Lawnya Vawnya 2016 | Greville Tapes Music Club Jon Mckiel & WHOOP-Szo
An exposition of art and culture in St. Johns Newfoundland.
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Greville Tapes Music Club Jon Mckiel & WHOOP-Szo

About This Project

One amazing space, two artists, and three days to come together to make some magic and then take it on the road; and we’re going to document it all.


Jon Mckiel


So, in the ramshackle and makeshift, clinging to a rockbound coast, a few sage wanderers find refuge and set up shop. They build humble cathedrals to sound and spirit, outposts for incantation, transmission, and reception. In places like Port Greville, Riverport, and West Pennant, warm rooms face cold weather and records get made simply.


Canada’s experimental art-folk group WHOOP-Szo (pronounced “woop-so”) channel kraut-rock, frigid Northern landscapes and raw storytelling, colonization, and healing. Structurally, songs are founded in drone metal but exhibit moments of lightness introspective melodies, and fragility, while conjuring visions shaped by surrounding scenery. Whoop-Sao’s 2015 double album Qallunaat/Odemin was recorded in the Arctic Circle in the village of Salluit, Quebec and material draws on the stories past of local residents. Whoop-Sao has shared stage with Metz, Jennifer Castle, Ought and more recently a run with the Constantines. The band has showcased at Halifax Pop Explosion, North by NorthEast, Sled Island, Kazoo Festival, Hillside, and more.

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