Last week, the Music Gallery brought an array of new sounds to Toronto with the X AVANT XIII Festival: The Halluci Nation. Curated by Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red. , the festival focused on the notion of The Halluci Nation, and what it means to be part of it.
In a press release, Bear Witness noted “I am looking at this festival as an opportunity to extend the arms of (A Tribe Called Red’s) Halluci Nation to include some of the artists that I feel are already doing work in line with its values. It is a future history given to inform the past. It is a rallying cry to all nations. We need to learn from things almost forgotten. We need to learn what it is to be human again and how to treat others as human.”
The value of learning how to be human again rang true throughout the festival at 918 Bathurst, as it created an uplifting sense of community while tapping deep into emotions that are often ignored.
Our favourite moments included Ziibiwan’s ambient, earthy soundscapes, Above Top Secret’s dynamic set, and Los Poetas’ infectious rhythms. On the last night of the festival, the spoken word poetry of Lillian Allen stunned the crowd, while singer Jennifer Kreisberg shared her powerful vocals with us. Narcy turned it up a notch with a compelling hip hop set.
The Halluci Nation band closed the festival with an inspiring supergroup featuring A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta, Narcy, Jennifer Kreisberg, and Lillian Allen.