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Red Bull Music Festival Announces Its Toronto Lineup

Red Bull Music Festival has announced the lineup for its inaugural Toronto event. The festival will take place at various venues around Toronto from October 17th-to-25th. Artists set to perform during the festival include Alice Glass, DVSN, Maylee Todd, Tanya Tagaq, Skratch Bastid, and more.

Here are the details, via official release:

Wednesday, October 17: Alice Glass at The Fermenting Cellar

The Canadian electro-pop provocateur teams up with visionary director Floria Sigismondi to transform an 19th century fermenting cellar

As a solo artist and founding frontwoman of Toronto synth-punks Crystal Castles, Alice Glass is an electrifying and visceral performer, able to mesmerizingly command any stage she steps foot on. On last year’s cathartic self-titled EP and a handful of singles, the singer powerfully confronted past traumas, bringing together newfound pop sensibilities with crushing post-industrial soundscapes.

Originally from Italy, raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Floria Sigismondi has spent the last two decades bringing her keen eye and unique style to music videos for David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Manson, Rihanna, and more. In 2010, she released her first movie, The Runaways, and next year will release her second, the supernatural horror film The Turning. Together, they’ll transform The Fermenting Cellar—which was originally constructed in 1859 —into a phantasmagoric world.

Thursday, October 18: Round Robin, A night of improvised duets at The Great Hall

In collaboration with local monthly live jam Practice, the evening will feature a diverse and accomplished group of Canadian musicians, artists, and performers. The rules are simple: To begin, a musician will take the stage for a five-minute solo performance. Then, another artist will join them for five minutes of duo improvisation. When that’s finished, the first musician will leave the stage, making way for a new artist to emerge and a new collaboration to be born.

The wide-ranging lineup includes throat singer and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, DJ and Juno-nominated producer Skratch Bastid, multimedia artist and harpist Maylee Todd, Cindy Lee (former Women frontman Patrick Flegel), electronic violist Melody McKiver, hip-house evangelist and Practice host Matthew Progress, TiKA, and Casey MQ (the latter two are also playing this year’s Red Bull Music Festival Montreal), with surprise guests to be announced.

Friday, October 19: DVSN with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall

The OVO R&B duo reinterpret their songbook alongside members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra live at the legendary Roy Thomson Hall.

Saturday, October 20: Pump the Beat Live at Design Exchange

From pop and R&B hits to RuPaul’s Drag Race, vogue and ballroom culture’s visibility in the mainstream has come a long way from the 1980s New York City underground scene depicted in Jennie Livingston’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning.

Monday, October 22: A conversation with Scott Storch at Glenn Gould Studio

An in-depth conversation with the Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, and keyboardist.

Thursday, October 25: Collision at Ossington Tire

Meet the new generation of MCs putting on for their city. Featured performers include teenage prodigy Lil Berete, whose debut mixtape Icebreaker came out via XL Recordings imprint NEW GEN; cypher-born quartet The Sorority, R&B powerhouse Ebhoni, No Squad In The Wild hip hop artist Yasmine and rising talent Pilla B.

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