After a breakout year in 2021, the Wonderment Festival returns for its seventh edition this BC Day weekend (July 29 – August 1), presenting its most diverse and ambitious offering of live electronic music yet.
From the free opening event on Friday in Beacon Hill Park—featuring contemporary Inuit throat-singing duo PIQSIQ and Monkey Dragon—to the closing showcase on Monday evening, featuring Polaris winner and Grammy nominee Lido Pimienta and Juno winner Kinnie Starr, Wonderment 2022 will take its audience on a journey of live electronic music from ambient to avant-dance.
Free showcases in public parks include: Lido Pimienta, Kinnie Starr, Victoria legacy artist Cobblestone Jazz (Mathew Jonson, Tyger Dhula and Danuel Tate), ambient guitarist Rachika Nayar (who charted in Bandcamp’s Best of 2021 listings), Sunshine Jones (DubTribe Sound System, San Francisco), Phaeleh (Bristol UK), PIQSIQ, Monkey Dragon, electronic dub legends Deadbeat & Tikiman, Cherrie Laurel, Bloke and more.
Nighttime ticketed events are densely programmed from beginning to end with high calibre avant-dance artists:
• Friday, July 29: Kenny Glasgow, Nitin, Jay Tripwire, Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness, Thom Banks.
• Saturday, July 30: Azu Tiwaline, Phaeleh, Handsome Tiger, Michael Red, Caçadora.
• Sunday, July 31: Korea Town Acid, Phèdre, Adam 2, Midnight Operator, OKPK.
The Friday and Saturday night events will take place at Capital Ballroom, while Sunday shows will take place at the iconic The Powerhouse venue, which will be transformed with live improvisational projection-mapped video art.
Advance tickets are $25 for Friday/Saturday and $30 for Sunday.
In an era of $500 festival tickets, the cost for all Wonderment events is $102.88 (inclusive of taxes and fees). For more information, keep an eye on the Wonderment website (wonderment.ca) or follow Wonderment on Facebook and Instagram.