Canadian Music Festival Profiles

Electric Eclectics

Meaford, ON

Described as one of “the most thrillingly strange festivals in Canada,Electric Electrics has been freaking out the neighbourhood since 2006. Held on co-founder Gordon Monahan and performance/installation artist Laura Kikauka’s Funny Farm, which overlooks Big Head Valley outside of Meaford, Ontario, the three-day event reflects its namesake by offering a sharp range of avant-garde, experimental and crossover musicians patched together by fellow co-founder Chris Worden.

Toronto molecular pop duo Ice Cream ripped a raw headlining and forest DJ set in 2016, while Lydia Lunch spat her spoken word “Brutal Measures” with Weasel Walter the same year; in 2015, New York City rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco took a 20-minute break during her legendary set while she collected drugs from the Electric audience.

Taking place on Civic Holiday Weekend every year, Electric Eclectics offers up a platter of sights and sounds that feed a genuine spirit of discovery. The farm has seen well-established acts like 1960s electro-psych devotees the Silver Apples and Detroit garage punks the Gories over the years, while also taking its pick from a large pool of local talent like Petra Glynt, U.S. Girls and DD/MM/YYYY. Art installations, fog-machined forest dance parties and films line the event, which surpasses 1,000 guests each year. The festival has a BYOB rule with only a few food options, and camping is included in the three-day ticket. Visit the Funny Farm during Electric Eclectics and meet the pioneers of the avant-garde.