I can't think of a better way to celebrate ten years of Luminato than with a return to the brilliance of last year's Unsound Festival at the Hearn Generating Station in the city's east end June 10 - 11.
The incredible architecture of the station is such that the space itself became just as important to the proceedings as the sounds playing and the visions projected. This year 20 acts from 11 countries will perform over the two days.
Friday June 10 Sunn o))) will play their first show in over ten years, followed by The Bug with MC Miss Red and Flowdan. UK three -piece Raime make their Canadian debut also perform, this will be their Canadian debut.
Montreal-based artist Kara-Lis Coverdale collaborates with Berlin-based visual artist MFO (Marcel Weber). He has residency this year and feature with many artists over the course of the festival.
Saturday, June 11 LA-based Italian and Nine Inch Nails collborator Alessandro Cortini opens followed by Tim Hecker. The Canadian sonic star will perform pieces from his new album on 4AD/ Paperbag, "Love Streams" along with a live lighting installation by MFO. The night will also usher in the North American premiere of "Hot Shotz", a mash-up of Lorenzo Senni’s trance with Powell’s beat-driving sampling.
As well as the Music Stage there will be the Side Room which will offer an even more eclectic collection of collaborators and sound artists, among them Lebanon's Rabih Beaini, Finland's Amnesia Scanner, Canadian duo Orphx and Jiin from Chicago.
Tickets for Unsound Toronto are $25 per night. Performances start at 9 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets visit the Luminato website. The Hearn Generating Station is located at 440 Unwin Avenue. There will be sound and strobe effects associated, be forewarned, and it is recommended 14+. Luminato runs June 10 to 26 and features a wide variety of performances from a multitude of disciplines including Rufus Wainwright, "Rufus Does Judy", The James Plays Trilogy, Rimini Protocoll's "Situation Rooms" and "Monumental" a dance performance with Godspeed You Black Emperor and The Holy Body Tattoo.