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Intersection Toronto

  • Yonge-Dundas Square 1 Dundas Street East Toronto, ON, M5B Canada (map)

Intersection Day 3 featuring:

A day of performance taking place in the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square from 2-10pm. Robert Everett Green of the Globe and Mail describes the event as “a marathon of sound in the middle of traffic.”

Music By
Wolf Eyes + Mv Carbon
Meridian (Sarah Hennies, Tim Feeney, Greg Stuart)
Contact plays Elliott Sharp, Johan Seaton, Jerry Pergolesi
Carl Didur
Invisible Out (Xuan Ye & Jason Doell)
Conventional Weapons
The Visit
Kristina Guison
Dialectica Sax Quartet

9:20 - 10:20pm / Stage 1
Detroit noise cum trip metal unit Wolf Eyes touch down in Toronto to drip some of their psycho-jazz slow burners with special guest NYC cellist & sound artist MV Carbon. Wasted guitar jams meander amoungst crippled electronics. Layers of distortion give blistered songs a new meaning, as maligned vocals crawl through the thick air. Foreboding sparsity creates spiritual unrest. Languid sax shreds like the sound track to some lost Twin Peaks episode. Gnarled psych riffage curls back on itself. A not to be missed mind destruction unit.

4:30 - 5:10pm / Stage 1
Drone duo Northumbria build celestial soundscapes with bowed guitar & bass tones. Capturing them as they ripple through crushing amplification the duo create an almost serene landscape of pedal twisted frequencies that roll over you like the rising fog. Desolate notes seem to stretch out forever over some barren landscape. Smooth waves of dissonance feel like the soundtrack to Dark City. Guitars emit a silky growl amidst the haunting almost synthesized whispers Northumbria has conjured up.

6:55 - 7:25pm / Stage 3
Electro acoustic percussion trio Meridian (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart) re-imagines the way we approach rhythm. Using the drum as just another object is a collection of various pieces of metal, wood, and other resonant items they create a language is tenuous scrapes, vibrating whispers, and subtle trance like pitter pattering. Precise drones make way for more rambunctious textures, as drum heads shift & quake. Driving rhythms are born out of improvised noise-scapes. Sounding larger than life Meridian explores the infinite and minute sonic possibilities in their array of objects.

7:40 - 8:20pm / Stage 1
Toronto contemporary classical ensemble feels more like a rock band, or a group of avant jazz experimentalists. In a time of melting genres & lost classification Contact is a show in. This year at Intersection they will perform pieces by NYC composer Elliott Sharp, Toronto visual & sound artist Johan Seaton, and Intersection founder Jerry Pergolesi.

6:10 - 6:40pm / Stage 1
Part of the mastermind behind Zacht Automaat and Fake Humans, electronic manipulator & synthesizer Carl Didur creates equally as brilliant & encompassing solo compositions. Glowing organ tones hum over eerie tape loops & vibrating synth tones. An electronic wizard from a lost century. Toronto's best kept secret?

3:45 - 4:15pm / Stage 3
Toronto composer / guitarist Jason Doell, and interdisciplinary artist & performer Xuan Ye (APA) team up to unveil some song based material that sees them dabble in the louder end of the sonic spectrum. Expect the dissonance & abstract beauty present in both of their compositional work to make an appearance here. Balancing on the edge of chamber music & noise / electro-acoustic music both Jason & Xuan pull together these often disconnected, but not to dissimilar universes.

8:35 - 9:05pm / Stage 2
Toronto meets Buffalo duo of Colin Fisher (drums) and Tristan Trump (guitar) unite two nations with their free form psych fuel energy. True instrumental maverick Fisher brings his unique merger of chaotic & spiritual vibrations to the kit, while Tristan creates intricate guitar loops, melting together the past & present.

3:00 - 3:30pm / Stage 2
The Visit, comprised of cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and vocalist Heather Sita Black, is a musical dialogue that transcends genres and idioms. Combining the structures and instrumentation of classical chamber music with the emotional and rhythmic weight of metal, their lengthy, through-composed pieces conjure sonic worlds in which listeners can immerse themselves. With a rare combination of virtuosity, emotional intensity, and genre-defying innovation, The Visit is making their mark on the international stage as they forge a musical path all their own.

5:25 - 5:55pm / Stage 2
Sound artist Kristina Guison presents a version of her sculptural sound piece "Landing" at Yonge-Dundas Square. Using pieces of sheet metal Guison builds a tenuous structure, where each piece informs the others sonic abilities. Bowing the structure extracts writhing tones, and hollow vibrations. As the pieces shift so do the sonic properties. Clusters of wayward frequencies escape from this temporary cell. The sculpture's twisted death cries waver until the final bow forces collapse.

2:15 - 2:45pm / Stage 1
Shannon Graham (tenor sax), Chelsea McBride (baritone sax), Olivia Shortt (alto sax), and Samantha Etchegary (soprano sax) blur the lines between jazz and classical traditions. Both Graham and McBride sit in the composer's chair along with Javier Vazquez, who all also write for Spectrum. Dialectica sees the group play with latin themes, minimalism, and not to mention dipping into new age territory at times. Leaving the idea of genre at the door they are able to traverse a varied musical landscape. Keeping a cohesive voice through a their playful voice & dialogue.


DAY 1: co-presented with The Music Gallery featuring Mick Barr, Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Droid:

DAY 2: Eyvind Kang / Jessika Kenney / Andrew Timar / Pedram Khavarzamini / Araz Salek, and Völur:

DAY 4: Plant Music featuring Castle If, Nick Storring, JFM, and Laura Swankey (music):

This event would not be possible without support from Psiphon, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, SOCAN Foundation - Fondation SOCAN, Canadian Music Centre, and The City of Toronto

Earlier Event: September 1
Queer Sound Ithaca
Later Event: September 3
Meridian at Sewing Souls Studios