TransmitCHINA 2010

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Here’s the deal: Split Works and the Fan Tan Group are co-hosting a music industry, tech and media conference in June. It’s called transmitCHINA and it’s going down at the River South Art Center in Shanghai. The transmitCHINA Showcase = 6 rising stars of Canada’s alternative music scene. Everything from new wave to reggae to power rock. They’re being brought over to with major support from FACTOR, the Province of Ontario, and the Province of British Columbia. (short characterization)


General Information

Date: June 1 -June 2 8pm

Location: West Courtyard, former site of Duan Qirui Government

3-2 Zhangzizhong Rd., Gulou Dongcheng district

Tickets: RMB 50

Organizer: Split Works and Fan Tan Group



Stage 1

June 1st Parlovr - These dudes have toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, and Spin magazine named them 1 of “5 Montreal Bands to Watch” in 2009.

Raw and reverb-soaked, screams and whispers; sing-alongs and spacey instrumentals; warm and crisp, shimmering leads; short pop jabs and extended epics. You get the idea, right? It’s quirky, it’s catchy, and while it’s full of familiar throwbacks to ‘60s pop, ‘80s post-punk, and ‘90s garage, it’s also refreshing.

The Racoons - These Vancouver-based indie-poppers were quickly snapped up by the same guy who manages Tegan & Sara, and are preparing to record their first full-length album this summer.

Pit-stops on their rise to fame have included touring with Detroit rockers The Von Bondies, and – OMG – having their song “Room to Operate” featured on an episode of MTV’s The Hills (Season 5, Episode 12. The scene where Spencer and Heidi are arguing about babysitting. Not that we watch The Hills.)

Wil - CHARTattack said it best:

“Best. Acoustic. Guitar. Player. Ever. No joke — this man is gifted.”

Stage 2

June 2nd
illScarlett - Warped Tour mainstays illScarlett are an Ontario four-piece who make reggae/dub-infused rock. They have shared the stage with a who’s-who of pop-punk, from Blink 182 to Weezer to Fall Out Boy. Their most notable influences are Sublime and No Doubt. They even worked with Matthew Wilder, producer of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom on their 2007 album, All Day With It. Ohbijou - This Toronto-sextet make lush, string-heavy music led by vocals from band leader Casey Mecija and incorporating mandolin, bell lyre, banjo, piano, cello and more. The BBC’s Paul Bennun called Ohbijou’s music “gorgeous…folk music that swings.”

The band has inked deals with Bella Union in Europe (also home to Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Andrew Bird, etc.) and Last Gang Records in North America (New Pornographers, Metric, Crystal Castles, etc.).

Flash Lightin' - The Toronto power rockers wear their influence of 70's ZZ Top and Rolling Stones like a well-worn Nudie Suit, with rhinestone crests of Jack White and the Black Keys.

How many other bands do you know versatile enough to open for Priestess, Metric and Broken Social Scene?


Participating Artists

Further Information

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