By Josephine Cruz
After making its debut in Toronto last year, Red Bull Music Festival is returning this month for another four days of innovative music experiences. Festivalgoers can expect diverse artist lineups, each night celebrating the minds that are moving music forward in unconventional spaces not usually used for parties.
THIS IS THE PLACE: MORMOR
Thursday, Oct. 18 at Berkeley Church
Toronto singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist MorMor (Seth Nyquist) is in the midst of a quick rise thanks to his mesmerizing, breezy style of indie pop. Having spent time between New York, London, and his home city of Toronto, this immersive show will connect the dots between these diverse musical communities while spotlighting some of his closest collaborators. In addition to a headlining performance from MorMor and his band, this curated evening at the 148-year-old Berkley Church will include an artist marketplace and other interactive installations.
Friday, Oct. 17 at The Symes
Despite facing numerous challenges including gentrification, transit infrastructure, disappearing venues, and government resistance, Toronto’s diverse electronic scene is not only surviving, but thriving. Bridging the gap between the DIY communities forging their own way, and the international artists that inspire them, Encounters is an all-night, multi-room celebration of the resilient underground music scene. The extensive lineup will include local favourites like Bambii, Ciel, Chippy Nonstop and Karim Olen Ash; Red Bull Bass Camp alumni Korea Town Acid and Raf Reza; and visiting international guests including Russia’s Machine Woman and Kaizen label head Madam X.
IN CONVERSATION WITH FRANK DUKES
Sunday, Oct. 20 at Daniel Spectrum
Since landing his first major label placement in 2008, Frank Dukes has quietly become one of the most accomplished and in-demand producers in history. The architect behind chart-topping anthems by Drake, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Frank Ocean, Camila Cabello, Lorde and many more, Dukes has won numerous awards. He has also established the Kingsway Music Library, a collection of original samples, made available for purchase. Dukes will make a rare public appearance to talk about his diverse work and what’s next.
ONE NIGHT ONLY WITH JESSIE REYEZ
Monday, Oct. 21 at The Winter Garden Theatre
From her early beginnings participating in youth arts incubator The Remix Project to playing sold-out tours, Jessie Reyez has emerged as one of Canada’s most talented singer-songwriters. To close out the festival, she’ll perform fan favourites and new music at the historic Winter Garden Theatre, bringing some special guests along for the occasion.
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