The Guelph quartet Animatist is equal parts jazz, prog, experimental, and post, and boldly energetic in sum. Led by guitarist and songwriter Brent O’Toole, the group plays rhythmically deft compositions that evoke Battles and Tortoise. Rhythm section Steve Cook (bass) and Ian Hinds (percussion, drums) are the engine-house that power tunes that segue from delicate to propulsive. Saxophonist and moog player Danielle Fernandes bolsters the group with imaginative and animated improvisations. Having already released a successful single and having toured Ontario in support, the group has had the opportunity to share the stage with such progressive acts as Fet.Nat, ART the Band, and Peripheral Vision. They have been performing throughout Ontario and beyond in support of their recent release, Face Club.
Saturday 16 September, 2pm, Market Square Stage, free