New Forms Festival 2019 Announces First Wave Artist Line-up, All Access and Weekend Passes

New Forms Festival is excited to announce its first wave line-up, for the festival’s 19th edition which runs September 25-29, 2019 across multiple venues in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Featuring a heavy dose of North American and Canadian premiers, this year’s program reflects a wide range of perspectives and sonic output from artists who are pushing boundaries across cultural landscapes spanning Canada, the United States, and the UK, Taiwan, Uganda, Mexico and more.

New Forms Festival respectfully acknowledges its location on unceded, traditional, and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.  

A limited number of FESTIVAL PASSES and WEEKEND PASSES are now available for purchase at www.newformsfestival.com

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New Forms 2019 reflects an ethos of artist collectives implicitly and explicitly throughout the program.

In addition to co-presenting programs with local crews and artist-run organizations, the festival features various collaborations and collectives throughout the program. As part of this approach New Forms is excited to announce its first North American label residency in partnership with Purple Tape Pedigree (PTP)

Running the length of the festival, the label residency features a series of events that showcase PTP’s collective breadth, vision, and ingenuity traversing noise, rap, experimental electronic music, performance and multimodal archives with a showcase featuring Dis Fig, Dreamcrusher, King Vision Ultra, Yatta, Via App, and Lana Del Rabies; a durational sound installation by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste; and forum featuring talks and demos with the artists and label founder. The residency supports a DIY cohort spread across New York, Phoenix, Berlin, and beyond, to spend time together as a collective, and share their process with new communities in the Pacific Northwest.

New Forms’ weekend showcases throw themselves into various states of ecstasy and elevation.

From Sustain-Release co-founder Aurora Halal’s psychedelic, pulsating live sets, to the "deliciously confrontational" energy brought by Berlin-based LSDXOXO, fearless experimental ballroom performances by Houston-based House Of Kenzo, and three deck wizardry from Amsterdam’s legendary DJ Marcelle, Friday and Saturday showcases are a journey in and of themselves. Joined by a cross-section of UK artists who have been making waves in 2019: Afrodeutsche’s blend of futuristic electro, Sherelle’s 160 bpm frenetic hybrid of footwork and jungle, and the raw energy of Bristol’s bombastic improvised punk-techno duo Giant Swan. Uganda’s Nyege Nyege/Boutiq Electroniq affiliate Kampire also makes her Canadian debut at New Forms, while Toronto’s Ciel brings her elevated dancefloor sound, and Vancouver’s favorite pop bicon Prado weaves choreography and haunting vocals across the stage. 

Meanwhile, the Egyptian/Iranian artist via London Lafawndah demands not to be put in a box, pushing listeners to shirk their understanding of a modem-enabled “global” album, while Mexico City’s Debit combines techno and industrial elements with a North Mexican regional music in her take on tribal guarachero. Istanbul-born, Berlin-based Nene H is hailed as part of a new generation pushing techno forward -- achieving notable acclaim as a classically trained pianist, she has chosen a liberating path where she adapts contemporary art into her work. 

New Forms is honored to support two multimedia performances making a World Premiere and North American debut.

Vienna-based artist and 80’s industrial music vanguard Zoe DeWitt resurrects her Zero Kama project for the world premiere of BARDO MUZAK - a reference to Tibetan Buddhist’s bardo state, which denotes an inbetweenness of consciousness, usually referring to the time between death and rebirth; and Taipei’s 破地獄/Scattered Purgatory (Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi), a duo formed in 2013 whose name is derived from a Taoist ritual which expiates the souls of the innocent from a state in between life and death and then at last, release.

Canada’s strong and growing dance music currents are represented by two All-Canadian after parties featuring break-through artists. 

Weekend afters forefront knife-sharp industrial techno from Minimal Violence; a new a/v set from s.M.i.L.e affiliate x/o, “techno’s trans Madonna” Baby Blue, and collective co-founder Jade Statues; holographic rave from Naive affiliate Overland; a collision of punk, rap and hardcore club from Deathbomb Arc’s Debby Friday; coastal breakbeat and trance from Planet Euphorique’s D. Tiffany; acid infected house and techno from NuZi collective’s Venetta; an experimental take on trip hop and RnB from Tkáron:to (Toronto’s) Ziibiwan; and scorching turns from Montreal’s NEW/Booma Collective! Ginger Breaker

The festival is bookended with an opening night performance by Japanese noise legend KK Null in collaboration with Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi, and closing block party with queer collectives Public Disco, Honcho, and Directory LA featuring DJ duos Diana Boss, Aaron Clark & Clark Price, and Bianca Lexis & They/Them DJ.

