CHRIS DADGE: 200 word bio
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Chris Dadge is a musician, composer, producer/engineer, and live performance organizer. As a drummer, his most visible role, he's known for his live and studio work with artists such as Chad VanGaalen, Samantha Savage Smith, and the Juno Award-winning band Alvvays; he currently co-leads critically acclaimed psych-pop combo Lab Coast, whose latest full-length, Lab Coast, was released on Britain’s Faux Discx Records. Via his Child Stone Studios, he’s brought his multi-instrumentalist and engineering talents to a growing number of recording projects, resulting in full-length albums and EPs by Marlaena Moore, Jom Comyn, Crystal Eyes, and Sunglaciers. Since 2005, he’s run Bug Incision, a concert series and record label specializing in various fringe musical genres, especially free improvisation. He's issued just shy of 100 albums of music from all over the world, presented over a decade’s worth of monthly concerts, connecting with scores of like-minded musicians from all corners of Canada and beyond. Dadge has performed and recorded with the likes of Tim Olive, Joe Morris, Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, John Oswald, and Eric Chenaux. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Selected Press:

Review of debut performance of Dadge's composition "Circular Sparrow":
"[Dadge] has been a central personality in Calgary’s globally connected improvised music-scene for over a decade. Seeing him preside over his ensemble’s maximally dexterous musical excursion was a sublime delectation, profoundly meaningful."
- Jason Wierzba, Musicworks magazine

Review of "Close Enough for Comfort" album:
"A concise, finely-focussed and smart set of four pieces ... While all akin, the pieces vary their timbre slightly, more than enough, in this context, to maintain interest and, having a duration between about seven and ten minutes, they're of the perfect length. A very enjoyable effort, well worth hearing."
- Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

Review of Lab Coast "Lab Coast" LP:
"Lab Coast's self-titled release on Faux Discx is essentially an introduction to what an outsider to the Calgary music scene can only assume is one of its best-kept secrets ... The album is solid from start to finish, and its catchiest songs, such as "Recognize I'm Wrong" and "Really Realize," sound like they would've been college radio and mixtape staples had they been released during the '90s."
- Paul Simpson, All Music Guide

Various reviews from The Wire magazine:
by Daniel Spicer, December 2010

by Brian Morton, March 2006:


by Byron Coley, July 2012:

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