Member of bands Veritas, Beneath These Idle Tides, Azeda Booth, Women, Church of the Very Bright Lights and Gold. Played instruments for countless other Calgary acts over the years. Guitarist for The Dodos in 2011.
Chris also developed a body of compositions of ambient music, including The Chad Tape, which was released posthumously by his girlfriend Rena Kozak with help from Chad VanGaalen and Ian Russell at Flemish Eye.
Other creative outlets included designing and building effects pedals and recording and producing other groups. In addition to guitar and drums, he also dabbled with cello, bass and piano.
Touring and performing took Chris across Canada, the United States, and many countries in Europe playing in venues such as the Prima Vera Festival, SXSW Festival, Sled Island Festival, the CMJ Music Marathon and, in November 2011, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which he appeared with Neko Case and The Dodos.
Chris’ artistic talents extended beyond music: he was involved with dance performance as a youth, and he created a collection of mostly unseen drawings, photographs and writing as a young man. Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.
As Chris Reimer:
2010 - 2012
Solo ambient recordings
» Hello People (2018, posthumous)
'Hello People' is a sometimes confrontational, at others warm and intimate, and always deeply personal document from a multi-faceted artist, compiled from a huge range of recordings spanning lush four-track projects to raw phone memos. Veering from ambient guitar-pedal soundscapes, to delicate acoustic melody and all the way to drone noise experimentation, 'Hello People' takes the listener through an experience of composition and creation from the mind of a deeply talented spirit whose vision was cut short all too soon.
Available April 19, 2018. Pre-order now!
» The Chad Tape (2012, posthumous)
This limited edition cassette tape is created from a series of tracks that Chris had been working on compiling for several months after Chad VanGaalen got a new tape duplicator and offered to run some tapes off for Chris of his solo ambient work. The cassette has sold out, but digital downloads are available for you!
» Crimes (MySpace page)
As The Exercises:
Chris released a short run disc of his solo metal project The Exercises somewhere around 2006. Many pals received a hand-delivered copy.
You can listen to the tracks on » The Exercises MySpace page.
2011 - 2013
» Losing Your Hair 7" EP (Mammoth Cave) (2013, posthumous)
This four song EP was recorded by the late and much beloved Chris Reimer of Women, who was also our drummer on these recordings. These recordings were then compiled after his death as a tribute to him.
Church of the Very Bright Lights:
2010 - 2013
» Gang Crimes (2013, posthumous)
Recorded in 2010, mastered in 2013.
Public Strain (Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar, 2010) Women (Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar, 2008)
Women / Cold Pumas / Fair Ohs / Friendo Split 7″” (Faux Discx, 2011)
Pitchfork Presents: A Three Song Live Special (Feb 2011)
(EP) (5-tracks, Independent, 2007)
Pink and Lime
7-inch Single (Independent, 2008)
In Flesh Tones
(Absolutely Kosher Records, 2008)
Beneath These Idle Tides:
This Night Is For You (Down Records, 2005)
black dark/black cold (Down Records, 2004)
Freak Heat Waves:
» Freak Heat Waves LP (2012)
Sold out, digital download available
A music community is not unlike a multi-celled organism in a constant state of evolution. Cells split off, mutate, and reform. Influence spreads at a cellular level.
It is our humble opinion that Chris Reimer left a mark on everyone he met, whether through his skills on the guitar, his understated yet rapidfire wit, his humility, or his gentle, easygoing nature. Below is an inexhaustive list of bands and projects by Chris' friends and former bandmates, including work created in memory of him.