Toronto's Women from Space Festival Reveals 2020 Lineup

Susan Alcorn, Amy Brandon, Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis and more will perform

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 29, 2020

Toronto's Women from Space festival is set to return for its sophomore year, and organizers have now lifted the curtain on the complete lineup for their 2020 edition.

Taking place over International Women's Day weekend (March 5 to 8), the fest has expanded to feature "an even richer and more dynamic program" of notable performers, both from Toronto and beyond.

Women from Space's sophomore edition will feature headlining performances from pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn, NYC sax-piano duo Ingrid Laubrock and Kris Davis, Toronto-based cellist/vocalist Anne Bourne, composer/guitarist Amy Brandon, and noise experimentalist Mira-Martin Gray. 

The lineup also finds Bernice members Robin Dann, Felicity Williams and Thom Gill joining jazz vocalist Alex Samaras to lend accompaniment to a piece by trombonist Heather Saumer, while festival co-founder Bea Labikova will lead a newly formed trio featuring American free jazz bassist William Parker and Toronto percussionist Germaine Liu.

Elsewhere, the fest will see performances from Yamantaka//Sonic Titan's Alaska B, Toronto's all-women kulintang ensemble Pantayo, co-founder Kayla Milmine and fellow saxophonist Sam Newsome, Vancouver harpist Elisa Thorn and more.

Women from Space's 2020 edition also includes a pair of cross-disciplinary performances. Toronto dancer Sahara Morimoto will co-create an improvisation-driven movement piece with musician Raphael Roter, while vocalist/clarinettist Elizabeth Lima will see her performance backed by real-time visuals from Meghan Cheng.

"We hope this will develop new audiences and inspire the next generation of women in the arts," co-founders Labikova and Kayla Milmine said of the event in a statement.

The 2020 Women from Space festival will take place at Toronto's Burdock Brewery for its first three evenings (March 5, 6 and 7) before shifting to the 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St.) for its final evening on March 8.

Ticketing information is here, while further festival info can be found through Women from Space's official website.

Click here for your chance to win a pair of passes to the event. 

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