The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a month-long series of concerts, workshops, and events, invades Montreal this fall with a massive lineup of seventy Canadian and international artists at multiple venues. RBMA has hosted events around the globe for eighteen years, in cities such as Madrid, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. This year, the RBMA crew hits La Belle Province, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Icelandic superstar Bjork headlines RBMA at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art with a virtual reality exhibition featuring all five of her VR videos and a career retrospective. She’s also scheduled for back-to-back DJ sets. Co-headliner Iggy Pop talks about his innovative music career at the Ludger-Duvernay, Canada’s oldest theater, on September 26th.
One of the Academy’s signature events, Drone Activity in Progress, will interest Bucketlist’s metal and hardcore fans. The event highlights Quebec’s influential metal scene, with local artists Âmes Sanglantes, Away (Voivod’s drummer, with a rare solo percussion performance), Black Mecha, Drainolith and Melanie Mongeon and Topon Das of Fuck the Facts. Metal’s connection to experimental, noise, and drone music will also be explored in a new multi-media show from ambient drone producer Tim Hecker and collaborator Kara-Lis Coverdale.
Fans of underground electronic music should begin drooling right now because RBMA Montreal includes some of the biggest names in the game. On October 2nd, the Academy takes-over Montreal’s outdoor techno mecca Piknic Électronik with appearances by Chicago-born, Detroit-based Theo Parrish, one of the best house DJs on the planet, and Depth Charge, featuring Mike Banks and Mark Flash of Underground Resistance. This one’s going to be hot! Not to be missed for real house and techno heads.
After-hours king Stereo also gets an RBMA takeover, with Chicago selectors Black Madonna and Sadar Bahar flexing the legendary system on September 27th. On October 15th, RBMA hosts the return of Turbo Crunk, with Jacques Greene, Lunice, 247esp and Ango. As if this lineup wasn’t stacked enough, local-hero Tiga drops a special live set on October 27th called “No Fantasy Required.” Boom!
Other events include an underwater music listening experience inside a pool with a custom-built soundsystem, a special tribute to Montreal’s legendary disco scene, the world premiere of a collaboration between Polaris Music Prize winners Fucked Up and Tanya Tagaq, and much more! To check the full lineup if events visit the RMBA website.
Written by Rob Coles
*edited by Kate Erickson