Published May 01, 2017Toronoise Fest is set to return to Toronto for its second year this summer, bigger and better. Started as Noisexne last year and focusing on the titular genre of harsh noise, the 2017 event has expanded to include a day focusing on grindcore and noisecore, while the second day will drop the "core" and simply deliver noise.
The festival will kick off on July 7, featuring performances by G.O.D., Uncle Ray, Augrah, Capsized, Holy Grinder, Shit Liver, Malaria and Post Natal Drip.
The second day (July 8) will be headlined by legendary London, ON, group the Nihilist Spasm Band — now in their 52nd year of bringing the noise — and will also feature sets from Limbs Bin, Disleksick, Knurl, Crrotting, Doom Tickler, Mother I Am Born, Bears and Children, Goth Girl, Moth Ash and Shelf.
"The fest itself is a celebration of abrasive music and the people who find it as interesting as I do," said fest curator (and member of Holy Grinder and Goth Girl) Andrew Cleveland, who runs Tone Deaf Culture.
"One thing that I really wanted to focus on for this year was making the fest as inclusive as last year's, if not more so," he continued. "There are so many fests, not only in Ontario but pretty much everywhere, that cater only to cishet white men and that needs to stop. This is a problem that exists within all genres of music, and it's something that anyone who hosts events needs to think about when they create a bill. Being inclusive isn't a political choice; it's simply being a good human being."
The July 7 festivities will take place at Stop, Drop and Roll, with doors opening at 9 p.m., while the July 8 events will take place take place at the Baby G starting at 8 p.m. Admission for both days will be $10.
Adding to the event's support of inclusivity, a portion of the door sales will be donated to Queer and Trans People of Colour Mental Health.