Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Today we are publishing the photo reportage of the 37th edition of FIMAV, which took place from May 17 to 23, 2021.
Although 2021 was an unusual year due to a smaller number of journalists from outside Quebec, the 37th FIMAV 2021 received interesting media coverage. You can read the press review or browse the photo reportage to discover the best quotes from Manon Toupin (La Nouvelle Union), Louis-Philippe Labrèche (Le Canal Auditif), Irwin Block (Avant Music News), Mike Chamberlain (All About Jazz) and Alex Pelchat (Mes enceintes font défaut and Musicworks - coming soon).
Since the very first edition of FIMAV, it is forbidden to record or take photos in the concert halls of the festival. We proudly believe that this rule allows the audience and the performers on stage to have an authentic experience and to focus on the here and now. The only person exempt from this rule is Martin Morissette, FIMAV’s official photographer for many years. We disseminate his exclusive pictures in the media, on our social networks and on our website!
Tuesday May 25, 2021 — Two days after the final day of the 37th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV), which took place from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 May 2021 in a heatwave, the team and the members of the Board of Directors of Productions Plateforme described with enthusiasm, but above all relief, the 37th FIMAV 2021 as a “miracle.”
To read the full wrap-up press release.
Thursday, April 29, 2021 – Today, the team of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) unveils the last two parts of the program of the 37th edition: the experimental short films and visual arts exhibition.
Since 2017, FIMAV has included screenings of experimental short films to its schedule. The programming of this series is put together by Karl Lemieux, a filmmaker from the area. As part of the 37th FIMAV 2021, Lemieux prepared two programs. The first one, entitled “Transit,” will be presented on Saturday May 22 at 11 am in the Les-Frères-Lemaire hall at Le Carré 150. This screening features experimental films from three countries: the Netherlands, Austria and the United States. The works, stretched to the limit of abstraction, range from the organic materials of 16 mm film to the tangled pixels of digital imagery. The next day, Sunday May 23, also at 11 am in the same hall, the public is invited to discover the “Canadian Experimental Films” program, a celebration of female Canadian experimental cinema. This program features explorations that lie between photography, music and cinema. On this occasion, the latest short film by local filmmaker and photographer ANNIE ST-JEAN, “Du vivant,” will receive its world premiere.
Visual arts have been a part of FIMAV’s artistic proposition since the beginnings of the festival in the 1980s. For the 37th FIMAV 2021, our sound installations and visual arts curator Érick d’Orion invited the artist IANICK RAYMOND, whose mostly painterly artistic process questions the issues of painting in relation to the importance and role of digital images. RAYMOND is motivated by a desire to play tricks on our visual reflexes. That is why his painted scapes seem obvious at first, their level of complexity coming through only for those who take the time to connect with their materiality. The artist’s works will be exhibited at Colisée Desjardins; the public will be able to admire them at each concert presented in this hall from Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23, 2021.
Click on the links to check out the schedule of the 37th FIMAV 2021 or find information about tickets, the program, volunteering at FIMAV, jobs currently available and the public health measures that will be implemented during the event.
Monday, April 19, 2021 – The team of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) unveiled today the detailed schedule of the 37th edition of the festival and opened its ticket office. Venues, times, ticket prices and project descriptions: all the information on every concert is now available.
The 37th FIMAV 2021 is offering a range of events that promise extraordinary experiences in full compliance with the restrictions imposed by the current situation. All the measures prescribed by Public Health will be rigorously implemented to ensure the health and safety of the artists, the public and our teams in the field. Thus, the schedule has been designed to respect a 9:30 p.m. curfew, our three halls—Carré 150 (Salle Les-Frères-Lemaire), Colisée Desjardins and Église St-Christophe d’Arthabaska—will be configured to maintain physical distancing at all times, seats will be assigned, and the procedural mask will be mandatory (no exceptions!), to name only a few measures. The FIMAV team remains constantly on alert and is preparing for any eventuality by closely monitoring the evolution of the pandemic in Quebec. Thanks to the rigour and professionalism of our team members, the 37th FIMAV 2021 will be a safe gathering that will leave a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of those looking for living artistic experiences!
The details of the experimental short film and visual arts programming will be unveiled later in April.
Wednesday March 17, 2021 - The team of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) is extremely excited to unveil the concert programming for its 37th edition!
From Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23, 2021, artists born in 10 different countries and all currently living in Quebec or the rest of Canada will perform on one of three stages in Victoriaville, in front of an audience. Music lovers are invited to attend twelve concerts in person over three days: AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB, RENÉ LUSSIER / ÉRICK d’ORION / ROBBIE KUSTER / MARTIN TÉTREAULT, EVE EGOYAN SOLO, GGRIL, THE GROWLERS CHOIR, TAMAYUGÉ, THISQUIETARMY X AWAY, SCOTT THOMSON « Aérosolo », KATHLEEN YEARWOOD « Requiem (World in Ashes) », BERNARD FALAISE « Bascule », QUATUOR BOZZINI / NICOLAS CALOIA / YVES CHARUEST, ENSEMBLE SUPERMUSIQUE « Le fleuve ».
On stage as behind the scenes, in the concert halls as in the entrance halls, all sanitary rules prescribed by Public Health will be meticulously observed. Thanks to the rigour and professionalism of the members of the FIMAV team, audience members and artists will have the opportunity to take part in the great comeback of live Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville this spring!
The full schedule of the 37th FIMAV 2021 and details about each concert will be released in mid-April. That is also when the ticket office will open.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - The team of the 37th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) is excited to unveil the programming of the 12th circuit of sound art installations in public spaces! This free circuit will be presented from Monday, May 17 to Sunday, May 23, 2021, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. This year, the circuit features nine works set up in as many locations in the heart of downtown Victoriaville.
Two sound art installations are presented in indoor spaces: ESTELLE SCHORPP’s « écosystème(s) » at Bibliothèque Charles-Édouard-Mailhot and PASCAL AUDET’s « Quatuor » at Carré 150’s Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger. Four works will be found at Place Sainte-Victoire: « Lames @ FIMAV » by SONIA PAÇO-ROCCHIA, « Le cristal de l’oreille » by the AuXauralités collective, « 7 mouvements d’air » by TOM JACQUES, and « Auris / À fleur d’oreille » by ISABELLE CLERMONT. In addition to this already well-rounded program, « La fin du media » by MAXIME CORBEIL-PERRON and « Flûtocratie » by NADY LARCHET will be exhibited on De la Gare Street, and « Cristal métal » by the duo GGROUNDD will be displayed in the window of the Gérald Musique store!
According to our sound art installations curator Érick d’Orion, the 12th edition of the circuit “offers once again works where hybridization reigns, where the territory is left undefined, where the experience is new, where language is not formatted,” and he invites the public to use their legendary curiosity to “savour, taste, and smell these nine works,” eight of which are presented as world premieres.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team of the 37th FIMAV 2021 is working hard on a plan that will allow it to present the 12th circuit of sound art installations in public spaces while respecting the health standards prescribed by public health to ensure the safety of everyone involved, while providing an extraordinary artistic experience for the public. As Érick d’Orion says, this year the circuit is “an exceptional course for exceptional times!”
This project is made possible thanks to several partners: the City of Victoriaville, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Le Devoir, La Nouvelle Union, Télévision communautaire des Bois-Francs, TELUS Foundation, Caisse Desjardins, Sani Marc, and the Jacques-et-Michel-Auger Art Center.
The concert programming will be unveiled in mid-March. Until then, click here to find out more about the sound art installations circuit in public spaces.
Barre Phillips double album “Thirty years in between”, launched in 2020 by Les Disques VICTO (cd 132-08) is on The New York City Jazz Record’s Best of the year and Live albums of the year lists. This is great news and what a better way to celebrate than to listen, comfortably at home, to these two solos recorded in 1989 in a Vancouver studio and live in 2019 during the 35th FIMAV!
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a “better” year 2021!
Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the evolution of the pandemic and we will regularly communicate to you the important decisions concerning the 37th FIMAV 2021 and the form the Festival will take. Keep safe!
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – Today we unveil the new visual created for the 37th edition of FIMAV, which will take place from May 20 to 23, 2021. The visual signature of the next edition is the work of graphic designer Isabelle Beaumier, who has been working with us for the past ten years. She drew inspiration from the poster created in 2020 for the 36th FIMAV, cancelled due to the pandemic. In the 2021 visual, one can recognize the circular shapes from the 2020 poster, which evoked several things—an ear or a sound wave, among others. However, here, these are used differently. “The 2021 concept is the result of experimental research in the course of which various techniques and influences were used, such as cut-ups and photography, as well as natural light and wind,” explained Isabelle Beaumier. This creative process resulted in a shading design that recalls “the edition that did not take place.” In other words, although the next FIMAV will be different, it will include several elements of the artistic program of the 36th FIMAV 2020.
Preparations for the 37th FIMAV 2021 are well underway. The team continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic in order to adapt its plans for the next FIMAV accordingly. All important decisions concerning the event will be communicated regularly to keep the public and our partners informed.