Montreal/New Musics Festival’s 10th Edition: “Beyond Borders”

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Montreal, December 15, 2020 – With a few months to go before the start of its Montreal/New Musics festival (MNM), the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) announces the theme of its 10th edition, to be held from February 18 to 28, 2021. The MNM festival is reinventing itself to offer an unprecedented sound odyssey with the theme Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). MNM 2021 will stand out for the global aspect that webcast now offers, and through its programming, tinged with openness and discovery.
Thus for 10 days musical and artistic frontiers will open up to reveal new and unprecedented sounds with universal accents. “I have always wanted to program music without limits and without concessions. We don’t as yet know if we’ll be able to go back to the concert hall, but we’ll certainly be able to present concerts that will go over and abovemusical limits!” says Walter Boudreau, the festival’s Artistic Director, known for his willingness to go beyond conventional rules.
To illustrate his point, the opening concert by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – dubbed “The United Nations of music” by CBC radio – will preview a fantastic selection of its crossover music. And travelling beyond artistic and temporal boundaries, Ode à l’Infonie will immerse us in a transcendental era. Finally, a major anniversary concert at the Maison symphonique (Place des Arts) will brilliantly celebrate the 10th MNM festival with programming that is emblematic of the festival’s DNA.
Moreover, in the absence of international guests, this edition will turn the spotlight on numerous Montreal ensembles (ECM+, Productions SuperMusique, Quasar Saxophone Quartet …), thus spotlighting the immeasurable talent on the Montreal scene.
The complete program will be available in January. For more information, please visit

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