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Also known as SoPac
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post-rock, shoegaze, space rockdream pop, post-rock, instrumental rock
Years active 1997 (1997)–2000 (2000)
Labels Turnbuckle
Associated acts Frihavn
Members Graeme Fleming
Joachim Toelke
Phil Stewart-Bowes

Southpacific (colloquially, "SoPac") was a Canadian post-rock/space rock band with prominent shoegaze leanings, originally based in Ottawa. Southpacific's guitar-oriented music was generally psychedelic in nature and filled with reverb, withyet at times contained sheets of noise and heavy drumming.


Southpacific's members were multi-instrumentalists Joachim Toelke (primarily electric guitar), Graeme Fleming (primarily drums/percussion), and Phil Stewart-Bowes (primarily bass guitar).[1] The trio formed in 1997, began playing live in 1998, and went on to release two recordings on the Turnbuckle label.[2]

Their self-titled 1998 EP/mini album (also known as 33)[3][4] was supposedly recorded in a ski chalet. Southpacific soon relocated to the more musically-fertile community of Toronto. Full-length album Constance was recorded in early to mid-1999, and made it to stores in early 2000.[5][6] The band never released any singles. The music was highly recording studio-intensive, using many layers of guitar tracks and subtle samples to create a dense overall sound. Only one of the band's songs ("Built To Last") had vocals,

They performed at the 1999 Canadian Music Week Festival, and embarked on a cross-Canada tour with indie rockers Tristan Psionic and Crooked Fingers between April and May 2000. The band's last performance was on August 26, 2000, with shoegaze band SIANspheric.


After disbanding in August 2000, Toelke focused on an experimental recording project entitled Frihavn, which created a demo CD.[7] Turnbuckle Records soon folded, leaving southpacific's albums both out of print. Fleming and Stewart-Bowes are both currently residing in Toronto, while Toelke has been living in Europe since 2003.



EP/ Mini-album[edit]

  • 33 - self-released on 15 August 1998; promo release (green cover) on Turnbuckle, 1999; re-pressed (purple cover) in 2000


  1. ^ "southpacific". AllMusic Biography by Scott Thill
  2. ^ "Rockers turn up the volume, but does anybody hear?". Toronto Star, Mar 23, 2000, page E1
  3. ^ "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part II". Vice, Cam Lindsay Apr 10 2017
  4. ^ Jordan N. Mamone (31 January 2000). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. Vol. 61, No. 651: 24–. ISSN 0890-0795. 
  5. ^ "Southpacific Constance"/ Pop Matters, Peter Solderitsch
  6. ^ "Southpacific Constance". Exclaim!. By James Keast. Feb 01, 2000.
  7. ^ "Frihavn Demo .01". Exclaim!, By Cam Lindsay Feb 01, 2002

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