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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R3G5
The Music Gallery and Revolutions Per Minute present
RPM Live: 007 w/ Elisa Harkins, Laura Ortman, & Mourning Coup
Thursday, October 12th
$15 Regular/$12 Advance/$10 Member, Student
918 Bathurst St.
DOORS 7:30PM/CONCERT 8PM
part of the X AVANT FESTIVAL and RPM LIVE
The Music Gallery and RPM last worked together in April to present What Sovereignty Sounds Like, a forum for Indigenous musicians in Toronto. During that discussion, one question raised was “what is Indigenous futurism?” Tonight, the second show in RPM Live’s 2017-18 season and their seventh overall, represents one possible answer.
Elisa HArkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Her work deals with the concept of “Performing Life”, in which the performance intersects with her actual lived experience. Tackling subjects such as adoption, enrollment, and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Harkins uses electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools.
Multi-instrumentalist Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) has spent quite a bit of time in Ontario this year and we’re thrilled to host her in 918 Bathurst’s soaring acoustic space. Laura produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activistism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee and Martin Bisi. She plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, sings through a megaphone, and makes field recordings.
Vancouver’s Mourning Coup is spearheaded by Chandra Melting Tallow of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. With foundations in performance art, Melting-Tallow takes influences from artists like Eurythmics, Bruce Haack and Freddie Mercury, and combines them with the exploration of the metaphysical realm. Exclaim and Silent Shout covered their debut album Baby Blue, an emotionally-charged piece developed through the processing of the effects of inter-generational trauma in a world of fantasy and ethereality.
For more info: rpm.fm/live
Please note that this venue has gendered washrooms and is not wheelchair-accessible (there are three steps to the entrance and a short flight of stairs up to the performance space, as well as down to the basement). The washrooms are located in the basement.