FME Festival

EXPOSURES: Photos from Quebec’s Festival de Musique Émergente

During FME, the sleepy mining town of Rouyn-Noranda becomes a playground of emerging Canadian music (in two languages), art, poutine and bowling.

- Sep 5, 2014
EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off.
Last weekend, we sent our intrepid photogapher Colin Medley to FME in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, where he immersed himself in music by the likes of Owen Pallett and Ought, among a great selection of upcoming francophone artists... when he wasn't bowling, eating late night poutine or dancing to Taylor Swift. Click on the photo below to open the gallery.

Here we are, in sleepy Rouyn-Noranda…
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Even on the chartered plane to attend this year’s Festival de Musique Émergente in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew about the city, which is located about eight hours northwest of Montreal, was that it was settled about a hundred years ago around a big copper mine. I suppose I was expecting the festival to be a smaller, DIY, affair, something low-key and not taking up too much space. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I guess I should have known from their slick promotional video and stellar lineup that FME means business. The entire city becomes a playground, with over a dozen venues, music happening around every corner, and beautiful decorations transforming the small-town streets into works of art. As you can see from these photos, it was insanely fun.

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