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.

EXPOSURES: FME Festival
EXPOSURES: FME Festival
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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