Toronto's Women from Space Unveils 2021 Virtual Lineup

The festival is introducing "Holobox" technology for this year's online attendees

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jan 28, 2021

Toronto's third annual Women from Space festival is set to take place digitally this year over International Women's Day weekend, running March 6 to 8.

UPDATE (2/26, 11:34 a.m. ET): The 2021 edition of Women from Space will now take place from April 9 to 11. 

This year's "holographic" edition will take place online, and attendees can watch it all from home on the new Holobox Theater. The fest has commissioned technology that uses "futuristic materials like card paper and a reflective plastic sheet," which attendees can assemble at home prior to the event. The box acts as a "miniature tabletop stage that uses your laptop, phone or tablet to bring performances to life as holograms."

The March event will feature performances and collaborations from contemporary pianist Eve Egoyan, vocalist and interdisciplinary artist Fides Krucker, jazz pianist Tania Gill, poet Britta B and producer Pursuit Grooves (who will appear as part of a partnership with Toronto Poetry Slam), as well as Thanya Iyer, who will be joined by flute virtuoso Anh Phung.

Also appearing are Sarah Thawer with soprano and alto reed player Tara Davidson, multidisciplinary artist Laurel MacDonald, Laura Barrett, and abstract turntablist/composer SlowPitchSound with dancer Mairi Greig, as well as Maya Kuroki (of theatrical experimental rock outfit Dynamo Coleoptera) and Natasha Poon Woo.

Elsewhere, emerging trumpeter and composer Madeline Ertel will perform alongside Half Second Echo director/co-founder Denise Solleza, in addition to a performance from Hannia Cheng and Bricks & Glitter (who will perform as part of Music Gallery's Emergents Series), as well as Aki Takahashi and Anita Katakkar, and lastly, Women from Space's co-founders Bea Labikova and Kayla Milmine, who will weave their "distinctive approaches to the instrument into a single sonic fabric."

"We hope this will develop new audiences and inspire the next generation of women in the arts," Labikova said of the event.

"Against the present odds, the Women from Space Festival will return for its third annual edition, offering up its ever-bold curation in a special online presentation," organizers added in a statement.

The 2021 edition follows the fest's sophomore year in 2020, which featured performances by Susan AlcornIngrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's Alaska B, Pantayo and more.

Further details on this year's event can be found through Women from Space's official website. You can also order your own "Holobox" here

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