MNM festival: Free webcast extended

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Montreal, March 3, 2021 – The 10th edition of the MNM festival has just ended on a high note, with concerts both live and recorded, attended by thousands of Internet users. This first online version of the festival received enthusiastic responses and was relayed on social networks, thus creating a moment of sharing and enthusiasm beyond borders, in keeping with the festival’s theme.

“Mission accomplished! Despite COVID-19 we managed to present an entire festival and bring a little balm to the hearts of audiences, as evidenced by the moving comments received during the concerts. Above all, we were able to showcase the exceptional talent of local musicians from around the world,” says Walter Boudreau, the festival’s Artistic Director.

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(Re)living the festival experience

In order to give the public a chance to (re)see the concerts, the MNM festival broadcast will be extended until 15 August 2021. The video clips with the musicians and composers, the detailed programme notes and the presentations by host Georges Nicholson provide a link for greater immersion into the world of contemporary music and a total festival experience.


  • Musique sans frontières: An opening night that plunges audiences into the new colours of contemporary music with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, nicknamed the “United Nations of Music”!
  • Molinari à la carte: A journey through all the tonalities of the string quartet’s repertoire, with the addition of clarinet and piano, showcased by world-renowned and award-winning musicians.
  • Ode à L’Infonie: A re-reading by Philippe Hode-Keyser and Ensemble 333ToutArtBel of the incredible artistic experience of this multidisciplinary group founded by Walter Boudreau and Raôul Duguay in the 1970s. Jumping without a net into the frontiers of time, style and … reason!
  •  Lachrimæ: A program at the antipodes of time, from baroque to contemporary, with creations revolving around Dowland’s seven Lachrymæ pavanes performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Les Boréades de Montréal.
  • Le cabaret qui ruisselle: a cascade of unusual performances, at the confluence of contemporary music, improvisation and sound experimentation, underscoring Productions SuperMusique’s 40 years of musical creation.
  • Hommage à Silvio Palmieri: The first monographic concert dedicated to Silvio Palmieri, an outstanding Quebec composer who recently passed away. Presented by the musicians of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) and Paramirabo and conducted by Véronique Lacroix, with Louise Bessette on solo piano.
  • Chaleurs: An event that pushes the limits of composer Walter Boudreau’s score in an artistic adventure of uncommon measure carried on the breath of the Quasar saxophone quartet.
  • Volumina: A celebration at the Maison symphonique celebrating the scope of the MNM festival after 10 editions. On the programme: Ligeti’s Volumina by Ligeti, a flirtation with the infinite sound possibilities played by the organ in an unusual manner, and three pieces by local composers (Garant, Ligeti, Sokolovic and Tremblay) testifyng to the diversity of the musical colours of our creators.
  • Le piano muet: A musical tale at the crossroads of Quebec creation, bringing together renowned artists around a moving work by Gilles Vigneault to be savoured by audiences of all ages!
  • Couleur et lumière: Dazzling works let the audience see the light at the end of the tunnel, in a programme tinged with the nuances and textures of internationally renowned composers,   featuring Paramirabo’s brilliant performers.

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