The MUTEK Festival: A Decidedly Summery & International 23rd Edition
After two-hybrid local editions, the MUTEK festival is back with a fully international 23rd edition in Montréal from August 23 to 28, 2022. Today is the unveiling of the first 25 the international artists who will perform live at several Quartier des Spectacles venues: the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], MTELUS, Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve—and for the first time, Esplanade Tranquille, which, for six days, will host a must-see free outdoor stage.
Montrealers and festival-goers from all over the world will once again be able to take part in indoor and outdoor experiences together and discover an eclectic, inspiring selection of performances grounded in electronic music and digital creativity.
Brits Koreless and Loraine James will make their national premieres alongside Canadian Aquarian, offering up live performances inspired by their recent critically acclaimed productions, while the public will also enjoy Italian composer Caterina Barbieri and Norwegian saxophonist Bendik Giske.
Indonesian sensation Gabber Modus Operandi will deliver an explosive, multi-sensory evening of music—as well Deena Abdelwahed and Azu Tiwaline, who brilliantly fuse electronic and traditional North African sounds.
Pianist and vocalist Marina Herlop, experimental folk duo Tarta Relena, and activist creator-producer Cora Novoa will celebrate 25 years of cooperation between Catalonia and Québec. The European Keychange initiative will also make it possible for these three stellar musicians to perform: Efe Ce Ele, Liliane Chlela, and Sissel Wincent.
In addition, MUTEK is very excited to have invited English producer Luke Slater and his techno project, Planetary Assault Systems, to Montréal for the first time. Ecuadorian musician Nicola Cruz is sure to spread some tropical heat, both on stage and among the audience, as he did during his memorable 2019 performance as part of the festival’s 20th anniversary.
Here are the first 25 artists to be revealed:
AquarianCA/DE Azu TiwalineTN/FR Bendik GiskeNO Carmen VillainNO Caterina BarbieriIT Cora NovoaES/CAT DauwdUK/DE Deena AbdelwahedTN/FR DJ PleadAU EdwardDE Efe Ce EleCO/ES Gabber Modus OperandiID KorelessUK Liliane ChlelaLB/QC Loraine JamesUK machìnaKR/JP Marina HerlopES/CAT Nicola CruzEC Nicolas BougaïeffCA/DE NSDOSFR Planetary Assault Systems UK Powder JP Sissel WincentSE SmerzNO Tarta Relena ES/CAT
Local and national talent to be featured in the next announcement
For over 20 years, MUTEK has pursued a mission of discovering and supporting artists from Québec and Canada. The selection for the 2022 edition will once again give pride of place to the province’s and country’s creators, be they emerging talent or established artists. The program will be unveiled in May and will feature additional surprises from around the world.
Tickets are now available and include special rates
On the website, Passports and Weekend Passes are already on sale at enticing prices for a limited time, and there are special discounts for students and groups of five or more. Each sale will also allow MUTEK to contribute $2 to the Planetair reforestation project.
To buy a passport or pass: click here
Individual tickets will be made available with the next announcement in May.
MUTEK Forum is back for its 7th edition
Since 2019, the Festival’s professional component and market have been held in parallel with the nighttime activities. From August 23 to 26, 2022, the conferences, panels, workshops, and masterclasses will provide a unique look at artificial intelligence, XR creations, blockchain, and other topics related to the most innovative artistic practices and everything else at the forefront of these fields. The MUTEK Forum program will be announced at a later date.
MUTEK would like to thank its partners, who play a key role in the maintenance and development of its activities and have provided particular support towards the development of the Festival and the Forum.
The Government of Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the ministère du Tourisme du Québec, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine du gouvernement du Québec, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montréal, FACTOR and Canada's private radio broadcasters, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Musicaction, the Consulat général de France à Québec, the Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal, the Institut Ramon Llull, Tourisme Montréal and Red Bull.