Show up early to this one, folx! The Pack a.d., Shematomas reunion, Kamikaze Nurse, WUT, Hairnet, Known Local Babes, MechaDroid, Mi'ens, Strange Breed, Vanity Pope. Upstairs hosted by drag king Duke Carson. Film screening at 7pm (FREE).
18+ $20 advanced / $25 at the door
Doors at 7:30 PM
**** Upstairs ****
Hosted by Duke Carson
Alberta’s 2018 Drag Superstar, Duke Carson, has been hitting Calgary's drag scene since 2014 with the Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe. He is the first performer from Calgary to have won the title of Alberta’s Drag Superstar, as well as the first Drag King. The king of rock and roll, Duke draws inspiration from the late and great 1980's music scene, and the raw, sexual power behind it. Slidin' into your hearts, and your pants, Duke Carson!
8:30PM Vanity Pope (Treaty 7 Territory, Calgary, AB)
This brand new band is exactly what the city needs right now. Blending dream pop melodies with political post punk attitudes, Vanity Pope lures audiences to get up and dance while also reminding them to stay in their lane. Think of Vanity Pope as the deep sea; they are dark, spooky and mystifying AF. We wish David Attenborough would voice a play by play of all the exciting new things that’s in store for them this year, but unfortunately he won’t phone us back. How rude.
9:30PM Mi’ens (Unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver, BC)
Mi’ens is wild, noisey math rock out of Vancouver, BC with just a hint of sparklepop. Listening to them play, you can hardly believe that they are only a duo. They create amazing, contemplative layers of feedback & sound in time signatures that will blow your mind.
10:30PM WUT (Unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver, BC)
WUT is a brand-new lo-fi, twee pop project featuring three sweet friends from Vancouver. These women have played in some of Vancouver’s most beloved bands, including local favorite Jock Tears. They have made a big splash in their home city, playing the Music Waste Festival and supporting the Vancouver Comic Art Festival this past Spring and are all set to release their first full length this September. We can’t wait to see this trio hit the stage!
11:30PM Hairnet (Treaty 7 Territory, Calgary, AB)
Anarchy is a comin’ ...well, not really. But what’s comin’ for sure is funky punk with a killer rhythm section and, we would be devastated not to mention, their matching sunglasses. These weirdos pack in fun and freaky riffs to each razor-sharp song. I can’t even concentrate on writing this bio because I’m too distracted by how freakin’ awesome their tunes are. Featuring members of Janitor Scum and gone-too-soon local’s Dream Whip, Hairnet is no stranger to the Calgary scuzz punk scene.
12:30AM The Shematomas (Treaty 7 Territory, Calgary, AB)
Hot damn, y’all!! Have you missed The Shematomas as much as we have?! One of the OG femme-punk bands in Calgary, it’s been a few years since they ripped up a stage in their hometown and we are losing our minds about getting to see them again. Their self-titled EP was released back in 2012 and sounds just as fresh and fierce now. We don’t want to overstate things (who are we kidding, it ain’t overstating) but this is going to be an absolute f-ing riot.
**** Downstairs ****
7PM (FREE!) Drama/Comedy Film Shorts Package
Synched (dir. Erin Rianna) - Westlock
Lonely People (dir. Kaytlyn Turner) - Calgary
Alternating Current (dir. Rowan Gray) - Winnipeg
Auring’s Words (dir. Tram-Anh Ngo) - Montreal
3 Siblings (dir. Sheena Rossiter) - Edmonton
9PM Known Local Babes (Treaty 7 Territory, Calgary, AB)
ATTENTION! There are hot local babes in your area and they are ready to smash the patriarchy. These badass garage rockers deliver super catchy and upbeat riffs that are sure to make you dance. Their sarcastic and clever lyrics allow for playful commentary on the struggles of being a woman in the 21st century.
10PM Strange Breed (Unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver, BC)
We love Strange Breed so much that we can’t tell whether or not we have a crush on them or if we want to be like them. Or heck, both! These queer garage rock’n’rollers are sure to capture your heart. Strange Breed is the perfect balance of 90’s girl group nostalgia and modern rock. They have been killin’ it lately, playing alongside Femme Wave headliner’s the Pack A.D for Vancouver Pride and charting at #1 on various college stations across the country. They strive to promote positive change through their music and create a welcoming space for audiences to let go and dance!
