Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad adds cutting-edge indie rock, electronic
music acts

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VANCOUVER, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - The dulcet tones of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Dallas Green of City and Colour and the thumping mashup rhythms of top club DJs Kid Koala and Mike Relm are coming to Vancouver as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell.

The indie rock and electronic music performers are part of the third and final edition of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad festival, which kicks off January 22, 2010 in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia's Sea to Sky corridor. The new projects added today include: Canadian indie acts Feist, Hey Rosetta! Rural Alberta Advantage, and Malajube, as well as electrofunk duo Chromeo. Tickets and information are available at

The Hard Rubber Orchestra will also unleash its multimedia dance Drum & Light Festival, with 14-piece groove orchestra, dancers and eye-popping visuals, featured in the performing lineup of CODE Live, part of the Cultural Olympiad's digital edition. CODE Live is an 18-day, landmark event with visual art exhibitions, music and performances fuelled by digital technology and audience involvement. It begins February 4 and runs through February 21.

"This incredibly talented and diverse group of Canadian and international artists represents some of the best and most dynamic music being produced in the world," said David Guscott, executive vice president of celebrations and partnerships for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "We're also pleased to introduce the electronic music component of our CODE Live Performance series during the Games. Our programming continues and we expect to announce even more top talent in the coming weeks."

The shows announced today join more than 130 Cultural Olympiad music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and digital programming projects previously announced for 2010, including highlights such as Hal Willner's Neil Young Project, Stars, Delusions by Laurie Anderson, Moon Water by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, hardcore troubadour Steve Earle, and Tundra Songs by the Kronos Quartet featuring Tanya Tagaq.

"One of the great pleasures in assembling a cultural festival of this magnitude is creating opportunities for audiences to encounter a spectrum of creative experiences that simply wouldn't be possible at any other time," added Burke Taylor, VANOC's vice president of culture and celebrations. "In 2010, we hope our Cultural Olympiad's range of choice will help broaden the audiences' appetites and appreciation of the arts and popular culture. That would be a win-win for audiences and the creative sector."

The newest musical acts added to the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad are:

    City and Colour
    February 15, 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Fronted by singer-songwriter Dallas Green of Alexisonfire, City and Colour has quickly become one of Canada's most popular and critically acclaimed musical acts. Green won the 2009 Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year for City and Colour's sophomore album, Bring Me Your Love.

Tickets on sale October 30

    Rural Alberta Advantage
    February 15, 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

The Toronto-based indie pop trio plays emotive songs about summers in the Rockies and winters on the farm, many of them inspired by formative time spent in central and northern Alberta. Its debut album, Hometowns, earned glowing reviews from Spin magazine and the influential website Pitchfork. The Rural Alberta Advantage opens for City and Colour.

Tickets on sale October 30

    February 16 at Place de la Francophonie, Performance Works, Granville
    Island, Vancouver

Montreal's Malajube is a crossover hit, charming multilingual crowds the world over with classy French vocals and a beguiling mix of lullaby-like dream pop and full-throttle rock. The band's third full-length album, Labyrinthes (2009), garnered a Polaris Music Prize nomination and ecstatic reviews in the international press.

Free admission

    February 17 at the Orpheum, Vancouver

The Canadian singer-songwriter, pop music's new one-name wonder, brings her emotionally charged live show to Vancouver 2010 for an Olympic homecoming; at the age of 12, she performed as an Opening Ceremony dancer at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Tickets on sale October 30

    Hey Rosetta
    February 19 at the Orpheum, Vancouver

Based in St. John's, Newfoundland, this six-piece group plays infectiously energetic rock tinged with vulnerability. The band's latest album, Into Your Lungs, was produced by Hawksley Workman and garnered a 2009 Polaris Music Prize nomination. Hey Rosetta! opens for Montreal's Stars.

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    CODE LIVE Performance shows
    Tickets to all CODE Live shows on sale November 12

    CODE Live Performance: Mike Relm, plus Addictive TV
    February 5 at Great Northern Way Campus

CODE Live's opening night concert features two of the top acts in audiovisual performance: the scratch video phenom Mike Relm and the British duo Addictive TV manipulate audio and video clips in real time.

    CODE Live Performance: Hard Rubber Orchestra's Drum & Light Festival
    February 11 at Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver

An evening of high-energy sonic and visual extravagance. Music by an all-star 14-piece Vancouver ensemble - Ray Garraway (K-OS), Randall Stoll (Soulstream), Alvin Cornista (Sekoya), DJ Timothy Wisdom, keyboardist Chris Gestrin and others - is fused with incredible visuals designed by Brian Johnson and Jason White and movement by the Tomorrow Collective.

    CODE Live Performance: Kid Koala: Short Attention Span Audio Theatre
    February 12 at Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver

Spinning records become melodic instruments in the hands of Kid Koala, the innovative Coquitlam, BC raised, Montreal-based DJ. This specially commissioned show features a three-piece turntable section, arresting visuals - and maybe a little bingo.

    CODE Live Performance: Jamming the Networks: Cross-Country Performance
    February 13 at Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver and the Society for
    Arts and Technology (SAT) in Montreal

Bonjour Montreal. Hey Vancouver. Voulez-vous danser? This landmark interactive dance party digitally connects two great cities with Canadian electronic music artists on the cutting edge: Modern Deep Left Quartet, Deadbeat, Electro, the National Parcs and more.

    CODE Live Performance: Chromeo plus Team Canada DJs
    February 20 at Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver

Electro-funk on the menu. Montreal's Chromeo has a disco-reborn sound that is dripping with reverb, luxurious harmonies and real-deal songcraft. With the Team Canada DJs, DR One and DJ Grandtheft, two of Canada's top club remixers.

About the Cultural Olympiad

The Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell, is a series of multidisciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture. Launched in 2008, the program culminates in the 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (January 22 to March 21, 2010), which begins before and continues throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. CODE is the Cultural Olympiad's digital edition, a series of programs developed to creatively engage national and global audiences through the use of digital technology.



Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on Bell's products and services, please visit For corporate information on BCE, please visit


The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada and the governments of all of Canada's provinces and territories and their respective cultural agencies: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. In addition to the Cultural Olympiad's government and corporate partners, CODE is proudly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board of Canada. New Media BC and Wavefront Innovation Society are also both active participants in the project. The National Presentation and Touring Program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Arts Partners in Creative Development

Arts Partners in Creative Development (APCD) is a strategic investment partnership to assist BC arts and cultural organizations create and develop new works or further develop existing works, with the intent of producing, presenting or exhibiting them at the highest standard. Organizations can apply for funding to create, commission and develop original work in the performing, visual, media or literary arts. With an initial investment of $6.5 million over three years, APCD facilitates the creation and development of new work to showcase both locally and worldwide. APCD funding partners include VANOC, the Province of British Columbia, 2010 Legacies Now, the City of Vancouver, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Vancouver Foundation.


VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

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