What Is Hiatus
HIATUS is a boutique music and lifestyle festival that focuses on the best in experimental live music – both local and international – across a range of genres. It will feature five stages of talent, visual art installations, surprise interactive experiences, food trucks, and one entire hotel takeover right in the heart of Vancouver Canada.
As human beings living in the digital age, interconnectivity is at the core of everything we do. Paradoxically, achieving a true sense of connection is often our greatest challenge. For Vancouver electro-dance band Bear Mountain, finding a way to seal the rift that exists between technology and the natural world has become a beacon that guides much of what they do.
Rainer + Grimm
2015 saw Rainer + Grimm continue their successful remix streak with official commissions from Jessie Ware, Gregory Porter, Kideko and others. A massive viral hit with The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Remix reached 3M streams in 2 weeks on Soundcloud and coverage across the dance media spectrum lead to the Summer Feel Something Tour which hit 9 major and secondary markets in the US/Canada and consecutive hit shows in their hometown of Toronto. Spotify has chosen Rainer + Grimm as a Spotlight Artist for Spotify Canada 2016 and the Talk To Me Remix Package will be released Spring 2016. Rainer + Grimm will be in London, UK recording their follow up record in February 2016.
Growing up in a small town on Canada’s Atlantic Coast, this Brooklyn resident has quickly earned a reputation as one of house and disco’s most respected artists. With breakout tracks like his 2012 crossover hits It Ain’t Easy & It’s My Love, Bit Funk has established an international fan base and lived up to the hype with a steady touring schedule in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Lush multi-layered synth arrangements, thick bass lines, and catchy guitars run Topless through the gamut of electro, dance and glam pop. Hooky vocals elevate their songs to anthemic heights. The lyrics, often ironic and kitsch, strike at the heart of young relationships, partying and friendship. Forming as a band while living overseas in Scotland, Topless now calls Canada home. Their larger than life shows are packed full of theatrical content including costume, dance performance, glitter, props and massive video projections.
In the last year and a half, Vancouver’s three piece Dirty Radio have taken the blog world by storm. Initially gaining notoriety for flipping their favourite producers beats with Shadi’s distinct melodic vocals and re-releasing them as “vocal remixes”, the trio is now focused on impacting dance music with a string of original content and official collabs in 2016. Drawing heavily from House and RnB influences, Dirty Radio write, produce, and perform their own records. The band also brings a high energy live element showcasing abilities the average electronic music fan isn’t used to seeing. Since it’s release, their single “Numbers” has surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify, and their most recent collaboration called “Drop Your Love” with Australian house wunderkind “Young Franco” is nearing a million hits online and was just added into regular rotation at Triple J radio in Australia.
On his debut album Reckless Abandon, Terence Jack invites you to join him as he travels the dusty road, in search of a new journey, a new truth. Having spent the past 10 years running his own travel company, Terence Jack is no stranger to adventure. His road worn experiences have been an inspiration for much of his music, providing exotic scenes for his tales of life to be told upon. When asked why he stepped down from his work to focus on music, Terence responds, “Beach Travellers gave me discipline, taught me how to operate in many different cultures, how to connect with people and build a family based on values, and that with passion and drive, you can turn a dream into reality. Now it’s time for me to dive into music with both feet – nothing in life deserves to be half in, half out. I need to live my truth – and undeniably music has been my true self my entire life.”
FRANKIE is a Vancouver based four-piece playing dream-rock, blending ethereal tones and haunting harmonies to create their own distinctive style of music. They are often described as a combination of Fleetwood Mac, The Fleet Foxes, and First Aid Kit. The band formed in December 2013 for a one-off gig where they’d only met a few weeks before. The chemistry between them was undeniable and over the last two years the four members have become amazing friends and adventure seekers, taking their music from Haida Gwaii near Alaska to the southern tip of the Baja in Mexico.
