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Save The Date: X Avant XVI: You In Mind – October 13-17, 2021

Published on: August 10, 2021


Save the date: OCTOBER 13-17 2021

Tickets go on sale September 14, 2021.

“The cultural landscape of Toronto is shifting,” says Takhar. “What was once a city that touted its diversity as a tourist selling point is now being re-examined and held to account. As the new Artistic Director, my vision is centred on leaning in and asking, ‘How can we improve? Where do you need support?’”

The Music Gallery is proud to announce the sixteenth edition of the X Avant Festival, entitled X Avant XVI: You In Mind, with the theme of “You In Mind”, taking place both in person and online this October 13–17. We are designing a safe and accessible Festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other. Mark your calendars: full festival lineup will be released September 14.

This is the first X Avant programmed by Artistic Director Sanjeet Takhar, only the seventh AD in the Music Gallery’s 45 year history. Inspired by a quote from Dr. Crystal Jones, this year’s theme centres around the concept of keeping “You In Mind”.

This X Avant is a shift in power from the curator to the artist and community that it draws from. Every detail is dreamt in tandem with the artists and organizations most impacted. It prompts us to reframe the idea of Toronto’s all too familiar refrain of, “All are welcome here,” to “We created this with you in mind.” X Avant XVI:You In Mind is a festival built to listen, process, embody and artistically empower the diverse communities in Toronto. It is political, It is musical, It is artistic, and it is heavily infused with oral/aural history. This festival brings artists, musicians, poets, videographers, community leaders and organizations together to collaborate and build a brighter future.

As an integral part of our festival mandate, The Music Gallery is inviting community feedback on how to design our venue for accessibility and safety needs.

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