918 Bathurst: An arts and culture sanctuary in Toronto’s Annex Neighbourhood
October 11-15, 2017: The Music Gallery presents: X Avant festival at 918 Bathurst
The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the twelfth edition of the internationally acclaimed X Avant New Music Festival from October 11 to 15, 2017. The theme of this year’s X Avant Festival is Resistance.
We celebrate a new partnership with The Music Gallery by welcoming them to our Great Hall for four of their five concerts.
Why a festival about resistance? Let’s face it, things have gotten dangerously weird during the Donald Trump presidency. However, he’s just one manifestation of greater crises of toxic political discourse, environmental harm and social injustice. Over the past few years, The Music Gallery has seen more and more artists address these issues, from expressions of silent protest to lacerating, high-volume critiques.
This festival explores what resistance in music sounds like today. 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? It seems harder than ever to take collective action, and there are more questions than answers. However, X Avant always delivers unforgettable experiences which make the audience feel like they’re part of something mutually meaningful.
More information including tickets can be found HERE
Check out the great photos and video below to see our Great Hall and the rest of our space at 918 Bathurst in action: