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THE SCOOP | Luminato Brings Unsound Festival to Abandoned Toronto Power Station

By Michael Vincent on April 21, 2015

The abandoned Hearn Generating Station, Toronto Port Lands, 2015
The abandoned Hearn Generating Station, Toronto Port Lands, 2015

Luminato has announced a major boon to Toronto’s music community as they bring the acclaimed Unsound Festival to Toronto for the first time. The festival which began in Krakow, has become well-known for producing events in abandoned buildings and bringing them back to life.

They have chosen the old Hearn Generating Station to house headlining stars from the classical, electronic and experimental music worlds. The building has been decommissioned since 1983, and sits empty in the Toronto Port Lands. Luminato has used the building once before in June 2014, for a fundraising gala event and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party.

Planned events include the Ephemera project, which is described as the bringing together of scent and sound: olfactory compositions based on musical resonances and reverberations. It unites artist Geza Schoen and innovative lighting design by Marcel Weber aka MFO (Berlin).

American composer Morton Subotnick will also perform his 1967 two-part electronic work, “Silver Apples Of The Moon.” Stars of the Lid, Ben Frost and Helena Hauff are also scheduled.

In addition to R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis, David Byrne’s Contemporary Color, (with Nico Muhly, St. Vincent, and Nelly Furtato), and The TSO’s Free Outdoor Concert, it looks to be a very promising Luminato this year.

Luminato’s Unsound Toronto runs June 19-20. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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