Published Sep 27, 2010Toronto's Nuit Blanche, the annual sunset-to-sunrise event that turn's much of the city's downtown core into a multimedia art installation, has certainly come a long way in its four-year existence. This year's edition on Saturday (October 2) promises to be the most eye-popping - and ear-popping - yet given what Daniel Lanois has up his sleeve.
The legendary Canadian producer and musician learned of the festival last year through his son Simon and immediately saw it as a platform to take his lifelong obsession with sonic experimentation to an entirely new level. In what is being called Later That Night at the Drive-In, Lanois and his team, including his current Black Dub bandmate Trixie Whitley, are set to take over Nathan Phillips Square with an audio/visual extravaganza that will climax at the stroke of midnight with the presentation of four tracks from Neil Young's upcoming Lanois-produced album, Le Noise.
Speaking to Exclaim! in the midst of preparations at his still-under-construction studio in Toronto's downtown west end, Lanois says, "The idea is to bring the sound to the people, not the other way around. I'm envisioning it as being like an enchanted forest, or like the funhouse I remember going to at the country fair every fall."
Lanois admits that all of this is also a test for what he hopes could be a bigger project along the same lines. "I've always wanted to put on a festival that would combine music and film," he says. "The hard part in doing that in front of a large group of people is trying to ensure that everyone is hearing things the same wherever they happen to be. With what we're doing for Nuit Blanche, I think we'll achieve that."
For more information, head to the Nuit Blanche website. You can get a glimpse of what to expect from the installation in the photo above.
As previously reported, Lanois's Black Dub project will release their self-titled LP via Jive on November 2. Young's Le Noise is due out Tuesday (September 28).