Youngblood is the creative, dream-pop brainchild of Alexis Young. Inspired by the likes of French electronic duo Air, the fiery Grace Jones, and a taste of the sultry Nancy Sinatra, Youngblood manages to mix dreamy, marshmallow sounds laced with dark, pulsating grooves, crafting a unique blend of artistic pop.
I M U R
I M U R (I am you are), is an East Vancouver duo with a hybrid sound influenced by 90′s hip-hop/r&b, experimental electronic, soul, and progressive-pop. The duo consists of producer Mikey J Blige on live beat composition and electric guitar, and singer-songwriter Jenny Lea on keys, vocals, and looping.
David Beckingham’s hauntingly beautiful vocals, weaved together seamlessly with melodic guitar, cello, and soft piano chords will be taking you on an emotionally uplifting journey. Get ready to have your heart strings pulled.
The Written Years
Once described in their own genre as ‘winter music’, the quartet are known for creating emotionally energetic anthems and beautifully layered landscapes, contrasted by Wade Ouellet’s acid-tinged vocals and melancholic lyrics. Officially founded in early 2013 by childhood classmates, The Written Years have become an ever-evolving collective, continually teaming up with a revolving cast close friends in the writing, recording, and presentation of each release.
We are Escøbar. We live in the in between times, the Tuesday nights and the off days. We are here to make you dance.
Tapping into that rich vein of alt.folk and country beats, ex-pat Australian Brett Augustine, armed with his trusty Cole Clark guitar has been plying his trade in his adopted land of Canada since 2010. From early beginnings sourcing out the Vancouver open mic scene, meeting a plethora of local muso’s and constant jamming, St.Augustine has slowly built up a steady following, supporting acts such as Goodwood Atoms, Treelines, Coldwater Road, Terence Jack and JP Maurice.
In 2008, childhood friends Sam Steele and Josh McRae returned home from their three-year world tour with Disney On Ice to start their journey into music production. After two years of Fruity Loops, botched ProTools sessions, muddy mixes, and genre-bending basement jams, Sam eventually moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music while Josh pursued engineering at Vancouver’s Pacific Audio Visual Institute.
Co-Founder | Brand | Vision
Steve is a co-founder of Settlement Building, a collective of lifestyle and manufacturing brands: Vancouver Urban Winery, Belgard Kitchen & Postmark Brewing. Coming from sales, marketing, design and events backgrounds Steve is no stranger to brand design and execution on all levels.
Co-Founder | Talent | Vision
Ryan Trasolini is the founder and creative visionary for Space + Time, a Vancouver-based creative agency which services the full social pipeline from event planning, marketing strategy, and content development. Ryan also does freelance consulting work in the hospitality industry specifically in the area of bars and nightclubs and is an accomplished DJ and bagpiper.
Co-Founder | Talent | Vision
With 10+ years of event marketing experience, Jon has done everything from corporate events to after hours and everything in between. He has worked at many of Vancouver’s top venues though out the years. He always likes to think out side of the box to create an amazing experience for everyone.
Co-Founder | Talent Curation
Nate is a co-founder of the Settlement Building, and Managing Director of Postmark Brewing. With experience in the Vancouver craft beer scene, along with a passion for music curation; Nate brings a unique, valuable element to the Hiatus team.
Production | Logistics
Carla has a weakness for large crowds that has manifested into an extensive background in event management and brand engagement. Over the past seven years, Carla has created, planned and executed events for a wide variety of brands ranging from global corporations to non-profit organizations.
Marketing | Social
Richelle Newson is a writer, social media, PR and music industry professionals hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Deeply passionate about music, arts and festival culture she is the co-founder of the successful music festival blog bettyandkora.com. Creating content is the name of her game and she can’t wait to share the Hiatus Music Festival experience with you.
Marketing | Social
Emmalee Brunt loves music. So much so, she has positioned herself as the PR and Marketing Director for 4 North American festivals. She enjoys nothing more than building unique and immersive experiences for fellow music lovers and is the Co-founder of the music festival blog www.bettyandkora.com. Need a hiatus? Spend it with us on July 23, 2016!