UPCOMING EVENTS


SUMMER SOUND SERIES 2024 | CONCERT 2/4
Presented in partnership with the
Brandon General Museum & Archives

BONDEGI & A MOON SHAPE NOISE
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2024 | 2:00 PM

at THE BRANDON GENERAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
19, 9th Street, Unit 101. Brandon, MB

]Join us for an electrifying experimental sound and light experience like no other!

Step into the mesmerizing audio-visual universe of Winnipeg’s Chris Harder. Known for pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Bondgi blends experimental video techniques with custom software and modular synthesis to create spontaneous improvised landscapes of sound and imagery. Harder’s architectural approach to music and visual composition will take you on an exhilarating journey through evolving sonic realms.

Also on the bill is a rare performance by A Moon Shape Noise, the solo electroacoustic alter-ego of Prairie Wires founder Brendon Ehinger. Using modular synthesis to manipulate acoustic instrumentation and found sounds, AMSN creates site specific ephemeral soundscapes that straddle the line between experimental music and sound art.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Chris Harder – With nearly three decades in the Winnipeg underground music scene, Chris Harder has been a pivotal force in many bands, including the legendary shoegazer band “Projekor.” His extensive history of performing across Canada, from Pop Montreal to a cross Canada tour with Eric’s Trip, guarantees an experience like no other. instagram@bondegi. youtube@bondegi204

Brendon Ehinger – Ehinger has performed in numerous independent bands in Winnipeg since 1990. He has recorded numerous albums and toured across North America with iconic punk bands such as The Vagiants, MikiMoto, and Bucko. Since moving to Brandon in 2016, he has developed a solo practice as a sound artist, performing electronics in art galleries and alternative spaces across Canada and Europe. He is also the founder and director of Prairie Wires. https://www.youtube.com/@ehingermusic


This event has been made possible with a generous grant from the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation.


PRAIRIE WIRES

PRAIRIE WIRES IS AN ONGOING EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND ART EVENT SERIES AND FESTIVAL IN BRANDON MANITOBA.

Established in 2019 to create live performance opportunities for sound-based artist and experimental electronic musicians, Prairie Wires is strengthening ties between communities and creates space for like minded artists to network, share knowledge and collaborate. 

Prairie Wires Modular 2021

Since 2019 Prairie Wires has produced several live and virtual events in Brandon and on-line including International Drone Day (2019, 2020 online, 2022), Prairie Wires Modular Festival of Electronic Sound (2019, 2021), Quiet Concerts Series (2020 online), Spring Sound Series (2022).

We are currently planning the 2024 Prairie Wires Season. If you are interested in performing at Prairie Wires please send an email with a bio and link to a sample of your work (video preferred) to prairiewires@gmail.com with the words “PWM Proposal” in the subject line


Prairie Wires is humbled to exist on Treaty 2 territory, the traditional shared land of Cree, Oji-Cree, Anishinaabeg, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the Homeland of the Métis Nation. Prairie Wires continues to work towards reconciliation, decolonization, Indigenization and diversification of this art form long dominated by Euro-Caucasian males by striving for inclusivity of Indigenous, BIPOC, Women, Trans and non-binary artists.

PAST EVENTS

SUMMER SOUND SERIES 2024

DRONESCAPE
Saturday, May 24, 2024 | 2:00 – 4:00pm
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB

To celebrate International Drone Day, Prairie Wires invited 8 experimental music acts from across the prairies to collaborate for an immersive sound event dedicated to celebrating drone music in all it’s forms.

simultaneous performances by:
Bell Dreams (Saskatchewan)
Leanne Zacharias & Jennifer Thiessen (Brandon/Winnipeg, MB)
Koda Maxon & Nora Wilson (Brandon, MB)
Kurtis Johnson (Brandon, MB)
Yoyu (Winnipeg, MB)
Harrumph! (Winnipeg, MB)
Thomas Toews (Winnipeg, MB)
A Moon Shape Noise (Brandon, MB)


SPRING SOUND SERIES 2022

Drone at the Global Market 2022
Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 2:00 – 6:00pm
Global Market, 1215 Rosser Ave. Brandon, MB

A Celebration of International Drone Day returnED to the Global Market for a participatory community drone concert featuring sursurate + whir, acidbasement and wire+bone.

Jason Kahn
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 7:00PM
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, 1-710 Rosser Ave. Brandon, MB

Prairie Wires in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba presented Zürich based touring artist Jason Kahn.

Wire & Bone
Friday, June 17, 2022 | 7:00PM
Chez Angela Bakery and Café, 29C 10th St. Brandon, MB

Electroacoustic duo of Brendon Ehinger and Aaron Wilson on Modular Synthesizer and Trombone respectively


PRAIRIE WIRES MODULAR 2021
FESTIVAL OF ELECTRONIC SOUND
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

The second PWM festival took place at the Riverbank Discovery Centre all day on September 12, 2021. Featuring a public open house and modular demo in the afternoon, as well as a casual Modular on the Spot style round robin of mini performances. The evening concert featured artists from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon. Highlights are currently streaming as part of Groundswell MB’s 30 anniversary season.


QUIET CONCERTS V1.0
LIVESTREAMED SUNDAYS, SEPT 27 – OCT 5IVESTREAMED

Prairie Wires partnered with the Brandon Public Library to present Quiet Concerts. Originally intended as a unique in person concert event inviting the audience to bring their own headphones to the Library to relax and enjoy an afternoon of experimental electronic music performance. Due to Covid-19 this event was presented as a series of online livestream mini concerts every Sunday from September 27 to October 25, 2020.


DRONERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME
May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020 Prairie Wires hosted a 24 Hour Drone Playlist featuring over 30 droners, sound artists, musicians and synthesists from across the Canadian Prairies and beyond. Heartfelt thanks to all of the droners who participated. Please enjoy the finalé Drone Megamix below, featuring all of the performances mixed on top of each other.


PRAIRIE WIRES MODULAR MEETUP
Friday June 14 & Saturday June 15, 2019

PWM2019 was a free two day festival of Modular Synthesis hosted in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Events included a free opening concert on Friday June 14 consisting of a electro-acoustic performance of Modular Synth and Trombone, a free ambient morning concert, a Modular Meetup and public open house. A Modular on the Spot improvised concert at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Mantitoba wrapped up the day.


DRONE AT THE GLOBAL MARKET
May 25, 2019

The first Prairie Wires event, Drone at the Global Market was an open air sound art and music concert on May 25, 2019 at the Global Market in downtown Brandon brought together a diverse group of musicians and artists working in sound and exploring their own interpretations of Drone music. Building on the success of Drone at the Global Market, the second event titled “PWM2019” —billed as a meetup for modular synthesizer enthusiasts and artists across the prairies— was hosted at multiple venues in downtown Brandon across two days, June 14 & 15, 2019. This event was to focus primarily on the modular synthesizer as a tool for exploring sound and creating music and art.