Struts will host Doiron, McKiel and guests.
CHMA will release the lineup for Stereophonic 12 on Thursday, Nov. 27. Rather than simply posting the dates on their website or on social media, they have opted to host their usual preview show at Struts Gallery.
Stereophonic is an annual music festival held by CHMA, and serves as a fundraiser for the radio station. Every January, CHMA hosts a variety of musicians and groups from Atlantic Canada and beyond, many of them with strong connections to Sackville or Mount Allison.
Although Stereophonic usually runs for four or five days, this year’s festival will take place from Jan. 22 to 24.
“This year we’re experimenting with three days in the hopes that it will result in a leaner, more focused series of concerts,” said Scott Brown, who is a coordinator for Stereophonic along with Ilse Kramer. Both are long-time staff members at CHMA, and are joined by Mike Roy, the festival’s assistant coordinator. Roy will coordinate Stereophonic 13 in January 2016.
The lineup for Stereophonic 12 will feature both veterans and newcomers to the festival. In addition to local Sackville favourites, festival-goers can look forward to a diverse array of music from around the country.
“The lineup includes bands from Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and just about every province in between,” said Brown.
The preview concert will showcase three groups from Sackville and around the Maritimes. In addition to Halifax-based group Walrus and Moncton punk rockers Impulse Items, the concert will feature Weird Lines, a Sackville-based supergroup comprised of Julie Doiron, Jon McKiel, James Anderson, and C. L. McLaughlin. Walrus and Weird Lines have performed at past Stereophonic festivals.
CHMA will also bring their Stereophonic message to Halifax and Moncton to further garner support for the Sackville event. On Nov. 28, Weird Lines will join experimental electronica group JFM and indie rockers Nap Eyes at the Khyber in Halifax. Impulse Items will go on to team up with Kappa Chow and the Mouthbreathers at Spin-It Records in Moncton on Nov. 29. The Halifax concert will be presented with the assistance of CKDU-FM.
The Struts Gallery concert starts at 9 p.m. The admission fee is $3 for students and CHMA members, and $5 for the general public.