Le Phoque OFF: Quebec City’s Premier Alt Music Fest to Take Place 100% in the Metaverse! FEBRUARY 21–25, 2022

Le Phoque OFF, Quebec City’s premier alt music festival that takes place every year in mid-February, reinvents itself in groundbreaking fashion to present its eighth edition in the metaverse.

Following the Quebec government’s announcement to lock down music venues once again due to the pandemic, Le Phoque OFF took on the mission of transposing the concept of the festival as we know it into a cutting-edge virtual event. Every night, from February 21 to 25, festival-goers will have the opportunity to run (virtually) from one unforgettable immersive world to another, to attend performances by the artists of their choice.

Through a captivating festival metaverse, audiences will be able to enjoy the shared experience of a live show and interact with each other while exploring these 3D worlds, which will contain everything expected at a live show plus a number of surprises. Thanks to the creative technology of Brooklyn-based innovators NOWHERELe Phoque OFF will be one of the first music festivals to take place in the metaverse and will be accessible to music fans anywhere in the world.

Images from the NOWHERE Metaverse

“The eighth edition of Le Phoque OFF is something we’d been organizing for almost a year, and then on December 16, barely six hours after we unveiled our first wave of artists, we learned of the tightening of COVID restrictions and shutdown of venues — we had to start all over again and find a new concept. Despite the many challenges this posed, the team has drawn on its experience from last year’s lockdown edition to pull out all the stops and ensure an unforgettable metaverse edition!”  Patrick Labbé (General Manager, Le Phoque OFF)

Renowned as a preeminent event to catch emerging artists before they break out, the 2022 edition will not disappoint. Through showcases pre-recorded live on stage, music lovers will once again be able to discover the hidden gems of the Quebec and Franco-Canadian alternative music scenes: Douance‘s raw, ‘90s-inspired lo-fi grunge, the sweet folk melodies of l i l a and Charlotte Brousseau, the disco/trash sounds of MC Auguste, the hip-hop vibes of Sensei HLes Lunatiques and Worry rocking out the metaverse, Vitrail’s introduction to their post-metal palette, and many more! Details of these shows + full programming info at:

phoqueoff.com/programmation

Images from the NOWHERE Metaverse
A Festival for Public and Industry Alike
PUBLIC

From February 21 to 25, Le Phoque OFF will host five evenings of festivities in the metaverse from 8 PM (ET) each night. The performances will be presented as shows and/or showcases on the NOWHERE metaverse in a virtual 3D environment where festival-goers can experience shows as part of an audience and with friends. Tickets are available at phoqueoff.com/billetterie-acces for $10 per day, or $28 for a festival pass.

PRO

The PRO experience offers a series of activities such as panel discussions, training sessions, networking events, etc. Industry professionals and performers will have access to Le Phoque OFF’s PRO web platform where part of the programming will be available on demand, in addition to the live activities in the metaverse. Various tools and content will also be available to keep the community connected all year round! PRO access and info available via pro.phoqueoff.com.
The Metaverse Festival Experience
Le Phoque OFF metaverse festival experience gives the audience the opportunity to travel across alternative 3D universes to discover an eclectic musical line-up. Attendees will be able to run from one virtual stage to the next to catch the artists they want to see, while having the chance to watch the shows and explore the universes with friends.

To optimize the metaverse festival experience, a camera, headphones, and a recent computer (2015+) are mandatory. It is also recommended to have only one tab open (via Google Chrome) when attending a show.

Tickets for public shows are available at phoqueoff.com/billetterie-acces

About Le Phoque OFF
Established in 2015, Le Phoque OFF is an annual festival dedicated to showcasing emerging artists all while creating networking opportunities in a professional yet relaxed setting. Inclusive and affordable, Le Phoque OFF’s mission is to introduce tomorrow’s artists to today’s performing arts market professionals, and to bring forth debates and discussions about current issues affecting the alternative music industry.
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