Up Here is returning to Downtown Sudbury from August 18-20 for its third edition, transforming downtown Sudbury into an art-filled wonderland. Over three days, festival goers will experience over 45 performances by established and emerging acts, the live creation of new murals that leave a lasting mark on the city, interactive art installations, and a few surprises along the way.

Up Here festival’s live music focuses on presenting an eclectic and captivating lineup of emerging artists from San Francisco to Mozambique via Toronto, Montréal and Sudbury that is sure to stun audiences, leave them spellbound and wanting more.

Performing at Up Here 3

San Francisco’s Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music that make them one of the most acclaimed acts of the past 20 years. Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as “the best band in the world.” From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. This concert is presented in collaboration with Arboretum and Wavelength festivals.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are an Asian/indigenous, psychedelic, noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-cesspool of east meets west culture clash in giant monochrome paper.

The Fleshtones have been blending rock & roll and rhythm & blues since 1976, serving it across the globe armed with smiles, attitude, push-up contests, and sweat! The American garage rock band from Brooklyn, NY is known for its intoxicating performances that put most young performers to shame.  

Samito is a Mozambican/Canadian artist who’s bringing the groove into a new era where modern Afro sounds are the heart of musical trends. Named Radio-Canada’s 2015-2016 Revelation in World Music, Samito blends highly rhythmic compositions and texts inspired from his African roots and his childhood spent in Maputo. Nostalgia meets political satire, loaded on electronic rhythms and sharp lyrics written in Portuguese, English, French and Tswa.

Lido Pimienta is a Colombian born, Toronto-based interdisciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist who exists in a roulette of musical journeys from traditional Colombian percussion to darker avant-garde electronic soundscapes, all united by her piercing and explosive yet heartwarming voice. Waving the flag for intersectional feminism, sex positivity and human rights, Pimienta is a force ready to take over the world.

Bernardino Femminielli is a detached crooner deep within a dystopian discotheque. Narrating in French and Spanish, from classical arrangements to brutal 80’s inspired Italo-disco, from heavy cosmic drone to mutant industrial: his sonic ventures reflect his adopted personas. On stage, the confrontational yet intensely vulnerable performer explores the rich and dark energy of French and German cabaret– emphasizing the “total” performance where poetry, music, film, and dance coalesce.

Up Here 3’s poster artwork was created by Sydney Rose, a visual artist, living and working in Sudbury. Through her work, she examines a world in which change is constant and nearly every aspect of living has become accelerated and very much over-encumbered. She addresses the uncertainties of our future, driven by technology and progress, with playful projects that examine these ideas through a lens of tradition, tactility, culture and holism.

Passports Available Now

A limited amount of Early-Bird Passports are currently available at uphere.com for $80. Passports guarantee access to all concerts presented at Up Here 3. The full schedule of performances, the names of the 40 other artists and muralists will be revealed in the coming weeks.

What is Up Here?

Up Here is an urban art and emerging music festival in the heart of Sudbury, Ontario. The festival combines the live creation of new murals by artists and over 40 performances by musicians in over 12 venues for three jam-packed days. Up Here is where the weird and wonderful collide under city lights.

Community Support

Up Here thrives thanks to the support of Barrydowne Paint, Benjamin Moore, Equipment World, Porter Airlines, Downtown Sudbury, Sudbury.com, Northern Ontario Society of Architects, Ontario Association of Architects, Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture, Stack Brewing, La Slague du Carrefour francophone, Copy Copy Printing, Sign Effects, Ici Radio-Canada, Rewind 103.9, Hot 93.5, the City of Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Ontario Arts Council, the government of Ontario, Sudbury Tourism, and many more.