Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music

In 2013, a startlingly original music festival began in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. It ran for five successful years before its founder and Artistic Director, Jeremy Stewart, relocated to BC’s lower mainland. Casse-Tête resumed in 2023 in a new location on the Semiahmoo Peninsula (on the unceded traditional territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation).

Casse-Tête 2024 is a production of the Casse-Tête Institute Society, sponsored by The Canadian Music Centre and the City of Surrey, and will feature a presentation stage as part of the White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival (in partnership with the White Rock BIA). “Casse-Tête” is the French word for a puzzle, but it can also refer to a headache or a deafening noise.

Artistic Director Jeremy Stewart

Jeremy Stewart is a writer and musician. He lives in the White Rock area with this partner and children.

For his work on Casse-Tête, Stewart was awarded the inaugural Barbara Pentland Award for extraordinary contribution to Canadian music.

He once dropped a piano off a building.