Montréal festivals know no borders
Everybody knows it: Montréal is festival country. More than 100 different festivals take place in this métropole every year. But in 2013, some other cities had a chance to join the fun.
Started in 1999 by Mustapha Terki and Jacques Primeau, Montréal Électronique Groove (MEG) has seen intense performances by avant-garde musicians like M.I.A, Justice, Chromeo, Santigold and many other rising stars.
For its 15th birthday, the MEG teamed up with other festivals on the international stage so Montréal bands could reach new eyes and ears: Festival Martizik (Martinique), Festival Cultural de Mayo (Mexico) and the Techno Parade (Paris and also celebrating its 15th edition). This event was celebrated with a parade float circulating throughout the capital. While Montréal-based artists were showing what they could do, the MEG also welcomed talented performers from abroad in exchange.
BEAF X Elektra: Focus Québec
The BEAF (Bozar Electronic Arts Festival) in Brussels joined forces with Elektra, a Montréal festival of digital arts and avant-garde music, to stage a special edition of the BEAF entitled Focus Québec. More than 20 different Québec-based artists were invited to Brussels last September to perform experimental works like Event Horizon by Matthew Biederman, and frequencies (a) by Nicolas Bernier, winner of the Golden Nica at the 2013 Ars Electronica Awards in Austria. Focus Québec was a first for both festivals, and a sweet opportunity to help some innovative local musicians shine on the European stage.