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Since 2009, Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté has been meticulously crafting and dismantling entire worlds. Wedding the boundary-pushing exploration of early computer art with the boundlessness of natural vistas, Ratté’s work approaches the digital sublime through the lens of media archaeology, building and blurring landscapes with the grace of a neon Turner or Friedrich.
From early works of still and moving images subjected to myriad manipulations—rendering natural and built environments as malleable as computer code—the program will also highlight recent projects, with Ratté further exploring the play of light, depth, and magnetism within wholly digital images. In addition to personal video work, installations, music videos, and visual art, Ratté has closely collaborated for many years with musician Roger Tellier-Craig (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am) as Le Révélateur, who will present a special A/V performance. DJ set by Anti Hero (Jokers of the Scene).
Image credit: Station Balnéaire, Sabrina Ratté
The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!
As a songwriter, instrumentalist and co-producer Mocky has proven himself to be a true musical triple threat. Mocky co-wrote and co-produced on “The Reminder”, Feist’s four-time Grammy-nominated 2007 album as well as Feist’s “Metals” album (2011). Another notable achievement was was co-writing with Jamie Lidell on the albums ”Multiply” (2005) and “Jim” (2008). Mocky is also known for his collaborations with such artists as GZA, Gonzales, Peaches and Nikka Costa.
Penguin Prison (real name Chris Glover) is an electro-pop producer and songwriter hailing from New York. Since his self-titled debut album release in 2011, Glover has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The BBC for his modern and sleek productions. In May of 2015, Glover released his second studio album titled “Lost in New York”. Here, he immerses the listener into various components of the city’s modern timeline. Whether it is the 70’s disco scene or the bohemian aura of Brooklyn today, Glover's storytelling ability through his production is a worthy homage to his hometown, and is a joy to listen to. The album’s lead single, “Calling Out” featuring dj group Oliver, was lauded “a welcome comeback” that “hits all the pop pleasure centers” by SPIN magazine. Following the album release, Glover has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour with a live band, playing new songs and old favorites.