China’s Modern Sky Festival is expanding to Toronto

The inaugural edition, at Echo Beach on September 23, features an eclectic mix of Chinese and Canadian artists including Tizzy T, Bohan Phoenix and Calvin Love

China’s Modern Sky Festival is expanding to Toronto. The festival, which started in Beijing in 2007, has since expanded to New York City, Los Angeles and Helsinki. Modern Sky Toronto will be its first Canadian edition and will take place at Echo Beach on September 23.

In keeping with the event’s east-meets-west booking principle, the lineup includes both Asian and Canadian artists. Chinese rap sensation Tizzy T joins Taiwanese synthy soul band Sunset Rollercoaster, Chinese folk artists Yao 13 and Erbai, and Brooklyn-via-Chengdu rapper Bohan Phoenix and Canadian indie singer/songwriter Calvin Love. More names will be announced in coming weeks. 

Chinese record label and promoter Modern Sky, who puts on the festival, has also announced plans to launch a Toronto office and aims to strengthen a cultural exchange between Canada and China. In a press release, Modern Sky North America President Michael LoJudice says “we’re feeling pretty good about the fest and other China-Canada music ideas in the works.”

The festival comes exactly a week before 88rising, a hip-hop collective with a similar goal of bridging Asian and North American music scenes, brings its own group tour to Echo Beach.

September 23 at Echo Beach (909 Lake Shore West). $59-269. | @OliviaaBednar

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