X AVANT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL XII: RESISTANCE
The Music Gallery’s genre-less, boundary crossing festival of new & experimental music returns in 2017 with the theme of Resistance, from expressions of silent protest to lacerating, high-volume critiques.
How do artists resist oppressive, anti-democratic tactics which compromise their ability to make and distribute art? How do we preserve and enhance true dialogue and equity between cultures? What lessons can we take from history to fortify ourselves for the future? What needs to change? How do we ensure these activities aren’t instantly commodified?
Highlights include: Chino Amobi (NON Records), a night with Indigenous music platform RPM, a collaboration with electro-soul legends LAL and East African punk arts collective Babely Shades headlined by Avrha (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan), a final night remembering composer James Tenney, Man Forever (Oneida, Kid Millions), and a Deep Listening workshop dedicated to the memory of Pauline Oliveros, whose performance at X Avant last year was her final Toronto appearance before passing away.