(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Brendan Canning, the co-founder of Toronto-based indie rock band Broken Social Scene, kicks off the summer performing arts season at MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 26, 2012, when he will DJ an all-vinyl dance party starting at 9 p.m. In keeping with the museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Oh, Canada, a comprehensive survey of contemporary Canadian art featuring over 100 works by 62 artists, the summer’s live events at MASS MoCA will feature a variety of Canadian musicians and performers.
Formed in 1999, Broken Social Scene is known for its inventive range of sounds and its evolving roster of band members – as few as six and as many as nineteen. Broken Social Scene is credited with pioneering the genre of indie rock with its unique baroque pop. Aside from Broken Social Scene (which is currently on hiatus), multi-instrumentalist Canning has become a fixture on Toronto’s DJ circuit over the last decade. For the opening of Oh, Canada, Canning will DJ an all-vinyl dance party starting at 9 PM that is sure to go down as a highlight of the summer.
In conjunction with the DJ dance party, short sets from two other bands featuring artists who have work on display in the galleries will help represent the breadth of Canada. Pastoralia from Nova Scotia features Oh, Canada artist Mitch Wiebe on vocals, while artist Rita McKeough makes up half of the duo Sleepy Panther from Calgary, Alberta.
Other Canadian programming at MASS MoCA this summer includes an Alt Cabaret concert with Montreal-based Patrick Watson on Saturday, June 30, at 8 pm., and an Alt Cabaret comedy set with Calgary-born Ophira Eisenberg on Saturday, August 18, at 8 pm.
The dance party with Brendan Canning will take place at MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 26, at 9 pm.. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance, $20 with gallery admission, $10 for students, and free for kids under 12. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11 AM to 5 PM, closed Tuesdays. Tickets can also be charged via phone by calling 413.622.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased online at MASS MoCA.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA is an independent 501(c)(3) whose operations and programming are funded through admissions and commercial lease revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy. Except for an initial construction grant from the Commonwealth, and competitive program and operations grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA is privately funded: 90% of annual operating revenues are from earned revenues, membership support, and private gifts and grants.