Wiggins Pro-Ductions will be hosting the Transhuman Tour Fundraiser for local post-rock acts Don’t You(,) Mean People? and Android 16, Friday, April 4 at Black Pirates Pub (215 Red River Road). Funds raised from the show will help both bands hit the road later this month to promote DYMP’s Comfy Onion EP, and A16’s debut album, The Language We All Want To Speak, across Ontario and Quebec. Opening the show will be Just Once (folk-rock featuring Stephen Gray of The Other Colour) and Ghost Rhino (indie rock).
There’s a lot of truth in the term “starving artist” when it comes to bands going on tour, especially bands without major label support. Paying gigs can be hard to find in new cities and with high gas prices, many times musicians find themselves playing to fill up the tank to get to the next gig. This is where tour fundraisers play an important role. They are a call to the fans asking for help to get the band on the road. “When you like a band, you want to see them do well. Fundraisers like this are a perfect way for you as a fan to do your part in ensuring the band you like goes where they need to” explains DYMP bassist, Mack Davis, “it’s a great way to pitch in and help out your favourite local bands. These tours would be much harder to accomplish without the support and direct help from our wonderful fans”.
Although no strangers to the stage, touring is a new experience for the guys in Android 16. They are eager and excited to share their debut album to new audiences in new cities across the country. For many of the members, it’s a dream come true. “Going on tour for the first time is pretty surreal. I can’t really believe that it’s happening, but I am sure it’ll hit us the minute we hit the road”, explains A16 guitarist, Aaron Kainula, “I’m sure there will be some exciting times, but we’re very determined to make the absolute best of it and not waste the opportunity. We’re going into this tour with a clear head”.
Doors open at 10pm. Cover is $5. Age of majority required. Both the Comfy Onion EP and The Language We All Want To Speak will be available for sale at the show, as well as a variety of merch from both bands. For more information visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TBshows and Facebook.com/WigginsProductions.