Because rhythm is always at the heart of the FMD thanks to Virgin Radio, each evening will be filled with brilliant free musical performances on site. Of Course, L.A. FOSTER and Sophia Bel, will all contribute to the FMD’s unique atmosphere.
Created in 2014, Of Course, formed with Will Maurer, Émile Tempère and Germain Després, set its sights on analogue synthesizer and drum machines to create their first EP First, (nominated at the GAMIQ 2016 in the category for best electronic EP). The trio then subsequently associated with the rap group Amalgame to release Le Prix du Funk during summer of 2016, an EP that has been highly successful. Most recently, Of Couse offered a second EP: Naufrage un Jeudredi. It was presented last April during one of their live Facebook. It’s their first original EP exclusively in French exploring Techno, House and Disco.
Corner of Jeanne-Mance & Ste-Catherine street | Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 | 10PM – 11PM
It was during a multi-disciplinary performance in a Mexico City art show in February 2014 that the L.A. FOSTER project was born. Originally from Edmonton, Lesley Ann Foster lived in many parts of the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico before settling down in Montreal. After many successful artistic collaborations, she launched her debut EP entitled Saudade in November 2015, named after the Portuguese word which signifies the sentiment of longing after something is gone. The E.P. was acclaimed in both Canada and Europe, and brought the artist to play several prominent showcases, notably at events such as The Great Escape, POP Montreal, and Sled Island, where she opened up for Kaytranada. L.A. FOSTER’s first full length album is due out next year, keep your ears to the ground!
Corner of Jeanne-Mance & Ste-Catherine street | Thursday August 24th, 2017 | 10PM – 11PM
Sophia Bel first caught the public’s ear back in 2016 during her stint at La Voix, where her wide range of vocal abilities were quick to impress. Putting her jazz background and academic credentials to good use, the singer-songwriter then spent the following year crafting and releasing a series of singles, as well as a first music video for her song Winter. She has shared the stage with the likes of Kroy, Geoffroy and Soran. With her blend of organic songwriter, Sophia Bel lends her voice to an amalgam of hazy atmospheres to create a unique and warm musical space. Both soft and audacious, the young artist’ songs are as much the product of her pop heritage as they are the symbol of a new generation of artists marked by modernity. Not so much a celebration of club culture, Sophia Bel’s brand of electro-pop is more about the darker side of the big city’s nightlife. A place where minds are free to roam as the black-lights and the smoky eyes fade into a cold, chill wave.
Corner of Jeanne-Mance & Ste-Catherine street | Friday August 25th, 2017 | 10PM – 11PM
Chocolate Jungle is Montreal’s official 90s jam bringing you that true essence; where you can hear the baddest jams, see the flyest outfits and be entertained by the craziest dancers giving you the wildest experience .All while taking you down memory lane!
Corner of Jeanne-Mance & Ste-Catherine street | Saturday August 26th, 2017 | 9PM – Midnight
Part of the official program marking Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s preeminent hub of electronic music and digital creativity turns 18, taking the occasion to change its dates to August, expand its program and refresh its commitment to live performance at the intersection of music, visual art and technology. MUTEK also mobilizes its international connections to host four days of programming dedicated to the cultural metropoles of London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin — exploring the contemporaneous and multi-disciplinary links between Montréal and these capitals.
Events will take place in the Quartier des spectacles, the Society for Arts and Technology, Monument-National, Métropolis, the WILDER Building – Espace danse and on the free outdoor stage of the Esplanade de la Place des Arts.
The promotional code FMD_MUTEK provides a discount of 15% at the MUTEK box office (excluding already reduced prices).
The MUTEK team recommends the following events to end your day at the Festival Mode & Design properly:
Tuesday August 22nd, 2017: NOCTURNE 1 featuring an audiovisual performance of Max Cooper
Wednesday August 23rd, 2017: NOCTURNE 2 featuring the renowned artist Daphni aka Caribou
Thursday August 24th, 2017: INTER_CONNECT México with NAAFI collective
Friday August 25th, 2017: INTER_CONNECT Barcelona
Saturday August 26th, 2017: EXPERIENCE Berlin (free from 3pm to midnight) and NOCTURNE 5 with Fred P, Detroit Swindle and Zip until 6am.
Program: Click here!