Here are some of the must-see acts at the fifth annual Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME). This is by no means a comprehensive list; be sure to visit www.memetic.ca for the full lineup, schedule for the weekend and for ticket information for events not at the Cube.
Thursday, Aug. 14
UNION SOUND HALL
11 p.m., André Bisseck
As one of the hosts of UMFM's long-running house and techno show, sHIFT Radio, André Bisseck has helped cultivate the city's electronic scene since the late 1990s. Recently, he launched t204.ca, a collaborative podcast series focusing on local artists that doubles as an umbrella entity for other techno projects that will be launched in the future. With a desire to push techno in the city forward, his set on Thursday night should help set the tone for the weekend.
Midnight, Sick Bay
Bringing together past MEME headliners Longwalkshortdock and Phil Western, this West Coast duo's new collaboration has already been getting lots of attention, especially after handling opening duties for a recent performance by the Orb. Considering this is Sick Bay's third live show, expect the unexpected as these two veterans harness the power of an arsenal of analogue synths, effects units and drum machines.
Friday, Aug. 15
7 p.m., Justin Kace
Sanctuary resident Justin Kace played one of his first major gigs at MEME in 2012 and recently performed at the Connect Festival in Saskatchewan. His Friday night set will be the perfect lead-in to a special night of techno at the Cube.
9 p.m., Nathan Zahn
MEME festival director and Symptom Technologies' resident DJ was one of the openers for Kevin Saunderson's first appearance in the city 10 years ago at 20,000 Watts Under the Sea, so it's only fitting he gets another opportunity to set the stage for one of the founders of techno.
10 p.m., Kevin Saunderson
It's not very often that you can experience one of the key artists responsible for the development of a genre, but the Motor City's Kevin Saunderson brings his distinct brand of Detroit techno back to the province as the headliner for the first night at the Cube.
After Cube 1.0
Riding on the success of the duo's recent EP, Wunderkammer and an upcoming DJ mix for Flying Circus Ibiza, Anstascia and Vivie-Ann may now make their home in London, but they got their start in Montreal's club scene. Known for dynamic tech-house sets that dip into psychedelic territory (check their much talked-about performance from Burning Man in 2013 on Soundcloud.com), Blond:ish are one of the most anticipated acts of the festival.
Saturday, Aug. 16
4 p.m., the Shake
With a total disregard for genre boundaries and a heavy emphasis on bass, this local duo (Manalogue & Lotek) never disappoints.
6:30 p.m., Mikhail
A veteran of the Saskatchewan scene and one of MEME's returning artists, Mikhail's big-system house is typically one of the highlights of the fest.
8:50 p.m., John Norman
This has been a breakout year for Winnipeg's John Norman. From his closing set at Kevin Saunderson's Elevate Your Mind after-party in Detroit to his releases on Saunderson's KMS Records to playing the party mecca known as Ibiza, Norman should be primed to show a local crowd what he has been up.
10 p.m., Longwalkshortdock
After rocking one of the after-parties last year, Longwalkshortdock (a.k.a Dave King) is making a return appearance armed with new tracks that should send the crowd into a frenzy. Pulling from a wide variety of genres and with an energetic, engaging live show, LWSD is one of the most interesting artists to grace the stage.
After Cube 2.0
12:30 a.m., Addison Groove
Making waves around the world, the U.K.'s Addison Groove (a.k.a. Antony Williams) will bring a healthy dose of Bristol bass, Chicago footwork, acid and stripped-down beats to his headlining set at Pantages.
1 a.m., Download
Download is an electronic project that currently features Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key and Phil Western. Touching on a post-industrial sound that is built on a foundation of analogue synths and rugged drum machine rhythms, this is a rare opportunity to see the group in action.
2 a.m., LAMBO
Recently featured on BBC 1xtra's Diplo and Friends influential radio show, Winnipeg's LAMBO (a.k.a. John Lambert) also holds down residencies at some of the city's hottest dance parties, Devotion and Together, and is a perfect fit to follow Addison Groove.
Sunday, Aug. 16
2 p.m., Brace & Fishead
Two ex-Winnipeggers and established record fanatics will return home to join forces for a special back-to-back set, as well as each performing solo. Brace is a former Canadian DMC champ and Fishead is a skilled DJ in his own right.
8:30 p.m., Spy from Cairo
Mixing dub and electronic sounds with Persian melodies and Turkish and Arabic rhythms, Spy from Cairo's (a.k.a Moreno Visini) eclectic take on world beat-influenced music should appeal to anyone who has been taking in the Big Blue at Night stage at the Folk Fest.
10 p.m., GriZ
Hailing from Detroit, but with a bass-driven view of the world, GriZ (a.k.a. Grant Kwiecinski) effortlessly moves between funked-out rhythms and silky smooth beats. He is part of the next wave of artists pushing bass music forward.
After Cube 3.0
12:30 a.m., Phil Western
Western's analogue-heavy take on techno turned a lot of heads at his last appearance at MEME in 2012 and won him a legion of new fans in the process. His trippy, synth-driven sound should be a fitting end to four days of music.