Empty Spaces is celebrating its 9th anniversary with three stacked nights of independent music! A diverse array of high-energy acts will converge in Sarnia, Ontario between May 4th-6th, with some of the best in psych, world, punk, big-band, folk, hip hop, metal, and much more.
Empty Fest will be hosted at a variety of different venues, which include the Trinity Lounge, Refined Fool Brewing Co., Liquid Johnny’s, & Paddy Flahertys.
DAY 1/Thursday, May 4th @ Paddy Flahertys / Free Show
MY SON THE HURRICANE (Toronto//14-piece brass fueled hip-hop)
GET THE HELL OUTTA DODGE (Sarnia//John Pilat-fronted act blending rock, folk and alt-country influences)
MY AUTUMN KETTLE (Sarnia//folk anthems by Hank Ryder and his band)
DAY 2/Friday, May 5th @ Liquid Johnnys $10 before 9:30pm, $12 after
INDIAN HANDCRAFTS (Barrie//a rock duo who put on an incredible live show)
WHOOP-SZO (London//seasoned road vets who blend a wide range of genres)
NEVER BETTERS (London//fuzzed out, female-fronted garage jams)
PUCE (Sarnia//local party-rock extraordinaires)
THE SNAKES (Sarnia//hazy psych-rock from the ashes of The Ugly Fog)
+ FREE early show @ the Refined Fool
featuring ZECA & THE HYDROPONIC LIZARDS (T.O/sunny brazillian tunes)
Day 3/Saturday, May 6th @ The Trinity Lounge $10 before 9:30, $12 after
*Featuring Two Stages!!!
POSSUM (Toronto//amongst the finest psych rock coming out of T.O)
KALEIDOSCOPE HORSE (Toronto//psychedic folkies who put on a mesmerizing show)
DEATHSTICKS (Peterborough//loud, thrashy post-punk duo)
SEANCE SISTERS (Sarnia//local shoe-gaze powerhouse and smoke machines aficiandos)
ELLEN BOLTHE (Sarnia//a performance by the long-running indie rock institution)
TWO SUNS (Toronto//psyched out garage rock comprised of 3/4’s A Huron Union)
MORNINGSTVR (Toronto//experimental acoustic jamborees)
+ DJ DOWNHILL providing the party with the finest selections
+ Saturday Afterparty! Location TBA
All shows are 19+, with doors at 9pm and music starting between 9:30 and 10 each night (check back for specific set-times).
Make sure to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL; entry is only $10 before 9:30pm each night ($12 per night afterwards).
FESTIVAL PASSES will be available for $20 at the Refined Fool Brewery (137 Davis St) starting on Friday, March 24th.
A pass is your guaranteed entry at any time (plus a nifty souvenir!)