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.