SWEET MAGIC LONDON is a multidisciplinary arts micro-festival
happening in London, Ontario, Canada.
More like an art installation than festival,
each event explores
and presents different themes, structures, ideas, and content
curatorial experimentation, and collaboration.
In Sept, Sweet Magic London is exploring
vibration, travel, urban
planning, displacement, attitudes,
process, money, social sculpture,
friends/family, and the living past.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH
$5 | DOORS AT 9PM
9:30 - THE BROTHERS PUS (SARNIA)
equal measure of joy and sorrow interwoven.
soundtrack work for the documentary
films of activist and geographer
Brett Story collaborates
with Chicago based abstract folk musician Scott
10:15 - RUIN (SARNIA)
machines hand built and designed for the task,
Ruin controls both sound
and video to explore the relations
between frequencies and forms. Sounds take shape
in moving paintings across video signals creating a
11:00 - GYM ZSAHIB (LONDON, ON)
bit Gameboy and looping circuit bent noise collage headed for your
It gets loud and you can move to these sounds. Ones and zeros inverted
through a hex Schmitt trigger to create deep, thick, often
squares and triangles. One man show spunts out waves in a gush of
11:50 - LIDO PIMIENTA (COLOMBIA/TORONTO)
as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”,
Lido Pimienta jumps back and
forth from electronic beats, analog synths,
and Afro-Colombian rhythms
to out-of-this-world chanting.
12:45 - MUSIC SELECTIONS FROM JAMES KIRKPATRICK
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST
$10 | DOORS AT 7PM
7:30 - THE GENTLE SOULS HAND CRANK ORCHESTRAL BALLADEERS (ONTARIO)
With self designed instruments and projectors,
revel in the gentlest of all possible noise production.
8:00 - JASON DOELL (TORONTO)
multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, and educator based in Toronto.
the past fours years, over 20 of his pieces have been premiered.
is currently working on projects that skirt the edges
performance and sound art.
8:30 - THE KNOT (TORONTO)
of cellists Tilman Lewis and Nick Storring.
With allegiance to both
form and freedom, they embark on sonic explorations
that draw on various
folk traditions and experimental musics.
9:15 - KHORA (TORONTO)
project of Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist,
writer, and improviser
Matthew Ramolo. Explores the nexus of electro-acoustic,
rock, minimalist, noise, musique concrète, classical,
eastern sound worlds.
10:00 - DREAMSPLOITATION (LONDON, ON)
project of You’ll Never Get To Heaven’s Chuck Blazevic.
performed at Pop Montreal, Obey Convention, The Atlantic Jazz Festival,
and has been featured on CBC Radio 2’s The Signal.
10:45 - HOUTITOUTAH (MONTREAL)
The new music project of Régis Victor and Cedric Camier.
11:30 - LES CLUB DES CHATS (PARIS)
a sound in the likes of bands The Shaggs, Red Krayola, and The
each track tells us the stories of hysterical animals in a
made of obsessive nursery rhymes and dancefloor
12:15 - MUSIC SELECTIONS FROM CHUCK BLAZEVIC
VISUALS BY ROBERT DRISDELLE (TORONTO)
and video artist native of Halifax and currently based in Toronto.
musical outlet goes under the name Chanteuse and he has done live video
stuff for the
OBEY Convention and Halifax's Nocturne Art at Night.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND
$7 | DOORS AT 8PM
9:15 - CHAMBER PANIC DELUXX (TORONTO)
Karen Ng (saxophone), Sebastian Shinwell (guitar), and Cory Latkovich
Originally formed as a platform for the rather insistent
rattling music of
Cory Latkovich's dreams.
10:00 - KITE (MONTREAL)
truly sets Kite apart is the novel ways in which elaborate compositions
are blended with stunning improvisations, a palpable departure from the
that is only possible because of Kite’s unwavering
commitment to the band ethos.
10:45 - A PERSON DISGUISED AS PEOPLE (LONDON, ON)
A Person Disguised As People is Ian Doig – Phaneuf.
Multi-instrumentalist, radio host, funny little man.
11:15 - TOM CARTER (NEW YORK CITY)
Carter's solo electric guitar work sculpts a rich landscape
immensely-stacked grit and beauty, weaving interlocking strands of
into towering long-form (and often high-volume) drones.
12:00 - MICHAEL MORLEY (NEW ZEALAND)
the guitarist and vocalist for New Zealand noise-trip trio The Dead C and the man behind Gate
(ostensibly a solo project, although Sonic
Youth's Lee Ranaldo makes frequent guest appearances),
Morley is the
rare artist that record-hounds love to unearth:
an isotope in the body
Pop, radiating an invisible influence.
