March 11, 2023
Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm
Eve Parker Finley is a noted Montreal multi-instrumentalist and upcoming Indie Pop Superstar. Braiding a dense and deliberate web of string arrangements and classical naturalism into a former raver’s penchant for programmed beats and four on the floor grooves, Finley has been a mainstay in the Montreal independent scene for nearly a decade.
Her debut album – Chrysalia – released December 4th, 2020 with Florafone Records and Coax Records.
At the age of 14, Ben Finley plucked his first bass string. Everything changed! Immediately things fell still, without worry, in playful possibility. Miraculously, that feeling remains. Ben is a collaborative performer-composer, grounded in acoustic and electric bass playing (in multiple tunings and often with effect palettes, voice and poetry). He grew up on a music festival farm (Westben). There, he witnessed many ways of making music, entwined with land and creatures. Dreams instilled: what might a holistically sustainable festival be like? How might music contribute to resiliency, love, and expression of locality in times of ecological crisis? How might we play within planetary boundaries? Ben is the co-founder and creative director of the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity’s international and multi-generational Performer-Composer Residency and is Westben’s Sustainability Coordinator. He is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Studies in Improvisation program at the University of Guelph, studying music festivals and creative music practices as sites of eco-cultural regeneration. He currently leads and co-leads several ensembles and is an in-demand collaborator. You can find out more about these projects and listen to music he co-created here: www.benfinleymusic.com
Ben Finley’s Pluto Theremin
Bass, voice, compositions: Ben Finley
Voice, fx: annais linares
Piano, synth: Matt Endhal
Drums: Emmitt Leacock
Pluto Theremin is a band that brings to life the electric sound worlds of bassist-composer Ben Finley. Irregular song shapes joyfully mingle with occasional J Dilla-inspired grooves and medieval harmonies. Ocean falsettos follow bits of heartfelt solace, humour, and sweeping grounds of shimmering chaos.