The artists who are part of this year’s festival have founded, are leading or contributing to independent projects, clubs, labels, streaming and event platforms whose vibrancy and impact are predicated on a commitment to collective action and survival. New Forms encourages the public to consider the multi various roles leveraged by artists in order to sustain artistic movements and scenes that are as essential as they are game-changing on both a local and global scale.


New Directors

The 19th Edition of New Forms Festival takes on a change in leadership marked by the arrival of a new directorial team working with the organization’s board of directors. This new team consists of VIA Festival co-founder and Hot Mass resident Lauren Goshinski from Pittsburgh, PA; Phoenix to Vancouver transplant and Ascetic House collective director JS Aurelius; and TUF co-founder and Discwoman affiliate Ceci Corsano-Leopizzi based in Seattle, WA. Uniquely positioned across the North American landscape, each of these directors has been a critical force in shaping their regional scenes, linking international networks, and fueling larger creative movements through their professions as musicians/DJs, cultural workers, and curators -- spanning music, performance, digital art, design, and film. The common ground for all the directors is a shared commitment to creating and supporting platforms for traditionally underrepresented artists and artforms who challenge dominant local and global cultural narratives.

Community Partners

NFF19 continues its commitment to working with Vancouver-based organizations and artist collectives that are pushing the envelope. New partners introduced to the 2019 program include the open-air dance party initiative Public Disco celebrating queer identity and vibrant self-expression; NuZi collective who are dedicated to providing a platform for black women, women of colour and trans folks within the Vancouver electronic music scene; Sacred Sound Club, the label and event series exploring the darker recesses of club music; the vital underground force of the s.M.i.L.e. crew; the interdisciplinary artist and residency space James Black Gallery; and the prolific local ambient music series Quiet City. New Forms teams up again with Deep Blue, a multipurpose studio and artist hub, to showcase their space with a series of avant-garde sound programs, as well as CURRENT Feminist Electronic Art Symposium to support a mentorship track for cultural producers. New Forms and their partners co-organize events that highlight mutually inspirational artists and shared cultural mandates, allowing everyone to achieve greater goals together.

New Venues

In a city where independent cultural spaces are continuously threatened by real estate development, New Forms Festival has survived by setting a precedent for activating spaces that have scarcely, if at all, been used for electronic music and contemporary art installations. This characteristic of the festival is continued through partnerships with new venues and support from the city’s administration. This year’s flagship venues welcome the festival to the historic, centrally-located neighborhood of Railtown. Established in 1906, the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall [Vancouver Nihon-go Gakko narabi ni Nikkei Jin Kaikan] is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to education, culture and community. Their mission is to actively uphold the history of Vancouver’s Nikkei community and to facilitate cultural exchange to strengthen and enrich intercultural communication and understanding with other multicultural local and international groups. Across the street, The Pace is a woman-owned coworking and event space in Railtown, for small businesses and independent creatives. In addition to providing affordable space, they are committed to environmental and economic sustainability through special projects like their textile waste ReUSE program. 

Additional music showcases and daytime programs will be held adjacent to the Main Street corridor, at The Fox, Red Gate, Deep Blue, Open Studios, James Black Gallery, and more to be announced. Full program details will be listed at www.newformsfestival.com.  


Continuing Commitment

New Forms Media Society has always been committed to showcasing acclaimed musicians and artists from across the world alongside local and emerging talent, drawing together lineups that are as diverse as they are cohesive. New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international artists, thinkers, practitioners, and the public through the annual New Forms Festival.  A member of International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS), NFF is part of a larger international media and electronic music festival movement, that explores the ever-changing and evolving world of art, while creating a platform for cultural exchange and artistic growth. The society wishes to make new media art, music, film, technology-based installation and performance accessible to a wider audience.

New Forms is made possible with the support of the Canada Council Council for the Arts, Arts Presentation Canada, The Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, and The City of Vancouver. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 

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