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This year, the Winnipeg New Music Festival will continue exploring the boundaries of pop with a second year of its grittier late night sub-sect, Pop Nuit. Ever since the Beatles threw in the towel on Love Me Do and started recording their guitars backwards pop music has played a major role in the progression of pushing the boundaries of conventional composition. Winnipeg can look forward to a stellar line up of musicians from all over Canada doing exactly that.

The sub-festival will be headlined by Polaris short-listed circular-breathing saxophonist Colin Stetson. Stetson’s unique take on his instrument has been impressing pop music’s forward thinking crowd since 2011 and this will be one of his first performances in Winnipeg. Opening that night will be Hannah Epperson of Vancouver, a violinist whose haunting beautiful looping tones promise to mesmerize. In addition to this headlining show, Pop Nuit will be hosting hometown secret Venetian Snares. Aaron Funk, the sole member of Venetian Snares, has been prolific in the electronic music scene for over a decade, sometimes releasing as many as eight albums a year. His manic clusters of samples, drum beats and synthesizers will attack your ears… in a good way. Opening the evening is local legends Mahogany Frog. Their unorthodox sounds and complex arrangements explore the nether regions of tone, mood and composition.


Clockwise from top left: Colin Stetson, Venetian Snares, Hannah Epperson, Mahogany Frog

Pop Nuit 1

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 11:00pm
Union Sound Hall


Pop Nuit 2

Friday, January 31, 2014 | 10:00pm
Millennium Centre


“[Venetian Snares]: Canada’s breakcore genius”

Time Out London

“Mesmerizing… [Colin] Stetson is a marvel, and produces sounds that are deeply anxious yet also exultant”


“Armed with only her violin, loop pedal and voice, singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson is quietly rising in Western Canada’s music scene as a wild talent from Vancouver’s rising tide of indie artists”

CBC Music Scene

“….a sometimes loud and chaotic, and other times atmospheric & jazzy affair that will thrill lovers of intense instrumental music.”

Sea of Tranquility (about Mahogany Frog)

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