Zoilus amanuensis Chris Randle ran an interview with the organizers of Toronto fabled surreptitious-music-series Extermination Music Night in Eye weekly last month, but it was much truncated. This weekend, on the occasion of the latest in the EMN series (Sat at midnight; see the gig guide), we thought we'd run the full shebang. (Man, that's the dirtiest word.)
Chris: What's the process for scouting out new locations? I know some of them are already used by skaters or rave kids...do you only use those established venues, or go looking for new ones?
Matt: We try to go and look for new ones. Dan does a lot of driving around looking at places. The thing is, most of the places that we've used are documented on the [urban] infiltration sites and stuff, just because they end up being the most reliable in a lot of ways.
Dan: Yeah. The last one I found out about from an urban exploration photoblog. A couple of friends had told us about the second one in the Buns Master factory. Our friend Ian had gone to a rave there a year previous or something. But yeah, mostly we'll find something on the internet and go check it out.
Toronto is lousy with music festivals, but for three years now our city has also hosted a clandestine cult: Extermination Music Night. Art-nerd acolytes have followed the irregularly scheduled, mobile concert series into abandoned factories and decaying office buildings, underneath Lansdowne Bridge and towards the lake’s edge — most recently, this past Saturday night (Aug. 16) under the old Eastern Ave. bridge at the Don Valley Parkway.
Its programming varies (free jazz, conceptual noise, Pat Benatar dance routines), though its ethos does not: site-specific shows that eliminate all “mediating things” between space and event, trespassing both legal boundaries and the bureaucracy that normally surrounds presentation of rock bands or art installations
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