12:45 - MUSIC SELECTIONS FROM IAN DOIG-PHANEUF & TIM LIMSANA
VISUALS BY MITRA SHRAREEM (LONDON, ON)
been lighting projector screens in venues for the past three years
video synthesis, sampled stock footage, and live video in his
His relaxed demeanour comes through in his projections often
supplementing the musical performance that is in front of the projector
DAVID BOBIER (LONDON, ON)
David Bobier is a multi-media artist, living just outside of London, ON,
with extensive additional background in education, curatorial practice
and arts administration.
His work has been acknowledged through
numerous grants from
Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council,
Grand NCE, Ontario Arts Council and New
Brunswick Arts Council.
He is currently partnering with the Inclusive
Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University
in researching and
employing vibrotactile technology to create vibratory ‘compositions’
vibrational components in art making.
He is the Founder and Director of
VibraFusionLab, based in London, ON,
that uses a holistic approach to
considering vibration as an art form and means of creation and
This focus on development and integration of greater
and experiences in art work advances the
innovation of combining alternative language,
emotional strategies and experiences into art practices
DICKSON BOU (LONDON, ON)
Dickson Bou was born in Hong Kong and raised in Parkhill Ontario,
After finishing his BSc (specializing in biology) in 2007, he
received his BFA
from the University of Western Ontario and then his MFA
from the University of Victoria in 2011.
He has exhibited nationally
in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia.
Bou’s work develops out of an experimental process that is materially
His repertoire of materials is like a snowball rolling down a
hill, it grows constantly,
consuming any material that is of interest in
Working in this way, Bou has developed a strange material
which he uses to explore humour, fragility and temporality.
JAMES KIRKPATRICK (LONDON, ON)
James Kirkpatrick, born in London, ON in 1977, attended H.B. Beal
and received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of
Art and Design in 2002.
He has exhibited his work extensively throughout
the US and Canada including shows in
New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver.
Kirkpatrick works in
a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines,
mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. In recent years, his
work has incorporated sculptural,
kinetic and auditory elements. By
combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics,
Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical
instruments and experimental sound machines.
N+1 CYCLE (LONDON, ON)
N+1 Cycle is a sales and service concern based in London, Ontario,
specializing in vintage road, touring, and urban transportation cycling.
Dickson Bou and Jason Hallows, wrenchmen.
N+1 at Sweet Magic London
Basement bicycle show pop-up
… pop-down? Transportational Kinesthetics!
Tune ups and sales.
Real bikes for riding.
PARKER BRANCH (LONDON, ON)
Parker Branch is a collaborative curatorial project by artists
Madelska and Jason Hallows that occupies a small storefront space in
The project explores the lateral diversions of meaning
become possible between art, found objects, and natural artifacts.
PATRICK HOWLETT (LONDON, ON)
Patrick Howlett completed a BFA at Concordia University in Montreal in
1997 and a
MFA at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British
Columbia in 2006.
He has exhibited across Canada and internationally.
was a semifinalist in the 2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition
was a member of the jury in the 2011 Competition.
He has also written
essays and reviews for Canadian Art and Tabula Quarterly among others.
UNLAB (LONDON, ON)
UnLab is London, Ontario’s own hackerspace.
It is a place where artists,
makers and techies converge so that they can gather, create and
The UnLab is the physical space - the playground - where many
of the ideas
originating from UnLondon can see the light of day and
become a reality.
Unlondon is a registered Non Profit organization set
up to challenge and embrace new ideas related to
new technologies and
social platforms through the education, entertainment
and engagement of
its membership and the community-at-large.
The Lumarca (installation)
is a stunning, truly volumetric display which allows viewers to
experience 3D images and motion, cast as a sculpture of light.
is achieved using only a computer, a projector and plenty of string!
WYN GELYNSE (LONDON, ON)
Wyn Geleynse is a multimedia artist living and working in London,
Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1947, Gelynse moved to Canada
as a child and was raised in London, Ontario.
Since 1969, he has
exhibited extensively both in Canada and Europe.
Considered one of
Canada's pioneer film and video projection artists, Gelynse's career
spans a period of nearly 40 years.
His work raises questions about self
and identity, commenting on the human condition with a
subtle blend of
irony and humanity. Interested in the notion of film projection
metaphor for projecting one's thoughts and desires,
primarily with installation-based projections in the past.
3 DAY PASSES ($20) AND PRINTED PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON FRIDAY
ALL EVENTS ARE FULLY LICENSED
INSTALLATIONS WILL BE EXHIBITED FROM FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WILL BE ON SITE
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH MCINTOSH GALLERY
SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE LONDON ARTS COUNCIL, VIBRAFUSION LAB, & LOMAA