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The Universe Is Energy
Twelve In The Mirror
Star 69
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Upcoming Shows

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Past Shows

Fri. July 1st 2011
Crab Park @ Portside (All Ages)
Crab Park July 1st Festival The Stingin' Hornets, Butch Murphy & The Bloody Miracles, The Strange Magic
Thu. May 26th 2011
Railway Club (No Minors)
Late show: Cinderpop, The Strange Magic, Edmonton Block Heater
Sat. January 29th 2011
Railway Club (No Minors)
China Syndrome, Places With Faces , The Strange Magic, Midnight Lightning
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The Strange Magic

Art-Rock from Vancouver BC
Unknown - Confirmed: Feb. 25, 2011 (Awaiting Update)

Contact Details

Ray W. Down

In 1913 Stravinsky premiered the Rites of Spring, setting off riots and changing the course of music. Fastforward to 2011, and Vancouver's psychedelic collective The Strange Magic stand ready to do the same.

The band is pleased to announce the release of its first full-length album, Spring Reverb, the sequel to its acclaimed debut Songs To Burn EP. Spring Reverb features the production and engineering wizardry of Daniel Byrne (of Vancouver electronic pop masters Panurge) and was recorded in marathon dusk to dawn sessions at FaderMaster studios in Vancouver. The seven songs on the record run the gamut from juggernaut rock-outs to sunkissed psychedelia to gossamer balladry and everything in between.

To celebrate the imminent release of the album, The Strange Magic made its first appearance across the pond, playing the International Pop Overthrow festival in Liverpool and the Union Chapel in London. The band backed up 1970's acid folk legends Spirogyra for the shows as well. .... The Strange Magic was formed in 2007 by Ray Down, Kayoko Takahashi and David Milky (former members of The R.A.D.I.O.) along Jon Schubert (Panurge), Tony Koelwyn (The Awkward Stage) and Steve Barmash (Blackout Lights).

The band made its debut with a Japanese tour , and upon returning to Canada released its debut release Song To Burn EP on Northern Electric records. The EP was produced by Todd Simko (Pure) and Kurt Dahle (of New Pornorgraphers fame) and quickly garnered widespread acclaim. Since then The Strange Magic has shared the stage with such stellar acts as Os Mutantes, Pointed Sticks, Shonen Knife and even Susan Jacks of The Poppy Family!

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The Universe Is Energy
Twelve In The Mirror
Star 69
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Current Lineup

Ray W. DownVocals, Guitar, Synth, Electronic Noises2007-present
Kayoko TakahashiVocals, Piano, Synths, Percusion2007-present
David MilkeVocals, Guitar2007-present
Jon SchubertVocals, Bass Guitar2007-present
Tony KoelwynDrums, Percussion2007-present
Steve BarmashGuitar, Vocals2007-present
Status: Unknown
Now seeking shows and adventures... - Last confirmed Feb. 25, 2011