Steve Bates



All The Things That Happen


Steve Bates is an artist and musician living in Treaty 6 / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Early experiences with punk and hardcore - including a small local band who opened for Fugazi as their first gig - combined with an undergraduate degree in theatre design and philosophy, have been influential to his development. Finding his intuitive voice via music was a key point at which he began expressing his interest in political and personal topics. 

Purposeful, responsible and ever-curious, Bates’ themes seem to appear involuntarily in his musical exploits. Recent themes include ‘the night’ as a produced space of libidinal and political freedoms, barbed wire as colonial weapon, feedback in music, art, biological, predictive and economic systems, historical and contemporary experiences of pathological and non-pathological auditory hallucination, and currently a speculative project on the sound of Hell. 

Wanting to encourage an active approach to listening, Steve’s music is always conscious of its listeners’ agency and desires. Bates creates music that asks questions of the listener, ambience with direction, aural explorations with purpose. 

Steve Bates’ work has been exhibited and performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Chile, the USA and Senegal at such galleries as Casino Luxembourg, Musée d’art contemporain du Montréal, Dazibao, and Fonderie Darling as well as festivals including Suoni per il Popolo, Mutek, Radio Revolten, and Tuned City. 

He works in the field, on the air, in museological/gallery and performance contexts. These shifting territories reflect the content of his practice. He is keen for his work to exist at the edge of, and challenge, these limitations, creating work that cannot help but to leak out of the formal structure. 

Unique to this new recording, and his first for Constellation, is that Bates appears solo here. Often more based in collaborative work (Black Seas Ensemble, Lanterner with artist Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt, duos with Timothy Herzog and Sophie Trudeau of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Fifths, a duo with Constellation’s very own Elizabeth Anka Vajagic), here we have just the sounds as they emerged solo in the studio over a 6-months period from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021.


Live dates

09 Sep 2022 - Montreal, QC @

Artist Images

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Contacts & Links

The Dim Coast website

Press enquiries UK:
Lauren Barley at Rarely Unable

Press enquiries EU:
Ed Benndorf at Dense Promotion

Booking enquiries: 
Ian Ilavsky at Constellation