Local promoter Mattie Cuvilier is the founder of Clean Up Your Act, or CUYA Productions. He leads a double life: by day he is an Adult Support Worker at the Bissell Centre, and by night, Mattie has brought together some of Edmonton’s most memorable shows.
His events are a showcase of a variety of musical genres, which can range from punk, punk derivatives, indie, hardcore, metal, noise and hip hop. CUYA has brought bands to Edmonton from far and wide, genre-wise and geography-wise, and have included Juno-nominated hip hop artist Ghettosocks of Halifax, punk rockers Oi Polloi from Scotland and The Restarts (English street punk). CUYA is hosting a show celebrating the five-year anniversary of the production company on May 10th at ISBE Domain.
CUYA was the spawn of Mattie’s yearning for more all ages punk shows and his love for a variety of musical styles. The production company solidified at a venue called Circles, a laundromat which was transformed into a multipurpose space.
“I always had enjoyed putting on shows,” Mattie said. “I wanted to put a concentrated effort in something ongoing. There was instantly support and [monthly shows] started going from there.“
Mattie explained that he has always received support from friends and the community. Currently, Sarah LaRocque and Dylan Cuvilier assist with organization and events, Greg Boyd often does sound, and Shirley Tse (“as in Ten Second Epic,” Mattie told BeatRoute while clarifying spelling of her name) shoots beautiful photos of the crowd and bands at gigs.
Since the beginning, CUYA Productions has held shows (many being all ages in the earlier days) at halls and bars, and his philosophy has remained constant: “It was and still is about mixing genres and getting people to see new things. About putting on fun shows and bringing good music forward.”
The anniversary show is all ages and features some of Mattie’s favourite Canadian artists and bands he grew up listening to: Knucklehead (of Calgary) won’t die, and will likely keep the party going late into the night; Edmonton’s local punk gods The Slates; Vancouver’s power pop sensation Vapid; polished local new wave trio The Cygnets; Evan Symons from Texada Island, who is also on a genre island all his own; Spastic Panthers (Calgary) will likely get the crow rowdy with their punk rock riffs; and the talented St. Albert natives the Stepmothers. As well, DJs including The Might Tiger, Whyte Trash and G-Whiz will keep attendees energized all evening.
Head down and celebrate five years of CUYA on May 10th at ISBE Domain on 9529 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton. Tickets are available for $18 in advance through YEG Live or for $20 at the door.
By Jenna Lee Williams
Photos: Shirley Tse
Poster: Kelly Chia