Meule & Rayannah

Meule is made up of modular synths, a guitar and two drums, all played by three musicians crossed paths with other groups from the Touraine region (Thé Vanille, C4DILL4C, Lehmanns Brothers…). Their music is driven by repetitive, saturated CAN-style grooves, sequencers and electronic ambiences reminiscent of Tangerine Dream and the German kraut softs of the 70s. Closer to home, Animal Collective come to mind in their ode to post-modern psychedelia, like Mario Kart on a nutella run on a full-moon night. Intense, kaleidoscopic music, divided into six hypnotic tracks on this debut album.

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Rayannah is a Franco-Manitoban artist, producer, beat-maker and artistic director based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Innovative on stage and in the studio, Rayannah unveiled her debut full-length studio album Nos repaires (Our Haunts) in March 2019. She was subsequently named “Francophone Artist of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2019. In 2021, she assumed the role of artistic director with her immersive multidisciplinary project Afterglow, which saw artists from different disciplines collaborate on an innovative virtual performance. She then founded and directed HYPERART, a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary festival of collaborative performances and installations.

Whether performing solo or working on multidisciplinary projects, Rayannah shares something raw, intimate and transcendent all at once.

Dates: January 27, 2024

Time: doors 7pm & concert 8pm

Location: Bulldog Event Center, 1374 Main Street

Price: $25 + service charge

Waahli

Waahli is a Montreal artist born of Haitian parents. Raised in a family where music was omnipresent, he immersed himself in traditional Haitian melodies with artists such as Tabou Combo, Coupé Cloué and Manno Charlemagne. He taught himself to play guitar. Despite a strong influence from Haitian music, it was with hip-hop that he developed his own style.

In 2004, Waahli co-founded Nomadic Massive, a legendary Montreal hip-hop group. Still active today, the group has just completed a new EP recorded during a tour of South America. At the same time, Waahli feels the need to develop a solo project. In 2018, he released his very first album “Black Soap”, followed in 2020 by the EP “Soap Opera”. In 2022, Waahli released “Soap Box”, an even more personal and committed album, paying vibrant tribute to his Haitian roots.

Performed in English, French and Haitian Creole, these songs are a fusion of catchy rhythms at the crossroads of rap and Afro-beat, and are a true tribute to Haitian culture. With its ancestral rhythms and sharp lyrics, Waahli’s innovative hip-hop takes us to the four corners of the world.

Dates: January 26, 2024

Time: doors at 7pm & concerts at 8pm

Location: West End Cultural Center, 586 Ellice Avenue

Price: $25 + service charge