The Phonemes

The Phonemes

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

colourful, sinewy and hopeful songs with the occasional ratatattatt.


The Phonemes prove that incredible things often come in small packages. The musical project of Magali Meagher, the Phonemes’ sinewy lyrical imagery finds purchase in simple, melody driven songs and layered rhythm. The Phonemes latest recording released on Blocks Recording Club "There's something we've been meaning to do" was recorded by Efrim Menuck (A Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed you black emperor) at thee mighty hotel2tango (Arcade Fire, Vic Chesnutt) and features ubiquitous wunderkind Final Fantasy.

Magali’s musical career has seen her recording and playing guitar and drums in the Hidden Cameras, backing up American indie music icon Daniel Johnston on drums, touring across Canada with Bob Wiseman and Kids in the Hall Scott Thompson and collaborating with a host of musical projects from off-kilter 60’s-girl-pop-inspired outfit HANK to playing assorted found objects and singing in John Tielli’s Metal Kites. In 2007, Magali found herself on the stage of the Lucille Lortel Theatre – Lotte Lenya’s stomping ground– where she starred in Maggie Macdonald’s rock opera “The Rat King” at the New York International Fringe Festival.

You can look forward to a brand new record from Magali in 2009 (produced by Jim Guthrie).

Upcoming APRIL tour:
Magali plays her songs across Western Canada with Laura Barrett.

Upcoming MAY tour
Magali joins forces with Forest City Lovers as her backing band and tourmates in Holland, Germany and Italy.


2004 - The Phonemes EP
2004 - "Municipality" on "Toronto is the best" compilation (Blocks)
2006 - "Anna Linda's Hat" split 7" inch with Jason Trachtenburg and Bob Wiseman (Ghost Town, Manitoba)
2007 There something we've been meaning to do (Blocks)

Set List

45 minute set
Plate Dance
Steeples and people
Owl and Monkey
Sunday Morning, Car dealership
Anna Linda's Hat
Oh Sleep
Pain Perdu