introduce us to locally well-established Canadian indie bands looking to make it big internationally.
In past years, Beijing played host to the initiative, but transmitCHINA 2010 is going bigger with a three-day conference in Shanghai and a six-city artists showcase concluding in Hong Kong. Kicking off on June 2, the conference will feature round table discussions on Intellectual Property and Emerging Markets, and keynote presentations by Catherine Saxberg, executive director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association, Yang Haisong, co-founder of P.K. 14, and other music industry professionals.
The artists showcase makes it to the ZhiJiang Dream Factory on June 3 and 4. Here’s the lineup:
- Wil Mimnaugh – Called the “Best. Acoustic. Guitar. Player. Ever” in a 2008 Chartattack review, Mimnaugh weaves personal stories into his folk ballads the way one Simon and one Garfunkel might have.
- Parlovr – Pronounced Parlour, these three guys from Montreal have perfected the art of “sloppy” rock: rough but neatly constructed, raw and messy, and very 1996.
- The Racoons – Not to be mistaken for the Canadian 80s children’s cartoon by the same name (in case you’re Googling), this Victoria quartet defines themselves by their love for Joy Division, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa and David Caruso.
- illScarlett – After a makeshift gig in the parking lot of the 2004 Vans Warped Tour caught the attention of producers, this Ontario act booked several dates on the 2005 tour. Influenced by Sublime, their sound is described as pop infused rock reggae.
- Ohbijou – This six-person band features enough instruments to make up a small orchestra, complete with mandolin, banjo, piano, cello, lyre, violin, accordion and more. The result is an ethereal folk sound that perfectly complements lead singer Casey Mecija’s clear and sweet vocals.
- Flash Lightnin’ – According to their Myspace, Flash Lightnin’ “scraped the grime off the streets to create a debut rock ‘n’ roll album full of sex, sweat, smoke and sleaze.” And with their blues so thick you can smell the whiskey, you can’t really argue with them.
So how can you win tickets to see these great acts? Easy – Splitworks has, in honor of the venue name, asked for your freakiest dreams. Just send a really freaky or awesome dream, your name and which show you’d like to attend to [email protected]. While you’re at it, check out Splitwork’s blog for pictures of the artists on the road.
transmitCHINA (aka Ginger Beef Tour)
When: Thursday, June 3, 8 pm and Friday, June 4, 9 pm (RMB 60 Entrance)
Where: ZhiJiang Dream Factory 4/F, Building B, 28 Yuyao Lu, near Xikang Lu inside New Factories 余姚路28号，同乐坊内， 近西康路