Something Else! Festival

Event: Something Else! Festival
Date: June 18, 2022
Venue: Cotton Factory
Start time: 7:00 PM
End time: 12:00 AM


Hamilton, Ontario’s Something Else! Festival returns this year with an amazing program that spans June 16th to July 16th for more information and tickets please visit:

Saturday evening features:


Marching Music is a direct outgrowth of today’s uncertain political climate, conceived as “music you could have in your headphones when you attend Climate Marches, Demonstrations for Equal Rights, Voting Rights Movements, and all other actions towards a just society.” This dynamic quartet sees trumpeter Dave Douglas alongside young guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (Vijay Iyer, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Moses Sumney), stalwart bassist Melvin Gibbs (Rollins Band, Vernon Reid, Sonny Sharrock, Arto Lindsay) and powerhouse drummer Gene Lake (Me’shell Ndegeocello, D’Angelo, Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Screaming Headless Torsos).



Lori Freedman clarinets; Nicolas Caloia double bass; Josh Zubot violin

Steeped in the multi-generational Montreal and Vancouver improvising community, Zucaman is moving away from the decades-old genres of European improvised chamber music and American free jazz. They have found a new form. Unpredictable, untempered, organic, and irregular, the music has, none-the-less, cadence, consonance, transparency and silence. The music has no gratuitous virtuosity – it is dynamic and conversational in structure.



Voice Is The Matter

Jodi Gilbert voice, dulcimer, little instrument
Michael Moore alto saxophone, clarinet
Wayne Horvitz piano
Andrew Downing double bass
Dylan van der Schyff drums, percussion

“The Voice is the Matter presents a diverse mixture of styles – whimsical vocal improvisations, associative sound poetry, Slavic and Celtic folk melodies, unadulterated jazz and moving melodies composed by Michael Moore.  What connects this diversity is a personal and emotional connection with the music which creates an intimate sphere for the listener. The result is eclectic and accessible. We are honored to include Wayne Horvitz, Dylan van der Schyff, and Andrew Downing in this line up”.



Festival curated duo
Robin Holcomb piano
Peggy Lee cello



Jay Crocker guitar,electronics
Aaron Mangle drums
Al Melnyk synthesizer
Lori Freedman clarinets

Joyfultalk is the brainchild of composer, producer, arranger, instrument builder, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist Jay Crocker, an Albertan transplant to rural Nova Scotia. His richly varied output embraces the physicality of live instrumentation alongside the colouristic possibility of electronics and variously employs graphic scores, handmade kinetic sculpture, and junked/recuperated objects. Crocker delicately weaves between human interaction and machine clockworks.

Price: $25