Guide to Tone Deaf 12

Tone Deaf 12, Music FestivalKingston’s annual Festival of Adventurous and Experimental Sound Performance is in its twelfth year and continues to grow and flourish.  The four-day celebration of sound includes an exceptional line up of North American experimental musicians and performance artists, including many Kingstonians.

Tone Deaf serves as a vital outlet for a wide range of musical tastes and practices, and includes artists with varying approaches to phonic and visual stimulation.   This year, each evening of Tone Deaf is thematically focused, with intriguing titles and eclectic pairings of artists.

All concerts will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Princess and Clergy.  This is an all ages, accessible venue.  Doors will open at 7pm with music at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12-15 at the door, with a limited number of festival passes available for $30. Advance tickets are available at Brian’s Record Option, The Jungle and online.  Kingstonist has a pair of tickets for one lucky winner to attend Nanook of the North on Friday, October 18th.  Stay tuned to our Twitter feed over the next two days to find out how you can win.

Thursday, October 17th, Ambient Occlusion: Vancouver’s Loscil generates minimal, drone-based electronica; Toronto’s Neil Wiernik delivers an immersive audiovisual study on the stillness of sound; while Kingston’s Matt Rogalsky presents a meditation on the hum and buzz of deconstructed guitars.

Friday, October 18th, Nanook of the North:  Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq creates a live soundtrack to the film “Nanook of the North,” accompanied by violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin; introduced by a traditional welcome from community drummers Wàba Mahìgan (White Wolf) and dancers Cindy Scouten, Donnalynn Neil, Brodrick Gabriel and Paul Carl.

Saturday, October 19th, Concerted Action:  Montreal’s legendary Ensemble SuperMusique explore musique actuelle and free improvisation; Ottawa’s Kingdom Shore stretch the limits of chamber music to include electronics and found sound; and Kingston ex-pat Happiness is… drops jazz-inspired, politicized noise.

Sunday, October 20th, Organic Synthesis: Cleveland’s Steve Hauschildt headlines the festival’s closing showcase of synth-driven, minimal electronic music, alongside Montreal’s Le Révélateur and Kingston’s Fire Moss.

Follow Tone Deaf Kingston on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Tone Deaf 12 is made possible thanks to the support of the City of Kingston, the Kingston Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and is sponsored by Days Inn and CFRC 101.9fm.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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