Sunday, November 12, 2017

Recording: Elisa Harkins

Artist: Elisa Harkins

Song: Peyote

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 1), October 11, 2017.

Elisa Harkins - Peyote

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there.

More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", explored on this night from three female Indigenous perspectives. Last year the Music Gallery co-presented a panel with the the RPM music series entitled "What Sovereignty Sounds Like" and this further collaboration put that into practice.

I'm probably not the best person to make arguments in favour of modern dance pop, but this set-closing Cherokee mystic vision quest did win me over. The only thing missing was a disco ball hanging from the venue's high ceiling.

[RPM's live series continues on Tuesday (November 14th) with a hip-hop infused show at Smiling Buddha featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dio Ganhdih, See Monsters and T-Rhyme.]

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