It Could Be Franky

It Could Be Franky, a minimalist synthpop project with arpeggiators and quirky vocals, is the brain child of Danielle Hamel. After playing in indie rock bands for over a decade, Danielle released her first solo record in March 2016. As a follow-up in March 2019, she released an album of indie favourites from the 80’s to today re-imagined as synthpop tunes, We All Know How This Will End. It Could Be Franky was nominated for a 2018 MusicNL Award for Music Video of the Year, 2017 ECMA Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and for a 2017 MusicNL Award for Music Video of the Year.

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Joseph Donaghey

Joseph Donaghey holds an advanced diploma in performance from Cambrian College and a Bachelor’s degree in performance and composition from Memorial University. Joe draws influence and inspiration from the unique sounds of electronic music, the “music for guitarists” attitude of heavy metal, and the beautiful sound and wide abilities of the classical guitar. His hope is to expand the repertoire of the guitar in any form but with a focus on electronics. Joe currently works as a community music educator with the non-profit International Grenfell Association in rural Newfoundland.

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Thank

Thank (Peter Lannon, Adam Engram) is what happens when you take two best pals and their love for a good bop, then put that love into a pan with all of their instruments. Simmer it all night long to create fresh beats, tasty bass grooves and season it all over with vintage synths. Thank uses improvisation as their engine while bringing pop music to the door of basement hip-hop, creating a shared, danceable experience, with the right flavours.

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Krystle Hayden

Krystle Hayden incorporates a musical diversity and her own personal politics of music as therapy in her sets. DJing in St. John’s for 15 years, Krystle has sculpted a notoriety for herself through curating gigs that speak to her everyday passions such as: yoga flows, fashion shows, gallery openings and club nights. Krystle has witnessed progressive change in the electronic music scene in St.John’s, from the early years as a club-going enthusiast, to the current underground renaissance as a resident DJ with artist collective YUNG DUMB.

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Andrew Staniland

Andrew Staniland, a leading composer of his generation, has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada. Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew leads a cross-disciplinary research team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument.

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Bekah Simms

Composer Bekah Simms‘ varied output has been heralded as “nuanced and complex” (NOW Magazine) and “cacophonous, jarring, oppressive — and totally engrossing!” (CBC Music). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

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Debashis Sinha

Debashis Sinha (Toronto) has been involved with the world music scene in Canada, garnering multiple Juno nominations along the way. Deeply trained in traditional rhythmic systems from various cultures, Sinha has begun to turn to the world of improvisation and sound art to further explore his traditional percussion instruments. Through questioning the context of world music, he has found a voice that uses traditional techniques coupled with extended techniques of western improvisation and electronics.

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