The 8th annual Mutek (electronic music and digital creativity festival) is coming up right around the corner. This always growing and diversifying festival has worked its way into the hearts of Montrealers who have really begun to support it. The support is due to the fact that the people behind Mutek have always made it a priority to bring to the festival innovators in the visual and electronic mediums. We do not see or hear the same old same old. That is not to say that well-known artists do not attend. DJs such as Alex Under from Spain, Thomas Brinkmann of Denmark and Monolake of Germany have made their way to Montreal to take part in Mutek. This year some of the well-known artists who are coming are Matthew Dear, Pheek, Montreal Dub Lounge Soundsystem, Rhythm & Sound, Heartthrob, Wighnomy Brothers, and Michael Mayer . To add to the prestige and highlight the importance of this festival approximately 28 acts will be making their North American debut at Mutek this year. With over 100 acts participating in the festival there is bound to be something for everyone.
Most parts of Mutek will seem familiar to veterans of the festival as there will be the big show on Saturday night at Metropolis, workshops on a variety of subjects and outdoor shows at Parc Jean Drapeau. There will also be some new elements this year in that Café Electronika will feature each day from noon until 8 p.m. live performances by some of Canada's best producers. The shows, which will happen at Hotel Godin, will also telecast by web broadcast some additional shows for our enjoyment and are free to get in. That is not all as each year there are also surprises that consistently wow the public.
Some of the more popular parts of the festival are back by popular demand. A dozen workshops for professionals in the electronic arena and five discussion panels are once again being offered. The visual presentations or films will be shown at Ex-Centris and SAT this year.
-Locations: Ex-Centris – 3536 St. Laurent, Metropolis – 59 Ste. Catherine East, The Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) – 1195 St. Laurent, Hotel Godin – 10 Sherbrooke West, and Parc Jean-Drapeau – Metro Jean Drapeau
-Ticket Prices: Mutek passport (access to all events except those at Ex-Centris):
Weekend Pass (Friday to Sunday): $90
Ex-Centris Pass: $40
Panels: $7 (or free with passport)
Mutek Piknics: $10
-Ticket Purchase: Online – www.mutek.ca or www.admssion.com
By Phone – (514) 790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595
In Person – Admission outlets and Atom Heart (364
For Metropolis show: www.ticketpro.ca