Festival fever is sweeping the city—after all, it’s that time of year. But, perhaps incredibly, there are people for whom Brad Pitt sightings and red carpet galas just aren’t worth the Ben Mulroney-sized hype. What, for example, is the ardent audiophile to do in this landscape of visual media tyranny?
Well, the good folks over at the Music Gallery have the answer. Starting tonight, the second-ever X Avant music festival gets underway with a headline performance by Ontario indie-rock heroes The Wooden Stars.
According to the Music Gallery, X Avant “showcases the diversity of avant-garde music: from free-jazz and improv, to contemporary chamber music and minimalist composition, to left-field pop, avant-rock, experimental electronic and world musics.” The four-day concert lineup includes experimental Montreal laptop artist Des Cailloux et du Carbonne, Indian percussion master Trichy Sankaran, and Toronto chamber rock group Picastro, joined onstage by Owen Pallett.
This year’s festival also includes a workshop hosted by the Canadian League of Composers and an intriguing symposium dubbed “Music Genres: Do We Even Need Them Anymore?” Torontoist doesn’t really think so, but we still take enjoyment from sub-genres as Grime, Dub-Step, and the oft-forgotten New Jack Swing.
X Avant runs September 13–16. Doors open at 1 p.m. on all nights, and tickets range from $12–15 ($40 for a four-day pass).
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