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Terrific Kids Artist Collective: A space for the ‘weird’ artists 

Sunday 30th, July 2017 / 09:42
By Courtney Faulkner 

Cassettes, shows, safe spaces, and friends.
Photo by TKAC

LETHBRIDGE – “I just don’t want to put out anything normal, because everything normal has a platform already.”

So begins Cory Fischer, initial co-founder of Terrific Kids Artist Collective, when speaking of the cassette tapes they’ve released. They include such titles as l.n. baba’s experimental offering no man is an internet and WINT’s jagged rock album Memory/Paranoia.

“Some of the bands that we’re all interested in, as a community, don’t necessarily have a home as much as they might have… a basement. And the same for a label, they might not have a home on another label, so releasing it here is to bring all that weird together into one.”

Formed in 2011 by Cory Fischer and Chris Kessler, the Terrific Kids Artist Collective has taken an active role in the Lethbridge music and arts community in the past year and half as the collective attained more members. Collectively, they chose to pursue the collective as a more serious venture in regards to events, show promotion, and tape releases.

Now seven members strong, with an orbiting population of what they like to call ‘Terrific Kids’ who contribute to the organization in valuable ways, the collective consists of Cory Fischer, Mechaela Marr, Arnaud Sparks, Jackson Tiefenbach, Curtis Windover, Rebecca McHugh, and Brittany Ruston. 

“We get to be a unified landmark for Lethbridge, and I think that’s the most important part. I think the tapes are a physical manifestation of our unified Lethbridge that we’re trying to form,” says Fischer.  

“What we do is a section of what is happening in Lethbridge,” says TK member Jackson Tiefenbach.

“And I think it’s well defined, and I think it’s important, and it’s a scene that exists as a component of the larger Lethbridge arts community… it’s the arty weird ones.”

“We operate entirely as a little collective, we make all of our decisions together, and it’s not this solo adventure anymore of everyone doing their own thing,” says Fischer.

“We meet every Tuesday, which we call ‘Terrific Tuesday’, and we get together, we have fun, and it gets serious sometimes, and we book shows for bands coming from out of town.”

“It’s also just very DIY,” offers member Mechaela Marr.

“Like with The Farm [a local practice space and private venue], there’s the silk screening out there, a lot of the art for the comps are made locally, it’s a lot more artist involvement than I think other things. It’s a lot of do-it-yourself, figure it out as a group.”

The collective is currently working on developing a safer spaces policy that is inclusive, anti-oppressive and promotes a culture of care, openness, and learning.

They are looking for input from the community to ensure that a diverse spectrum of voices are heard and are a part of the organization’s vision moving forward as a responsible facilitator for Lethbridge events.

“People are always welcome to come sit in, and if they want to add something I think that’s awesome,” says Arnaud Sparks.

“Basically anyone who’s attending show, and being a good part of the music community, like is making the music community better, I like to think they’re a Terrific Kid,” says Fischer. “Like we’re all kind of these Terrific Kids – ”

“-Doing terrific things,” finishes Sparks. 


Terrific Kids host the J Blissette tour kickoff with Marlena Moore and Birch Barks August 5 at the Slice Bar and Grill (Lethbridge). You can listen to and purchase their cassettes online at

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