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New Forms acknowledges that its events and activities take place on unceded ancestral land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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September 25-29, 2019

Photo credits: Steve Louie

New Forms Festival returned in September 2019 with a program including Aurora Halal, Afrodeutsche, Giant Swan, DJ Marcelle, Kampire, LSDXOXO, Minimal Violence, Debit, Lafawndah and Sherelle. The festival also provided a week-long residency with New York label PTP, featuring Dis Fig, Dreamcrusher and Via App, among others.

The five-day event, taking place from September 25th to 29th at multiple venues around the Railtown neighborhood, was assembled by a new team of curators, including VIA Festival cofounder Lauren Goshinski, Ascetic House label head JS Aurelius and TUF cofounder Ceci Corsano-Leopizzi, AKA CCL.

The festival's main venues were the Japanese Language School & Hall as well as The Pace, with smaller events happening at The Fox, Red Gate, Deep Blue, Open Studios and James Black Gallery. Closing the festival was was a block party with queer collectives Public Disco, Honcho and Directory LA.

Music Performers

A.F. Jones & Dave Abramson (US)

Aaron Clark (US)

Adam 2 (CA)

Afrodeutsche (UK)

Aurora Halal (US)

BabyBlue (CA)


Bianca Lexis (US)

Ciel (CA)

City & i.o (CA)

Clark Price (US)

D. Tiffany (CA)

Daniel Menche (US)


Debit (MX)

Dis Fig (US)

DJ Marcelle (NL)

Dreamcrusher (US)

Family Injera (CA)

Giant Swan (UK)

Ginger Breaker (CA)

House of KENZO (US)

Jade Statues (CA)

Kampire (UG)

King Vision Ultra / Geng (US)


Lana del Rabies (US)

Lsdxoxo (DE)

minimal violence (CA)

Morgan Trista Young & Derivatives (CA/DE)

Nene H (DE)

Nervous Operator (CA)

Overland (CA)

Prado (CA)

破地獄 Scattered Purgatory (TW)

Sebastian Ruslan (CA)

Seffrika (CA)


The Bastion Mews (CA)

They/Them DJ (US)

Tommy Wright, III (US)

Venetta (CA)

Via App (US)

x/o (CA)


Ziibiwan (CA)

Visual art, installation, & movement performances

100LDK (visual) (JP)
Chimerik 似不像(visual) (CA)
Dalena Tran (visual) (US)
Eli Muro (sound installation) (CA)
endtask (visual) (CA)
FakeKnot (movement) (CA)
Genki Nishida (visual) (CA/JP)
HFOUR (visual) (CA)
Hirad Sab (visual) (US)

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste (sound installation) (US)
Makino Takashi (film) (JP)
Manami Sakamoto (visual) (JP)
Sam Rolfes (visual) (US)
Tangible (visual) (CA)
Toni Hall (visual) (CA)
Venom—s (visual) (CA)
Yasushi Harada (visual) (CA /JP)
Yoshiaki Nakaichi (visual) (JP)

Thank you to our sponsors & event partners: Red Bull, Sapporo, The Pace, Japanese Hall, NuZi, Sacred Sound Club, Quiet City, s.M.i.L.e, James Black Gallery, Public Disco, Tangible, HFOUR, Freeman Audio-Visual, Tom Lee and our harm reduction partners at Kiaro & Good Night Out

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