11PM Mechadroid (Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territory, Regina, SK)
This awesome duo creates slacker rock jams for introverted people to dance to. Their grunge inspired fuzzrock demands your attention but does so in a way that is neither pretentious nor unwelcoming. They take pride in creating a safe space for people to explore their inner punk rockers at their shows and we love that. Come bob your head to some awesome, noisy tunes!
12AM Kamikaze Nurse (Unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver, BC)
Featuring some of the best musicians in Vancouver, Kamikaze Nurse craft post-punk vibing music that’s chaotic, angst-ridden, haunting and reassuring simultaneously. Their latest record, Bucky Fleur, is a dark, 80s inspired trip through abstract feelings, culminating in a hopeful, silver-lining crescendo. Like a good visit to your therapist, they remind you you’re not alone and it’s super okay to be pissed off. Divebomb into a little bit of oblivion with Kamikaze Nurse.
1 AM The Pack A.D. (Unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver, BC)
The Pack A.D. have been killing the garage rock game in Canada for nearly 15 years and we couldn’t be more excited to have them as headliners for our 5th anniversary. Becky Black and Maya Miller are some of the hardest working rock and rollers in the country and their 2017 album The Dollhouse was widely regarded as their best yet. Just when you think they’ve hit the top of their game, they prove there is no limit and every glass ceiling is just waiting to be smashed by their crushing riffs.
***All programming and set-times are subject to change***
~*~Festival-Wide Visual Arts Programming~*~
The Abortion Cookbook: collaborative zine project by Arcana Shanks, Nicole Mary, and Taylor Harder
See it throughout Femme Wave
In light of anti-abortion laws being passed in the United States and pledges to ban abortion in Canada, Arcana Shanks, Nicole Mary, and Taylor Harder have come together to collaborate on a zine that is reflective of their feelings within the current state of global politics regarding bodily autonomy. The Abortion Cookbook is a compilation of recipes and anecdotes compiled from the personal experiences of the artists alongside history and external resources regarding herbal-induced abortions. Though this project is intended to be a source of empowerment for individuals who are resisting the systemic misogyny regarding traditional folk remedies and bodily health, it is not a how-to guide, but a reminder that a person will always have control over their body regardless of what their government dictates.
The Abortion Cookbook will be available for free from all Femme Wave venues. A web page containing more resources and information will be available for viewing at femmewave.com.
I could be writing about you, but I’m writing about me: Collaborative Project by Hannah Doerkson and sophia bartholomew.
Festival-Wide posters, Instagram takeover
I could be writing about you, but I’m writing about me is an inquiry into creation of entry-points for human connection and emotional support in the digital age. This project is to be realized during a two-week Instagram residency and a subsequent series of posters to be displayed throughout Calgary, AB during Femme Wave Festival. Tune into www.instagram.com/femmewave.visualarts from October 24 to November 7 to view content from sophia and Hannah as they create this work, and keep an eye out from November 7 - 10 to see their posters throughout the festival.
sKIN: Photography by Alia Aluma
See it throughout Femme Wave
sKIN is a traveling photography exhibition by Alia Aluma that questions the ways that we compartmentalize and separate the inherent intersectionalities of marginalized identities and bodies with expository softness. Featuring models of diverse genders and racial identities arranged in ways which remove their respective identities, Aluma’s photographic works critique the judgements faced by people of queer and racialized identities. Through the use of pure, transparent fabrics draped over their bodies, Aluma challenges the notion that marginalized identities are inherently uncomfortable or confusing, countering these judgement with gentle form and tender beauty - terms not often used to describe communities facing otherness.
sKIN will be available for viewing at various venues throughout Femme Wave Festival’s November 7-10 programming.
Femme Wave acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Femme Wave is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
Main floor programming is wheelchair accessible via the main entrance. Downstairs programming is accessible only with staff assistance as there are many stairs, but please ask a staff member if you require assistance and they will gladly help.